In 2017, Chernay embarked on a full-time PhD programme in Quantitative Finance with the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Her research interests are around applied topics in financial economics, and she is currently focussing on the market quality of South African equity and derivative markets.
Chernay is concurrently serving a two-year term on the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Management Committee in a non-remunerative capacity. As part of the governance structure of the BER, the Management Committee provides strategic and market feedback to assist the BER in maintaining its high-profile contribution in the South African economy.
She has close to five years of professional experience as an economist and has worked at the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and within the finance sector. In 2016, the Financial Mail ranked Chernay amongst the top-three young analysts in South Africa, in recognition of her economic research on sub-Saharan Africa.
- Johnson, C. (2016). Drivers of sovereign debt spreads in Africa. Paper presented at 13th African Finance Journal Conference: Research Trends in Accounting, Finance and Economics for Africa's Development, Accra (Ghana).
- While working as a private-sector economist for Credit Suisse between December 2014 and July 2016, Chernay published an extensive list of economic and financial-market reports on sub-Saharan Africa.
- Johnson, C. (2014). Mining broken down - scenario analysis in a time of uncertainty. SARB Economic Note EN/14/12.
- Walter, R., Johnson, C., and Johnston, M. (2013). In rough seas: are inflation expectations really well-anchored? SARB Policy Brief PB/13/07.
- Johnson, C. (2012). South Africa's social grants programme - friend or foe of the fiscus? Bureau for Economic Research Note no. 2.
- Ellis, L., Kemp, H. and Johnson, C. (2012). EY/BER Retail Survey Report 2012Q3. Bureau for Economic Research.