Meklit Hadero

Chief of Program

Meklit Hadero is an Ethiopian American vocalist, songwriter, composer and cultural activist making music that sways between cultures and continents.

Her innovative take on ethio-jazz has taken her around the world, from her home base of San Francisco to her home city of Addis Ababa (where she is a household name). Hadero has founded and led many creative and cultural initiatives, from musical collaborations to performance series. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a TED Senior Fellow, former codirector of the Red Poppy Art House, and has served as an artist in residence at New York University and Harvard University.