Head of the department

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin
Head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport DDPS

Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin

Personal data

  • Born on 9 November 1959
  • Married
  • Citizen of Bursins (VD)

Profession

  • 1985–2015: Master farmer and winemaker 

Education

  • 1985: Advanced Federal Diploma of Higher Education in Agriculture and Viticulture
  • 1979: Diploma from the cantonal agricultural school in Marcelin
  • 1977–1979: Apprenticeship as a farmer
  • 1975–1977: Federal baccalaureate (Latin-English) at Montbenon cantonal baccalaureate school in Lausanne
  • 1969–1975: Upper secondary school in Rolle concluded with certificate in Latin-English

Political activities

  • 9 December 2015: Elected to the Federal Council
  • 2003–2015: Member of the National Council
  • 2000–2004: President of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) in the Canton of Vaud
  • 1994–2003: SVP member of the Vaud Cantonal Parliament
  • 1993–1999 President of the commune of Bursins