Guy Parmelin is the head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research since January 2019, which deals with matters relating to economic affairs, trade policy, education, research and innovation.
Guy Parmelin entered into politics in 1993 as president of Bursins communal council. Between 1994 and 2003, he was a member of the Vaud cantonal parliament. Between 2000 and 2004, he was president of the Vaud cantonal branch of the SVP. He was elected to the National Council in 2003. Guy Parmelin was vice president of the board of the Federation of Swiss Agricultural Cooperatives (FENACO) and a board member of the ‘Etablissement d’assurance contre l’incendie et les éléments naturels’ (ECA) of the canton of Vaud. On 09 December 2015 the Federal Assembly elected Guy Parmelin to the Federal Council. He took over as head of the Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS) on 1 January 20016.
He holds a federal baccalaureate specialising in Latin and English. Following a farming apprenticeship, he obtained a diploma from the agricultural college at Marcelin in 1979. In 1985, he obtained a Federal PET Diploma in agriculture and winegrowing.