Guillaume Long was formally appointed as Ecuador's new Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility on Thursday after a cabinet reshuffle following the resignation of the outgoing defense minister.
Long said that he intends to assume the mantle of his predecessor Ricardo Patiño and that he is committed to “continuing to defend sovereignty, integration and global democracy.”
Despite his relatively young age, Long has a storied history in Ecuadorean politics, being one of the most visible faces of the political project known as the Citizen's Revolution.
Long has been involved in public affairs in Ecuador since 2009, when he worked as an adviser in the National Secretariat for Planning and Development. In 2011, he was appointed to head up the Council of Evaluation, Accreditation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education.
Long was instrumental in improving the quality of higher education, which had suffered after decades of neglect and a lack of regulation that allowed degree mills to proliferate.
He was appointed to his first ministerial post in 2013 when he was appointed as the Coordinating Minister for Knowledge and Human Resources.
He was named Minister of Culture in March 2015, where he spearheaded efforts to develop a comprehensive culture law for Ecuador, which is expected to be debated and approved by the National Assembly this year.
Long is no stranger in the international arena, he currently serves as the president of the international relations commission of PAIS Alliance, the ruling party founded by President Rafael Correa.
In that role, Long led the efforts to organize two large back-to-back conferences that brought together 35 leftist political parties and movements from across Latin America and beyond.
Long has a Ph.D from the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of London, and Master's in Political Science from the same university.
Long was born in France but has Ecuadorean citizenship, a detail that has drawn some criticism from pundits critical of the Correa government. The new Foreign Minister seems to be taking that criticism in stride, brushing off the attack on his Twitter account.
Por cierto, y parafraseando a Chavela Vargas: Yo soy ecuatoriano pero nací en París porque los ecuatorianos nacemos dónde nos da la gana!— Guillaume Long (@GuillaumeLong) March 4, 2016
"Incidentally, and paraphrasing Chavela Vargas: I am Ecuadorean but I was born in Paris because Ecuadoreans are born wherever we feel like it!"