Alain Ratier is EUMETSAT’s Director-General since 1 August 2011.
Between 1996 and 2004 Mr Ratier had already been EUMETSAT’s Director of Programme Development and Deputy Director-General, guiding the development of the Meteosat Second Generation and EUMETSAT Polar System satellite systems.
Between 2004 and 2011, Mr Ratier was Deputy Director-General of Météo-France.
From 1987 to 1996, Mr Ratier was a Programme Manager and subsequently
Associate Director for Earth Observation Programmes at the French Space Agency
Mr Ratier’s career began at Météo-France in 1983, focussing on research and development on data assimilation and modelling the upper ocean, air-sea interactions.
Mr Ratier graduated from the École Polytechnique in 1981. He was awarded an engineering diploma from the French National School of Meteorology and also holds a degree in oceanography from Paris VI University. He is a member of the French Marine Academy and the Air and Space Academy, and Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Aeronautics.