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Our directors:

Simon Roberts

Professor Simon Roberts has been working in the field of competition and regulatory economics for over a decade. He has testified as an expert economist in several landmark cases and advised competition authorities throughout the continent.

Simon is the Director of the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development at the University of Johannesburg. Simon held the position of 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 in 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 development. 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 encompassing both mergers and prohibited practices.

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 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. 

Simon has been identified as a leading competition economist in both Global Competition Review’s The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists and EuroMoney’s Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Lawyers/Economists

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Sha'ista Goga

Sha'ista Goga is an economist focused on competition, economic regulation and healthcare.

Sha'ista has provided regulatory advice to key stakeholders in the healthcare, energy and broadcasting sectors, and has provided analysis and advice to clients on mergers and prohibited practices cases appearing before both South African and Indian competition authorities. Sha'ista has research and consulting experience within both the corporate and non-profit sectors. Sha'ista has a special interest in healthcare and has worked on research and advisory projects related to both public and private healthcare within a consulting and NGO environment.

Sha'ista holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the Witwatersrand as well as a Master of Philosophy in Economics from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Sha’ista was also an associate lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand.

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Ryan Hawthorne

Ryan Hawthorne is an economist working on competition and economic regulation.

His focus areas include competition/antitrust economics and the economics of telecommunications regulation. Prior to this he worked at Neotel in a number of capacities including leading projects on expanding broadband networks. Before working 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, dairy, news media, forestry, grocery retail and automotive components sectors. 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 and an assessment of the Competition Commission Banking Inquiry.

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

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GENNA ROBB

Genna is an economist specialising in competition and regulatory economics.

Genna has worked extensively in economic analysis for competition and regulatory matters across a range of sectors including healthcare, telecommunications, retail, media, financial services, ticketing, agriculture, biotechnology, minerals and mining, aviation and chemicals. She spent four years as an economist at the Competition Commission of South Africa and has also consulted widely to regulators, government and private companies in South Africa and the region. Prior to her current position, she was the Manager of Competition Economics at DNA Economics, where she acted as the expert economist to the Minister of Economic Development and the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services in the Vodacom Neotel merger.

Genna has substantial experience in research and capacity building in topics relating to competition and regulation.  She has presented and published a number of papers on topics related to competition and regulatory economics. She has also been involved in coordinating and facilitating training on competition economics for practitioners and in teaching a competition economics course for Masters students.

Genna holds a BA in Economics and Management from Oxford University and an MSc in Economics (with distinction) from the University of Warwick.

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