Alexandra Russell

Chief Risk Officer at Sasol

Alexandra Russell has extensive work experience spanning over several organizations. Alexandra is currently a Faculty Member at the Global Compliance Institute since 2023. Prior to this, they held various roles at Sasol, including Chief Risk Officer and VP SHE: Strategy, Policy and Sustainability from 2011 to 2020. Additionally, they worked as a Manager of Governance Risk and Compliance & Supply Chain at Sasol from 2011 to 2014. Before joining Sasol, Alexandra worked at Barclays Corporate & Investment Bank as COO Legal from 2005 to 2011. Alexandra also served as In-house Legal Counsel at Absa Capital from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, they worked as an Associate at Prinsloo, Tindle & Andropoulos Inc from 2000 to 2002 and as an Articled Clerk at Rabin, Van den Berg & Pelkowitz, Johannesburg from 1997 to 1998.

Alexandra Russell has a diverse education history. Alexandra attended the University of the Witwatersrand from 1992 to 1997, obtaining both a Master's degree and an LLM in Law. During this time, they also earned a BA in Law and English, with a focus on Afrikaans and English. In 1998, they pursued an Elementary Public Relations degree with distinction at the PRISA Public Relations Institute of South Africa. Recently, they attended ESMT Berlin from 2017 to 2018, where they completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Management and an Executive Transition Programme in Management studies. Additionally, in 2017, they participated in The Prince of Wales' Business and Sustainability Programme at the Cambridge Education Group and completed GRI Standards Certified Training in Sustainability Reporting at the Global Reporting Initiative.


Previous companies

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  • Chief Risk Officer

    November, 2020 - present

  • VP She: Strategy, Policy And Sustainability

    June, 2014

  • Manager: Governance Risk And Compliance & Supply Chain

    June, 2011

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