Raël (born Claude Maurice Marcel Vorilhon, 30 September 1946), is the founder and current leader of the UFO religion known as Raëlism.
Vorilhon became a sports-car journalist and test driver for his own car-racing magazine, Autopop. Following a purported extraterrestrial encounter in December 1973, he formed the Raëlian Movement and changed his name to Raël (meaning “messenger of the elohim”). He later published several books, which detail the encounter with a being called Yahweh in 1973. He traveled the world to promote his books for over 30 years.