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Jane Thomason

Chief Executive Officer, Abt Associates, and Senior Advisor, International Social Policy


Jane Thomason is the chief executive officer of Abt Associates-Australia. Dr. Thomason established JTA International in 1999 and has successfully led its growth, building from an initial portfolio of aid programs to diversify into the mining sector and develop Australian operations. In 2013, JTA International became Abt JTA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abt Associates.

Dr. Thomason has worked extensively in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific, Mongolia and the Philippines and has held executive roles in Australia and internationally, including: Chair of the Wesley Hospital Board; Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Royal Children’s Hospital; Director of Women’s Health in Queensland; Senior Social Sector Specialist at the Asian Development Bank in Manila; and head of the Department of Community Medicine at the University of PNG and adviser to the Health Metrics Network Executive Board at WHO, Geneva, where she focused on building regional partnerships to improve country civil registration and vital statistics systems. Dr Thomason has led several multi-country research studies, including Health Sector Reform in Asia and  Private Sector Growth in the Health Sector in Asia, as well a number of health impact assessments and PPP designs on behalf of resource sector clients. She is frequently invited to assist global organizations to develop their future strategies.

Dr. Thomason has a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, a Master’s degree in Public Health (Tropical) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Social Work, majoring in Community Development, from the University of Queensland.