Castalia Staff

MANAGERS

Andrew Sprott

Andrew Sprott - Manager

Andrew specializes in economic and financial analysis of infrastructure sectors to appraise investment climates and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), and to evaluate private sector participation in infrastructure. He manages Castalia’s engagement with the District of Columbia’s Office of P3s and an infrastructure investment fund (to scope PPP opportunities in Ghana). He regularly works in Sub-Saharan Africa, and has advised on projects in Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. In total, he has evaluated infrastructure projects worth more than US$8 billion. He has trained PPP Units on PPP project evaluation and PPP pipeline development; developed a customized tool for PPP project screening; and has advised on PPP policies, laws, and programs. Andrew holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Portland State University and a Masters of Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He is fluent in English and proficient in Spanish.
Anna Nagaraj

Anna Nagaraj - Manager

Anna is an economist and policy analyst specialising in the energy sector and international development. Before joining Castalia, Anna was a Senior Advisor at the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. There, she advised on energy strategy, renewable energy policy, climate change policy, and downstream energy markets policy. Anna has also worked for the World Bank and Government of Guyana analysing industrial competitiveness and implementing competitiveness programmes, and as an economic consultant and energy specialist for The Brattle Group and MFC Natural Gas and Energy Consultants in the United Kingdom. Anna holds a Master of Science in Economic History from the London School of Economics, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Andreas Heuser

Andreas Heuser - Manager

Andreas is an economic and policy project manager and analyst, specialising in regulated industries, financial institutions, housing and urban infrastructure as well as natural resource economics. Prior to joining Castalia, he was with the New Zealand Treasury where he led advice on savings, housing affordability, commercial transactions and natural resources policy. Andreas is a qualified lawyer and has worked in financial institutions and at top tier firms in Europe on cross-border transactions and international arbitration. Andreas holds undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and a Master of Business Law (summa cum laude) focussing on economics from the University of Cologne, Germany.

Cristina Cano

Cristina Cano - Manager

Ms. Cristina Cano, Manager and head of Castalia’s office in Bogota, specializes in project finance and financial analysis of infrastructure companies and projects in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Her work focuses on determining the viability of investments, valuating assets, as well as analyzing and evaluating operational and financial results. She has developed financial models for major transactions and conducted financial analysis of power and water companies in more than 15 countries. Prior to joining Castalia, Cristina worked as a financial project analyst for Colgener, a Colombian company that invested in electric power generation assets. She holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from ESADE Business School in Spain, and a Bachelor’s Degree (Cum Laude) in Industrial Engineering from Los Andes University in Colombia. Born in Colombia, she is a native Spanish speaker, and fluent in English.

Giang Doan

Giang Doan - Manager

Mr Doan Tien Giang has more than 17 years of professional experience advising Government departments and private companies on infrastructure policy and private sector development in Vietnam. He provided technical assistance to the Government authorities in fostering capital to the infrastructure development and in developing PPP legal and institutional frameworks. Before joining Castalia, Giang worked as Deputy Director for an USAID-funded program and as a partner in a private management consulting firm in Vietnam. Giang holds an MBA from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, a Masters Degree in Economics from Hanoi Foreign Trade University, as well as a Bachelor of Laws from Hanoi National University.
María Jimena Córdoba

María Jimena Córdoba - Manager

María Jimena is a finance and economics advisor in energy and infrastructure. Over the past eight years, she has advised governments, private clients, and development banks in over 20 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. She is experienced in assessing and structuring projects, companies, finance mechanisms, and regulatory frameworks. Her work includes structuring infrastructure PPP projects and funds, advising on investment decisions, due diligence and valuation, and assessing company’s performance. Prior to Castalia, Maria Jimena worked for an infrastructure advisory firm and was finance professor at Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. She also consulted for the World Bank and for AIMCo—a Canadian pension fund. She holds an MBA in Energy from University of Alberta in Canada, a Masters in Economics and a Bachelors (Cum Laude) degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Colombia. She speaks Spanish and English, and has intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.
Marie Marconnet

Marie Marconnet - Manager

Marie Marconnet is specialized in the energy sector, particularly renewable energy. Since joining Castalia in 2007, she has worked on energy sector regulation and private sector participation, and advised extensively on sustainable energy policy and planning, especially in the Pacific and Caribbean regions. Marie holds a Master's degree in Economics from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Canterbury University. She speaks French and English fluently.
Scarlett Piantini

Scarlett Piantini - Manager

Scarlett is an economic and policy analyst in infrastructure, specializing in water and energy in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has advised governments, private clients, and development banks in over 20 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Her work focuses on designing strategies to improve service provision and turn around utilities, designing systems to prioritize cost-effective investments, and structuring private participation schemes. Prior to Castalia, Scarlett worked as Project Coordinator at Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo, a development non-profit in the Dominican Republic. Scarlett holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service focusing on International Development from Georgetown University. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Institutions and Development from the College of the Holy Cross. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and proficient in French.
Shannon Riley

Shannon Riley - Manager

Shannon specializes in economic and financial analysis in the water and other infrastructure sectors.She applies her economic and financial modelling skills to advise governments and utilities on tariff setting, performance-based contracts, investment planning, regulation, and policy. Prior to joining Castalia, Shannon worked for New Markets Lab, an initiative that seeks to strengthen markets in the developing world through legal and regulatory reform. She conducted research on Public-Private Partnerships, supply chains, and trade in the agricultural sector for a variety of developing countries, with a focus on those in sub-Saharan Africa. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Georgetown University. In addition to English, she is proficient in Spanish.