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Illana

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 Hayworth

Consultant

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.

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Jessica Robey

Senior research analyst

Jessica is a senior research analyst at 71point4 with 4 years' experience. Her recent research has focused on affordable housing, informal credit lending in South Africa, as well as rental markets across 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.

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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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Chris Colli

Analyst

Chris is an analyst at 71point4. Prior to joining the team, Chris worked as a brand strategist for two years. Having honed his skills in brand development and communication, he chose to shift his focus to the research world to explore consumer behaviour in greater depth.

Chris has a Bachelor of Business Science degree in Marketing from the University of Cape Town.

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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.