Belgian Minister of Climate, Environment, Sustainable Development and Green Deal
I was born in Sint-Joost-ten-Node on January 15, 1976. I have a basic training of social worker supplemented by a license in social work. At university, my greatest interest was in the theories of the social construction of reality. That passion was decisive for the rest of my career.
The social phenomena, our conception of the world, the rules of our societies are constructed, created and then institutionalized. From the same train of thought, deconstruction and reconstruction of reality are possible as desired. That statement is at the heart of my own social and political engagement.
Professionally, I have taken paths in which I have been able to link insight into our society (through research) with action (first as a militant, then in politics). I was first elected in 2009. During that first legislature, I was leader of the Senate faction. In May 2014 I was elected as a Member of Parliament in the House.
In March 2015, I was elected co-chair of my political party Ecolo, after which I immediately resigned from my position of Member of Parliament because we have a ban on cumulation. In May 2019 I was re-elected to the Chamber of Representatives. At the end of my mandate as co-party chairman, I did not run for re-election and in October 2020 I was appointed Minister of Climate, Environment, Sustainable Development and Green Deal.