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Illana Melzer

Engagement Manager

Illana is the engagement manager at 71point4. Illana is a lifetime consultant with over 20 years experience. Her work is focused on demand-side research and analysis, with a focus on lower income market segments. She works with corporate, public sector and not for profit clients across a range of sectors including banking, consumer credit, other financial services, and housing.

Illana co-founded research and analytics consultancy, Eighty20, and successfully led their strategic research team for over a decade. Prior to that Illana worked at Accenture and the Monitor Group. Illana holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree in Mathematical Economics.


Claire Hayworth


Claire is a consultant at 71point4. With over 8 years' experience, Claire's work focuses on issues related to credit markets, specifically looking at levels of indebtedness, affordable housing and financial inclusion.

Claire has a Business Science degree, specialising in Marketing from the University of Cape Town and has completed two online courses through the Digital Frontiers Institute.


Jessica Robey

Senior research analyst

Jessica is a senior research analyst at 71point4 with 7 years' experience. Her recent research has focused on issues related to Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs), lower-value property markets and affordable housing more broadly, as well as informal credit lending in South Africa.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Business Science degree specialising in Marketing and has recently completed two online courses through the Digital Frontiers Institute in partnership with Tufts Fletcher School.


Hanjo Odendaal

Data scientist

Hanjo is a consulting data scientist at 71point4. Hanjo leads the advanced data analytics and statistical modelling aspects of our projects. He is passionate about exploring different methodologies to collect and analyse new and alternative data sets. Hanjo is also a keen teacher and regularly lectures at his alma mater.

Hanjo holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch and a Masters in Econometrics from Tilburg University in Netherlands. He is also studying towards a PhD in Economics at the University of Stellenbosch focusing on the application of Big Data and statistical learning applied within economic frameworks.

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Christoph Garbers

Data analyst

Christoph is a data analyst and research consultant at 71point4. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Stellenbosch where he applied general equilibrium models to understand how financial regulation influences the transmission of shocks across borders and within the financial sector. Christoph is passionate about understanding how credit markets can be used to advance the developmental agenda and enjoys identifying alternative methodological approaches to analysing data.


Reut Agasi


Reut is a consultant at 71point4 with 10 years’ experience. Her work focuses on the data collection and analysis aspects of projects in the housing and financial services sectors.

Reut holds a Master of Commerce degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town.


Abri de Beer

Research and data analyst

Abri is a research and data analyst at 71Point4. He holds a MEng in Mechanical Engineering at the University of North West and is currently completing his Masters of Information Technology in Big Data Science at the University of Pretoria. He has experience in the mining, information technology and education sectors.


James Scott

Junior research analyst

James is a research analyst at 71point4. He is a recent graduate of the University of Cape Town, holding an Honours degree in Economics. James has served as a volunteer consultant for Phaphama SEDI - a student organisation which aims to increase the entrepreneurial capacity of small businesses in Khayelitsha and Philippi. This experience deepened his enthusiasm for development economics and his appreciation of the need for just and equitable society. His interests lie in using data-driven approaches to identify pragmatic solutions to economic development that can power inclusive growth in South Africa.