Prof Nicola Theron
Prof Willem Boshoff
Willem Boshoff is co-director of the CCLE and associate professor of economics at Stellenbosch University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stellenbosch and an MSc in management research from Oxford. Willem has published extensively on competition policy, with specific emphasis on market definition and the economics of collusion. He has extensive experience in advising South African corporates on competition policy matters. He received the ESSA prize for best doctoral dissertation in 2012, is a Commonwealth Scholar and an NRF-rated researcher. Willem is the editor of the Studies in Economics and Econometrics. Willem collects rare South African books and is a wildlife enthusiast.
Prof Philip Sutherland
Roan Minnie is a researcher from Despatch, South Africa. Roan completed a BCom honours in Economics (cum laude) with a research project on “Competition as a means to reform the South African electricity sector”. Currently, he is enrolled in a Master’s degree program at Stellenbosch University. When not working hard at his studies, Roan is an enthusiastic baker and hopes to release his own recipe book someday.
Sechaba completed his undergraduate studies at Stellenbosch University, majoring in Economics and Investment Management. He is currently a post-graduate student with a keen interest in competition policy and corporate finance. In his free time, he can be found reading, having a coffee with someone, playing his guitar or finding any other excuse to stay active.
Rossouw van Jaarsveld
Nicola Theron is an extraordinary professor at the Economics Department, University of Stellenbosch and managing director at Econex, an economic consulting firm based in Stellenbosch. She holds a Masters degree in Economics cum laude from the University of Pretoria, and a PhD (Economics) from the University of Stellenbosch.
Prof. Theron has been actively involved in competition economics for the past 17 years, both in an academic and consulting capacity. Prof Theron teaches competition economics and industrial organisation at undergraduate and graduate levels. She is also involved in study guidance for graduate students and regularly contributes to the academic debate through papers at conferences and publications in leading journals.
Prof. Theron has provided expert economic advice to many of the large corporations in South Africa, as well as to the competition authorities. Some high-profile competition cases in which Prof. Theron provided expert testimony before the Tribunal include: SAA/ Nationwide (for SAA), Senwes (for the Commission), BATSA/ JTI (for BATSA), Primedia/Kaya FM (for Primedia), Protector (for MediClinic), Kansai/ Freeworld (for the Commission), Life Healthcare (for Life), and most recently for Computicket (for Computicket).
Prof. Theron has also acted as an expert witness before other regulatory bodies, e.g. before the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), on mobile termination rates and the proposed Vodacom/ Neotel merger, and before The National Energy Regulator of SA (Nersa), on pipeline tariffs).
She also served as a part-time member of the Competition Tribunal during 2008 and 2009. She has again been listed as an expert economist by the GCR Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers and Economists (2017).
Wawa Nkosi is a Ph.D candidate at Stellenbosch University. She holds a Masters and Honours degree in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch and a BCom Econometrics degree from the University of Pretoria. Her Masters and Honours research focused on poverty in South Africa. She aims to link this to competition economics in her Ph.D research with particular focus on the African context. While pursuing her Masters, Wawa participated in a rigorous leadership development program, South African Washington International Program, leading her to intern at the International Finance Coprporation in Washington D.C.
Prior to joining the Ph.D program, Wawa worked as an Economic Analyst at Econex, a Stellenbosch-based consulting firm specialising in competition and applied economics. Here she was exposed to projects in the telecommunications, health, broadcasting, alcoholic beverages, mining and entertainment sectors. Wawa enjoys planning networking and social events and hopes to someday return to her passion for choral singing.