Sonja Saunderson is the Group Chief Investment Officer of Momentum Investments. She is responsible for MMI’s Outcomes-Based Investment model and philosophy as well as the management of portfolios of more than R315 billion.
Sonja has 18 years’ experience in the industry and joined a group related company in 1999 as an actuarial assistant doing asset and liability modelling for the company’s defined-benefit retirement fund clients. Sonja lectured Actuarial Science and Statistics at the North-West University School for Business Mathematics and Informatics before joining the industry. She studied a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science at North West University, after which she completed a BCom and BCom Hons in Economics and Statistics. She completed a MCom in Statistics and Economics and various actuarial subjects before pursuing a career in the investment industry. Her various roles included research analyst, head of research, portfolio manager, head of product development and deputy chief investment officer before being promoted to chief investment officer in 2010 at Momentum Outcomes-Based Solutions (MOBS). MOBS was incorporated into the Momentum Investments where she is now the chief investment officer. Sonja has extensive experience in constructing goals-based outcomes for clients as well as portfolio construction, risk management, investment manager selection and portfolio management in general.