Sonia Heptonstall, Ph.D.


Dr. Heptonstall has contributed in countless ways to the furtherance of women’s rights, employment,  and health issues. Dr. Heptonstall took an Honours degree in history at Bristol University, followed by a postgraduate Teaching Diploma. She taught in England and then worked as an administrative officer in the British Council both with Anglo German Regional Exchange Links and Commonwealth Scholars. As a member of Soroptimist International, Dr. Heptonstall was appointed the organization’s international representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Dr. Heptonstall traveled to and made presentations in Turkey, the United Kingdom, Israel, Australia, Beijing, Nairobi and the United States, always making civil society’s voice heard in international decision-making.

Dr. Heptonstall serves as SCI’s Representative to the UN ECOSOC agencies and works to advance international policy regarding the use of solar energy in health promotion. In addition, Dr. Heptonstall serves as an Alliance for Health Promotion and World Health Organization Board Member since 2010. She is co-founder and partner of ActInvest International, a Swiss Association focused on micro enterprise and entrepreneurship, particularly for women. Recent projects on behalf of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) include Youth Employment in Belarus and the development of entrepreneurship and microcredit in Moldova.

Dr. Heptonstall is currently a Professor of International Relations at the Geneva Business School and is involved in the supervision of student research work in the international field.

Dr. Heptonstall has a Master’s in Education and a Doctorate in Sociology of Education from Harvard University.