Anya Cherneff

Co-founder and Executive Director, Empower Generation

2015 International Award Winner

Anya Cherneff is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Empower Generation—a social enterprise that empowers rural women to distribute clean energy solutions in their remote communities in Nepal. After fighting human trafficking and modern slavery for over five years, Cherneff decided to try a market-based approach to gender and development. To date, Cherneff and her team of women entrepreneurs and agents have distributed nearly 60,000 solar products, bringing clean, safe power and light to more than 300,000 people in Nepal. She is an alumna of the Miller Center GSBI Program, TEDx Zurich, C3E Women in Energy International Leadership Awardee, a Tory Burch Fellows Semi-Finalist, and most recently is the winner of the Ashden International Award in the Clean Energy for Women and Girls category. She holds a Master’s degree in International Human Rights from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Columbia University. Her experience prior to founding Empower Generation includes being Founder and Associate Director of the Human Trafficking Clinic, working at The Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, and serving as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow in Malaysia.