Adviser, Bank for International Settlements (BIS)
Sonja is an Adviser at the Bank for International Settlements Innovation Hub (BISIH) Singapore leading the Hub’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) work. In this position, Sonja co-leads project Mariana and leads the post-Dunbar multi-lateral CBDC arrangement work. Sonja is seconded from the Monetary Authority of Singapore while on leave from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
At the IMF, Sonja worked as Economist and Digital Expert on Transformative Technologies. In that position, she provided capacity building, policy recommendations and technical advice to IMF member countries on digital currencies, including CBDCs. In addition to numerous analytical and research papers on financial technology and digital currencies, she also contributed to the analytical work for the G20 agenda to enhance cross-border payments. Immediately prior to joining the BIS, Sonja worked as Market Infrastructure Expert on the digital euro investigation phase at the European Central Bank (ECB).
Sonja holds an MA from Bonn University and an MSc from Georgetown University.