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Alex is an Associate Director and the Manager of Marsden Jacob’s Western Australian operations. Alex has been with Marsden Jacob since 2008 and in this time Alex has lead a broad range of projects including cost benefit analyses, feasibility studies, business plans, program evaluation, Regulation Impact Statements and advice on policy and legislative reform as well as work in regional development.

Alex’s particular areas of expertise combine his technical and economic knowledge to enable both an overview and detailed understanding of economic issues. This comes to the fore in areas such as non-market valuation – for the environment, natural resources and preventative health economics. when was gas 99 cents in california In addition, Alex has a substantial experience in applying these skills in work for a broad range of utilities including water, power and transport.

Alex’s previous experience includes four years with the UK Competition Commission and eight years in West Australian environmental and water resource management. This diverse experience underlined the importance of robust, relevant and defensible process and results including extensive research and consultation to determine the likely costs and benefits of changes to competitive markets. ^ back to top

Joel Byrnes recently joined Marsden Jacob. Joel brings extensive experience in consulting and public policy formation with sound theoretical foundations from teaching economics. He specialises in providing advice to clients on policy and regulation issues relating to the urban water sector in Australia. He has authored numerous academic articles on the topic, and is also an adjunct professor at La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia.

Prior to commencing his consulting career eight years ago Joel was an academic economist, teaching a wide range of microeconomic subjects, and publishing widely on water resource and local government matters. His publications on the economics of Local Government in Australia are regularly referenced in Government and academic reports. Joel also spent three years at the Reserve Bank of Australia developing policy to improve the financial system in Australia.

Joel maintains an active connection to the academic community. He is currently an adjunct Professor at La Trobe University in Victoria, where he is a member of the Centre for Water Management and Policy. He is a member of the Centre for Local Government at the University of New England, where he sits on the editorial board, and is regularly asked to peer review journal articles in his areas of expertise.

Matthew is the Practice Leader for transport and is a leading transport economist with extensive experience in: business cases; cost-benefit analysis; market assessments; regulatory frameworks and reform; regulatory pricing; economic modelling; and research. Matthew has undertaken business cases across a range of areas including trains, heavy vehicles, warehousing, ports, marketing and processing. Matthew has also led large projects involving cost-benefit analysis in transport related to heavy vehicles and roads. He has extensive experience in regulatory pricing in transport – both road and rail. electricity estimated bills Matthew’s regulatory pricing experience also extends to water where he has undertaken a range of regulatory pricing projects, including demand and supply analysis.

Matthew also has extensive experience as an economist in agriculture and fisheries. Matthew has experience across a range of agriculture sectors including horticulture, lamb, dairy, grains and fruit and nuts, as well as biosecurity which crosses these sectors. He has extensive experience in undertaking a range of projects in agriculture and fisheries, including: cost-benefit analysis; project/program evaluation; productivity analysis; regulatory frameworks and reform; and survey development. Additionally, Matthew was a supply chain manager for many years in the grain sector and has extensive knowledge of this sector.

Rob Nolan brings leading industry expertise in economic regulation, government policy and strategic business planning in the water and energy sectors. This has included providing strategic economic advice to support the development of key business and pricing strategies, plus significant experience working with Boards and senior executives. Achievements include:

• Leading the development and delivery of pricing strategies, including South East Water’s 2013 and 2018 price submissions to the Essential Services Commission. gas weed strain South East Water’s 2018 price submission, delivered under the new PREMO framework, received a fast-tracked draft decision from the Essential Services Commission with no changes to the submission proposals. This required:

• Managing elements of price reviews in the energy and water sectors. This has included: (1) reviews of capital expenditure and demand forecasts of the Victorian electricity distribution regulatory proposals for the 2011-2015 regulatory period, (2) quantitative reviews of electricity expenditure and demand forecasts to test against requirements of the National Electricity Rules (3) assessing ring fencing provisions in access regimes for water and sewerage services (4) reviewing the regulatory accounting code for Victorian water businesses

Rob is well-known and respected across Victoria’s water and energy regulatory and policy sectors. He joins us after almost eight years with South East Water, where he was most recently Group Manager of Planning and Regulation. Previously Rob was an Assistant Director at the Australian Energy Regulator, and held economic and policy advisor roles at the Essential Services Commission and the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Nadja is an economist with extensive experience in the regulated utility sectors, public policy and natural resource management. She’s a strong analyst with an energetic and innovative approach to problem solving and project delivery. Nadja is able to quickly appreciate the details of and issues faced by individual businesses and translate that understanding into productive, high quality analysis for consideration and evaluation by boards, executive managers and other stakeholders.

For example, Nadja recently completed a major Water Security study in Tuvalu. The assignment required developing complex water demand and supply models to understand the current and future water demand and supply balance on Funafuti and Vaitupu. electricity and magnetism quiz questions The demand-supply models were then used to develop augmentation portfolios addressing future supply shortfalls. Nadja has also conducted two separate cost benefit analyses (CBAs) for the two atolls, assessing potential water security portfolios. This was followed by training workshops to build capacity amongst officials from Tuvalu government ministries and regional development organisations.

Kanchana brings with him a wealth of knowledge across the water sector with over ten years’ experience in Victoria and Western Australia. He is a specialist in urban water management and integrated water cycle systems analysis, with proven ability in understanding and deconstructing the complex issues related to strategic planning within the water sector. Kanchana has a strong understanding of the needs of asset owners and water retailers when it comes to making prudent and efficient decisions regarding future infrastructure options.

• Attestation for the Yarra Valley Water Regulatory Pricing Submission under the new Essential Services Commission PREMO framework. This work included managing the Board attestation process and providing guidance on the preparation of YWV’s business cases for capital and operational expenditure to prove robustness of the forecasting methodology.

• Chair of the recent sector wide project to develop the investment evaluation framework for the Victorian Metropolitan Urban Water Strategies. The work included investigating and confirming the use of long run marginal cost (LRMC) for water supply based on future climate forecasts in investment evaluation, the treatment of direct and indirect network costs, and the treatment of positive and negative externalities. The findings confirmed the appropriateness of using LRMC for water headworks and sewer treatment, however, the use of LRMC for valuing transfer infrastructure was considered to be inappropriate.

David Rogers has joined Marsden Jacob as a Senior Consultant in our Sydney office. David is a natural resource and agricultural economist who combines his strong background in natural resource and agricultural economics, risk and portfolio theory, markets, and quantitative analysis to deliver leading applied research into environmental, resource, agricultural and labour market issues. gas monkey monster truck David has real ability in being able to take economic first-principles, frameworks and quantitative methods and apply these to translate complex issues into clear, evidence based and actionable findings.

• Economic Environment of Agriculture: A cross-faculty unit designed for students studying science-based degrees. Topics covered include the structure, nature, and history of the agricultural industries in Australia; agricultural adjustment in the world economy; introductory principles of production economics and farm management; elementary price theory; and factors affecting the demand, supply, and prices of agricultural commodities.

David is very highly skilled in using Excel Models, Numerical Simulation, Dynamic Programming, Statistical Data Analysis, and Matlab to evaluate economic, policy and risk issues in the resource, agriculture and environment issues. His work has included developing stochastic dynamic programming and simulation models to evaluate optimal environmental policies and quantify the option value of the role of learning and uncertainty in fuzzy decision environments, and using clustering algorithms to inform optimal land use zoning decisions.

David has a strong base in economics with a First Class Honours in Agricultural Economics, a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economics, and two years of economics lecturing all at University of Sydney. He has also been received a number of awards including but not limited to an Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) Scholarship, the Alan Randall Prize in Resource Economics, the Warren F Musgrave Prize in Resource Economics, and the Bruce R Davidson Memorial Prize in Resource Economics, among others.

Makere is an experienced policy analyst focussing on the intersections of economics, natural resources and sustainability. She approaches her analysis through application of economic theory and quantitative modelling, with a keen focus on the practical implications of her work. She’s adept at taking complex information and communicating it in ways that make it accessible to stakeholders at all levels.

Makere joins us from New Zealand where she was most recently a policy advisor in the Just Transitions Unit with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. As an advisor in the Just Transitions Unit, she worked specifically on the government’s cross-agency climate change response group (The Transition Hub), on the Transition to a Low Emissions Economy. Her work included analysis and modelling assessing the economic impact on regions, sectors, communities and households of efficiently transitioning to a low emissions economy. This work included developed linked emissions, household expenditure and CGE models. She also assisted in drafting the New Zealand Zero Carbon Bill, which led to establishing the Independent Climate Change Commission, setting the 2050 Net Zero Target under the Paris Agreement and reforming the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme.

Makere has also acted as secretary and policy advisor in Regional Economic Development) with the NZ Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. As an advisor, she worked on the government’s Regional Growth Programme, analysing and implementing economic development policy to help increase jobs, income and investment for New Zealand in the regions. This work included analysed business cases, and undertaking cost-benefit analysis to assist regional councils with their economic development objectives, through allocation of the Provincial Growth Fund. ^ back to top