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Helmut Napiontek was appointed OSCE Representative to the Russian - Latvian Joint Commission on Military Pensioners by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office for 2013, a position he continously holds since 2002 as a part-time assignment. Prior to his retirement in 2010 he worked in the Department for Human Resources in the OSCE Secretariat, the High Level Planning Group in Vienna and the OSCE Mission to Georgia.
He graduated from the University of Hamburg with a degree in Educational Science and Human Resource Management. He started his professional career 1976 in the German Federal Armed Forces, serving in different positions in line-management and staff positions until his retirement as LtCol.