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Ian Hayes

Ian Hayes

Regulatory Economist

Ian joined the GCRA in May 2021. He is an economist with extensive experience in the economic regulation of water, waste water and electricity utilities.

Prior to joining the GCRA, Ian was an industry economist for the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management in the cook Islands, working on a wide variety of matters, from the Government's economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic to opening the Cook Islands telecommunications market to competition. This followed a stint as principal regulatory economist for ActewAGL Distribution, the local electricity distributor in Canberra, Australia and before that a role as senior regulatory advisor for the ACT Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission. As a regulator, Ian was mainly engaged in price investigations and tariff reviews, setting retail water, waste water and electricity prices for the local utility service providers.

Ian's earlier career was as an agricultural economist in Southern Africa, primarily working for Washington State University on various donor-funded small-scale agroforestry, soil conservation and irrigation projects.

Ian holds BSc Economics (City University), MSc Agricultural Economics (Wye College, University of London) and Doctor of Philosophy (Wye College, University of London) qualifications.

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