Hanan 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 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.
She began her career after university in the US by working with her family’s business in Amman. She was placed in charge of the L’Oreal agency in Jordan and, after training in Paris, she took turnover from £200,000 to over £2 million.
Hanan’s subsequent businesses included distributing the Nicky Clarke and Molton Brown brands across the Middle and Far East.
After this, Hanan created her own hair care brand, Te Tao, distributed in Boots, Tesco and Superdrug, a range Marie Claire called ‘beauty with a conscience’.
Most recently, Hanan created Tabun Kitchen, a modern Palestinian restaurant in London’s Soho. The restaurant won Lux magazine’s award and was nominated for Best New Casual Dining Concept.
She 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. As an acclaimed author of marketing book ‘Grow Your Profits’, Hanan has given workshops at both the British Business Show and the Scottish Business Show.
Hanan has raised money for numerous causes including the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, often through black tie premieres of her own films.
She also co-curated the TEDxHolyLand conference in East Jerusalem, an event that brought together women from all sides of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, and that resulted in her documentary, The House of Tomorrow.