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Lisa Hanna
Minister of Youth and Culture
In office
6 January 2012 – 7 March 2016
Preceded byOlivia Grange
Succeeded byOlivia Grange
Member of Parliament
for Saint Ann South Eastern
Assumed office
11 September 2007
Preceded byAloun Ndombet-Assamba
Personal details
Lisa Rene Shanti Hanna

(1975-08-20) 20 August 1975 (age 48)
Political partyPeople's National Party
David Panton
(m. 1999; div. 2004)
Richard Lake
(m. 2017)
EducationQueen's School, Jamaica
Alma materUniversity of the West Indies
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Jamaica World 1993
Miss World 1993
Hair colorBlack
Eye colorBrown
Miss Jamaica World 1993
Miss World 1993
(Miss World Caribbean)

Lisa Rene Shanti Hanna (born 20 August 1975)[1] is a Jamaican politician and beauty queen who was crowned Miss World 1993,[2] becoming the third Jamaican to win the title. A member of the opposition People's National Party, Hanna currently serves as Member of Parliament for Saint Ann South East, and was Jamaica's Minister of Youth and Culture from 2012–2016. Hanna was a candidate in the 2020 People's National Party leadership election, following the PNP's defeat at the 2020 Jamaican general election and the subsequent resignation of PNP President and Opposition Leader, Peter Phillips. Hanna was defeated by Mark Golding,[3] receiving 1,444 votes to Golding's 1, 740 votes, a difference of 296 votes.



She was educated at Immaculate Preparatory School, the Queen's School, Jamaica, where she served as Head-girl, as well as where she was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador by the United Nations Development Programme. Miss Hanna earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in Communications from the University of the West Indies.[4]

Professional life


Career in entertainment


On Saturday November 27th, 1993, at a glitzy ceremony at the Sun City Resort in South Africa, Lisa won the 1993 Miss World Pageant.

In 1998, Hanna acted in the romantic comedy How Stella Got Her Groove Back.[5] In 2003, Hanna tried her hand in broadcasting, hosting a Jamaican talk show Our Voices[6] and was a guest presenter on Xtra in the United States. She returned to her country a year later and was a communications consultant for the Hilton Hotel in New Kingston.[5]

Jamaican Parliament


In the 2007 general election, as a member of the People's National Party, Hanna contested and won the seat for St. Ann South East. Hence, positioning her as a Member of Parliament for that Constituency.[7] She is one of the youngest women to be elected to the Jamaican Parliament.[8] In addition to her duties as constituency representative she served as opposition spokesperson on Information, Youth and Culture up to December 2011.[9] In the 29 December 2011 polls her party was elected into power. She was subsequently appointed as Minister of Youth and Culture.

During her tenure as Minister of Youth & Culture, Hanna developed the Green Paper for the National Youth Policy 2015–2030. This policy aimed to address the needs of all young people through partnerships with the public sector, private sector, youth organizations, NGOs, faith-based organizations, academia and with Jamaica’s international development partners.[10]

Under Hanna’s ministry, the National Foster Care programme was revamped, allowing the placement of over 855 children with 800 families. [11]

Hanna’s ministry also bolstered the Ananda Alert System which allowed 85% of missing children to be returned safely to their homes in August 2013.[12]

In 2016, Hanna shared her strategy for tackling the needs of Jamaican children at a UNICEF conference in New York City. That same year, Jamaica moved up 52 places on the UNICEF Kids Rights Index to be ranked 51 out of 163 countries. [13]

In 2015, Hanna successfully lobbied to have Jamaica’s Blue and John Crow Mountain’s declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They became the first UNESCO World Heritage Site for Jamaica and the Caribbean.[14]

On November 7, 2020 the PNP elected Mark Golding as its 6th President after he defeated challenger Hanna by 1,740 votes to 1,444 in the 2020 People's National Party leadership election.[3]

In 2021, Hanna became a weekly columnist for the Jamaica Observer, where she opined on an array of topics, from the value-added opportunities of Jamaican Agriculture to her desire to see Bob Marley named National Hero.[15] [16]

In March 2022, Hanna was appointed to APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council (IAC). Her role is to expand the Caribbean and Latin American focus in the areas of food security, trade, global economy and matters concerning gender and the security related to gender.[17]

In August 2022, she announced she would not stand in the next general election.[18]

Personal life


Lisa Hanna was born in Retreat, St. Mary Parish to Rene Hanna of Lebanese descent and Dorothy Hosang of African and Chinese descent. Hanna married David K Panton, in 1999 in New York City.[19] Hanna and Panton had a son, Alexander, born in March 2001.[19] They divorced in 2004 in Atlanta.[19] In December 2017, Hanna married Jamaican businessman Richard Lake in St. Andrew, Jamaica.[20] Together Richard Lake and Lisa Hanna run Lydford Logistics a contract manufacturing, commercial warehouse and shipping operation in Moneague, Jamaica.

See also



  1. ^ "lisa hanna birthday - Google Search". www.google.com. Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Miss Jamaica wins Miss World title". Deseret News. 28 November 1993. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Mark Golding wins presidential race for opposition party in Jamaica". Barbados Today. 8 November 2020. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Lisa Hanna MP". JAMP. Retrieved 24 March 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Wendy's partner estranged wife silent over affair". Trinidad & Tobago's Newsday. 29 January 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Lisa and Carlene team in 'Our Voices'". The Jamaica Observer. 31 March 2003. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Team PNP remains confident in Portia". The Daily Gleaner. 26 August 2008. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  8. ^ Shakespeare-Blackmore, Keisha (7 September 2007). "Women in the House". The Jamaica Gleaner. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Positioning for power". The Daily Gleaner. 12 October 2008. Archived from the original on 12 August 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Green Paper No. National Youth Policy 2015 - 2030" (PDF). Jamaica: Jamaica Information Service. 9 April 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Foster Parents are Nation-Builders". Jamaica: Child Development Agency. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  12. ^ "More Than 85 Per Cent of Missing Children Have Returned Home". Jamaica: Jamaica Information Service. 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  13. ^ "Lisa briefs UNICEF". Jamaica: The Jamaica Gleaner. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  14. ^ "Nature and Heritage at Jamaica's First UNESCO World Heritage Site". United States of America: The Luxury Travel Group. 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  15. ^ "A global vision to spice up Jamaica's agricultural exports". Jamaica: The Jamaica Observer. 29 May 2022. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  16. ^ "Bob Marley for National Hero". Jamaica: The Jamaica Observer. 3 April 2022. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  17. ^ "Lisa Hanna". United States of America: APCO Worldwide. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  18. ^ "Why Lisa Hanna is leaving representational politics". jamaica-gleaner.com. 9 August 2022. Retrieved 4 April 2023.
  19. ^ a b c Horowitz, Jason. In College Roommate David Panton, Ted Cruz Finds Unwavering Support, New York Times, 23 April 2016.
  20. ^ "Lisa Hanna ties the knot with businessman Richard Lake". Jamaica: Loop. 9 December 2017. Archived from the original on 9 January 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by Miss World
Succeeded by
Preceded by
The Bahamas Jody Weech
Miss World Caribbean
Succeeded by
Cayman Islands Anita Bush
Preceded by
Julie Bradford
Miss Jamaica World
Succeeded by
Johanna Ulett
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Youth and Culture
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Saint Ann South Eastern