Principal Economist and Director
Emma Ihaia specialises in competition analysis and regulatory economics, with 20 years of experience in this field. As a Principal Economist for Link Economics, Emma has been retained as an expert in the context of regulatory investigations and consultations, competition assessments, legal proceedings and government reviews. Matters have included market definition and market power analysis, anti-competitive conduct, mergers, access pricing, infrastructure deployment strategy and the implementation of regulatory regimes.
Emma recently held a senior management position at electricity distributor Network Tasman where her responsibilities included network pricing strategy, regulatory compliance, managing relationships with retailers, and implementing a new communications strategy. Over the past 3 years Emma has led the Electricity Networks Association’s working group initiatives on pricing reform in New Zealand.
Emma’s professional career has also included working as an economics consultant with NECG, Charles River Associates and Concept Economics for a range of clients both domestic and internationally. While telecommunications and electricity networks have been areas of special focus, she has also worked on projects relating to airlines, postal services, medical supplies, financial services, transport and pay television. Emma holds a Master of the Arts (First Class Honours) in Economics from the University of Auckland for which her thesis examined access pricing arrangements between monopolistic networks.