- State Secretary for Education and Research and Innovation of Switzerland
Doctorate in Law, University of Zurich. 1979-99, held a number of public offices in canton Ticino after passing bar exam: Judge, Chief of the Cantonal Police, Secretary-General for Education and Culture, project manager for the creation of the University of Lugano (USI), and Secretary-General of the USI. Headed a group of private clinics for four years. From 2003, Director, University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). Former: Mayor of Giubiasco; Member, Ticino cantonal parliament; Chairman, Ticino electricity works. 2008-12, State Secretary for Education and Research. Since January 2013, State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation.