In May 2016, Philippe De Backer (40) joined the Belgian government as Secretary of State for the Fight against Social Fraud, Privacy and North Sea. Since December 2018 he is Minister of Digital Agenda, Postal Services and Telecom, responsible for Administrative Simplification, the Fight against Social Fraud, Privacy and North Sea.
He supported the creation of the AI4Belgium Coalition, a community-led approach to enable Belgian people and organizations to capture the opportunities of AI while facilitating the ongoing transition responsibly. AI4Belgium has the ambition to position Belgium in the European AI landscape. Prior to that he was a Member of the European Parliament, at ALDE group.
In his first legislature – 2011-2014 – he was full member of the Transport Committee and substitute member on the Economy and Monetary Affairs Committee. After the elections of 2014 De Backer became full member of the Industry Research and Energy Committee and substitute member of the Economy and Monetary Affairs committee. Before joining the European Parliament, De Backer worked as Technology Transfer Officer and as Business Analyst, in different venture capital firms specialised in the life-sciences.
De Backer holds a PhD in biotechnology from Ghent University (Belgium) and an MBA from Solvay Business School (Belgium). He is married to Marie and has 2 children.