Prof. Nicola Theron is an economist and affiliate at FTI Consulting. She specializes in the application of competition and regulatory economics and is a former part-time member of the SA Competition Tribunal. She maintains an academic involvement as extraordinary professor at Stellenbosch University, Economics department, and teaches undergraduate as well as graduate courses.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Prof. Theron was the Managing Director of Econex, where she specialized in competition, trade and regulatory economics. In addition to competition economics, Prof Theron has specialized knowledge of healthcare, telecommunications and energy markets. She often presents on healthcare policy (such as the NHI) in various forums. Prof. Theron has lead a team that has been quantifying the cost of the NHI, since it was first proposed around 2009. The main research was done for the Hospital Association of SA (HASA) and the Econex research reports are available on their website: https://hasa.co.za/research/
Other notable healthcare policy work include: advising Clicks on new SEP regulations for pharmacies, Transpharm on medicine prices, Pharmaceutical Task Group on medicine prices, Merger analysis for Life (JHM), Mediclinic (Matlosana, Protector, etc), National Health Insurance (Mediclinic, HASA, Netcare), and the CC Health Market Inquiry (Mediclinic).