Sonja De Bruyn
Sonja is the non-executive Chairperson of the Ethos Mid Market Fund I, she is also an active member of Exco and the Ethos Board of Directors.
She has 18 years’ experience and is a co-Founder and Principal Partner of Identity Partners (“Identity”), an investment, advisory and financing firm. Identity has an investment portfolio of 12 companies from the insurance, food, ICT, rail and energy sectors. Identity’s advisory services include transaction advisory, BEE retail offers, financings, transformation and empowerment policy. A subsidiary of Identity, Identity Resources, has five investments. Identity achieves its social impact through the Identity Development Fund which has funded more than 80 businesses to date: over 70% of them owned by black women, and over 40% of them outside Gauteng.
Sonja was previously Executive Director of WDB Investment Holdings from 2002-2007, where she led several large BEE acquisitions including Bidvest, FirstRand, Discovery and Anglo-Coal Inyosi. She started her career in investment banking at Morgan Grenfell (later Deutsche Bank) in 1996.
Sonja has 12 years’ experience as a Company Director, having served on the Boards of FirstRand, Anglo American Platinum, Mr Price Group and Dimension Data South Africa. Sonja is currently a Non-Executive Director of RMB/RMI Holdings, Discovery Group and Remgro.
Sonja holds an LLB (Honours) degree from the London School of Economics and an MA in Economics and Business from McGill University in Montreal. She completed the Harvard Executive Programme in 2012. She has been the recipient of a number of awards, most recent of which was ABSIP’s Woman of the Year in 2014.
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