Originating from Antwerp, Philippe De Backer obtained a doctor’s degree biotechnology at the University of Ghent and an MBA at Solvay Business School.
Philippe started his career as Technology Transfer Officer at CRP-Santé and analyst at Vesalius Biocapital. From 2011 to 2016, Philippe was member of the European Parliament, more particularly of the commissions ITRE, ECON and TRAN. On 2 May, De Backer joined the federal government as Secretary of State for the Fight against Social Fraud, Privacy and the North Sea.
On 9 December 2018, he was promoted to minister, taking up the competence for Digital Agenda, Telecommunications, Postal Services and Administrative Simplification on top of his existing positions. As a liberal, Philippe has a strong belief that he has a duty to take on societal responsibility.
He wishes to engage actively for society and the people, based on his belief in individual freedom, self -deployment, free market and equal chances.