Reena das Nair is a lead economist at Acacia Economics and is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg.
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 experience in undertaking investigations and economic analysis in mergers, abuse of dominance and cartel cases.
She has also undertaken research in economic regulation, particularly in the energy 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 co-authored several conference papers and has a number of publications.
Recent projects and advice provided in relation to the economics of competition and regulation, and in relation to financial services, including in South Africa
South Africa (2016). Provided expert advice and analysis in relation to the Coca-Cola / SAB merger in relation to bottling plants.
South Africa and Botswana (2015-2016). Conducted a study on regional growth in southern Africa for the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNUWIDER)
South Africa (2015 - 2016). Provided expert advice to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) on the Vodacom / Neotel proposed merger.
South Africa (2015 - ongoing). Currently providing expert advice to ICASA in relation to spectrum.
Kenya (2015 - ongoing). Currently providing economic research and analysis for the Competition Authority of Kenya in relation to a market inquiry into the banking sector in Kenya.
South Africa (2015). Conducted a study on the barriers to entry in the supermarket industry for the National Treasury by drawing insights from the experiences of successful entrants.
Zambia (2014-2015). Completed a study on the trends and patterns in industrial performance over time in Zambia for the International Growth Centre (IGC).
Zambia (2014-2015). Undertook research to investigate the regional industrial development of the capital equipment value chain with special focus on the Zambian copper-belt.
South Africa (2014). Advised a client in the financial services sector on the competition effects of a potential merger in the sector.
South Africa (2013-2014). Provided training to support capacity building of economic regulators.