The Team
Ambassador Francisco Olguín Uribe
President of Board of Directors

Ambassador Francisco Olguín Uribe


Ambassador Francisco Olguín Uribe is the President of Habesha Project’s Board of Directors. He has a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Public Administration from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and a Master’s in Political Science from El Colegio de México. He has worked as a special affairs coordinator in posts related to Africa, the Middle East, and human rights and democracy, as Director General for North America, and as Ambassador of Mexico to Canada, France, and the European Union.

Adrián Meléndez Lozano
Habesha Project's Director

Adrian Meléndez

Adrián is the founder and Director of Habesha Project. He has a Bachelor’s in Law from the Panamerican University (UP), and a Master’s in Political Science from the Jean Moulin University Lyon 3. He worked for over two years for the International Organization for Migration in Geneva, Switzerland, and has worked for various humanitarian agencies in Islamabad and the Swat Valley in Pakistan, and the Helmand Province and Kabul in Afghanistan. In 2013, he joined the global repsonse to the Syrian crisis, working in South Lebanon and then in refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Álvaro Zúñiga
Administration and Finance Coordinator

Álvaro Zúñiga

Álvaro is Habesha Project’s Administration and Finance Coordinator. He has a Bachelor’s in Administration from Universidad La Salle (ULSA). After working for various companies including IEnova, he joined the Habesha Project team in 2017. He is currently studying towards a Specialisation in International Migration from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (El Colef).

Cristina Blumenkron
Coordinator of Habesha Americas

Cristina Blumenkron

Cristina is Coordinator of Habesha Americas. She has been part of Habesha Project since 2015. She has a Bachelor’s in International Relations from the Ibero-American University (IBERO), previously worked as a Research Assistant in the Research Centre for Peace in Mexico (CIPMEX), and is coauthor of three publications.

Michelle Quiñones
General Coordinator

Michelle Quiñones

Michelle has been Habesha Project’s General Coordinator. She has a Bachelor’s in International Relations from the Ibero-American University (IBERO), and is the author of Habesha Project: Towards Global Citizenship in Contemporary Mexico, which was published in the third volume of Universidad Iberoamericana León’s (IBERO León’s) University Anthology.

Rosa Gloria Espinoza
Student Beneficiary Reception and Support Assitant

Rosa Gloria Espinoza

Rosa is Habesha Project’s Student Beneficiary Reception and Support Assitant. She has a Bachelor’s in Nursing from the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes (UAA).

Oscar Zermeño
Creative Director

Óscar Zermeño

Óscar is Habesha Project’s Creative Director. He has a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design from the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes (UAA). He is skilled in web design, corporate graphic design, advertising design and illustration. He has worked for a number of nonprofits throughout his career, and is the creator of many awareness campaigns, such as #EnMéxicoSePuede and #AsíRespondeMéxico.

Maxime Pluvinet
Visual Content Creator

Maxime Pluvinet

Maxime is Habesha Project’s Visual Content Creator. He has a Master’s in International Relations from Sciences Po Toulouse. Before working for Habesha Project, he interned at Lebanese newspaper L’Orient Le Jour and Mexican newspaper Reforma.

Carolina Torrico
Fundraising and Communications Manager

Carolina Torrico

Carolina is Habesha Project’s Fundraising and Communications Manager. She has a Bachelor’s in the University of Guadalajara and a Master’s in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies from the University of Hacettepe in Turkey. She has worked in several international organizations dedicated to education in peacebuilding. In her thesis, she focused on the use of history as a tool of mediation, and particularly historical dialogue in the South Caucasus.

Adriana Cervantes
Prefect of Habesha Americas

Adriana Cervantes

Adriana is Prefect of Habesha Americas. She has 10 years' experience volunteering in NGOs working with vulnerable populations, especially women and children.

Miguel Mojica
Management Assistant

Miguel Mojica

Miguel is Habesha Project's Management Assistant. He is studying towards a Bachelor's in Public Policy at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas. During his studies, he has acted as a consultant for the Ministry for Economic Development in Aguascalientes.

Michell Franco
Administrative Assistant

Michell Franco González

Michell is Habesha Project's Administrative Assistant. He has a Bachelor's in International Trade from the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes. He is experienced in shipments, quality control, production control and inventory.

Luis Rafael Montanaro
Legal Affairs

Luis Rafael Montanaro

Luis handles legal affairs at Habesha Project. He is in his ninth semester of a Bachelor’s in Law at the Panamerican University (UP), and is responsible for matters related to financial, corporate, and fintech law as legal intern at a prestigious online stock exchange.

José Múzquiz
Selection Commitee

José Eduardo Múzquiz

José is a member of Habesha Project’s Selection Commitee. He has a Bachelor’s in International Relations with Honorable Mention from the Ibero-American University (IBERO), and a Specialization in Mexico-US Border Studies from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (El Colef), where he is currently studying towards a Master’s in Cultural Studies.

Fabiola Castillo

Fabiola Castillo

Fabiola evaluates and reports on the level of student beneficiaries’ Spanish as part of Habesha Project’s Intensive Course in Spanish Language and Academic Re-Integration (CIAERA). She has a Bachelor’s in Latin-American Literature from the Autonomous University of Mexico State (UAEM) and a Master’s in Spanish Linguistics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Ignacio Barba
Video Content Creator

Ignacio Barba

Ignacio creates video content for Habesha Project. He has a Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), and has studied cinematography and experimental cinema at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as direction at Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (ECTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba.

James Logan
Coordinator of Translation Services

James Logan

James is Habesha Project’s Coordinator of Translation Services. He has a Bachelor’s in Asian & Middle-Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a Master’s in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo (AUC). He is currently a teacher of English at the British Council in Mexico.