• Barbara Schwepcke
    (CEO & Founder)

    Dr Barbara Schwepcke is the founder of Gingko as well as the chair of its board of trustees. After receiving her doctorate from the London School of Economics she worked as a publisher for Prospect Magazine. She later founded Haus Publishing, an independent publishing house based in London, in 2003.

  • Melanie Gibson
    (Executive Trustee)

    Melanie Gibson is Senior Editor of the Gingko Library Arts Series. 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.

  • Harry Hall
    (Executive Trustee)

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

  • Mena Mark Hanna
    (Trustee)

    Professor Mena Mark Hanna is Dean of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, Berlin. He received his Ph.D. from Oxford University’s Merton College, where he studied musicology and music composition. Hanna was assistant artistic director and dramaturg at Houston Grand Opera, and visiting scholar and lecturer in musicology at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

  • Paul Hannon
    (Trustee)

    Paul Hannon is a graduate of Yale University Law School and Harvard Business School. An International Commercial Arbitrator, he was Vice President of the Court and member of the Board of Directors of the London Court of International Arbitration. A Member and Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American University in Cairo, he holds an honorary degree from the same university.

  • Axel Hansing
    (Trustee)

    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.

  • George Manginis
    (Trustee)

    George is a Member of the Executive Committee of the Benaki Museum in Athens and Honorary Fellow at The University of Edinburgh. 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.

  • Edoardo Braschi
    (Sales Manager)

    Edoardo Braschi is freelance Sales Manager for Gingko. He earned a Master’s Degree in Contemporary History at the University of Florence with a thesis on the German occupation of Italy during World War Two. His main filed of research lies in both local and national contemporary Italian history. His publications include Lavoravo alla Todt. La Costruzione della Linea Gotica in Mugello (2010). He moved to London in 2012 where he lives with his wife and son.

  • Aran Byrne
    (Commissioning Editor)

    Aran is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in Arabic, and of the University of Oxford where he received a Master’s in Oriental Studies. He has worked in publishing for over four years and is translator of On Literature and Philosophy, a collection of essays by Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz.

  • Edward Lewis
    (Programme Director)

    Edward has over twelve years consolidated experience contributing towards development initiatives in the Middle East and Africa for various international organisations including the UN, Anna Lindh Foundation and European Commission. As a freelance journalist he has reported from across the Middle East for media outlets including BBC Radio 4, Geographical and The Guardian.