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Macro & emerging Risk landscape

Panel 3

Understanding the evolving Macro risk landscape and impacts on African and Corporate organisations across the continent. Addressing key uncertainties, and their impact on business and market opportunities they present in a developing market context.


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Alexandra Russell is the Chief Risk Officer of Sasol, a chemicals and energy company that safely and sustainably sources, produces and markets a range of high-quality products on a global scale.

She is a dynamic, results-driven admitted attorney with a proven track record of performance delivery in over 20 years of experience. From project managing regulatory projects to stakeholder management, her expertise also covers strategic thought leadership and governance, risk and compliance (GRC) management with a particular focus on sustainability. She holds a Sustainability Management Certificate by Cambridge University and completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Management, Business Studies at the Berlin ESMT. Alexandra was awarded an Africa Sustainability Leadership Award in 2016 in recognition of her contribution to sustainability thought leadership.

She is currently a trustee on the Sasol Siyaka Trust which offers loan funding to help develop qualifying South African entities service their contracts while growing their businesses. She was also a member of the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety (ACOHS) as specialist for Occupational Safety general management, with an in-depth knowledge on the legal application and interpretation of SHE regulations.

She was a project finance legal specialist for Absa Capital for 7 years, while also managing several large regulatory change projects. At Sasol, she led and directed strategy formulation, implementation and execution for the Governance, Risk and Regulatory Compliance function across, initially, the Sasol Gas operations and then now, as CRO, internationally. Prior to her role as CRO, she served as the VP: Strategy, Policy and Sustainability and the function won several awards under her leadership in particular for sustainability reporting. Thanks to her analytical skills, she is able to build strategic alliances at a senior leadership level and provide solutions to deliver key business objectives. In addition, her strong drive for achievement and to excel together with her ability to motivate and encourage people allows her to enhance performance as well as to make the case for change.

Samresh is Director (Partner) in the Deloitte South African practice where he leads the Cyber Risk business across Africa.

He is a passionate cybersecurity professional with over 20 years of experience in the Sub-Saharan cybersecurity market. Core experience spans deep technical roles through to executive business and people management, across market sectors.

Samresh is a member of the Deloitte Risk Advisory Africa Leadco where he contributes to the strategic leadership of the broader business. His focus area will be to contribute towards continuous efforts to position our Deloitte Cyber practice as the undisputed leader with our key clients. He will also expand our market coverage through our Operate services to alleviate client cyber challenges.

Mark leads the Deloitte Africa Sustainability and Climate Integrated Market offerings and has extensive experience providing both Assurance and Advisory ESG related services across a number of industries. Mark is also focussed on providing broader Governance, Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance and Control transformation services to clients, helping to enhance functional mandates and embedded practices across organisations.

George is a Director leading the Public Sector practice at Deloitte Africa, with over 19 years consulting experience. His specific experience spans various industries including Public Sector, Manufacturing, Mining, Power and Automotive. He has executed a wide variety of work including large transformation projects, strategy development and implementation projects, technology implementations for clients such as Municipal Demarcation Board, National Department of Tourism, Airports Company South Africa, Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency, Department of Basic Education, City Power, Department of Planning Monitoring & Evaluation, Nampak , National Ports Authority, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) and EDI Holdings. He has also consulted on key issues in the Power sector including security of supply, restructuring of the sector and technology adoption.

Hannah leads the Insights team at Deloitte Africa, which specialises in producing thought leadership, cross-industry business issue and economic insights publications for the firm. In this capacity, Hannah also leads Knowledge Management for Deloitte Africa. Hannah also serves as the firm’s acting Chief Economist since November 2022. Over the last almost 17 years, Hannah has worked with corporate and government leaders, providing research, analysis and insights that assist in strategy formulation and implementation in Africa and emerging markets. Hannah has previously been visiting faculty at the University of Stellenbosch Business School and has lectured at various local and international business schools. Hannah has also led and facilitated international trade, investment and research delegations into Africa, Asia and Europe.