Our people, their combined skillsets & years of relevant experience set them apart
Dr Thando Vilakazi
Dr Thando Vilakazi is Executive Director of 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. He currently also serves as a part-time member of the Competition Tribunal of South Africa.
Thando previously worked as an economist at the Competition Commission of South Africa, and has led research and provided teaching and advisory services across various economic sectors for competition authorities, regulators, government departments, international universities and NGOs, and private enterprises in South Africa and various African countries. His research interests include barriers to entry and economic participation, regional integration, competition policy and inclusive growth, and industrial development.
He holds a PhD (Economics) from the University of Johannesburg, and a Masters (Applied Economics) from the University of Cape Town. Thando has published widely, including in Development Southern Africa and Review of African Political Economy, and HSRC Press and Wits University Press book publications. He is co-editor and co-author of a forthcoming HSRC Press book titled ‘Opening the South African Economy? Barriers to Entry, Regulation and Competition’.
Dr Reena Das Nair
Dr Reena das Nair is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) and Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in the Master of Commerce in Competition and Economic Regulation programme at the University of Johannesburg.
Reena has worked for specialist economic consultancy Acacia Economics offering expertise in competition and regulatory economics. Prior to joining CCRED, Reena was Programme Manager: Industrial Policy at Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS), a not-for-profit research organisation undertaking research for policy makers. Before TIPS, she worked as Principal Economist 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. This included conducting expert economic analysis for cases before the Competition Tribunal and Appeal Court.
Reena holds a PhD (Economics) from the University of Johannesburg and a MCom (Economics) from the University of the Witwatersrand. She has published widely, including in the International Review of Applied Economics, Development Southern Africa and the Journal of Energy in Southern Africa. She has also co-authored chapters in HSRC Press and Wits University Press book publications.
Her research interests cover competition dynamics in retail, value chains and barriers to entry. Reena also provides training for regulators and competition law and economics professionals in Southern and East Africa.
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.
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.
Teboho is an Economist/Junior Researcher at CCRED. He holds a Master of Economic Science degree from Wits University, a Bachelor of Economic Sciences with Honours, and Bachelor of Science degree at the same institution. He is currently pursuing a second masters degree – MCom Competition and Economic Regulation – at the University of Johannesburg.
Prior to CCRED, Teboho was a quantitative analyst at Quartile Capital, where he was responsible for the company’s loan portfolio.
His current areas of focus are on industrial development and competition policy. On industrial development, his work has covered several sectors such as poultry, fertiliser, steel, and plastics and chemicals, giving him invaluable experience in value chain analysis. He has also worked on development finance and its impact on competition and industrial development in South Africa.
On competition-related projects, his work has cut across several areas including cartels, mergers, barriers to entry, and abuse of market power. As a result he has conducted extensive analysis on the strategic behaviour of large and dominant firms in the South African economy. He has authored several papers and presented at both local and international conferences.
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.
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
DR Rod Crompton
PROF Jonathan Klaaren
David Otieno Ong’olo
Dr. Zavareh Rustomjee
Prof. Jo Seldeslachts
Prof. Simon Roberts
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.
Prior to joining CCRED, Seli was an Administrator in the School of Economics at the University of Johannesburg where she coordinated postgraduate administration, managing timetable issues, and examinations and liaised with the College/Faculty on student queries and registration.
Seli previously worked in the Department of Town and Regional Planning as the Departmental Administrator, Occupational Care South Africa (OCSA) as the Project Administrator and Executive Sectary at Fisha Wellness Group.
Seli graduated holds a Diploma in Advance Human Resources Management from Birnam Business College and a certificate in Business Administration from the University of Johannesburg. She is also currently pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Business Administration at the North West University.
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.
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.
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.
Jason Bell is an Economist and Junior Researcher at the Centre for Competition Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED).
Jason 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.
Jason’s area of interest is in political economy issues, focusing on the role that regulations, governments and institutions play in fostering growth and the evolution and distribution of power within global value chains. His personal work has investigated the role of manufacturing in South Africa and other developing nations in fostering economic growth. He has researched the possibilities for the re-industrialisation of South Africa by comparing the experiences of similarly-sized upper-middle income countries using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Jason currently forms part of the team investigating the structure of the South African economy under the Industrial Development Think Tank (IDTT). His work has ranged from the metals, machinery and equipment sector to development finance institutions in South Africa. He contributed to inputs into a Digital Industrial Policy Framework for South Africa through his joint-work investigating the technological capabilities of South African plastics firms and comparing the plastic automotive component sectors of South Africa and Thailand. He currently is leading and project managing CCRED’s Southern African Market Observatory project in collaboration with Dr Jo Flemming looking at tracking multiple food and other input prices across a range of Southern African economies.
Jason continues contributed to multiple research outputs across a diverse subject range and has been part of teams that have published research in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, and other international publications.
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 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.