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Sarina Russo
Managing Director
Sarina Russo Group of Companies
Australia
  • Founder and Managing Director of Sarina Russo Group of Companies, a leader in education, training and employment since 1979 consisting of:
    • Employment businesses - Sarina Russo Job Access (Australia & Great Britain); Russo Recruitment; Sarina Russo Apprenticeship Services; VOICE Psychologists and Allied Professionals and
    • Educational Businesses - Sarina Russo Institute and James Cook University Brisbane;
    • Philanthropic Businesses - Sarina Russo Global Initiative (not-for-profit arm) and Sarina Russo Foundation
    • Property Business - Sarina Investments.
  • Member of Clinton Global Initiative since 2008
  • Member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard Business School) since 2003
  • Former member of Board of Directors, Challenger Financial Services (2006 – 2008)
  • Recognised in Paris as one of the forty Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World in 2002. A member of the Leading Women Entrepreneurs World Advisory Board since 2006
  • A graduate of the Harvard Business School (USA) Owner/President Management Program
  • Youngest and first female member of the Queensland Chapter of the International Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO) and now a member of the World Presidents’ Organisation (WPO)
  • Member of the Queensland Premier’s Advisory Board since 2000
  • Chairman and Trustee of the Jupiter’s Casino Community Benefit Fund since 1995
  • Member of the Queensland Education and Training Export Board (2002 – 2010)
  • Member of the Council for Multicultural Australia Board (2005 – 2006).
  • Member of the Queensland Tourism Board (2002 – 2009)
  • Member of the Lord Mayor’s Community Trust Board (1995 – 2010)
  • Member of the Australiana Fund to raise funds to acquire and preserve a permanent collection of art works that are Australian by origin or by association
  • Appointed Honorary Ambassador for the City of Brisbane by the then Lord Mayor Jim Soorley in 1996
  • Awarded the Multicultural Achievers Award by Queensland Government by Queensland Premier Peter Beattie in 2006
  • Won the Women in Business Award – Personal and Other Services Industry category in 2006
  • Recipient of the Centenary Medal for distinguished service to education in 2001 
  • Entrepreneurial Judge (Dragon) on Channel Seven’s international reality television show Dragons’ Den (2005).  Other Dragon’s include Simon Reynolds Creative Director, Love Communications; Peter Higgins Founder of Mortgage Choice; Darryn Lyons Chairman & CEO BIG Group of Companies; and Suzi Dafnis Director, Pow Wow Events
  • Celebrated 25 years as on-air host of television infomercial - ‘How to Get That Job’
  • Co-authored a motivational biography and business book “Meet me at the Top” with Russ Gleeson in 2002 
  • Elected by the people of Queensland as one of the Australian Republican Movement delegates to the Australian Constitution Convention in Canberra in 1998