Anya Cherneff is the co-founder and Executive Director of Empower Generation—a social enterprise that connects women in Nepal with global suppliers of solar technology, empowering them to distribute clean energy solutions in their remote communities.
Empower Generation has launched 18 women-led solar businesses that collectively employ over 200 sales agents. These sales agents and entrepreneurs represent the only clean energy distribution network to reach the most remote communities in Nepal. To date, Ms. Cherneff and her team have distributed 50,000 solar products, bringing clean, safe power and light to more than 250,000 people. She has also delivered several talks at global energy companies, the TEDx stage and women-in-energy networks, inspiring others to join the clean energy revolution. Her entrepreneurial approach catalyzes engagement with energy companies and large international development agencies, fostering a supportive environment for local solutions. Ms. Cherneff is dedicated to promoting women’s rights as human rights and her previous experience includes founding the Human Trafficking Centre at the University of Denver. In early 2015, she was awarded a nine-month fellowship at the Global Social Benefit Institute at Santa Clara University and is the 2015 C3E Women in Clean Energy International Leadership Award Winner. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Columbia University and a master’s in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.