Sonja Giese is the founding Executive Director of Innovation Edge (IE). Since its establishment in mid 2014, Sonja has led IE in building an exciting portfolio of investments, demonstrating the ability to take ideas from source to scale.
Sonja has a degree in Science, a background in public policy, a passion for systems change and 25 years of experience in the development sector. Prior to joining Innovation Edge, Sonja held senior leadership positions within the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute, international NGO Absolute Return for Kids, the community-based Bulungula Incubator, and a national ECD donor consortium, Ilifa Labantwana. Sonja has also consulted extensively to local and international donors, the private sector and Government on impact strategy, policy and programme design and evaluation.
“I believe that innovation happens when we open ourselves up to the unexpected; when we question our assumptions; and when we purposefully connect with people and processes that challenge us.”