Our Team

The main objective of Helsinki España-Human Dimension is to promote the respect and protection of human rights through education, mainly at the university level. In order to accomplish this goal, we have a team of highly qualified people deeply committed to our mission, and thanks to them we are able to coordinate the day-to-day management of the organization.

María Jaén Barandiarán

President / Project Director

Maria Jaén holds a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Europea (Madrid) and a Master’s degree in Marketing from the Universidad Autónoma (Madrid).

In 2010, she was selected as an International Visitor for the U.S. Government for its IVLP program, and she completed her English studies at Georgetown University in 2009.

She joined Helsinki Spain in 1999 and since then she has been working for this organization, carrying out projects and seminars on human rights, conflict resolution, poverty eradication and peace building from a multicultural approach. In 2020 she became President of Helsinki España – Human Dimension.

Ana María Nieto Centeno

Vice President

Ana Nieto received her law degree from the Universidad Complutense (Madrid). She has more than 30 years of experience in private practice as a lawyer. From 1995 to 2014 she was Secretary General of Helsinki Spain.

She has conducted several researches related to the improvement of higher education and professional ethics in teaching, participated in numerous international workshops and seminars on Human Rights and poverty alleviation in cooperation with OSCE, UN and EU. In 2015 she was elected President of Helsinki Spain. She is currently Vice President of Helsinki España – Human Dimension.

Silvia Escobar

Vice President

Silvia Escobar is a leading Spanish expert on human rights. She has been Director of the Human Rights Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Spanish Ambassador for Human Rights. She was a founding member and first president of Amnesty International in Spain, Director of Social Services of the Spanish Red Cross, Secretary General of the Humanitarian Law Center of the Spanish Red Cross and Secretary General of the CEAR Foundation.

She has been part of numerous diplomatic missions with the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the EU, holding the position of president of the EU dialogues with third countries during the Spanish presidency of the EU in 2010. She is currently a visiting professor at several Spanish universities and Vice President of Helsinki España – Human Dimension.

Angela Suárez Jaimes

Secretary General / Project Director

Graduate in International Relations at the Universidad Complutense (Madrid) and in Law at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. Master’s in Governance and Human Rights from the Universidad Autónoma (Madrid).

She was involved in security, migration flow, and international terrorism with the center for analysis and prospective of the Civil Guard. She was selected through an international cooperation grant to work with the Committee for Solidarity with Political Prisoners in the defense of human rights defenders in Bogotá (Colombia). She is currently the Secretary-General of Helsinki España.

Rocío Bresca Gómez-Martelo

Director of Education and Volunteering Programme

International relations graduate from Rey Juan Carlos University. She was awarded scholarships to complete her studies abroad at the Università degli studi di Verona (Italy) and the State University of New York (USA). She’s also a certified International Trade and Commerce Technician by the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid.

With almost ten years of experience under her belt as a volunteer for different NGO’s, she was also Proyect Assistant for Helsinki-España from 2020-2021. These ecperiences back up her commitment for defending and promoting of children and youth’s rights.

Nowadays, she’s currently Director of Education and Volunteering for Helsinki-España.

Our volunteers

The humanitarian work carried out by Helsinki España would not be possible without the efforts of our large team of volunteers. We have volunteers from different academic backgrounds united by the determination to protect human rights, making possible a more complete management of the organization and creating a positive synergy that facilitates the achievement of our objectives.

Michille Du Voluntarios Helsinki España

Michelle Du

Will be studying at the University of Chicago. She has previously worked in the U.S. House of Representatives and has won multiple debate awards. She is interested in international law, human rights, public policy, data science, and economics. At Helsinki España, she wants to advance its mission of promoting human rights, sustainable development, and peace.

Adam Nemeth Voluntarios Helsinki España

Adam Nemeth

Adam is a graduate of International Relations at the University of Groningen. He spent one semester as an exchange student at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Recently, he undertook an internship at the Slovak Embassy in Helsinki, and later another internship in the Programme Department at Club de Madrid. His research interests include secessionism and self-determination in Spain, as well as environmental issues. The universality of human rights as well as conflict prevention and peace promotion are the main topics of his interests in Helsinki España.

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