Celeste Kriel is a researcher who is interested in developing the South African economy. Her Master's thesis was awarded the Founders Medal from the Economic Society of
South Africa (ESSA) for the best research Masters in Economics in the country in 2005.
She is an economist who focuses on social issues and she has looked at the impact of antiretroviral therapy on labour force participation. Her research work is driven by her desire to improve the socio-economic conditions of marginalised South Africans. She began her professional career in 2003 at the Centre for Social Science Research at University of Cape Town (UCT) as a junior research fellow. She worked closely with Professor Nicoli Nattrass at the Aids and Society Research Unit.
She managed large scale household surveys and produced research papers focused on the quantitative analysis of survey data. Wanting to undertake research that responded
directly to the needs of government, she joined the Western Cape provincial department of economic development and tourism (DEDAT).
DEDAT is the custodian of Provincial Strategic Objective 1 (PSG 1), which focuses on creating opportunities for economic growth and employment creation. As a Deputy Director of research she focuses on research that provides strategic guidance to PSG1 and the Provincial Strategic Plan (PSP).