Chernay is an Engagement Manager at Cenfri where she leads a portfolio of research projects on the role of alternative data sources, digital platforms and behavioural interventions in improving the accessibility and value of ﬁnancial services to the bottom of the pyramid. She has concurrently served as a member of the Bureau for Economic Research’s Governance Committee since 2017, providing strategic advice on South Africa’s economy. Her work to date has included extensive research to shed light on the activity of digital platforms (including through digital transformation) and their impact on inclusive digital economies in Africa.
Chernay brings technical expertise on platform ecosystems in Africa; technical assistance to digital platforms in Kenya and Rwanda; consumer research design and delivery for financial product development for platform participants; platform ecosystem convenings and related stakeholder engagement; as well as sub-contractor and client management. Prior to Cenfri she consulted to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and worked as a professional economist at both Credit Suisse Securities (lead economist for Nigeria) and the South African Reserve Bank.