Empower Generation (EG) was started from the passions of its co-founders to end energy poverty for the 1.2 billion people currently living in the dark and to reduce women’s vulnerability to exploitation, human trafficking and modern slavery. Women, our model’s foundation, are consistently cited as the best investments and catalysts for change. Women are more likely than men to pay back loans and invest profit in their communities. In Nepal, women serve as household energy managers. As the only energy company in Nepal that is leveraging a woman-to-woman sales dynamic, we introduce an unfamiliar technology from a trusted source. When you invest in women economies expand, poverty cycles break.
Full time staff:
Executive Director (based in the US)
Anya Cherneff is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering women to control their own destinies and create a cleaner, healthier future for themselves and their communities. Anya has dedicated her life to promoting women’s rights as human rights. Her recent experience includes founding the Human Trafficking Clinic, working for the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, and serving as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow in Malaysia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from University of Denver and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Columbia University.
Country Director (based in Nepal)
Sita Adhikari has a Masters Economics (Tribhuvan University), BA Commerce (Sahid Smriti College). While working as our first entrepreneur Sita decided she wanted to extend opportunities to women around Nepal. Sita believes women can increase their social value by becoming economically productive and independent.
Director of Operations (based in Nepal)
Chloe Chapman has business development experience in industries ranging from clean-tech workforce development and entertainment distribution to hospitality and airline. She has her BA from Rutgers University and MBA from The College of William and Mary as a Mason Scholar. She now lives in Nepal, supporting women entrepreneurs by procuring new clean-tech products and implementing cloud software programs and processes for stream-lined data collection and operations.
Financial Officer (based in Nepal)
Sitaram Paudel is a certified accountant with 10+ years of experience.
Program Coordinator (based in Nepal)
Kabita Subedi has her Master's in Business Administration and 5+ years of experience working for social enterprise.
Program Coordinator (based in Nepal)
Chanchala Dhakal has 10+ years of experience working in women's microfinance.
Junior Program Coordinator (based in Nepal)
Bindu Thanait has 5+ years of experience working in business administration and is studying to get her law degree.
Regional Field Mobilizer - Far West (based in Nepal)
Rajendra Mann Karki has 10+ years experience working in NGOs, community organizing and community mobilizing.
Warehouse Manager/Junior Account Manager (base din Nepal)
Aabhash Adhikari is a certified accountant with 5+ years of experience managing financial transactions.
Part time staff:
Communications Director (based in Canada)
Kristy Dixon has her Masters in Project Management (University of Adelaide), BA Comms (University of South Australia). After working in non-profit, public and private sectors as a corporate communications generalist, Kristy believes in a clean energy future where everyone has access to the opportunities she’s had in life.
Co-Founder & Member
Bennett is passionate about clean energy innovation and has worked with Rocky Mountain Institute, Royal Dutch Shell, and CPower. Bennett graduated from Delft University of Technology and Columbia University.
Acting CFO & Member
Lionel is CEO of Neoen México, a developer and operator of renewable energy power plants. Before that, he was CEO of Chamina Voyages, a leading adventure travel company in France. Prior to that he worked for five years at Rocky Mountain Institute, a US “think and do tank" focused on resources and energy efficiency. Lionel is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Sciences Po Paris.
Acting CTO & Member
Nick is Director of Asset Management at Con Edison Development (CED). Prior to joining CED he spent five years with CPower, Inc. (formerly ConsumerPowerline) in a variety of Market Development and Program Management positions in the demand response and energy efficiency industries. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University, and is a certified Project Management Professional, Certified Energy Manager, and Certified Demand Side Manager.
Bennett Cohen, Royal Dutch Shell
Anya Cherneff, Empower Generation
Nick Cherneff, Independent Screenwriter
Amira Ibrahim, Rockefeller Foundation
Jake Levin, Director of Regulatory Affairs at O-Power
Anna Sternoff, Brand Strategist
Deborah Kim, Marketing Director at a startup
John String, Private Equity Consultant
We have three fellows who currently support us on a volunteer basis: Program and Development Fellow, Social Business Fellow and a Communication Fellow.
We are currently raise funds to hire a full-time CFO, CTO, Technology Manager (based in Nepal), Communications Manager (based in Nepal), 3 additional Regional Field Mobilizers. This team will allow us to reach our impact targets in 2018.