Member of the Board of Directors
Member of the Advisory Board
Kébir Ratnani possesses an encompassing 30-year experience in the natural gas, electricity, windmill, waste water and water sectors. Over the course of his career, he has assumed different managerial and technical functions, academically endowed with a Diploma in Management & Marketing from the Institute of Gas Technology in Chicago, U.S.A, an M Sc. A. and a B.Sc. A. in Chemical Engineering from Laval University in Quebec, Canada. His high-caliber profile and track record are distinguished through his professional achievements, some of which are summarized below.
Mr. Ratnani’s proficiency in his fields of expertise led him to develop 13 inventions for which he now owns patents; all related to natural gas, petrochemical and environmental technologies.
At the international level, he concluded numerous cooperation agreements with several governments, namely Algeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Kenya, Tunisia, Senegal, Libya, Gambia, UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam as well as Denmark, France, Spain, Slovakia, Germany, Hungary and Russia. He also negotiated project financing with organizations, such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and CIDA.
In 1991, he directed the opening of the Natural Gas Technologies Centre, a research organization associated with Gaz Métropolitain, Gaz de France, Brooklyn Union Gas, and Osaka Gas.
Subsequently, in 1997, he was appointed Vice-President of Hydro Quebec International. In this capacity, he was responsible for the Technology, Transfer and BOT (Build, Operate & Transfer) and Concession projects.
More recently, in 2000, he joined SNC-Lavalin International, one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure, and in the provision of operations and maintenance services, as Senior Vice-President. He is responsible for Water, Energy and Infrastructure Projects in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
As Senior Vice-President of SNC-Lavalin, he is currently managing personnel, subsidiaries and offices of the company in 10 countries in Africa and in the Middle East. The total value of the turnover in Africa is around $1.2 billion per year.
He has directed and managed international tenders in sea water desalination in Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania.
In 2005, he led, negotiated and signed an EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) contract of a 1200 MW Gas Combine Cycle power plant in Algeria worth a total value of $1.10 billion.
In 2001, he oversaw and managed an international bid in Algeria for an 800 MW Gas Combine Cycle Power plant. This task included full preparation of the technical and the financial proposals. The total value of the bid was $760 million, which was won.
In 1998, he led and managed, along with international partners, a due diligence for two public utilities in the distribution of electricity, water and waste treatment in Morocco. The acquisition, worth $1.25 billion, included preparation of the technical and the financial proposals.
In 1997, he directed and managed the due diligence of an electric utility in Senegal. He oversaw the preparation of the technical and financial proposals for the international tender. The tender, worth $300 million, was won. Also in Senegal, he was in charge of the preparation, negotiation and signing of an EPC contract for a 35MW thermal power plant for total amount worth $28 million.
In Egypt, he led the preparation and negotiation of the financing of a $60 million EPC wind project.
A Canadian grant in the amount of $12.5 million was also successfully obtained under his negotiating management.
In Africa and in the Middle East, he negotiated and signed services contracts for a total amount of $15 million in 1998, $18 million in 1999 and of $22 million in 2000.
In Syria, he negotiated, coordinated and submitted an offer for an EPC SCADA Centre project of $60 million.
He prepared and reviewed different business plans for start-up companies, as well as negotiated fund-raising agreements in the order of $1 million to $10 million.
>In an R&D Center, he managed 20 to 50 engineers and scientists in engineering, sales and marketing.
Last, but not least, he acted as a Board Member, President and Chairman of the Board for various corporations in the high-tech sector.
2000 to today SNC-LAVALIN INC.
Senior Vice President of Africa, Middle East and Latin America
1997 to 2000 HYDRO-QUÉBEC INTERNATIONAL INC.
Vice President of Africa and Middle East
1986 to 1997 GAZ MÉTROPOLITAIN
1994 to 1995 President, Nergitec (subsidiary)
1992 to 1997 Executive Vice President, Consulgaz International (subsidiary)
1992 to 1997 Vice President of the Board, Natural Gas Technology Center (R&D)
1991 to 1997 General Director, DATECH Group (Gaz Métropolitain)
1986 to 1991 Head of Department Technology Transfer
1980 to 1986 GULF OIL CANADA
1983 to 1986 Director, Quality Control and Environmental Protection
1981 to 1983 Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Advisor
1980 to 1981 Process Engineer
1979 to 1980 CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL PAPER COMPANY
Assistant Technical Director, Pulp Division
- Ordre des Ingénieurs du Quebec
- Air and Waste Management Association
- Club des Entrepreneurs et Ambassadeurs de l’Afrique
- Canada – Arab Council
Spoken, Read, Written
French, English and Arabic