Jane Sloane comes to Global Fund as Vice President of Development with Women’s World Banking in New York – an organisation that, through its 39 network partners, provides microfinance and to 26 million people, 80% of whom are women. WWB is the largest global microfinance organization with a specific focus on women and also provides access to health insurance in order to particularly improve maternal health outcomes. Jane has previously held executive positions for seven social sector organizations including World Vision, Marie Stopes International, International Women’s Development Agency, Austrade, World Vision, Sydney Media Centre for the Sydney Olympic Games and the Social Entrepreneurs Network where she was the founding CEO.
In her time as Executive Director, International Women’s Development Agency, Jane led an Asia Pacific Breakthrough initiative with the Women, Faith and Development Alliance which attracted almost $1.2 billion in funding commitments to benefit women and girls in the Asia Pacific region.
Jane was inspired in her work by time spent with Nelson Mandela in 2000 where he encouraged her to focus on conflict resolution and citizen led change. Her commitment in the field of human rights and public policy has been recognized with a 2012 Advance Global Australian Award for her work with women and girls, an Asia Pacific Business Women’s Council Woman of Distinction Award, a Churchill Fellowship to improve Humanitarian Emergency Response Models for Australia and the region after the Asian tsunami, an Australian Government Endeavour Professional Award focused on increasing Pacific women’s political participation, a Vietnam Women’s Union Humanitarian Medal, an Australian Davos Connection Leadership Award and a Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Fellowship. She is also one of the original 75 Australian climate change presenters trained by Al Gore.
Jane holds a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney and a BA (Hons History) from the University of Adelaide. She serves on the Board of the International Women’s Funding Network and is a Patron of Marie Stopes International.