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Carlos Yescas

Food Politics Expert, Legal Researcher, and Cheesemonger

Work experience

Feb 2012Present

Vice-President for Government Relations            

Instituto Mexicano del Queso, A.C.            
  • Currently overseeing the drafting of a Cheese Export Guidelines dossier.
  • Coordinated and implemented an executive outreach agenda to the SAGARPA (Agriculture Ministry), Secretaria de Salud, and state agricultural agencies.
  • Negotiated the inclusion of artisanal cheesemakers in the producers’ area of the MESAMERICA forum.
  • Drafted position papers supporting artisan cheesemaker techniques including use of wood boards.
  • Advised the governments of Chiapas and Tabasco in the process to gain a Collective Trademark for cheeses in the path to obtain a Denomination of Origin.
Nov 2009Dec 2014

Founder and Co-owner

  • Currently in charge of special projects as a Technical Consultant on cheesemongering and public relations.
  • Developed and co-coordinated the logistics of the first premium artisanal Mexican cheese distribution company in Mexico, with sales of over one ton annually to the food and hospitality industry.
  • Opened a full service cheese counter in 2014 and designed training manual to run this retail space.
  • Conducted trainings, tastings, and seminars for chefs, service staff, and cheesemakers.  
Dec 2012Jul 2013

Founder and Co-owner

República Gastronómica
  • Currently serving on the selection committee for new projects.
  • Managed and coordinated an itinerant artisan food market, operating once a month in Mexico City.
  • Developed the mission, vision, and brand, as well as the presence in social media and coordinated public relations with gastronomic press.
Apr 2011Jul 2011

Migration & Development Expert

United Nations Development Programme
  • Implemented an UNDP-lead project funded by the Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) to mainstream migration into development policy planning in Bangladesh, Jamaica, Mali, and Moldova. US$ 1 million dollars operating budget.
  • Coordinated the Secretariat of the GMG Working Group on Mainstreaming Migration into Development Planning in New York City and Geneva.
Aug 2010Nov 2010


International Organization for Migration
  • Supported the mission during consultations to draft declarations on Protection of Migrants’ Rights and on Indigenous Issues.
Jan 2007May 2007


International Organization for Migration
  • Conducted research and performed administrative duties, as well as coordinated the agenda for the visit of the Director General to New York City.
Feb 2005Aug 2005

Interim International Admissions Director                                                            

Endicott College / Mexico City Campus
  • Coordinated the marketing and media campaigns for the college in Mexico and Central America.
  • Headed the admissions unit, doubling the number of enrollments in for the 2005-2006 academic year.
Jul 2003Oct 2004

Political Affairs Director

Consulate General of Mexico
  • Worked with New England political leaders to promote equitable policies and treatment of immigrants.
  • Coordinated meetings with elected officials and police authorities to seek recognition of the Mexican Consular Identification Card.
  • Planned press conferences and media access for Consulate activities.
Jun 2000Jun 2003

Community Affairs Coordinator

Consulate of Mexico
  • Sought to gain visibility for the Mexican community in New England promoting cultural, sporting, and political events amongst immigrants in Boston.
  • Organized and coordinated four New England Mexican Soccer Tournaments, resulting in Boston’s championship in 2002.
  • Coordinated two Teacher Exchange Programs “Mexico – Maine”
  • Coordinated the participation of Mexican children living in New England in the drawing contest “This is my Mexico.”


Sep 2010Present

Phd in Politics

The New School for Social Research
Sep 2007May 2009

Masters of Arts, Political Science 

The New School for Social Research
Sep 2005Nov 2006

Masters of Laws

National University of Ireland, Galway
Sep 1996May 2000

Bachelor's of Science, International Business

Endicott College