State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation. Holder of a Doctorate in Law from the University of Zurich, held a number of public offices in the canton of Ticino from 1979 to 1999 after passing his 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. Director of the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) in 2003. He has been mayor of Giubiasco, a member of the Ticino cantonal parliament and Chairman of the Ticino electricity works. From 2008 to 2012, he was State Secretary for Education and Research in the Federal Department of Home Affairs.