Mr. Oquist is currently Minister of National Politics in the Government of Nicaragua and the Private Secretary for National Policy to the President. He is also Principal Adviser to the President of the sixty-third session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. He has worked as the Chief of Presidential Advisers for the Government of Nicaragua and has advised the Governments of Ecuador, Mongolia and Pakistan on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in matters related to public administration, decentralization, development of the private sector and technical capacity-building in a number of sectors including information technology, accounting, auditing and training. He has served as Director and Regional Adviser of the UNDP Regional Governance Programme for Asia. In this capacity, he was influential in instituting governance reforms in China, peacebuilding in the southern Philippines and the creation of a network of policy analysis among the parliaments in the Asian region. He is the author of a multi- modular training programme on governance, the core of which is entitled “Humanitarian governance for human security”. He was influential in the transition to democracy in his home country, the reorganization of the Presidential Office in Ecuador and the introduction of public administration reform in Chile. He is the founder and Director of the Institute of Nicaraguan Studies, which has undertaken important studies for the European Union on multiple dimensions of effective governance, including education, human rights, democratic institution-building, civil society and community empowerment. He has designed several capacity- building programmes for several institutions, including the United Nations System Staff College in Turin, Italy, and the European Union. He holds a PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.