Chernay is a senior research associate in the Client Insights division of insight2impact, a global resource centre established by Cenfri and FinMark Trust to improve financial inclusion through the smarter use of data. She concurrently serves as a Governance Committee member of the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) in a non-remunerative capacity and is enrolled in a PhD programme with the University of Cape Town.
Prior to joining Cenfri, Chernay worked as a professional economist at the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), Credit Suisse Securities, and spent time consulting on a strategic capital-markets project as a visiting researcher to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) in Sydney. 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’s research interests are varied and include development finance, global macro-financial linkages and applied topics in development economics. Presently, she seeks to generate and share insights into how we can advance Africa into the 4th Industrial Revolution.