A lifetime entrepreneur, Hanan is a multi-award-winning film producer whose most recent film, Despite the Falling Snow, is the recipient of 13 awards and stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible) and Charles Dance. She is currently developing a slate of movie and TV projects focused on female protagonists and filmmakers, including The Athena Protocol for TV alongside Village Roadshow.
Hanan’s first feature film I Can’t Think Straight debuted at Palm Springs Festival and won 11 awards. Her follow up movie The World Unseen had its debut at Toronto Film Festival before going on to garner 23 awards internationally. Her 2011 feature documentary and directorial debut, The House of Tomorrow was inspired by the TEDxHolyLand conference that Hanan co-curated in Jerusalem.
Hanan runs film production companies in the UK (Enlightenment Productions) and Canada (SK Enlightenment Films Canada).
Hanan is a member of BAFTA and Women in Film. She was selected for the TIFF Producers Lab and has spoken on panels at conferences such as DLD Women as well as at BAFTA and the BFI. She has also raised money for causes including the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.
Hanan also maintains and actively grows a portfolio of investment properties in the UK and US.
Her previous businesses included creating her own hair care brand, Te Tao, distributed in Boots, Tesco and Superdrug, a range which Marie Claire called ‘beauty with a conscience’ as well as Tabun Kitchen, a modern Palestinian restaurant in London’s Soho. The restaurant won Lux magazine’s award for Middle Eastern Cafe, London and was also nominated for the Best New Casual Dining Concept at the Casual Dining Awards.
Hanan won ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Kingston Business Awards as well as ‘Best Creative Sector Business’ and was a finalist in the ‘Breaking the Mould’ Awards for 2014. As an acclaimed author of marketing book ‘Grow Your Profits’, Hanan was invited to give Google Workshops at both the British Business Show at the Excel Centre, and the Scottish Business Show in 2013.
Hanan holds a BA from Baylor University in Texas and a Masters in International Relations from the University of San Diego. More recently, she received a Masters in Online Marketing from the University of San Francisco.