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Alessandra Berry Ward Beriddge

Executive Vice-President: Commercial and Partnerships De Beers


Alessandra was appointed Executive Vice-President, Commercial and Partnerships at De Beers in February 2018.

​Skills and Experience​​


Alessandra was Lead Legal Counsel for Anglo American from 2013 to 2018, leading on mergers and acquisitions and strategic transactions.  Previously, she was Group General Counsel for De Beers Group from 2008.  She has also served as a Director of De Beers UK, De Beers Group Services and De Beers Marine.


Before joining De Beers, she was a partner at Webber Wentzel, Africa's largest law firm.


Alessandra is a qualified lawyer with a BA in English, Philosophy and Law and an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.  She is also an Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.