Our team

Claude Baissac

Eunomix is led by Claude Baissac, a recognised specialist in strategy, risk management and economic policy with over 20 years of executive and consulting work with corporates, governments and international organisations. He is a consumed multidisciplinarist with a wide combination of skills and experiences serving investment, operation and growth in emergent societies. Claude has worked as an economist for the African Development Bank, the World Bank and the United Nations; served as Deputy Managing Director of Air Afrique; and consulted with leading advisory firms like Deloitte, Kroll, K2 Intelligence and a number of economic development firms. He has secured, led or managed several hundred projects, in addition to launching and running businesses.

He has a distinct understanding of the strategic and operational realities of investing and managing businesses in emergent societies, and of running and reforming these societies. He has a rare capacity to work effectively with senior government officials in both political and administrative functions, C-suite executives and boards, and members of civil society. For this reason, he is increasingly sought after as a corporate coach on corporate resilience, risk management and stakeholder engagement.

As a trained policy analyst and political scientist, he brings in-depth understanding of politics and the policy process. As an economist, he has a robust comprehension of the mechanism of growth and development. He is a recognised expert on special economic zones, and was President of the World Economic Zones Association between 2011 and 2014. He has a strong track record on the relationship between natural resources and sustainable growth, given the central role these play many emergent societies. For several years he was involved in corporate integrity management, conducting investigations, crisis management and corporate security projects throughout Africa.

These complementary skills have led him to apply a solid political economy perspective on the respective roles of the state, business and society toward sustainable growth. They also provide him with skills that are key to effectiveness – scenario analysis, strategic planning, policy and regulatory design, economic modelling and impact assessment, financial forecasting, and market research.

He has worked across Africa, the Americas, Central Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Claude is fluent in English and French, in the French creoles of the Indian Ocean and is conversant in Spanish.

He is regularly consulted by leading international media on politics, policy, extractive industries, special economic zones and related topics. He has spoken at numerous conferences, including the Free Zone Convention, Joburg Indaba, the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Mine Africa and the Mining Indaba.

Claude has advanced degrees in economic geography from France, and was a doctoral scholar in political science in the United States.

Skills: political and country risk; policy and public affairs; strategy; enterprise risk management; strategic communications and stakeholder engagement; economic and infrastructure development; corporate sustainability; project structuring; project and bankable feasibility development



Ivo Sarges

Ivo Sarges, has 20 years consulting experience working across many geographies and a diverse set of industries. He has developed a particular focus on mining, energy and infrastructure, as well as on service industries such as banking and telecommunications. Having commenced his consulting career in Germany in the late 1990s, Ivo moved to South Africa with one of the global blue-chip consulting firms which he then left to head-up the Africa business of a global customer-centricity firm.

Ivo has a solid record of developing and delivering innovative strategy processes to corporate clients. In this, he brings strong analytic capabilities. With clients, he has developed innovative applications of game theory to explain and counter-act cyclicality as well as price-wars in concentrated B-to-B industries. In the public sector, Ivo has advised governmental institutions, devising growth strategies alleviating poverty for municipal and provincial bodies through, as well as formulation national goals and outcomes for national governments. Through his practice, Ivo has developed a particular expertise in strategy facilitation and corporate story telling – seeking the apt packaging of integrated and complex messages to enhance decision making on the highest level.

One of Ivo’s passion is assisting organisations to develop their in-house consulting expertise. This includes devising and delivering training programs, designing and establishing in-house consulting units as well as providing augmenting capacities to enhance the in-house delivery capabilities.

Ivo holds a Masters in Administrative Sciences and Philosophy of Science from the University of Constance with a particular focus on International Relations and Philosophy of Science.

Skills: corporate strategy; enterprise risk management; corporate story-telling and facilitation; turnaround and restructuring; project structuring; corporate sustainability; project and bankable feasibility development, M&A transactions support



Tokollo (tk) Matsabu

Tokollo (Tk) Matsabu is a politics and business researcher and engagement specialist focused on development, political economy, and policy in developing markets. She has a Bachelor of social sciences in International Relations and Media Studies from the University of Cape Town, furthered her studies at the University of Witwatersrand and is currently completing a graduate qualification in Economics through the University of London with academic support from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Tk has experience in journalism, spending over a year working for South Africa’s Business Day. There, she was responsible for creating Africa-focused business, financial and economic television news content for investor and business audiences. She wrote Sky News' daily Africa Business bulletin covering mining, agriculture, financial markets and services, energy, sustainability, and technology.

Tokollo has a fundamental understanding of stakeholder interests in Africa's economic development drive; including some of the key political, social and economic risks and opportunities that affect investment climate on the continent, and the systemic conditions needed to facilitate sustainable growth in Africa. Her passion is finding sustainable growth strategies in developing markets aimed at multi-stakeholder satisfaction, corporate social responsibility and inclusive growth as well as the intersection of politics and the economy in determining the Global South's role on the international stage.

Skills: Skills: policy research; news analysis and monitoring; political risk; news writing and narrative construction; public and investor communication; social media and digital content



Ryan Norden

Ryan Norden is an applied economist practicing in development economics and natural resource consulting. Equipped with strong quantitative analysis and programming skills, Ryan now leads the development of EunomixCR, where he marries economics and politics through advanced modelling. With solid training in microeconomics - his undergraduate degree focused on “how to think, how people thought, and how people think” -  he has conducted extensive market and value chain analyses throughout his career. Additionally, Ryan also has several years of experience as an economics and quantitative techniques lecturer. He completed research papers in his Honours and Master’s qualifications on renewable energy, with the former supplementing the decision to implement wind energy turbines in Nelson Mandela Bay, in 2010.

His skills and experience have enabled a critical approach to his work, often with innovative solutions to some of the complex problems he encounters. This is particularly of use In the development of EunomixCR measures and indicators. The combination of the macroeconomic indicators and political aspects required for EunomixCR suit Ryan well, as it speaks to his research interests, his passion for numbers and his skills with statistics.

Ryan holds an M.Com Economics from Nelson Mandela University, an honours qualification in Economics from the same, and a Bachelors of Commerce in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Politics and Economics Majors) from the University of Cape Town. He has also completed a journalism qualification through the South African MAPP-SETA initiative; and Mathematics and Statistics at a second-year level at the Nelson Mandela University. 

Skills: Skills: political and country risk, political economic, renewable energy, natural resources, statistical and mathematic-based problem solving, big data modelling to applied consulting solutions, development economics



Bronwen Goldby

Bronwen Goldby, began her career in the Lloyd's of London Political Risk Insurance market as a Lloyd's broker. She then worked in the structured trade finance industry she had previously insured, first at one of South Africa's main banks (Nedbank) and then at a niche operator in this market, in structuring/marketing and as a member of the executive committee. Her career’s focus has been on the metals and minerals industries.

This work background has given her expertise and insight into business and financial risks; country and political risks; and, the workings of many commodities and their markets. In this capacity, Bronwen has worked with Eunomix since 2012, first in sustainability, and then in policy analysis and advocacy. She has extensively worked on South Africa’s mineral policy, notably on the Mining Charter, the MPRDA, and beneficiation, as well as on the various legislations and initiatives in support of Transformation. Bronwen has followed Parliamentary affairs, and engaged with relevant Portfolio Committee members and chairs.

In addition to working for Eunomix, she sits on the board of a chrome ore company. She has a Commerce degree with a major in Economics and International Relations. The interface of mining and political economy is a passion of hers.

Skills: political and country risk; policy and public affairs; strategic communications and stakeholder engagement; social and community development; corporate sustainability