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As Head of Innovation Learning Programmes, Sonja is responsible for designing and delivering Nesta’s Innovation Skills programmes for the public and community sectors.

Sonja leads on the design and delivery of Nesta’s Innovation Learning programmes. Her role involves ensuring a design-led innovation approach is applied across a range of initiatives in Nesta’s skills and capacity building portfolio including the Creative Enterprise Programme, Evidence Masterclass and States of Change. Sonja has worked in a Design Management capacity across a range of public and private sector programmes in the commercial and charitable sectors and led on the Public Sector workstream of Design for Europe, an EU funded initiative to support the take up of design-led innovation skills.

Before joining Nesta, she was Head of Design at the Design Council where she was instrumental in the design and development of their Leadership Programmes and led the scaling of their Design Associate network. Sonja has a Masters in Vehicle Design from the Royal College of Art and a First Class Hons degree in Design Management Studies.

Since joining Nesta four years ago, Sonja has been instrumental in designing new partnership projects and programmes with UK, European and worldwide clients.