Joanne holds an Honours Degree in Philosophy and Economics and a Masters of Commerce in Maritime Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She has 8 years of experience in conducting economic research, market demand assessments, feasibility studies, and strategic plans, including project management. Joanne has substantial experience within the maritime sector – she was a critical part of the team developing Transnet’s 30-year Port Development Framework Plans in 2012 and 2018, the Tariff Strategy for South African Ports and the Evaluation of the Port Regulator. She has also managed and conducted research for projects in the areas of data management, retail, property development, innovation and sustainability. Her desire to disrupt the economic research space in South Africa is what led her to found Lumec in February 2016. She is passionate about people, ethics and equality and hopes that her research will contribute to more inclusive, sustainable and authentic solutions for Africa.