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Sonya Sawtell-Rickson

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Sonya Sawtell-Rickson

Chief Investment Officer, HESTA
Sonya Sawtell-Rickson

Sonya was appointed to the role of Chief Investment Officer of HESTA in July 2017 and is responsible for overseeing the $70 billion investment program on behalf of our 1 million members.  


Sonya has over 20 years’ experience in the investment management and financial services industry. Prior to HESTA, Sonya was an Investment Director at QIC – one of Australia’s largest institutional fund managers. In this role, she led a global multi-asset team, managing diversified portfolios in excess of $45 billion. 


Sonya currently serves as a Director of the Investor Group for Climate Change (IGCC), is a Member of the IFM Shareholder Advisory Board, and is a Board Member of the Australian Advisory Board on Technology & Healthcare Competitiveness. Sonya is also an Executive Member of the Australia/New Zealand Chapter of the Bloomberg Women’s Buy Side Network and a Member of Chief Executive Women. 


Sonya holds a Masters of Applied Finance, a Bachelor of Arts (Economics & Political Science), is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.