MIR Course Faculty
Managing Infrastructure Reform and Regulation
The Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform & Regulation (MIR) is built around a network of local and international academics and professionals who specialise in infrastructure industry restructuring and regulation and/or have expertise in the electricity, gas, telecommunications, water and transport sectors, as described below. The Programme is also supported by a core staff at the Graduate School of Business in Cape Town.
Professor Anton Eberhard leads the Management Programme in Infrastructure Reform and Regulation at the GSB. Prof Eberhard teaches executive education and professional short courses that attract participants from across the African continent.
His research focuses primarily on the management of reform and regulation of the electricity sector, including the introduction of private sector participation in management contracts, leases, concessions, diverstiture and greenfield investments by independent power producers.
His work also covers the challenges in transforming state-owned enterprises. A focus area is research on regulatory, institutional and financial mechanisms that promote widened access to infrastructure services. He has also done work on financial mechanisms and business models that facilitate the introduction of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Martín Rodríguez Pardina is currently Chief Economist of Macro Consulting S.A. a consulting firm specialized in economic regulation of utilities. He has experience working as a consultant in regulation and restructuring of public utilities in Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Russia and India.
He has a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a degree in economics from the University of Cordoba in Argentina.
He has published several articles on utility regulation in international journals and is the co-author of two books published by the World Bank one on resetting price caps and other on regulatory accounting. Until 2001 he held an academic position as Executive Director of the Economic Regulation Research Center at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa.
Ian Alexander is a regulatory economist with over 12 years experience in assisting Governments, regulators and companies address regulatory and private sector participation issues.
He is a specialist in: financial aspects of regulation (cost of capital, asset valuation); creating an environment for private sector participation (regime design, options for private involvement); and regime design (treatment of investment, creation of incentives). He has worked in developed (UK, Holland, Australia), developing (Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Phillipines, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda) and transitional (Bulgaria, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Romania) countries.
Fruther, he has worked across the whle range of regulated utility and infrastructure sectors including electricity, gas, telecommunications, transport (airports, rail and road) and water.
Ian is now a freelance consultant working on a variety of projects. Ian previously worked for the World Bank, first as the Regional Co-ordinator for East and South Asia for the Public-Private Infrastructure unit. During this latter period Ian was involved in high-level government dialogue on reform, research issues and preparation and monitoring of power sector and more general infrastructure loans.
Robert Koch was born in Johannesburg in March 1966. He received his B.Eng and M.Eng (cum laude) degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. He has been employed by Eskom since 1990, and is currently Corporate Specialist (Power Quality) and Eskom’s National Quality of Supply Co-coordinator.
Robert is an active CIGRE working group member and convener of the Study Committee C4 Advisory Group AG C4.1 (Power Quality). He is also convener of IEC SC77A/WG8 and member of the IEE CIRED S2 (Power Quality) Committee.
He has published over 90 technical papers and journal publications related to power quality, technical performance, and regulation and has consulted to various power companies and research organizations throughout the world.
He is recipient of the SAIEE Young Achievers Award for his contributionstopower quality management in South Africa, and of the International CIGRE Technical Committee Award for his contributions to the work of study Committee C4 (System Technical Performance). Robert was one of the lead authors of the Power Quality Directive of the National Electricity Regulator (2003) and of several of the NRS 048 regulatory power quality standards since 1995.
Dr Rolfe Eberhard is a director of Palmer Development Group and has worked in the fields of infrastructure economics, finance and planning for more than ten years. He has a doctorate in economics from the University of London as well as degrees in engineering and philosophy.
Rolfe was responsible for drafting the 2003 national Strategic Framework for Water Services (previously called the "White Paper") in South Africa. He has played a key role in the development of financial models for municipal infrastructure financial planning, including the development of medium term income and expenditure frameworks for a number of cities. His international experience includes: involvement as team leader for the financial and economics component of the urban, water sector reform project in Uganda; formulating policies and strategies for urban sanitation in Lesotho; and a review of water policies in SADC countries with a view to promoting integrated water resource management in the region.
Dirk Pauschert, a German national, works as a regulatory advisor for the GTZ and is currently working with the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority, EWURA, in Tanzania. Prior to joining the GTZ, Dirk Pauschert worked as an economist for the World Bank's Water and Energy Department and the Telecom Department in India and Washington, DC on regulatory issues and investment projects.
Dirk has a diploma and a Ph.D. in economics in an international course of studies in Germany (University of Wuppertal), Israel (Ben Gurion University) and USA (Harvard University).
Deon Joubert is a Chartered Accountant and has been in the electricity industry for 24 years, with the last fourteen years being involved in economic regulation and long term financial planning. A particular field of interest has been the various approaches regarding the regulation of revenues and prices for infrastructure-type industries, which typically are asset intensive and have long asset lives. He holds the position of Corporate Specialist – Financial Planning and Regulation.