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ERSA Team

  • Megan Matthews

    Admin
    Program Coordinator
  • Lucas Mariani

    Executive Committee
    Policy Associate

    Lucas holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina, a Master's degree from the University of Sao Paulo, and a bachelor's degree from the Sao Paulo School of Economics. He is a Policy Associate at ERSA since June 2021. His research interests lie in the intersection between finance, macroeconomics, development economics, and firm dynamics, especially on the real effects of financial development.

  • Manoel Bittencourt

    Executive Committee
    Workshop Convenor
  • Christopher Loewald

    Director and Fellow

    Chris is the Head of the Economic Research Department at the South African Reserve Bank, responsible for forecasting, global economic analysis, and the writing of the Monetary Policy Review.  He is a member of the SARB’s Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Stability Committee.From 2006 to 2011 he was the Deputy Director-General for Economic Policy in the National Treasury and worked extensively on economic growth and governance, including contributions to the Growth Commission of the World Bank, the Committee on IMF Governance Reform (2009), and the development of the country’s relation

  • Neryvia Pillay Bell

    Executive Committee
    Policy Associate / Workshop Convenor / Training

    Neryvia is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, a Policy Associate at ERSA and a Research Fellow at the South African Reserve Bank. Her research interests lie in the field of public economics covering topics such as labour markets, education, health, social grants, inequality and taxation.

  • Margaux Giannaros

    Media Liaison
  • Isaah Mhlanga

    Fellow

    Isaah is the Chief Economist of Alexander Forbes. In this position, he’s responsible for formulating the macroeconomic strategy for the business, which entails identifying systemic economic risks and opportunities that benefit the business and its clients. He contributes to Alexander Forbes investment process through generating the macro framework for asset allocation and investment committee.

  • Biniam Bedasso

    Executive Committee
    Fellow

    Biniam Bedasso is a political economist with diverse research interest in institutional change, human capital development, public finance reform, migration and economic inequality. His research and policy works span several African countries including Benin, Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa

  • Johannes Fedderke

    Board / Executive Committee

    Johann's research interests center on the determinants of economic growth, with special interest in the role of institutions in long run economic development. His published work includes empirical and theoretical contributions, and has provided cross-country, panel and country specific time series evidence on the interaction of growth and institutions.

  • Gloria Halland

    Admin
    Office Manager
  • Lukasz Grzybowski

    Executive Committee
    Workshop Convenor
  • Guangling Liu

    Executive Committee
    Editor Publications
  • Yoemna Mosaval

    Admin
    Program Coordinator
  • Matthew Simmonds

    Board / Executive Committee
    Executive Director

    Matthew has extensive experience in economic policy. He was responsible for the Budget and Public Finance portfolios in his role as a deputy director-general at the National Treasury. While at the International Monetary Fund, Matthew supported member countries with fiscal analysis and the development of fiscal and budget frameworks.

  • Nicola Viegi

    Board / Executive Committee
    Director

    A graduate from the Scottish Doctoral Programme in Economics, he has held positions at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and at the University of Cape Town. His main areas of research are economic policy theory, macroeconomic modeling and regional macroeconomic integration. Current research includes inflation targeting under uncertainty, monetary policy and assets prices, macroeconomic integration in Southern Africa.