Castalia Staff

ANALYSTS

Ananthi Bharadwaj

Ananthi Bharadwaj - Senior Analyst

Ananthi is a senior economic and financial analyst based in Washington, D.C. Prior to Castalia, Ananthi worked with the World Bank Group’s Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) unit in analyzing institutional and regulatory frameworks governing PPPs in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. A lawyer by training, Ananthi also worked for a leading law firm in India, where she advised corporations and financial institutions on regulatory aspects of business transactions. She structured, drafted, and negotiated contracts on their behalf. She also conducted legal due diligence and facilitated financial close of PPP infrastructure projects in India’s power and road transport sectors. Ananthi holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Hons.) from NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad, India. Ananthi is fluent in English, Hindi and Tamil and is proficient in Telugu and Gujarati.
Andrew Swanson

Andrew Swanson - Senior Analyst

Andrew is a Senior Economic and Finance Analyst. He specialises in energy policy and regulation, including the impact of renewable technologies on electricity markets. Prior to joining Castalia, Andrew worked for the Australian Government. He analyzed cross‑border trading in Australia’s National Electricity Market and advised on regulatory reforms for transmission and distribution networks in the electricity and gas sectors. He also contributed to the Australian Government’s plan for complying with its oil security obligations as a member of the International Energy Agency. Andrew holds a Juris Doctor in Law from the Australian National University, and a Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Sydney.

Charlie Sheppard

Charlie Sheppard - Senior Analyst

Charlie Sheppard is a Senior Economic and Policy Analyst with experience providing policy and infrastructure advice in New Zealand and the Pacific. Charlie has developed energy master plans, conducted feasibility studies for renewable energy and mini-grid projects, and provided transaction advice for procuring Independent Power Producers. She has advised on pipelines of infrastructure projects in the Pacific and Africa and has also evaluated policies for several New Zealand Government agencies. Ms. Sheppard holds a Master of International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelor of Management Studies in Economics from the University of Waikato.
Charly Missirian

Charly Missirian - Senior Analyst

Charly Missirian is an economic and financial expert in renewable energy and energy policy in Africa. He has a deep experience advising governments on strategies to increase electricity access, attract investment in the energy sector, and reform power utilities in financial difficulty. His expertise covers economic regulation of infrastructure sectors, financial modelling and analysis, and transaction design. Charly holds a M.Sc. in Quantitative Economics and Econometrics from the Paris School of Economics (High Honors) and B.A. in Political Sciences from SciencesPo Paris. He studied a year in São Paulo (Brazil), and interned in Mexico. A citizen of France, he also speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Gavin Chan

Gavin Chan - Senior Analyst

Gavin is an economic and financial analyst at Castalia. Prior to joining Castalia, he worked at Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, where he provided advice on governance and regulatory frameworks in the water sector and on improving the efficiency of public services. He has also worked at Gas Energy Australia, an industry association, preparing submissions on climate change and energy policies. Earlier in his career, Gavin worked at the Department of Transport in Western Australia where he conducted research on the governance arrangements and provision models for intermodal terminals and road infrastructure. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from Macquarie University and a Graduate Diploma in Mathematics from the Univeristy of London. 
Jaime Hurtado

Jaime Hurtado - Senior Analyst

Jaime is a senior economic and financial analyst in the water sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. His experience includes developing financial models for water utilities, designing systems to prioritize investments, and developing strategies to improve water service provision. Prior to joining Castalia, Jaime conducted research on the economic and social effects of water markets in two drought-prone regions, South Eastern Australia and California. He also worked in short-term consultancy projects for a regional water utility in the United Kingdom. Jaime holds a Master of Science in Environmental Technology (Merit) from Imperial College London and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
Lakshman Ganesharajah

Lakshman Ganesharajah - Senior Analyst

Lakshman is an senior economic and financial analyst based in the Castalia Sydney office, with a strong interest in public policy, regulation and valuation methods. Prior to joining Castalia, he conducted research with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry on numerous fiscal policy issues, such as corporate tax reform and energy market regulation. Lakshman has a strong interest in the financial markets, having passed the CFA level one exam, and has conducted policy research with the Council on the Ageing. Lakshman holds a Bachelors of Economics and Bachelors in Commerce(Finance) from the Australian National University.
Laura Saiki

Laura Saiki - Senior Analyst

Laura Saiki is an economic and financial analyst focusing on the water and electricity sectors. Her experience includes assessing the financial performance and operating efficiency of public utilities and developing strategies to improve their performance. She also has experience evaluating and prioritizing infrastructure projects, and advising sector regulators on performance and monitoring standards.  Prior to joining Castalia, Laura worked in the Public Affairs Section in the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru, where she authored over 19 federal grant proposals and assisted with project management. She also worked in a natural gas company in Lima, where she helped oversee expenses and documentation for a pipeline expansion project. Laura holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with a concentration in International Development. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and has working level proficiency in Italian.

Melissa Piscetek

Melissa Piscetek - Senior Analyst

Melissa is a senior analyst at Castalia with experience in economic and financial modelling, economic policy, transfer pricing and financial markets. Before she joined Castalia, Melissa worked at the New Zealand Treasury where she maintained macroeconomic-fiscal models, developed economic and fiscal policy advice and led model development. As an Economist at the Australian Tax Office, she advised on multi-billion-dollar audit cases and assessed the international tax practices of multinational corporations. She has applied finance experience that she gained as an analyst at Macquarie Bank. Melissa graduated with distinction from Curtin University with a Master of Applied Economics, and from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce. 
Rifqi Ardliansyah

Rifqi Ardliansyah - Senior Analyst

Rifqi is an Infrastructure Advisor. He has a wide range of experience working with many Government and state-owned companies as well as leading national and multi-national companies in South East Asia. Prior to joining Castalia, he worked as a senior consultant at Ernst & Young in Jakarta where he was involved in financial due diligence, valuation and business modelling, restructuring, and other lead advisory roles. Rifqi's academic paper exploring stock market integration and international portfolio diversification between United States and ASEAN equity markets, has been published in a number of international journals. Rifqi holds a Masters in International Banking and Finance from the University of Glasgow and a Bachelors of Engineering in Industrial Engineering from Bandung Institute of Technology. He is fluent in English and Bahasa Indonesia.
Stéphanie Tatunchak

Stéphanie Tatunchak - Senior Analyst

Stéphanie Tatunchak is an Economic Senior Analyst based in Castalia's Sydney office with a strong interest in infrastructure. Prior to joining Castalia, Stéphanie worked as an Infrastructure Analyst specialising in the provision of PPP advisory services in the healthcare and social infrastructure sectors. In her previous position, Stéphanie contributed to a number of business cases and provided operational and financial performance monitoring services for both public and private sector clients. Stéphanie holds a bachelor degree in economics and in literature from McGill University. She is fluent in French and in English.
Tom Remy

Tom Remy - Senior Analyst

Tom Remy is an economic and financial analyst at Castalia. Prior to joining Castalia, he worked as a consultant for the World Bank where he coordinated a capacity building project on least-cost power development plans for the Government of Lao PDR. Before his assignments for the World Bank, Tom worked as a business analyst in a financial services company and completed a PhD in Engineering focused on the modelling of sustainable power technologies (biogas production and carbon capture and storage). Tom holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and a master in International Business Economics and Management from the KU Leuven. Tom is fluent in fluent in English, French and Dutch, and proficient in Spanish.

Veronica Lizzio

Veronica Lizzio - Senior Analyst

Veronica is an economic and financial analyst with a focus on infrastructure development and financing. She has experience in assessing the economic and financial viability of energy projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. Her experience also includes measuring countries’ progress towards renewable energy and energy efficiency targets, researching cross-border electricity trading, and developing a financial model to assess the impact of capital investments to increase the resilience of energy projects to withstand hurricane damage in the Caribbean. Veronica holds a Master of Arts in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a concentration in international investment and trade law. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and History from Cornell University. Veronica is a native English and Italian speaker, and is proficient in Spanish. 

Jorge Perez

Jorge Perez - Analyst

Jorge is a financial and economic analyst specialising in the water sector. His experience includes economic analysis, research, and financial assessment of projects in the agriculture and real state sectors. Prior to joining Castalia, Jorge worked with a private equity firm that invested in agriculture, real estate and livestock in Colombia. Jorge holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Bachelor's Degree in Management from Universidad de los Andes In Colombia. 
Katia Lvin

Katia Lvin - Analyst

Katia Lvin is an economic and financial analyst at Castalia. Prior to joining Castalia, she worked at Nathan Associates, where she coordinated the administration of USAID projects focusing on international trade infrastructure and regulatory reforms in the Asia-Pacific region. She also organized workshops in six APEC economies, including two conferences on promoting more effective public-private partnerships in transportation infrastructure. At Castalia, Katia is currently developing mechanisms to improve cross-border electricity trade in Africa. Katia holds a Master of Science in Development Management from The London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce in International Management from McGill University. She is fluent in English and Russian, and proficient in French and Spanish.

Laurie Hervot

Laurie Hervot - Analyst

Laurie is an economic, financial and policy analyst, specialising in the power sector. She has experience in electrification strategy, regulatory and institutional frameworks for PPPs, and clean energy. Before joining Castalia's Paris office, Laurie conducted research on opportunities for renewable energy in island jurisdictions. She holds a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Sciences Po Lille, with a concentration in energy, strategy, and risk management. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Sciences Po Lille. Laurie is a native French speaker, is fluent in English and Spanish, and proficient in Portuguese and Russian. 
Robert Fletcher

Robert Fletcher - Analyst

Robert is an economic analyst based in Wellington with an interest in natural resources, electricity and infrastructure. He is a recent graduate, completing a Master of Commerce in Economics from Canterbury University in 2018. His graduate studies focussed on microeconomic applications such as tax, competition, health and development economics as well as econometrics. Robert also holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology earned in 2015.

Volha Hrytskevich

Volha Hrytskevich - Analyst

Volha is an Economic and Financial Analyst based in Castalia's Sydney office, with a strong interest in the electricity markets in developing economies. Prior to joining Castalia, Volha worked at the World Bank advising governments on reforms to streamline electricity connection processes. She also worked with private and public stakeholders to identify regulatory burdens and avenues for reforms in business incorporation processes. Volha holds a Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor degree in Economics from Clark University (USA). She is fluent in Belarusian and Russian and is conversant in Spanish.