Amb. Miroslava Beham
Amb. Miroslava Beham took up her present function as Senior Adviser on Gender Issues of the OSCE on 15 December 2011. Ms. Beham began her diplomatic career when she joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro in March 2005. She was appointed Deputy Head of the Serbia and Montenegro Mission to the OSCE and other international organizations in Vienna in July 2005, and was Chargé d’Affaires of the Mission after Montenegro left the State Union with Serbia in May 2006. In January 2006 she was appointed to the Serbian Negotiating Team for the Talks on the Future Status of Kosovo. Ms. Beham was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Serbia to the OSCE and other international organizations in Vienna from July 2006 until December 2011. From 1983 until she joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2005, Ms. Beham worked as a freelance literary critic and political journalist for a variety of German media (Süddeutsche Zeitung, SZ-Magazin, Bayerischer Rundfunk) and the Serbian news-magazine NIN (2002-2005). She received a Diploma in Languages from the Academy for Languages in Munich in 1979 and subsequently studied Philosophy, Political Science and Literature at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, obtaining a MA in 1985. Between 1989 and 1991 she was visiting lecturer at the German School for Journalism and Ludwig-Maximilians University. Between 1991 and 1994 she worked with the Ministry of Culture in Munich and was Editor-in-Chief of the Munich literary journal Literaturblatt. During this period (from 1993) she became a correspondent for Ex-Yugoslavia of the Alternative Media Network AIM and Editor-in-Chief of the bi-weekly periodical BalkanPress, published in Munich, the latter activity continuing until 1998. From 1995, she worked with various public relations and marketing firms. She was a Research Associate of the Institute for Communication and Technology Research in Solingen, Germany from 1998 to 2005. During this period (from 2002 to 2003) she was a member of the Yugoslav Commission for Truth and Reconciliation. She also worked on a research project with Professor Dr. Jörg Becker for the German Peace Research Foundation (2002 – 2004), while between 2003 and 2004 Ms. Beham worked with the Centre for Liberal-Democratic Studies and the public relations agency Logos (both in Belgrade).