Our people, their combined skillsets & years of relevant experience set them apart

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Thando Vilakazi


Thando Vilakazi is Executive Director at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg, specialising in academic research, teaching and advice on competition policy and industrial development issues.

He is also currently an Economist at Acacia Economics providing consulting services on various competition and regulation matters. He previously worked as an economist in the Policy and Research Division at the Competition Commission of South Africa, and has provided teaching and advisory services to competition authorities, regulators and private enterprises in South Africa and various African countries.

Thando has extensive experience in conducting competition law investigations and academic research in a range of sectors including cement, glass, fuel, cross-border road transport, mobile financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, airlines, sugar and retail. At CCRED, he has led research on regional integration, barriers to entry, competition and inclusive growth, and industrial development.

He is a PhD candidate (Economics) at UJ, and holds a BBusSc (Economics) and Master’s degree (Applied Economics) from the University of Cape Town. Thando has published several peer reviewed book chapters in HSRC Press and Wits University Press publications, as well as in The African Journal for Information and Communication, Development Southern Africa, and Review of African Political Economy.

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Prof. Jo Seldeslachts

Senior Associate

Professor Jo Seldeslachts is a visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg, Professor of Industrial Organisation at KU Leuven, and Senior Research Fellow at DIW, Berlin.

He has held teaching and research appointments in many institutions including University of Amsterdam, Pompeu Fabra Barcelona and University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Jo has provided expert economic analysis and advice for a number of authorities including the competition authorities of the UK, the Netherlands and the European Commission. This has included ex-post analysis of antitrust decisions in European energy and telecom markets, as welll as a wide range of competition martters.

Jo has published extensively including in the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Industrial Economics, and the International Journal of Industrial Organisation.


Mark Burke

Project Management & Strategic Planning Specialist

Mark started working as a researcher in the field of small business development and trade and industrial policy for the African National Congress Parliamentary Research Department based Cape Town in 1995.

At the time, his work mainly focused on the policy environment. He later joined Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency where he focused on the conceptualisation, design, development and implementation of small business development programmes. One of the major areas of work during this time was the establishment and strengthening of a national network of business development service providers. Since 2000 he has been Managing Partner at Development@Work specialising in economic development and education and training services.

Mark has been involved in numerous performance improvement assignments in the public sector, focusing on organisational strategy, transformation, programme design and implementation projects. He has worked with, and managed, both small and large teams of people. He has provided strategic planning and knowledge management consulting services to numerous public agencies.

Most recently he undertook a knowledge management audit for the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA). He has provided strategic planning support to the Competition Commission over the last six years. He has also provided strategic planning support to other regulators such as the National Credit Agency.

Mark holds a law degree from the University of the Western Cape as well as an Honours Degree in Development Studies. He is a visiting researcher at the LINK Centre, Wits University, where he is responsible for building the e-governance research and capacity building programme. Previously he has also lectured the knowledge management course on the Public Policy Masters Programme of the Graduate School of Public and Development Management at Wits University.

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Reena Das Nair

Senior Researcher

Reena das Nair is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED).

Prior to joining CCRED, Reena was Programme Manager: Industrial Policy at Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), a not-for-profit research organisation undertaking economic research for policy makers. Before TIPS, Reena worked as a Principal Economist in the Policy and Research division at the Competition Commission of South Africa. She has extensive experience in undertaking investigations and economic analysis in mergers, abuse of dominance and cartel cases. Prior to joining the Commission, Reena worked for specialist economic consultancy Johannesburg Economics.

Her current areas of interest include the role of retailers in regional value chains and competitive dynamics in the retail sector.   

Reena  is currently a PhD candidate (Economics) with the University of Johannesburg. She has an MCom in Economics and BCom (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand.  She has authored several conference papers and has a number of publications.


Anthea Paelo


Anthea Paelo is a Researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED). 

Her areas of focus include competition economics, regulation, economic development and financial inclusion.  

Anthea’s experience in regulation and economics has extended into a number of projects including barriers to entry into key industries in South Africa’s economy such as supply of fuel and the air transport industry.  She has also contributed to research on the competitive dynamics of cross-border road freight industry in southern Africa, looking into countries like Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa. 

Anthea holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics, a BCom (Hons) in Public Economics and a BCom (Law) degree from the University of the Johannesburg. She has written a number of quarterly review articles and presented at a number of conferences. 


Shingie Chisoro-Dube


Shingie Chisoro  is an Economist/Junior Researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED), South Africa.

She worked as a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance (ESOP), a Norwegian organization that looks into the relationship between institutions, mineral wealth and long-term economic development in developing countries. Shingie holds an Mphil in Economics from the University of Oslo, Norway (2013); BSc Hons Degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe (2009) and is currently pursuing a PhD in Economics at the University of Pretoria. 



Jason Bell

junior researcher

Jason Bell is an Economist/Junior Researcher at CCRED. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Economic Science, Corporate Finance and Investment from the University of the Witwatersrand. He also holds a Bachelor of Economic Sciences (Honours) (Cum Laude) and a Master of Commerce in Economics from the same institution.

His area of interest is political economy, focusing on the role that regulations, governments and institutions play in fostering growth and sustainable economic development in the global economic landscape.



Julius Nyamwena

Research intern

Julius K.T Nyamwena is an Economist/Research Intern at CCRED. He holds a Bsc Economics degree and a certificate in project monitoring and evaluation from the University of Zimbabwe. In addition, Julius holds a Bcom (Honours) in Economics from the University of Limpopo. He is also at the brink of attaining his Mcom in Economics at the University of Limpopo.

Julius is passionate about economic development and sustainable inclusive growth in South Africa and the Southern African region. His areas of interest are industrial policy and trade economics, competition economics and financial economics.



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Stephen Labson

 PROF Jonathan Klaaren

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Sha’ista Goga

Sisa Njikelana


Faith Odhiambo


Gaylor Montmasson-Clair

Tembinkosi Bonakele 



Prof. Simon Roberts 

lead researcher

Professor Simon Roberts is a professor at the University of Johannesburg, in the Economics and Econometrics Department.

He held the position of Executive Director of CCRED from 2013 to 2018, and Chief Economist and Manager of the Policy & Research Division at the Competition Commission from November 2006 to December 2012. Prior to joining the Competition Commission he was Associate Professor of Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he established and directed the Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development research programme examining firm decision-making and economic outcomes. In addition, Simon has consulted extensively on competition matters over the past 15 years and has been an expert witness in a number of major cases.

Previous positions include lecturer in Development Economics, University of East Anglia, UK; Senior Research Officer, Bank of Botswana; and lecturer in Economics, University College Cork, Ireland. Simon holds a PhD from University of London (Birkbeck College), MA from University of East Anglia, and BA (Hons) from Oxford University.

He has published widely including in the World Competition, Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of African Economies, Development and Change, Journal of International Development, and the South African Journal of Economics.

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Dr. Zavareh Rustomjee


Zavareh Rustomjee is an independent consultant and development economist with extensive experience in the development and implementation of industrial, trade, energy and infrastructure policy; private and public sector strategy development as well as having served on the boards of a number of South African Development Finance Institutions.

Zavareh researched and contributed to the development of industrial and trade policy in South Africa between 1990 and 1999, during which he also served for 5 years as the Director General of the DTI. Apart from public service and consulting roles, he has accumulated 14 years of professional engineering and managerial experience in the South African petroleum, industrial gas and contracting sectors.

Zavareh has a Phd in Economics (SOAS, London), holds an MPhil in development economics (IDS, Sussex), MSc.Industrial Engineering, BSc.(Hons)Chemical Engineering, is a Chartered Chemical Engineer (U.K) and a registered professional engineer in South Africa

Ryan Hawthorne

Senior associate

Ryan Hawthorne is an economist working on regulatory issues and business strategy in the telecommunications sector and consults at Acacia Economics.

His focus areas include competition/antitrust economics, telecommunications regulation, and telecommunications strategy.

For the past three years he has worked at Neotel in a number of capacities including leading projects on expanding broadband networks. Prior to his current position at Neotel, he was a senior economist at the Competition Commission of South Africa.

This followed work as an economic expert on competition cases with the specialist economic consultancy Johannesburg Economics, of which he was a founder.

Ryan has extensive experience in the economics of regulation and competition. This includes leading the economic analysis for a number of major competition cases for the Competition Commission, including in the telecommunications sector.

He has also been engaged in strategy development in the telecommunications sector. In addition, he has undertaken a number of research projects, including a critical evaluation of Eskom’s proposed tariff increases for the Minister of Economic Development.

Ryan has a Master’s degree in Economics from Wits University and a BBusSc (Hons), University of Cape Town. He has presented a number of papers at conferences and has several publications.



Sumayya goga

Senior Researcher

Sumayya Goga is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED)

Prior to joining CCRED, Sumayya was an Engagement Manager at Pegasys Strategy where she focused on sustainable development in the context of water resources. She also previously worked at the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town, focusing on research and analysis related to the labour market and labour market policies in South Africa. She has been involved in research, policy and strategy development in the sustainable development space.

Sumayya has a Masters in Commerce (Economics) and Bachelor of Business Science (Honours in Economics) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.



Pamela Mondliwa

senior Researcher

Pamela is a Researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg.

She is also an economist at Acacia Economics, a boutique economics consultancy that offers expertise in competition and regulatory economics in Africa. Pamela is a member of Gauteng Premier, David Makhura's Economic Advisory Panel . Prior to joining CCRED she worked as an economist in the policy and research division of the Competition Commission of South Africa.

Pamela’s research interests include competition and access to markets; industrial development; and regional economic development.  She has conducted various commissioned research on economic regulation, and industrial development (particularly in light manufacturing) for national, provincial and local government in South Africa.

She also has experience in conducting economic analyses on complex enforcement cases, cartels, mergers and acquisitions and impact assessments in a wide range of sectors including infrastructure, construction, petrochemicals, telecommunications, insurance, food, healthcare and packaging. This includes conducting expert economic analysis for cases before the Competition Tribunal and the Competition Appeal Court. She has also trained and advised competition authorities in Southern and East Africa.

Pamela has published academic articles on the relationship between competition enforcement and economic regulation and the impact on industrial development in various journals.


Maria Nkhonjera

Junior Researcher

Maria Nkhonjera is an Economist/ Junior Researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED), South Africa.

Maria’s  areas of interest are in Development Finance, International Trade and Industrial Policy and Competition Economics. 

Her work experience includes a review of South Africa’s provincial development finance institutions; industrial development and integration with a regional focus on southern Africa and barriers to entry and inclusive growth in the agro processing sector.  She further made contributions to a sector study of the chemicals and plastics industrial sectors in Gauteng.

Maria graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with an MCom(Cum Laude) and further holds a BCom (Honours) in Economics and a BA (Cum Laude) in Development Studies and Economics from the University of Johannesburg.


Teboho Bosiu

junior researcher

Teboho is an Economist/Junior Researcher at CCRED. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree for Wits University, a Bachelor of Economic Sciences with Honours, and is currently pursuing a Master of Economic Science degree at the same institution.

His areas of interest are Economic Development, with emphasis on manufacturing, regional integration, and Competition. His masters dissertation looks at the impact of competition on bank risk-taking in select sub-Saharan countries.


Grace Nsomba

Research intern

Grace Nsomba is an Economist/Research Intern at CCRED. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Law and Economics from the University of Pretoria. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Economics from the same institution.

She is passionate about economic transformation and sustainable growth and her areas of interest are regional integration and regional value chains, industrial policy and inclusive growth in addressing the challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment.



Namhla Landani

Research Intern

Namhla Landani is an Economist/Research Intern at CCRED. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Cape Town.  She also has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Economics from the same institution.

She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Witwatersrand.

Her passion lies in economic development and inclusive growth. She is interested in competition in the banking sector, financial sector innovation, regulation and institutional development. She is also interested in the role of entrepreneurship in economic development.