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Sharron McPherson

Sharron is a non-executive board member of Cenfri and former Wall Street investment banker and attorney, turned serial social impact entrepreneur. She resides in South Africa, where her focus is on investing in women and youth with big ideas that have sustainable community impact. Her primary areas of investment are in green infrastructure, renewable energy and food security. She is the founder of the Women’s Enterprise Development Initiative (WEDI) based in Johannesburg and a founding director of Women in Infrastructure Development & Energy (WINDE).

She is also a founding member of New Faces New Voices and is a member of the United Success Brains Trust. Sharron is a published author and teaches project finance at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. She is a frequent speaker on Nexus thinking and exponential leadership at both the World Economic Forum on Africa and the Clinton’s Global Alliance. She completed the Global Solutions Program at Singularity University in 2011 and is a founding member of Singularity U South Africa.


  • Doctorate in law, Columbia University
  • Honours in finance, University of Toulon (La Garde, France)
  • BA in economics, College of William & Mary
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