Hanaan has 18 years of investment experience leading transactions, strategic partnerships and portfolio management with equity funds including Actis Energy and Blue Ridge Capital, with a focus on emerging markets. She founded Gridworks, the $300 million African energy utility investment company capitalised by CDC Group. She is an expert on African infrastructure with numerous publications and holds a PhD from the University of Oxford. She has sat on numerous company and non-profit boards including Eneo, the national electricity utility of Cameroon, and Virunga Energies, the power company of the Virunga National Park in the DRC.