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Thomas Dermine

State Secretary for Science Policy, Recovery Program and Strategic Investments at Belgian Federal Government


Thomas Dermine, (1986, Charleroi) is a French-speaking Belgian economist and politician who is a member of the Socialist Party.

He studied Management Engineering at the Solvay Brussels School, which he completed with a course in Political Science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He continued his academic career at Harvard University in Boston on a scholarship from the Belgian American Education Foundation (Francqui Fellow). There he will collaborate with Professor Jeffrey Liebman, advisor to President Obama on issues related to social innovation.

He worked until 2016 as a consultant at McKinsey in several countries and joined the Kamet Ventures start-up incubator in London working on technological innovation projects. After several years working abroad, he returned to Charleroi in early 2017 to work on the Catch plan, aimed at accelerating job creation in the Charleroi region following several industrial restructurings. As a result of this commitment, Thomas won the Bologna-Lemaire prize as "Walloon of the Year 2018", awarded by the Jules Destrée Institute.

In November 2019, he became Director of the Institut Emile Vandervelde (IEV), the Study Centre of the Belgian Socialist Party. In this position, Thomas actively participated, alongside Paul Magnette, in the negotiations for the formation of the Belgian federal government for the period 2019-2020.

When the De Croo Government was formed on 1 October 2020, Thomas was appointed Secretary of State for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investments in charge of Science Policy, attached to the Minister of Economy and Labour, Pierre-Yves Dermagne. Within the federal government, he is responsible for steering the coordination of the Belgian Recovery Plan and ensuring close cooperation between the European Commission and Belgium. In parallel with this mission, Thomas also supervises the Federal Science Policy, including 10 federal scientific establishments and a multitude of competences ranging from Belgian aerospace policy to the management of federal museums and federal research policy.

Thomas Dermine will explain further about the aforementioned Catch plan at the "From Catch to Catch Turbo. Charleroi Metropole, the story of an industrial transition" (7th of June, 14:30)

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