Alexan obtained a Masters degree in 1997. Alexan also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Practice through the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business in June 2010 and graduated with distinction.

Alexan started her career at Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). She was involved in various aspects of research but her primary responsibility was the master sample that was used for drawing samples for household surveys.

She joined Ipsos in September 2004 as the Sampling/GIS Manager and was involved in sample designs for both probability and non-probability studies. In June 2006, she was promoted to Research Services Director. Alexan was the Business Unit Director of Operations from 2009 to 2011.Alexan was also the Head of Quality and Information Security from 2011 to 2012. She was promoted to Business Excellence Director in 2012 to August 2013. Alexan was instrumental in assisting Ipsos South Africa to obtain ISO 20252 (market research standard) and 27001 (information security standard) accreditation. Alexan was the Research Excellence Director at Ipsos ASI from September 2013 to February 2016 when she joined Kantar. Alexan Carrilho, is the Operations Director: Nigeria. She is accountable for all data collection, project management, scripting and data processing of projects. She is also accountable for the implementation of the data protection programme across Africa and Middle East (AME). She was the AME Training and Process Manager for Kantar where she was responsible for the development of 12 modules in the Operations Accreditation programme for Operations. Last year, Alexan was on a short term assignment assisting operationally in Nigeria in 2018 and is now based in Nigeria as the Operations Director. Alexan is passionate about all aspects of research and loves to share her knowledge.

Alexan has been on the Southern Africa Marketing Research Associations Board for the past 8 years although her involvement with SAMRA is longer than this. Alexan was the SAMRA chairperson in 2013/2014 and 2017/2018.

On a personal note, Alexan is a seasoned traveler and lives in Lagos, Nigeria and has lived in Johannesburg, Cape Town, US, Greece and New Zealand. Alexan enjoys socializing with friends and family, photography and adventuresJ