Board of Directors


Pictured left to right:


Kate Winn

Zette Emmons, Secretary

Andrew Faulkner, Co-chair

Daisy Paradis, Co-chair

Jinghong Li (former)

Moez Doraid


Not shown:


Salar Ghahramani 

Rex Niswander 

Casey Rieder 





Erin Ardleigh



Growing up in New Orleans, I was surrounded by music, especially jazz. After 20 years of listening to the concerts and cab drivers in New York, I've been exposed to music from all over the world and have developed a passion for African music. When I travel, I love to ask the locals what they're listening to. Music is an opportunity to connect people across countries and cultures - a much needed common ground. I'm excited to support a cultural treasure like the World Music Institute.




Kellie Castruita Specter



My love of world music began early. My grandmother would listen to Mexican Ranchera and Bolero music, and through it, I learned the joys and sorrows of my family's culture. I also learned that music has no barriers or borders. I have been attending concerts presented by the World Music Institute for over 15 years, and those musical experiences have enriched my life in New York City. I am deeply honored to serve on the Advisory Board of this important organization. 





Alexis Daran



I am a native New Yorker who remembers going to see Flamenco performances at the Joyce Theater as a child. Having a life-long passion for the performing arts in such a culturally rich city has been deeply satisfying. The addition of World Music Institute to the cultural landscape of New York has broadened the type of experience available to all of us. It is a pleasure to join the Advisory Board. 





Beata Krasowska



I have been introduced to world music through my extensive travels. Visiting different countries and getting to know their cultures came with an understanding that great music comes from every corner of the world, in every genre and style. And the greatest joy for all is to share the music. I have been following World Music Institute for several years in their pursuit to share the music and I am honored to serve on the Advisory Board.





Gargi Shindé



World Music Institute, for the past 20 years, has consistently been that space where I could return home to the sounds of Indian classical Maestros such as Dr. L Subrmaniam, Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Amdjad Ali Khan, as well as India's foremost exponents of classical dance through their spectacular "Dancing the Gods" series. WMI's programming vision is essential to NYC's vibrant cultural narrative.




Philip Glass
Zakir Hussain
Mira Nair
Javier Limon

Farah Siraj



"Javier Limón's career as a musician and producer has developed in many genres and styles from different cultures including Flamenco, Fado, Latin American Music, Mediterranean, Jazz, the Middle East, Africa, and India among others. In WMI, Javier finds the perfect laboratory to share the knowledge learned during these years. "



Named Jordan's Musical Ambassadress, Farah Siraj balances a career that spans the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. She has performed at some of the world's most prestigious platforms, including the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Lincoln Center in New York, just to name a few. Farah represents Jordan annually on United Nations World Peace Day and has been named the "Norah Jones of the Middle East" by New York Time Out. We are pleased that this acclaimed musical talent and humanitarian has joined WMI's Honorary Board of artists who support world music and dance as well as our efforts to raise awareness and appreciation of the world's rich cultural traditions.