Who We Are

Carina Tenewaa Kanbi - Founder

Carina Tenewaa Kanbi is a Doctoral fellow at the African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS), based at the University of Witwatersrand. Her latest doctoral thesis titled 'The West African Wave: Understanding Creative Cosmopolitanism, Lifeworlds, and Mobility within the Continent's Cultural Capitals' focuses on belonging, translocalism, placemaking and mobility between and within West African cities. Carina has worked for organisations within the African arts; Invisible Borders, Africa in Motion Film festival and the British Council. She currently sits on the board of Khan Foundation Nigeria and is operations manager for ‘A Long House’, a Nigerian based online literary platform that is designed to rethink what it means to be African today.

Victoria Cooke - Founder

Victoria Cooke is the Director of Gallery 1957 in Accra, Ghana - a gallery presenting leading artists working across West Africa and the diaspora. Victoria launched the Yaa Asantewaa Prize in 2021, the first-ever dedicated art prize for women on the continent. Victoria has previously lived, worked and researched extensively across West Africa including Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Sierra Leone. Before joining Gallery 1957, Victoria worked at David Zwirner, London. In September 2020 Victoria was selected as one of Apollo’s 40 under 40 within the African Arts.

Hiba Fawaz - Marketing & Communications Manager

Hiba Fawaz is a skilled manager at Aya Editions with a passion for art and a deep understanding of digital marketing and branding. She is responsible for managing the firm’s website, social media presence, and inventory of artwork, ensuring that all digital assets are up-to-date, visually appealing, and easily navigable.
She provides exceptional customer service, responding to inquiries from potential buyers and art enthusiasts and providing detailed information about the artists and their works.
She has also been involved in managing specific projects for AYA Academy, including initial official registration, and helping to coordinate online exhibitions.
With her combination of technical skills and marketing expertise, Hiba Fawaz is an invaluable member of Aya Editions team who plays a vital role in the art firm's success.