Our Team

Helsinki España-Dimensión Humana is a human rights organization, whose main goal is to promote the respect and protection of human rights through education, mainly at a university level. To achieve this, we have a team made up of highly qualified and deeply committed people, whose efforts make possible the daily management of the organization.

María Jaén Barandiarán


Maria Jaén holds a BA in Business Administration by the European University in Madrid and a MD in marketing by the Autonomous University of Madrid.

In 2010 she was selected as an International Visitor for the American Government through their IVLP programme, and she completed her English studies at Georgetown University.

She joined Helsinki España in 1999 and since then she has been working for this organization for more than 22 years, running projects and seminars on human rights, conflict resolution, poverty eradication and peace-building from a multicultural approach. In 2020 she became President of Helsinki Spain – Human Dimension.

Ana María Nieto Centeno


Ana Nieto received her Law degree from Complutense University of Madrid. She has more than 30 years of experience of private practice as a lawyer. Since 1995 to 2014 she was Secretary General of Helsinki Spain.

She has directed 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, the UN and the EU. In 2015 she was elected President of Helsinki Spain.

Silvia Escobar


Silvia Escobar is a well known and recognized human rights expert in Spain. She has been Director of the Human Rights Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Rights Ambassador of Spain. She was a founding partner and first president of Amnesty International in Spain, Director of Social Services of the Spanish Red Cross, General Secretary of the Center for Humanitarian Law of the Spanish Red Cross and General Secretary 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 Chair for EU dialogues with different countries during the Spanish presidency of the EU in 2010. She is currently a visiting lecturer at various Spanish Universities and the Vice-President of Helsinki Spain.

Angela Suárez Jaimes


Ángela graduated in International Relations from the Complutense University of Madrid. She holds a Master in Governance and Human Rights by the Autonomous University of Madrid. She is currently studying Law in the National University of Distance Education.

She was involved in security, migration flow and international terrorism with the center for analysis and prospective of the Civil Guard. Selected through an international cooperation grant, she worked with the Solidarity Committee in Bogotá in the protection of human rights defenders in Colombia. She is currently the General Secretary of Helsinki Spain.

Marina De Orbe Anton- Pacheco

Director of Education and volunteering

Marina holds a degree in Law, Political Science and Public Administration by the Autonomous University of Madrid. She is currently studying a Master in Sexology and Gender with the Sexpol Foundation and the Nebrija University. Specialized in Gender Studies, she has experience in legal advice for gender violence victims. She was selected for the Cooperation Internship Program scholarship of the Autonomous University, cooperating with the NGO Juana Azurduy in Sucre, Bolivia.

She has experience in education projects with NGOs in rural areas of Ghana and Cambodia. She has participated in numerous volunteer programs since her youth, attending necessities of different populations. Currently, Marina is Coordinator for Human Rights and education projects in Helsinki Spain.

Our staff of volunteeers

The humanitarian work performed by Helsinki España would not be possible without the work carried out by our large team of volunteers. We have volunteers from different academic fields who have gathered together by the determination to protect human rights, making possible a better management of the organization and creating a positive synergy that makes the achievement of our objectives easier.

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María Giménez

Bachelor Degree in International Studies in the Universidad de Monterrey, México. Specialized in Political Analysis, she is currently enrolled in the Master in Governance and Human Rights with the Autonomous University of Madrid. She is fluent in english and french languages.

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Diana Consolo

Graduated in Social and Applied Psychology at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Master in HR and student at University of Rome “LUMSA” in Executive Sustainable Management. Project Manager, job counselor and humanist coach.

Rafael Garrido Voluntarios Helsinki España

Rafael Garrido

Historian specialized in Social and Cultural Anthropology and Project Management in the framework of International Solidarity Action and Social Inclusion.

Rocío Bresca Voluntarios Helsinki España

Rocío Bresca

Bachelor Degree in International Relations in the Rey Juan Carlos University. Currently studying a Law degree at the National University of Distance Education.

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