Mina Girgis is an ethnomusicologist and entrepreneur who specializes in curating and producing innovative musical collaborations across diverse styles. Relying on an extensive background in hospitality, Mina explores new ways to design environments conducive to learning, making, and experiencing music. In 2009, he founded Zambaleta, a nonprofit community World Music school based in San Francisco. By programming a wide array of classes and concerts, the school quickly became a home for many of the Bay Area’s traditional music communities. In 2011, Mina created the Nile Project – a musical-environmental initiative to inspire, educate and empower Nile citizens to work together to foster the sustainability of their ecosystem. Mina earned his bachelor in Hospitality Administration from Florida State University and his masters in Ethnomusicology from the University of California Santa Barbara. He has worked in marketing for Disney Parks & Resorts, Orascom Hotels, and Joie de Vivre Hospitality. In music, he worked with the Egyptian Center for Culture & Arts on curating Farah El Bahr – Anna Lindh Foundation’s first Euro-Mediterranean Festival. As a fellow at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, he assisted in producing the 2002 SilkRoad Festival. He is the founder of Egypt’s Arts Enterprise Network. Mina writes about World Music education, arts entrepreneurship, applied ethnomusicology, the representation of Gypsies within the World Music industry, and the role of music in the Arab Spring.
mina [at] nileproject [dot] org