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 Stellenbosch, 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.
Dr Tyler has over twenty years of experience in the energy and climate space, bringing the lenses of complexity and complex systems, economics and finance to the complex challenges she encounters. Specific areas of expertise include energy and climate mitigation policymaking, carbon pricing and budgeting, power sector modelling for policy, climate finance, corporate and investor carbon strategies, and national low carbon transition planning. Whilst South Africa is Emily’s home and work-focus, she has an appreciation for the international context of domestic climate and energy policymaking through her regular engagement in international partnerships, and work experience in the EU, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Finding the interplay between practice and reflection particularly rich, Emily has worked to retain both her consulting and academic presence throughout her career. Emily has worked predominantly as a consultant, to local and international civil society, the private sector, government and academia, both independently and in consulting firms, think-tanks and not-for-profit institutions. Emily holds an Honorary Research Associate position at the University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development Institute and is frequently engaged in transdisciplinary research initiatives relating to her field, publishing regularly in both domestic and international journals.
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.
Lonwabo Mgoduso is a mechanical engineer interested in stimulating South Africa’s green growth through transdisciplinary research and analysis and by creating synergies to accelerate the just energy transition. He holds a Master’s in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge. His research applied a systems-thinking approach to investigating the opportunities, implications and barriers for renewable energy, and developed intervention strategies to facilitate a transition to renewables. He is passionate about the role of entrepreneurship in driving sustainable change for the betterment and benefit of the environment and future generations: prior to his master’s degree, he co-founded The Rewoven Co. in 2018 – a Cape Town-based textile waste recycling and reuse business. He aims to build on his learning and experience in energy transition economics as he embarks on a new, exciting journey with Meridian Economics.
BCom Hons (Ecos) MSc Eng (Energy Studies)
An energy economist by training, Tara has been working in the climate mitigation and energy space for over a decade. Her focus has mainly been on techno-economic research and analysis at the national and sub-national level. A few areas of this work have been in the just energy transition, carbon pricing, policies and measures, electricity planning and embedding climate planning into sub-national development planning across the African region.
Tara brings eight years of experience in working with techno-economic models with proficiency in working with Computable General Equilibrium models, energy systems models and financial models. Aside from her technical ability, she also has experience in project management having successfully managed large, multi-disciplinary projects requiring significant stakeholder engagement and will also bring this experience and support to the team.
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.