Mr. Ismat Steiner (Tanzania, ) was one of the first United Nations Representatives to arrive in Namibia during its transition to independence. He served as the head of the UN's office in the Otjiwarongo region. Prior to Mr. Steiner's posting in Namibia, he worked in the Department of Political and Security Council Affairs (DPA) and in the Law of the Sea Department, where he was involved in the conference that negotiated the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. He became the Director of the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea in 1998. In this interview, conducted on 16 May 1998, Mr. Steiner shared his experience and insights as a United Nations regional representative in Namibia during the country's transition to independence.