Sarina Russo with former US President Bill Clinton
23 June 1951
Castiglione, Sicily Italy
She was born in Castiglione, Sicily, Italy on the 23rd of June 1951. Her father Antonio emigrated to Brisbane from Italy in 1952. He was followed by her mother Maria and three older siblings in 1956. They grew up in the Brisbane suburb of Spring Hill. Russo attended St Stephen's Primary School and later All Hallows' School in Fortitude Valley.
Having worked in various legal secretary roles and as a part-time typing teacher over the years, Russo launched her own business ‘The Office Business Academy’ in 1979. The business has grown to incorporate job placement services, recruitment services, workplace training and international education. The Sarina Russo | Group of Companies is made up of: Sarina Russo Job Access Australia & Great Britain; Sarina Russo Institute, James Cook University Brisbane; Russo Recruitment; Sarina Russo Apprenticeships; VOICE Psychologists and Allied Professionals; Sarina Russo Global Initiative (not-for-profit arm) and Sarina Investments.
A graduate of the Harvard Business School Owner / President Management Program, Sarina is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Queensland Premier’s Advisory Board, the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard Business School), the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World, and has been the Chairman and Trustee of the Jupiter’s Casino Community Benefit Fund since 1995.
- de Silva, Margaret. (2011). "Candidate # 6: Sarina Russo". Person of the Year 2011, bmag. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
- "Entrepreneur - It's a Long Way To The Top" by Mortgage Business 12 March 2008
- "Sarina Russo - The Hard Way" by Roger Thompson for Harvard Business School Alumni Bulletin December 2006
- "Empires & Dragons – Sarina Russo" by Camille Howard for Dynamic Business Magazine 19 January 2007