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ERSA Team

  • 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.

  • Co-Pierre Georg

    Executive Committee
    Workshop Coordinator

    Co-Pierre is an Associate Professor at UCT where he holds the South African Reserve Bank Research Chair in Financial Stability Studies. His work focuses on financial stability and financial innovation.

  • Matthew Simmonds

    Fellow

    Matthew Simmonds is an independent consultant, specializing in fiscal economics and public financial management. He has consulted around the world, including South Africa, Egypt, India, and Saudi Arabia. Before working as an expert, Matthew was employed by the IMF as the fiscal economist for Egypt and a technical assistance provider for member countries. Prior to joining the IMF, he was the Deputy-Director General for the Budget Office and Public Finance Divisions at the South African National Treasury. He was also the Chief Director of Fiscal Policy.

  • Megan Matthews

    Admin
    Program Coordinator
  • 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.

  • Nonso Obikili

    Executive Committee
    Policy Associate / Training

    Nonso Obikili is a economist with research interests in African economic history, economic development and macroeconomics. Current research includes the long term effects of the trans-Atlantic slave trades on political and economic development in Africa. He was formerly a Lecturer at the State University of New York at Binghamton and is a regular contributor to various policy oriented think tanks in Nigeria. 

  • Lukasz Grzybowski

    Executive Committee
    Workshop Convenor
  • Guangling Liu

    Executive Committee
    Editor Publications
  • Manoel Bittencourt

    Executive Committee
    Workshop Convenor
  • Johannes Fedderke

    Board / Executive Committee
    Executive Director
    Johannes Wolfgang Fedderke is Director of Economic Research South Africa and Professor at Pennsylvania State University.
  • Margaux Giannaros

    Media Liaison
  • Yoemna Mosaval

    Admin
    Program Coordinator
  • Gloria Halland

    Admin
    Office Manager
  • 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