Ludivine Dedonder was born in Tournai on 17 March 1977. She spent her entire childhood and adolescence in the Tournai area and then went on to study management engineering at the University of Liège, which she passed with Great Distinction.

She became a logistics assistant at ULiège and then worked for the national broadcaster RTBF and Notélé (local television) as a journalist.

From 2002 to 2006, she was an advisor in the cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Walloon government Michel Daerden (PS).

In 2006, Ludivine Dedonder is running for the municipal elections in Tournai. She was elected alderman and decided to devote herself fully to local politics. She subsequently became President of the Ipalle intermunicipal association.

In 2010, a happy event awaits Ludivine Dedonder as she becomes the mother of her little son Oscar.

Following the 2019 federal elections, Ludivine Dedonder was elected Member of Parliament and joined the House of Representatives. In the aftermath, she continued her investment in politics and became co-president of the Socialist Federation of Wallonia Picardy.

Since 1 October 2020, she has held the post of Minister of Defence. She is also the first woman to hold this position.


Personal information

  • Born in Tournai on March 17th, 1977
  • 1 child
  • Lives in Tournai

Current mandate

  • October 2020 : Minister of Defence 

Political background


  • 2019 : President of the Socialist Federation of Wallonia Picardy
  • 2019 : Member of the House of Representatives
  • 2014-2019 : President of the IPALLE Intercommunal Association in charge of waste management
  • 2006-2019 : Alderman to the City of Tournai
  • 2002-2006 : Advisor in the office of the Vice President of the Walloon government Michel Daerden (PS)

Professional career


  • 2002-2006 : Journalist for NoTélé
  • 2000-2001 : Logistics assistant at the University of Liège
  • 1999-2002 : Journalist for RTBF


  • Graduated Commercial Engineer from the University of Liège in 2000