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Valuing Contact Energy for an Investor, New Zealand

Castalia advised an international strategic investor on its bid for a controlling stake in Contact Energy, one of New Zealand’s biggest energy providers. Our client needed a deep understanding of pricing, regulation and market rules in order to value Contact Energy.
November 7, 2019/by Site Admin
Projects

Valuing Independent Schools, Australia

Castalia calculated the net economic benefits of independent schools, and the fiscal savings they enable, in the State of New South Wales, Australia. The New South Wales Government was threatening to reduce its contribution toward the costs of independent schools in the state.
June 21, 2019/by sophie
Projects

Jonathan Walters interviews ACWA about the DEWA 700MW CSP Project

Jonathan Walters interviews Paddy Padmanthan about the DEWA 700MW CSP Project
August 28, 2018/by rebecca
News

Water Management Assistance Contract, Haiti

Castalia assisted Haiti’s water agency DINEPA in preparing and running a transaction for a management assistance contractor to manage key utility functions in the capital. The 2010 earthquake destroyed Port-au-Prince’s water infrastructure. It was urgent to rebuild the system and assist the utility’s management.
July 18, 2019/by Site Admin
Projects

Water Resource Plan, Qatar

Castalia developed a strategy for optimal management of water resources as part of Qatar's National Development Strategy 2018-2022. Qatar’s over-abstraction of groundwater and high rates of desalinated water use were not environmentally or fiscally optimal.
July 18, 2019/by Site Admin
Projects

Water Resource Regulatory Framework, Philippines

Castalia defined water allocation principles for the National Water Resources Board in the Philippines that were socially acceptable and economically efficient for both urban and agricultural users. The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) is the agency responsible for regulation of water resources in the Philippines. There were no accepted rules for allocating scarce water between different users which was causing tension.
October 15, 2019/by Site Admin
Projects

Water sector amalgamation: Is New Zealand really like Scotland?

In this blog two Castalia staff comment on the evidence base for the New Zealand “Three Waters” reforms
September 23, 2021/by admin
Blog

Water Sector Regulation Notes

Castalia wrote six explanatory notes on key topics in water supply and sanitation sector regulation to clarify the meaning of key terms, and to provide a foundation for effective regulation. Although policy makers agree that regulation is key to reforming water utilities worldwide, they disagree on the best approach to regulation in various situations. Many lack a clear, consistent, way of thinking about regulatory design.
October 10, 2019/by Site Admin
Projects

Water Sector Restructuring, Oman

Castalia helped the Government of the Sultanate of Oman merge various water providers into three regional utilities, develop business plans, calculate cost recovery tariffs, recommend subsidies, and develop a new regime for economic regulation. We assessed the likely impact of the reform. Oman’s government was spending $447 million each year to provide water services and wanted to reduce public spending on water while expanding service.
July 18, 2019/by Site Admin
Projects

Water Utilities Market Mapping

We identified water utilities in Colombia that could benefit finance from the IFC. Many water utilities in Colombia lack access to finance. The IFC was willing to help, but needed to identify suitable candidates for finance.
July 18, 2019/by Site Admin
Projects

Comparing COVID-19 rules for water utility tariffs, bill payment and disconnections imposed by state and national governments

In the absence of a cure or vaccine for COVID-19, governments…
April 16, 2020/by Site Admin
Blog

World Bank publishes Water Utility Turnaround Framework

The World Bank publishes the Water Utility Turnaround Framework which was developed with a team from Castalia.
December 28, 2018/by rebecca
News

We look for candidates who are:

competent

Competent

We are experts in finance, economics, law, and policy applied to infrastructure, natural resources and social service provision. You’re a great fit for us if you can demonstrate excellent technical and analytical abilities, and if you’re willing to learn new skills.

creative

Creative

We’re passionate about solving the infrastructure and resource problems of the world in creative and innovative ways. We’re building a team that is insightful, resourceful and visionary. You’re a great fit for us if you’re a creative problem solver.

consistent

Consistent

Castalia is respected for the quality of our work. We’ve achieved this by being reliable, organized and efficient. You’re a great fit for us if you’re conscientious, reliable and keep your promises.

concientious

Conscientious

We’ve nurtured a culture of excellence, but we’re able to maintain it because our team is made up of disciplined self-starters. You’re a great fit for us if your passion and creativity is matched with discipline, commitment and follow-through.

committed

Committed

It takes focus and hard work to be successful. Solving the world’s most difficult problems is never easy! You’re a great fit for us if you want to put achievement of team goals above personal interests, know how to work in a team, and can persevere through set-backs and pain.

collaborative

Collaborative

Consulting demands a lot from the individual and the team. We are looking for team members who are patient, approachable, good-natured and willing to work with others to solve big problems. You’re a great fit for us if you bring empathy, humility and excellent communication skills and would like to help the team achieve our mission.

Collectively, these are known as our ‘6 C’s’ and they encompass the qualities that lead to success at Castalia.

We look for candidates who are:

competent

Competent

We are experts in finance, economics, law, and policy applied to infrastructure, natural resources and social service provision. You’re a great fit for us if you can demonstrate excellent technical and analytical abilities, and if you’re willing to learn new skills.

creative

Creative

We’re passionate about solving the infrastructure and resource problems of the world in creative and innovative ways. We’re building a team that is insightful, resourceful and visionary. You’re a great fit for us if you’re a creative problem solver.

consistent

Consistent

Castalia is respected for the quality of our work. We’ve achieved this by being reliable, organized and efficient. You’re a great fit for us if you’re conscientious, reliable and keep your promises.

concientious

Conscientious

We’ve nurtured a culture of excellence, but we’re able to maintain it because our team is made up of disciplined self-starters. You’re a great fit for us if your passion and creativity is matched with discipline, commitment and follow-through.

committed

Committed

It takes focus and hard work to be successful. Solving the world’s most difficult problems is never easy! You’re a great fit for us if you want to put achievement of team goals above personal interests, know how to work in a team, and can persevere through set-backs and pain.

collaborative

Collaborative

Consulting demands a lot from the individual and the team. We are looking for team members who are patient, approachable, good-natured and willing to work with others to solve big problems. You’re a great fit for us if you bring empathy, humility and excellent communication skills and would like to help the team achieve our mission.

Collectively, these are known as our ‘6 C’s’ and they encompass the qualities that lead to success at Castalia.

Recruitment FAQs

What positions do you recruit for at Castalia?

  • Intern
  • Research Associate
  • Economics and Financial Analyst
  • Senior Analyst
  • Manager
  • Senior Management (Directors, Practice Leaders, CEO/COO/ED)
  • Corporate Services

I want in. What now?

We’re glad you’re interested in working with us. Please click on the job posting above and start your application.

I’ve submitted my application. What now?

How long does the recruitment process take?

Once we have screened for candidates, had the informational interview and we’re ready to start with interviews, we aim to have each candidate’s recruitment process completed in 2 weeks.

What does the interview process entail?

Informational interview:

This is an introductory interview with someone from the team you’re likely to work with. You have an opportunity to ask questions about Castalia, the work environment and the kind of work you can expect to do. You will also be asked general questions about yourself and your professional education and experience. After this you decide if this is the job for you and if you want to go through our formal assessment process. At this point we also give you feedback on whether we think you’d likely be a good fit for the role.

Team interviews:

These interviews are designed to test your knowledge, based on the position you are applying for. Your understanding and application of finance and microeconomics will be tested if you are applying to be part of our team of analysts. All candidates will have an interview to discuss Castalia’s 6Cs, which is a discussion about our values and the types of candidates we’re looking to hire.

Final interview

The final interview will be with a member from our Senior Management. It will cover all elements mentioned above. Managers and above will have an additional interview with the CEO.

How can I prepare for the interviews?

We suggest that you read the following materials in preparation for the interviews. This is what we expect our team to know. If you’re unfamiliar with these concepts and the material, your application is unlikely to be successful.

Interview on microeconomics:

  • Basic Microeconomics, you’d want to brush up by reviewing an introductory microeconomic text book. The interview will typically cover the following areas:
    • Supply and Demand, price formation, market equilibrium
    • Utility maximization, profit maximization, equalization at the margin as a concept
    • Perfect competition model and monopoly models
  • A good Public Finance/Public Economics textbook should cover: these, e.g. Rosen’s textbook:
    • Part 1: Getting Started
      Chapter 1: Introduction
      Chapter 2: Tools of Positive Analysis
      Chapter 3: Tools of Normative Analysis
    • Part 2: Public Expenditure: Public Goods and Externalities
      Chapter 4: Public Goods
      Chapter 5: Externalities
      Chapter 6: Political Economy
      Chapter 7: Education
      Chapter 8: Cost-Benefit Analysis

Interview on finance:

The interview will cover:

  • Financial statement analysis
    • Reading and understanding financial statements (balance sheet, cash flow statements, income statements). You should know the differences, what information can be found on what statement, correct way to record transactions and interpret information from these statements, etc.
    • Calculating and comparing relevant financial ratios
  • Corporate finance – we suggest reviewing:
    • How to value companies including DCFs and calculating present value, WACC and the CAPM model
    • Capital structure and managing risk, financing versus valuation and key differences between debt and equity
  • The Corporate Finance textbook we recommend is written by Myers and Brealey. 

Myers, Brealey. Principles of Corporate Finance (11th Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014.

  • Part 1: Value
    Chapter 1: Introduction to Corporate Finance
    Chapter 2: How to Calculate Present Values
    Chapter 3: Valuing Bonds
    Chapter 5: Net Present Value and Other Investment Criteria
    Chapter 6: Making Investment Decisions with the Net Present Value Rule
  • Part 2: Risk
    Chapter 7: Introduction to Risk and Return
    Chapter 8: Capital Asset Pricing Model
    Chapter 9: Risk and the Cost of Capital
  • Part 3: Best Practices in Capital Budgeting
    Chapter 10: Project Analysis
  • Part 4: Financing Decisions and Market Efficiency
    Chapter 13: Efficient Markets and Behavioral Finance
  • Part 5: Payout Policy and Capital Structure
    Chapter 17: Does Debt Policy Matter
    Chapter 19: Financing and Valuation

Why choose Castalia?

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Regulatory Framework for Sangster Airport Privatization, Jamaica

Castalia advised on a regulatory structure and price control formula so that Jamaica’s Sangster International Airport could be concessioned to a private operator. Jamaica wanted to bring in private capital and management to improve the airport at Montego Bay, and needed a regulatory regime to control pricing after the concession was let.
May 26, 2019/by Kelly Sutherland
Projects

Webinar: How Germany plans to phase out coal without losing all the coal jobs

A discussion about Germany's commitment to competely decarbonize its national energy system and how that could affect jobs in the power plants and save emissions.
May 2, 2019/by rebecca
News

Nigeria’s Rural Electrification Agency Launches Minimum Subsidy Tender for Mini Grids

Nigeria's Rural Electrification Agency issued an Invitation for Initial Selection for the first phase of a minimum subsidy tender.
April 24, 2019/by rebecca
News

World Bank publishes Water Utility Turnaround Framework

The World Bank publishes the Water Utility Turnaround Framework which was developed with a team from Castalia.
December 28, 2018/by rebecca
News

Jonathan Walters interviews ACWA about the DEWA 700MW CSP Project

Jonathan Walters interviews Paddy Padmanthan about the DEWA 700MW CSP Project
August 28, 2018/by rebecca
News

Webinar: What to do about stranded assets in conventional electricity generation

July 19, 2018/by rebecca
News

Webinar: Organizing competitive tenders designed for tariff optimization

An in-depth discussion from experts about how to optimize your competitive tender to meet your specific objectives.
July 12, 2018/by rebecca
News

Sustainable Electricity Trade Initiative Underway

Castalia is working with Artelys, EY, and Fraunhofer ISI on an initiative that seeks to promote renewable energy trade between Europe and North Africa. We are helping to establish a roadmap for sustainable electricity trade between France, Germany, Morocco, Portugal, and Spain.
April 12, 2018/by rebecca
News

Castalia developed Energy Master Plans for the Federated States of Micronesia

Castalia has been working closely with the national and state governments, utilities, and other stakeholders to develop State and National Energy Master Plans for the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
March 14, 2018/by rebecca
News

Webinar: Tunisia Solar Market status update

This webinar looks into the current status of the renewable market in Tunisia and opportunities for companies along the supply chain.
February 14, 2018/by rebecca
News

Castalia presents the 6th annual Renewable Islands Index and Marketplace at CREF

Castalia presented the sixth annual Renewable Islands Index at the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF).
October 25, 2017/by rebecca
News

Castalia at the IDB/NWC Regional Water Finance Conference

Castalia presented a comparison of the performance of water utilities across the Caribbean at the Water Financing Conference held in Riu Montego, Jamaica, between 3-5 May.
June 10, 2017/by rebecca
News

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United States of America

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Australia

AUCKLAND
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New Zealand

WELLINGTON
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New Zealand

PARIS
+33 (0)1 84 60 02 00
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France

BOGOTÁ
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Calle 81 #11-08, Piso 5, Oficina 5-127
Colombia

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WASHINGTON, DC
+1 (202) 466-6790
1747 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 1200
United States of America

SYDNEY
+61 (2) 9231 6862
Suite 19.01, Level 19, 227 Elizabeth Street
Australia

AUCKLAND
+64 (4) 913 2800
74D France Street, Newton South
New Zealand

WELLINGTON
+64 (4) 913 2800
Level 2, 88 The Terrace
New Zealand

PARIS
+33 (1) 73 44 26 97
6 Rue Duret
France

BOGOTÁ
+57 (1) 508 5794
Calle 81 #11-08, Piso 5, Oficina 5-127
Colombia

Thinking for a better world.

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