Paul Oquist is currently Executive Secretary of the Commission of the Nicaraguan Grand Interoceanic Canal and Minister – Private Secretary for National Policies in the Presidency of the Republic of Nicaragua. He also is a Member for the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Standing Committee on Finance. He also represents developing countries on the Executive Committee of the UNFCCC Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. He is member (reelected for a second term) of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Previous positions include Regional Expert on Governance for the Asia Division of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) based in Islamabad, Pakistan. He was Chief Technical Advisor for the UNDP Management Program in Mongolia, and Director of UNDP Public Administration Projects in Quito, Ecuador. Minister Oquist has an M.A. and a PhD in Political Science from the University of California in Berkeley, California, among other academic titles.