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 is passionate about tackling New Zealand’s big challenges. There is more data available now than ever before, and using this to make the right decisions is critical for the long-term success of New Zealand.

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)

Both data geek and people person, Merewyn’s work includes kōrero with clients and stakeholders to discover and incorporate their perspectives to inform her data-led analysis. Taking project findings and translating these into actionable knowledge is one of the most satisfying parts her role.

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)

Nick is an experienced economist having worked on a range of economic projects across the public and private sector in New Zealand and the UK.

Senior Economist
BMS (Economics), LLB

Hannah joined BERL in 2019 as a Research Economist and shares BERL’s passion for researching global and domestic issues to understand the impact on all New Zealanders and the New Zealand economy.

Research Economist
LLB, BCom (Finance)