Colonel, MSc Eng
Strategy and Policy Development
After obtaining a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Royal Military School (139th Polytechnic Class) in 1989, Vincent Peremans first served eight years as an officer in several logistics units of the Belgian Land Component. From 1995 until 1996, he participated in the UNPROFOR peacekeeping mission in former Yugoslavia.
After joining the reserve officer cadre, he was appointed Advisor to the Federal Ministry of Public Administration in June 1998, where he participated in the bug de l’an 2000 and Admi-EURO projects (adoption of the euro by the public administration). As from 1999, he was also a member of the RER (réseau express régional)/GEN (Gewestelijk Expresnet) task force.
In February 2002, he became Director of the Ministry of the Walloon Region, where he was in charge of digitising the regional administration (Wall-on-line project).
From July 2004 to December 2015, he was Deputy Head of Cabinet, then Head of Cabinet of several Walloon government ministries. Simultaneously, he was Deputy Mayor of the municipality of Nassogne from October 2010 until December 2015. From 2014 to 2017, he also held the presidency of the board of directors of Viapass.
From January 2016 to January 2023, after being appointed by the Walloon government in 2015, Vincent Peremans exercised his responsibilities as Administrator-General (CEO) of the Walloon public transport operator ‘Société régionale wallonne de transport en commun’ (SRWT), rebranded as ‘OTW’ in 2019 and better known by the commercial name of ‘TEC’.
Besides his civil career, Colonel Vincent Peremans pursued a military reserve career, marked in particular by his participation in the ISAF operation in Afghanistan between 2013 and 2014.
He joined the Royal Higher Institute for Defence (RHID) in February 2023, with the aim of contributing to the implementation of the Defence, Industry and Research Strategy (DIRS).