“I believe culture is the gateway into our humanity, as it emphasizes the unity in our diversity.”

—SATTIE PERSAUD,
Founder, World Heritage Cultural Center

OUR MISSION

Our brand empowers and shares diverse, colorful, and unique cultures from around the world creating a global village to foster tolerance, appreciation and unity. We understand cultural identity bolsters diversity, and thus believe acceptance and tolerance is promoted by our creation of a common ground where the creative arts is a powerful tool used to tell great stories of traditions. At the WHCC we describe culture as presenting the inheritable pattern of human knowledge on a common ground through ancient and modern dance, music, stories, cuisine, fashion, language, festivals, art, and architecture.

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WHAT WE DO

The United States is a nation of blended cultures. Throughout the centuries, alongside the Natives, immigrants and their American-born children have been a part of this colorful patchwork we call the United States of America, where creative expression not only differs state to state but even within the communities comprising a single city like New York.

To understand where you come from and where others come from will help to foster a greater understanding and respect for different cultural values and customs. Arts integration is a powerful force that will allow people to experience things directly and develop a strong self-identity that connects them to their cultural roots.

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“Coming from a war-torn country, Lebanon, I not only learned to overcome fears and to demonstrate determination and resilience, but I have learned the value of embracing people and appreciating diversity. Today I am deeply grateful to be able to leverage my deeply rooted origins to stand for equality for women all over the world.”

—CAROLINE CODSI IAS.A, ICD.D,
Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, UN Women Award, 2X TEDx Speaker, Founder Women in Governance Canada

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EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Our executive leadership team ensures the steering of the organization towards the vision of building a cultural establishment for people from all walks of life.

THE FOUNDER

Sattie Persaud came to the United States from Suriname with the hopes of gaining a college education. As it turned out, she had much to teach us herself.

Sattie broke the cycle of seven generations of women married at or before the age of thirteen. She went on to become the first in her family to make it past the third grade, and attend college, completing a B.A. in accounting from Pace University and Screenwriting from the New York Film Academy. She has written two screenplays and is presently working on her first novel, while managing a day job as treasury manager for Otis Elevator Worldwide Corporation and running WHCC. She has an impressive resume that spans multinational corporations such as IBM, UBS, Lehman Brothers and United Technologies. Embracing her roots, though, led her to found the World Heritage Cultural Center.

“The Universe gave me a chance to find my voice, to fulfill my dream of getting an education,
something no one can ever take away from me,” she began. “Witnessing your most intimate dream come true is the most beautiful thing. I wanted to, I needed to give back to the Universe, so I thought about what I value at my core. It’s family. Naturally the organization that I put my heart into is a common ground where every culture is welcome to share what matters most, our Diversity, through the Arts. Politics and Religion are left out. The hope with presenting international culture on our global platform is that respect will follow when people learn about different cultural customs and values. In the last century,
we have truly become a global world. Humans migrate and immigrate to lands far from where they were raised. Frequently, those born outside their native land feel lost in a sea of different cultures and backgrounds. Having a personal cultural identity, as well as understanding of other cultures is important.”

It may be difficult to understand how someone growing up in a small, low-technology nation could feel so connected to all of humanity, but Sattie explained that Suriname is culturally diverse itself. "Suriname is a very small country, where you will find people from every single continent and it's a harmonious environment that celebrates and respects each other cultures' and at the same time embracing their own heritage and cultural identity. Customs and values that are held on to from generations to generations away from their mother land."

 

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SATTIE PERSAUD

Founder of World Heritage Cultural Center. Senior Foreign Exchange Manager. Global Goodwill Ambassador (GGAF).

Email: sattie@mywhcc.org

“My parents taught us that love extends beyond the walls of our home,” she said. “We’re all one Family, one Human Race. Our Diversity is our strength and a gateway to our Humanity.”

BOARD MEMBERS

The WHCC board of directors are multidisciplinary, inclusive individuals who are committed to steering the organization decidedly toward realizing its comprehensive vision to build a cultural establishment for people from all walks of life.

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BARTOSZ BOREK, MBA

Senior Consultant - Finance & Treasury Services. Data Analytics.

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GITA DAKA

Entrepreneur & Interior Designer.

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DR. NAZIA M. HABIB

Cambridge University Academic. Social Entrepreneur.

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AYESHA KHANNA

International Dance Choreographer. Founder of NAURAH USA (Fashion).

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ANINDITA ANU NANDA

Scientist. Internationally Acclaimed Master Artist (Odissi), Founder of Soortaal Academy.

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RITESH PARIKH

Founder: AWESOME TV, AWSM RADIO, Top Model & Aary Films.

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WILLIAM PICCIRILLO

Chairman. Owner of The Piccirillo Group Global Goodwill Ambassador (GGAF).

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FABIENNE RICCOBONI

Cinematographer & Photographer.

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CHRISTINE SCOTT

Founder of Clever Crow Consulting & Design. Co-Publisher at Nosetouch Press.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
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JOHN GOLICZ

CEO at Unicomm and Founder of The Travel & Adventure Shows.

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CINDIA LUEST

Founder and CEO at Spice Journeys GmbH. Author of The Spice Temple: The Hidden Garden Series.

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DAVID MATHISON

CEO, CDO Club/Summit Board Director, Pace University, Lubin School of Business Transformative Leadership.

GLOBAL CITIZEN
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The Global Citizen Committee promotes cultural osmosis and integration. Chaired by Alyssa Raghu, a Guyanese/Indian and Mexican heritage singer-songwriter. Her talents became evident to the world stage on American Idol. With her guidance, this committee emboldens more youth to discover their holistic place in the global village.

ALYSSA RAGHU
Singer. Actor.
2019 Top 8 American Idol Contestant.

GLOBAL AMBASSADOR

WHCC Global Ambassadors are a passionate group of people who aligns with WHCC’s mission and acts as a representative for their cultures.

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PRIYANKA BOSE

Global Ambassador of India. Indian Actress and Model, Best Known for Her Role in “LION.”

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TERRY GAJRAJ

Global Ambassador of Guyana. Guyanese American Chutney and Chutney-Soca Artist.

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KERTTU KARON

Global Ambassador of Estonia. American Actress. Producer. Model.

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SUMILA MEHTA

Global Brand Advisor. Creative Head. Entrepreneur. Graphic Designer. UX designer.

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JESSY MOYA

Global Ambassador of Ecuador. Patron of the Arts.

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GOUTA MUMCY MPELEGE

Global Ambassador of Botswana. Founder of Rhythms of Kalahari.

We embark on this adventure with countless enthusiasts who are eager to discover how  heterogeneous our world truly is.