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Laura Rossouw
University of the Witswatersrand

Laura Rossouw is a Senior Lecturer, specialising in health economics. She was previously a research officer at the Economics of Tobacco Control Project and the project manager of the Knowledge Hub. She holds a PhD in Economics from Stellenbosch University (SU), South Africa. Prior to joining the ETCP, Laura worked at Research on Socio-Economic Policy (ReSEP) based at the Economics Department of SU. The group focuses on issues of poverty, income distribution, social mobility, economic development and social policy. Laura's research interests include the economics of tobacco control, economic evaluations of health interventions, the economic impact of tobacco and alcohol use, demand-side factors related to health, and maternal, infant and child health.

Alfred Mukong
University of Namibia

Alfred Mukong is a lecturer at the University of Namibia.

Ernest Tingum
National University of Lesotho

Ernest Ngeh Tingum is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam. During his PhD, he was a researcher with the “Tobacco Control Analysis and Intervention Evaluation in China and Tanzania” team at the Department of Economics. From 2012 to 2015, he was the Lead Specialist for WageIndicator Foundation in Amsterdam and between 2015 and 2016, he was a research fellow at the School of Public Policy, Central European University (CEU), Hungary. He has also worked as an independent consultant with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on issues of youth and women employment in Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. His current research focuses on tobacco taxation and its interface with industry reactions and responses, effectiveness of tobacco control policies, illicit trade of tobacco products, labour market issues and collective bargaining in the African labour market. 

Evan Blecher
University of Illinois in Chicago

Dr. Evan Blecher is a senior economist in the Health Policy Center of the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also is an honorary associate professor in the University of Cape Town School of Economics. His work focuses on tax policy and the influence of tax policies on health behaviors, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Blecher was an economist at the World Health Organization in Geneva, where he worked on the Tobacco-Free Initiative in the prevention of noncommunicable diseases department, where he led tobacco tax efforts in Africa. He has also worked as a senior economist in the American Cancer Society's Health and Economic Policy Research Program and was an affiliate in UCT's Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, where he served as the project director of the Economics of Tobacco Control Project.

Grieve Chelwa

Dr Grieve Chelwa is a Senior Lecturer at the Graduate School of Business. He holds a PhD in economics at the University of Cape Town, where he focused on the economics of tobacco control in South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. Previously, Grieve was a researcher at the Center for Financial Regulation and Inclusion in Cape Town, where he worked on public policy issues in the Southern African region. His areas of expertise include: Economics of tobacco control; health economics; development economics; econometrics; and impact evaluations.

Julie Berthet-Valdois

Julie Berthet Valdois is a Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. She spent 8+ years working in the area of Monitoring and Evaluation for education and health projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her expertise includes technical assistance for monitoring and evaluation systems, large-scale impact evaluations including: research design and tools, implementation, training workshop, data entry management, data cleaning, data analysis and results dissemination. Julie holds a Master of Research in International Economics and Development. Currently, she is a Ph.D. Economics candidate at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research interests include economics of education and health economics.