Working to improve mutual understanding between the Middle East and the West


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Barbara Schwepcke

Dr Barbara Schwepcke is the founder of Gingko and serves as the charity’s CEO. After receiving her doctorate from the London School of Economics she worked as a publisher for Prospect Magazine. In 2003 she founded Haus Publishing.

Harry Hall

Harry Hall is a founding member of Gingko and has served as an Executive Trustee since 2014 and as Chair of Trustees since 2020. He is the Managing Director of Haus Publishing, an independent London-based trade publisher of quality non-fiction, founded in 2003.

Melanie Gibson

Dr Melanie Gibson is Senior Editor of the Gingko Library Arts Series and joined the board as an Executive Trustee in 2018. After studying for a B.A. in Arabic at St. Anne’s College Oxford, she received her M.A. and Ph.D. from SOAS, University of London. Since 2005 she has lectured regularly at SOAS, the Courtauld Institute of Art and other academic institutions. Her publications focus on sculpture, ceramics and glass produced around the Islamic world.

Stephen Sklaroff

Dr Stephen Sklaroff studied Biochemistry at the Universities of Edinburgh and London. He worked on UK energy policy in the 1980s, including the privatisation of the electricity and gas industries, and served in the British Embassy in Washington. He was Director of Communications for the Department of Trade and Industry in the 1990s. From 2000 to 2019 he held senior positions, including Chief Executive, in representative organisations for the financial services industry. He is a Freeman of the City of London, and trustee of a number of local and national charities.

George Manginis

Dr George Manginis is Academic Director of the Benaki Museum in Athens. Since 2001 he has been teaching theory of art history and archaeology, history of Islamic and Byzantine art and architecture and history of Chinese ceramics at SOAS and the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is the author of Mount Sinai: A History of Travellers and Pilgrims and China Rediscovered: The Benaki Museum Collection of Chinese Ceramics.

Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour

Dr Mohammed Gamal Abdelnour is the Imam of Bath Mosque. He graduated as valedictorian of his class with a bachelor’s in Religious Studies in 2011 (Al-Azhar University) and completed his MA in Theology at the University of Durham, UK (2014). Gamal holds a PhD from SOAS University of London in Comparative Theology. Besides the services that he does for Bath mosque, Gamal teaches and does research in Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion at SOAS, the University of London.

Axel Hansing

Axel Hansing is a Partner at Coller Capital, Ltd. He attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School and has over 40 years of experience in international corporate real estate and investment banking, including private equity investment.