The roots of CEMAC go back to 1997-1998 when founder Luc Rombout worked as emergency planning & operations co-ordinator at Ghent University and came into contact with members of the emergency planning staff of the Gouvernor of the province of East-Flanders.
These contacts and multiple discussions with members from other government agencies lead to original concept and idea to create a research and services organisation based on a public-private-academic partnership.
To go from an ideal theoretical concept to a working legal structure proved rather difficult and in 2000 it was finally decided to create CEMAC as a not-for-profit organisation.
Not long after that CEMAC could start its first project: assist the Ministry of the Interior in creating a training film and the first ever concise handbook on disaster management: "Praktische Handleiding Rampenmanagement". This book + DVD became the national standard educational material for public sector emergency managers for over a decade.
Soon after that a first industry client found CEMAC and CEMAC started developing emergency plans, course modules and exercises for some of the major High Reliability Organisations (HRO) in Belgium.
By the mid 2000s, CEMAC was involved in its first European Commission project and gradually the scope of the international activities expanded, with project in Easter Europa, South America, North Africa and various other regions.
Luc Rombout started his career in emergency and crisis management in 1990 during his military service as reserve officer, where he was involved in the first ever concept and plan development for Non-Combatant Evacuation (NCE) with combined air/land assets and the development of post-crash management in Tactical Air Ops.
Luc Rombout is currently (2011-2013) President of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Europa Council with a responsibility for all countries between the Atlantic Ocean and the Russian-Chinese border.