Born and raised in France, Therese Hayes’ interest in Indian culture started in London, under the influence of her Indian dentist. Later she studied Far Eastern Civilization at the University of Washington, USA.
Twenty years ago Therese Hayes became one of the initial sponsors when the Palm Springs International Film Festival was created. Although still a sponsor, her primary dedication has been to bring quality Indian cinema to the Palm Springs Festival as well as other festivals, including the Bangkok International Film Festival.
Therese Hayes used to be a consultant coordinator for the Mumbai Film Festival. She is on the board of Film Trust India and various other advisory panels. In 2003 she co-founded Dreamnotes Inc. with Ustad Nishat Khan for the promotion of Indian Classical Music and produced four concerts.