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Ryan Hawthorne is an economist specializing in competition and economic regulation. He is a co-founding Director of Acacia Economics. His focus areas include competition/antitrust economics, telecommunications regulation, and telecommunications strategy.
Ryan is part of the team currently advising the Competition Authority of Kenya on carrying out a market inquiry into pricing and conditions of access to USSD channels for the provision of mobile financial services in Kenya. He is also part of the team advising the Competition Authority of Kenya on phase II of a market inquiry into Kenya’s banking sector.
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 of South Africa, 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 of South Africa’s banking inquiry. Ryan worked on the complaints against Telkom brought by various internet service providers. He was also part of the team working on the complaints against MTN and Vodacom regarding call termination rates and consulted on the Telkom/BCX merger for a private party.
Prior to his current positions, Ryan 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 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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