Chernay Johnson is an engagement manager at Cenfri, and insight2impact which is a resource centre focused on the smarter use of data, technology and behavioural interventions to advance financial inclusion. Chernay spends the majority of her time leading insight2impact’s digital platforms research portfolio which seeks to generate high-impact insights on financial and economic inclusion in Africa’s platform economy and digital ecosystem. In her personal capacity, she champions women empowerment initiatives to empower the next generation of female leaders in tech and advises research institutes on strategic and governance pathways.
Prior to joining Cenfri, Chernay worked as a professional economist at the South African Reserve Bank, Credit Suisse Securities and spent time consulting as a visiting researcher to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Rozetta (formerly known as the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre). In recognition of her impactful economic research on sub-Saharan Africa, The Financial Mail ranked her as one of the top three young analysts in South Africa in 2016.
Chernay holds a Master of Economic Science degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a Bachelor of Business Science from the University of Cape Town with a dual specialization in Business Strategy and Economics.