Helen has a background in economics, holding a B.A. in Business and Economics from the “Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios” in El Salvador. Shortly after graduation, she began her trade policy career within the Trade Policy Directorate at the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador, as Agriculture Negotiator. After three years of specialization in agriculture subjects, she broadened her scope of action when promoted to Head Negotiator of Trade in Goods, overseeing both Agriculture and NAMA (Non-Agricultural Market Access) in bilateral trade negotiations. She undertook this responsibility for an additional four years, giving her more than six years of experience in Trade in Goods matters.
During her time at the Trade Policy Directorate, Helen represented El Salvador in the negotiation of five Free Trade Agreements and four Partial Scope Agreements. Those negotiations include the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union, the Free Trade Agreement between Central America and the Republic of Korea and the Free Trade Agreement between Mexico and Central America, among others. Within these negotiations, Helen led the Central American Trade in Goods group during the first stages of negotiation with the Republic of Korea.
Helen was awarded one of the two scholarships granted by Fundación Carolina in order to attend the IELPO LL.M. Programme. Her extensive background in economics and negotiations, combined with her training in World Trade Organization Law make her an excellent candidate for analysing the underlying economic aspects and consequences of trade-related disputes, advising firms in export and import matters and strategic decisions pertaining future investment.
Helen speaks Spanish and English, both at native level.