JANICE HELWIG - Ms. Helwig is a policy advisor focusing on the countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan as well as gender issues throughout the OSCE region. She joined the Commission in 1994 and served as the Commission representative to the OSCE in Vienna until 2008. She has worked on numerous OSCE Ministerial and Summit documents, including those focused on promoting human rights, combating trafficking in persons, combating sexual exploitation of children, minority issues, gender equality and elections. Before joining the Commission Ms. Helwig worked for the State Department. Prior to joining the US Government she was an associate curator at the J.B. Speed art museum in Louisville, KY, where she worked on one of the first exhibitions organized directly between U.S. and Soviet museums on Russian Constructivist Theater Design as well as a permanent exhibition of Roman funerary art.
Ms. Helwig holds a B.A. in History and Classics and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Louisville where she was an N.B. Nettleroth Merit Scholar, a Hite scholar and a National Merit Scholar. She has knowledge of German, French, Spanish, Albanian, ancient Greek and Latin.