Dr Grové Steyn
BIng(Ind), BA, MSc, DPhil
Grové is the Managing Director of Meridian Economics, an energy and infrastructure economics advisory firm based in Cape Town. Grové is a prominent infrastructure and regulatory economist in South Africa with more than 25 years’ experience in the electricity, gas and liquid fuels sectors. In December 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed him to the Eskom Sustainability Task Team while 2019 the President appointed him to the Presidential Economic Advisory Council.
He started his career as an industrial engineer at Eskom and has worked as an energy and power sector policy researcher at the University of Cape Town; at the former National Electricity Regulator (NER); at the Human Sciences Research Council; as a senior policy and economic advisor to Government and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA); as a regulatory advisor to Transnet; and as an infrastructure and regulatory expert for private sector infrastructure operators and in energy sector commercial and regulatory litigation.
He was the primary author of the Electricity chapter of the 1998 Energy Policy White Paper and was a central player in earlier attempts to restructure Eskom in 2000, including developing detail restructuring proposals for the Department of Minerals and Energy Affairs and the Department of Public Enterprises, and negotiating reform proposals with Eskom. Grové also served on the Liquid Fuels Windfall Tax Task Team appointed by then Finance Minister Trevor Manual.
His current professional interest are focussed on accelerating the just energy transition and establishing a large renewable energy programme at the centre of a green stimulus to secure South Africa’s post Covid-19 recovery.
Grove’s doctorate (DPhil, Sussex) examined power sector reform in the UK and South Africa. He also holds a BIng (Ind. Eng.) from the University of Stellenbosh, a BA (Econ. and Soc.) from Unisa, and an MSc (Eng.) Energy Studies from the University of Cape Town.
An engineer and applied mathematician by training, Adam has over twenty years’ experience in solving complex analytical problems in the realm of investments and infrastructure. His ability to create innovative models, methodologies and financial tools has been key to the success of projects in asset management, insurance, energy, and engineering disciplines. His rigorous approach underpins the integrity of Meridian’s modelling capability.
Dr Emily Tyler
B.Comm(Hons) Ecos, M.FinMan, PhD.
An economist by training, Emily has focused her career on climate mitigation in a development context, bringing both an economics and complex systems perspective to the policy and practical challenges she encounters in this space.
Emily brings over eighteen years of experience across a wide range of energy and mitigation related issues, including carbon footprinting, corporate strategies, climate finance, UNFCCC mechanisms applied to developing countries, South African carbon pricing policies, low carbon transition planning, energy policy, carbon budgeting, and power sector employment. Complementing her consulting work, Emily is engaged in transdisciplinary research initiatives relating to climate mitigation, publishing regularly in international journals. Emily brings a deep understanding of mitigation policy and energy transition challenges to Meridian’s work.
BA, B.Eng, MBA, CFA
Rian Brand is an engineer with an MBA and CFA. He has 10 years of experience in engineering and software development, followed by over a decade in investment portfolio management. Based on this combination, Rian brings a wide range of analytical and problem solving skills to the Meridian team.
BSc (Hons), MSc (Env. Management)
An environmental scientist by training, Celeste’s research has been grounded in the field of energy transitions in developing countries. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Management from the University of Oxford and has recently moved into the consulting space, applying her interdisciplinary perspective and analytical skills to Meridian’s work. More broadly, she is tapped into the African energy space through the Open Africa Power initiative, a programme targeted at addressing energy challenges on the continent. She holds a strong interest in climate and environmental justice issues, renewable energy transition pathways and international climate policy.
Janet’s focus at Meridian Economics is project support and administration. A librarian by training, she enjoys using these skills and her diverse project administration experience to support the Meridian team. Most recently, Janet has worked in not-for-profit organisations that have as their core focus, youth and youth training. Her interests are climate change and resilient living.
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BA (Hons, History), MSc (Energy Studies)
Jesse is a reseacher in the Energy Systems, Economics, and Policy group at the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town. She holds an MSc in Energy Studies from UCT and her Masters thesis examined the role of industrial policy in meeting climate change mitigation objectives in South Africa. Since then her research has focused on the South African coal and electricity sectors. Some of her recent research as examined the political economy of decarbonisation, the politics of fossil fuel subsidies, the greenhouse gas implications of future coal investments, and the costs and risks of stranded assets in the South African energy sector. She is currently involved in research examining the political economy of the South African coal sector, fossil fuel finance, and developing transition pathways for South Africa’s coal sector in the context of climate change.