Born in Lugano on June 6th 1959. Graduated at the Law faculty of the University of Zurich in 1983. Lawyer and notary in 1986. Elected to the Swiss Federal Parliament in 1991. Joined the Municipality of Lugano in 1992 until 1995. Minister in the Council of State of Ticino Canton from 1995 until 2013, head of the Department of Territory. Mayor of the City of Lugano since 2013; Head of the Institution Department, comprising: Chancellery, Communication and Istitutional Relations, Human Resources and Economic Development.