Carina is a highly accomplished executive with extensive experience in the mining and financial services industries. As an admitted advocate of the High Court of
South Africa, she brings a wealth of legal expertise to her roles. Carina’s academic achievements include an Advanced Management Programme from Harvard
Business School, an LLM in Extractive Industry Law in Africa (cum laude), an LLM in Labour Law, FGIS certification, a PMD (cum laude), an Advanced Labour
Law (cum laude), and an LLB degree.
Carina has made significant contributions to the governance and corporate sectors during her career. She is a fellow and past president of the Chartered
Governance Institute of Southern Africa and has also served as the past president of the Corporate Secretaries International Association. During her tenure
on the boards of these associations, Carina collaborated with prominent international organisations such as the International Finance Corporation and the World Trade Organisation, fostering global governance aspirations and thought leadership.
Over the past two decades, Carina has demonstrated her commitment to excellence through various roles as a non-executive director and audit committee member and chair in both public service and commercial companies. Notably, she served on the audit committee of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa for approximately nine years. As a respected thought leader, Carina has co-authored numerous academic publications on governance-related topics. Her thought leadership papers and articles have been published in various reputable outlets. She is also a sought-after speaker, having presented in numerous national and international conferences, including cities such as Bangkok, Dubai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Mumbai, New York, New Delhi, and Sao Paulo.
One of the highlights of Carina’s illustrious career was her appointment as one of the youngest executives responsible for governance at a Top 40 listed company in 2011. During her tenure as Group Secretary and Legal at Exxaro Resources Limited, Carina received several prestigious governance-related awards, including the top award in the Nkonki Integrated Reporting Awards and the Best Corporate Governance Award (mining category, Africa region) from Ethical Boardroom Magazine for 2015.
Since joining Alexforbes, Carina has continued to excel, leading her team to receive numerous external accolades. Her accomplishments include being awarded
General Counsel of the Year in the African Legal Awards 2020 (also shortlisted in 2019 and 2022), recognised as a Corporate and National Positive Role Model in the 8th Gender Mainstreaming Awards 2020, and named the SADC country winner for Financial Services in the Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards 2019.
Carina has played a pivotal role in executing the revised group strategy at Alexforbes, overseeing transformative merger and acquisition transactions, including the recent investment from the New York listed Prudential Financial Inc. Her exceptional leadership led to her also being entrusted with groupwide executive accountability for sustainability in June 2022. Under her guidance, a comprehensive sustainability strategy has been developed, including the establishment of the Alexforbes Impact Centre of Excellence, which focuses on executing the group’s strategic objective of becoming a force for good. Carina’s vision for a new retirement fund of the future™ has set the standard for embracing sustainability and ESG in the retirement fund industry, ensuring resilience and sustainable benefits for the future.
Executive: Governance, Legal, Compliance and Sustainability Appointed: 1 October 2017 Carina is also the South African Chapter Lead for Global Leaders in Law, further demonstrating her leadership and influence within the legal and governance community. With her expertise in the mining and financial services sectors, Carina brings a unique perspective to her role, driving impactful change and advancements in global governance practices.
Carina’s passion for her excellence and dedication to driving positive change make her a standout figure in her field. Her extensive achievements and expertise have earned her recognition as an influential figure both locally and internationally.
- Advanced Management Programme (Harvard Business School)
- LLM: Extractive industry law in Africa (cum laude)
- LLM: Labour Law
- PMD (cum laude)
- Advanced Labour Law (cum laude)