Senior Programme Manager, Innovation Skills, Nesta
Before joining Nesta as Senior Programme Manager, Sonja was Head of Design at the Design Council and was instrumental in the design and development of their Leadership Programmes for the public and private sectors. She also led on the recruitment and management of their national network of Design Associates and worked to streamline service delivery, support evaluation and impact measurement, and drive quality assurance of products, materials and tools.
Sonja’s international experience includes working on '11 Lessons' – a benchmarking study of design processes in leading global businesses – and helping to shape the winning bid to deliver the European Design Innovation Platform.
Prior to joining the Design Council, Sonja worked as a consultant at Johnson Controls where she ran interior architecture and site strategy projects for clients such as BP, Pfizer and IBM. She has a first-class honours degree in Design Studies from Salford University, and an MPhil in Vehicle Design from the Royal College of Art.