Director, Trans African Consulting Group, and Senior Research Fellow University of Johannsesburg, University of Johannesburg

Dr Stephen Labson has over 20 years of international consulting experience, and has held roles in government and academia in Australia and South Africa. He earned his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley;y.

He is currently a Director of Trans African Consulting Group; and holds the position of Senior Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg - Centre for Competition, Regulation, and Economic Development.

With expertise in financial economics, and a focus on energy, utilities and infrastructure, Dr Labson has an extensive track record in advising governments on major industry reform initiatives, corporate clients on commercial and strategic issues, and regulators in design of pricing frameworks.

He has previously held the positions of:

- Director - Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance, Asia Pacific Infrastructure Group

- Senior Executive - Department of Energy & Minerals, State Government of Victoria (Australia)

- Senior Economist - Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics

He has published over thirty articles - some of which have appeared in leading peer reviewed international academic journals.


  • –present
    Senior research fellow, university of johannesburg, centre for competition, regulation and economic development
  • 2015–present
    Managing Director, Trans African Energy Pty Ltd


  • 1991 
    university of california at berkeley, PhD, economics
  • 1986 
    university of california at berkeley, Master of Science- International Finance


  • 2016
    Asset Valuation Methodology and the Fascination with Efficiency’, Network ACCC
  • 1997
    Changing Patterns of Trade in the World Iron Ore and Steel Market: An Econometric Analysis,, Journal of Policy Modeling
  • 1997
    “Unbundling Utility Regulation”, Agenda
  • 1997
    Profiting from Cogeneration, Commonwealth of Australia
  • 1996
    Pricing Water for Power: A Two-Tier Approach”, Economics Papers
  • 1996
    International Response to Greenhouse Gas Abatement, Agenda
  • 1995
    Stochastic Trends and Structural Breaks in the Intensity of Metals Use, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
  • 1995
    Modelling Phased Reduction of Distortionary Policies in the U.S. Wheat Market Under Alternative Macroeconomic Environments,, GATT Negotiations and the Political Economy of Policy Reform) Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag
  • 1994
    Factors Influencing the Adoption of Electric Arc Furnace Steelmaking Technology, Applied Economics
  • 1994
    Modelling Distortionary Aspects of the U.S. Wheat Program and Policy Reform, Journal of Policy Modeling
  • 1992
    Voluntary Production Restraint: The United States Case,, Improving Agricultural Trade under the GATT (Kiel: Vauk Verlag,


Research scholarship - University of California at Berkekely