Philanthropist and businesswoman Jane Hansen joins OA Board of Directors

Opera Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of highly respected businesswoman, and one of Victoria’s most prominent philanthropists, Jane Hansen to its Board of Directors.

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Philanthropist and businesswoman Jane Hansen joins OA Board of Directors

Chairman of the Opera Australia Board, David Mortimer AO is delighted to welcome Ms Hansen to the Opera Australia family.

“We’re thrilled to have such a remarkable and accomplished woman on our Board. I know Jane will bring a wealth of experience to the table, from both her business career and the work she undertakes in the arts, sporting and education sectors. I know Jane will make an outstanding contribution to the Board and Opera Australia as a whole.”

Opera Australia CEO, Rory Jeffes echoed Mr Mortimer’s sentiments and highlighted Ms Hansen’s passion for culture and the arts.

“We’re incredibly fortunate to have someone with Ms Hansen’s level of engagement and experience across Australia’s cultural landscape and leading public institutions. I know we will be a richer company with Ms Hansen on our Board.”

Jane Hansen – Background
Ms Hansen is a Company Director with more than 20 years investment banking and management experience in London, New York and Australia. Currently Chair and CEO of the Hansen Little Foundation and all associated philanthropic initiatives, Jane was formerly a mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance specialist at Macquarie Bank and First Boston/Credit Suisse.

Jane joined the Board of the Melbourne Theatre Company in February 2015 and is also the inaugural Chair of the theatre company’s Foundation. She is the Deputy Chancellor and a Member of the Council of the University of Melbourne, and sits on the Melbourne University Humanities Foundation and is Deputy Chair of the Believe Campaign. Jane also sits on the Board of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. Previous directorships include the MCG Trust, the State Sport Centres Trust, the federal body of Athletics Australia and the Foundation of the State Library of Victoria.
Jane Hansen holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Monash University, a Masters Degree in Finance and Business Administration from Columbia University in New York, and is currently undertaking an Arts Degree majoring in History at Melbourne University.

Jane and her husband Paul Little established the Hansen Little Foundation in 2015 with Ms Hansen in the role of Chair and Chief Executive. The Hansen Little Foundation is a philanthropic body built on the values and methods the couple applied in their corporate careers.

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