Meet the team
We are a team that knows economics by the book.

BERL has a team of focused, talented specialists to suit your needs and help you meet your objectives. The first thing we do is talk with you about your project to make sure we are clear on what we want from each other. Then we will agree a plan of study to thoroughly research, quantify, estimate, forecast, study, and assess the challenge and propose solutions. Throughout our process internal peer review will ensure accurate and intuitive outputs.

Ganesh is Chief Economist, having joined BERL fulltime in 1998 as a Senior Economist. He now has over 30 years of experience in the field of economics including business consulting, conference presentations, research, tutoring and lecturing in New Zealand and the UK.

Executive Director, Chief Economist
PhD (Economist)

Hillmarè has 25 years of experience in strategy, policy analysis and design as a macro-economist in New Zealand, the Pacific, the World Bank and Africa.

Deputy Chief Economist
BCom (Economics), MBL (Business)

Hugh joined the BERL team in 2010 as a research economist. Passionate about data and information, Hugh has excelled at building economic models, economic impact assessments, projections and scenarios.

Economist, Data Manager
PGDipBusAdmin (Economics), BBS (Economics), GradDipBS (Finance)

Mark has recently celebrated 40 years working as an economist. His experience has been gained in the UK and New Zealand.

Senior Economist
BA (Hons), MSc

Nadine joined BERL in 2016 as Executive Assistant, before being appointed Business Development Manager in 2018.

Business Development Manager

Konrad is a recent graduate with experience working in academia as a research assistant. He has worked on projects in the energy sector as well as television. He first joined BERL in 2016 after graduating.

Research Economist
BCom (Hons) Economics

Sam joined the team at BERL in 2017 after spending six years working with the investigations team at Inland Revenue.

Research Economist
MCom (Economics), BCom (Economics & Finance)

Kel has been with BERL for over 40 years, and still gets a kick out of delving into what drives the shape of the country, the use of resources like land and water, and how that affects peoples’ economic wellbeing.

Senior Economist
MAgrSci (Hons) (AgEcon)

Merewyn joined the team at BERL in 2018 having worked in a number of industries and the not-for-profit sector. She has a broad skill base and an appreciation of the challenges facing ordinary people, businesses and community organisations.

Research Economist
BCom (Economics), Dip Business Computing

Amanda has skills and experience in both quantitative and qualitative research, including survey design, testing for reliability and validity within measurement tools, statistical analysis, interviewing, and theme analysis.

Senior Researcher
PGDipHealSci, MPhil (First Class Honours)