Dr. Jane Thomason

Dr. Jane Thomason

CEO at Abt Associates Australia, Global Social Policy Advisor, Member Devex Impact Strategic Advisory Council.
Dr Thomason is a development entrepreneur and innovator who has built her own company and has been a leader of a wide range of development programs globally, regionally and in Australia, Asia and the Pacific (including long term assignments in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Philippines). She has worked in senior roles for the Asian Development Bank, WHO, World Bank, USAID and AusAID, and in Public Private Partnerships with the extractive industries. She has also held key Australian appointments including Queensland Director of Women’s Health, CEO of the Queensland Royal Children’s Hospital, Commissioner on the Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse in Queensland, Chairman of the Wesley Hospital Board, Member of the Uniting Health Care Board, the International Operations Committee of the Red Cross, the Consultative Council of the Australian Centre for International Tropical Health and Nutrition and the Aid Advisory Council to the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Alexander Downer), Member of the Burnett Institute Board, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Adviser to the WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women's and Children's Health, Geneva, Switzerland and on a Global Working group on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics. She has published on Papua New Guinea, health systems, decentralisation, public private partnerships and civil registration and vital statistics.

Since merging with Abt Associates Dr Thomason has led the growth and diversification of Abt JTA to achieve a tripling of revenue and diversification into governance and women's empowerment. She takes her position as a role model for future women leaders seriously and actively mentors young women with leadership potential. She is an active supporter of innovation and new technologies, especially blockchain, and their application to the problems of the poor.
PNG Central Bank signs MOU to launch Blockchain Technology

PNG Central Bank signs MOU to launch Blockchain Technology

PNG is a geographically diverse country where financial services must overcome limited physical infrastructure and difficult logistical challenges....

CEO Seat: Dr. Jane Thomason on giving back

CEO Seat: Dr. Jane Thomason on giving back | National Australia Bank

Public health expert Dr Jane Thomason has spent over 30 years working on health and development programs across the Asia-Pacific region; 16 of them as Chief Executive Officer of JTA International, the company she founded in 1999...

​New Paradigms for Innovation in the International Development Ecosystem

​New Paradigms for Innovation in the International Development Ecosystem

How do we learn from the world of business, the rapidly changing world of startups and the sharing economy to change the way we do development?

Does aid have a future?

Does aid have a future?

On the other side of the world, leading development thinkers are providing thought provoking contributions on aid that are worth following as we reflect on the future of the Australian aid program...

Tokyo Talks | Dr. Jane Thomason @ Little Tokyo Two

Let's Talk with Dr. Jane Thomason! Enjoy the inspirational story of care and dedication. Dr. Jane Thomason has lead her brilliant career and life into expeditions overseas and has come back to tell all! An incredible teacher and professional that just has to be heard!

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