Dr. Randall Carolissen was born in Cape Town, South Africa and attended Florida High School in Ravensmead.
At the age of twenty, having completed a B.Sc degree, Dr Carolissen started work as an industrial engineer at Firestone in Port Elizabeth and this enabled him to support his siblings to complete their studies. After three years he returned to work at the university to pursue studies on a part-time basis. Randall established himself as a physicist following the attainment of a PhD (MSc cum laude) in nano-physics. He followed that with a MBA (cum laude) specialising in International Finance from the University of Stellenbosch. He corporatized the business arm of the South African Bureau of Standards, effecting a major turnaround in competitiveness and financial sustainability.
He completed a Masters in International Tax and is currently heading up Tax and Customs Institute of the South African Revenue Services and is overall responsible for research, economic modelling and training .
Dr Carolissen accumulated many prestigious international academic awards and considered to a leading fiscal authority in South Africa. Under his leadership the South African tax regime was able to respond robustly to the past global financial crisis.
As a social activist he assumed several leadership positions, advancing the causes of the poor and marginalised. With his spouse Nadia they establishing a formal settlement for 300 homeless families. They raised funds internationally to build a childcare facility, which since 1992 prepared more than 100 underprivileged children each year for school whilst also providing food and shelter. His family founded a bursary fund in 2014 to ensure that poor school leavers from his place of birth can enrol for University education. He is currently serving his second term as the chairperson of the University of the Witwatersrand, the leading university on the African continent.