Mathieu Michel

Secretary of State for Digitalization, Belgium

Since October 2020, Mathieu Michel has been Secretary of State for Digitalization, in charge of Administrative Simplification, Privacy and the Buildings Administration, attached to the Prime Minister. Previously, he held the position of President of the Provincial College of Walloon Brabant for 8 years, from 2012 to 2020. He was in charge of heritage management and digitalization. Together with the Walloon Brabant Property Development Agency, he was responsible for the development of new large-scale 'New Place of Working' (NPOW) projects. In terms of digital technology, Mr. Michel has worked on the digitalization of the entire territory of Walloon Brabant, turning its 27 communes into true "smart cities". With the objective to further digitize the provincial schools they have been fully equipped with the latest computer equipment. Artificial intelligence is one of his priorities. His objective is to mark Belgium's position as a European leader in the field of AI, particularly in the field of health and energy. He is keen to demystify the use of new technologies and advocates for transparency as an essential component of technological innovation and the algorithms on which it is based. As the person responsible for privacy in the federal government, Mr. Michel initiated the process of evaluating and updating the Privacy Act. His ambition is to strengthen the protection of our data and the fight against harmful content.