Ms. Helga Schmid has been Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) since 2016. In her previous role as Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs, Ms. Schmid was a central figure in the negotiation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the Iran Deal. Her leadership and contributions ensured historic consensus was achieved around the agreement and its five annexes. She continues to oversee the European Union's commitment to the implementation of the Iran Deal, particularly through oversight of the Iran Task Force of the EEAS.
She was previously Director of the Policy Planning and Early Warning Unit (Policy Unit) of the High Representative for the CFSP in the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union, Brussels. Before that she worked for the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin as Head of the Political Staff and Head of the Minister's Office (2003 – 2005) and Deputy Head (2000 – 2003). Ms Schmid was Political Adviser to Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and to the Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel. Before that she was the Press and Public Affairs Officer at the German Embassy in Washington (1991 – 1994) and Assistant Private Secretary to the Minister for European Affairs (1990 – 1991).
She has studied international and European law, economics, international relations at the Diplomatic Academy and she has an MA in English and Romance languages, literature, history and politics (1980 - 1987) from Munich University (Ludwig Maximilians Universität) and Sorbonne, Paris.