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.

Hanaan is participating at the sixth annual Africa Investment Exchange: Gas meeting in 2020.