founder and Director, Empower Generation
2015 International Award Winner
Anya Cherneff is the Founder and Director of Empower Generation, which recently merged with Pollinate Energy. Empower Generation is an award-winning social enterprise that trains and supports entrepreneurs to lead inclusive businesses that deliver clean energy solutions to remote villages in Nepal and city slums in India. Together, Empower Generation and Pollinate Energy have empowered over 500 women through business training and meaningful employment, and delivered life-changing products to 500,000 people. By joining forces, these organizations are ensuring a brighter future for women and their families in the most marginalized communities. Along with being a C3E Women in Energy International Leadership Awardee, Cherneff is an alumna of the Miller Center Social Entrepreneur Fellowship Program, a TEDx Zurich Speaker, a SOCAP (Social Capital Markets) Social Entrepreneur Fellow, and the winner of the Ashden International Award in the Clean Energy for Women and Girls category. She recently joined the Community Impact team at AAA, working on social impact in the mobility sector. Cherneff holds an MA in International Human Rights from the University of Denver and a BA in Anthropology from Columbia University.