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

Jp Van Der Merwe

JP van der Merwe has been with Eunomix since 2014, playing a key role in the growth of the South African business as well as working projects across Africa for government and corporate clients. His work has focused on spatial development and economic localisation, value chains, special economic zones, competitive benchmarking, demand forecasting, and policy and regulatory analysis. He has conducted numerous assignments focused on understanding the political, policy and economic environments affecting clients’ projects throughout Africa. He has been involved in several feasibility studies for complex infrastructure projects

JP has worked as a senior consultant and operations manager of Eunomix, handling business development tasks as well as managing small project teams. He was recently appointed Director of Eunomix Research and Board Member of Eunomix. In his capacity as Senior Consultant, he leads all stages of project delivery, from project methodology design, to managing work-streams, client liaison and project finalisation.

JP’s clients have included the World Bank, African Development Bank and Ministries of Trade and Industry in several jurisdictions – notably in Botswana, the DRC, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. He has also worked on a number of projects for large mining companies in the DRC, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

JP is currently leading the development of country risk and investment climate tools for analysis and management. These tools will become part of the Eunomix offering in early 2018, and are currently under beta-testing with current clients.

He holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney, an Honours degree in International Relations from the University of Cape Town, and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town.

Skills: political and country risk; policy and public affairs; economic and infrastructure development; social and community development; corporate sustainability; 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

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