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Heather Sonn is the managing director of Gamiro Investment Holdings which has investments in the renewable energy, marketing and advertising and financial services sectors. The company is committed to delivering commercial returns and also driving economic transformation strategies aimed at addressing the inequities created by South Africa\'s segregated past. Heather started her career as an investment banking analyst with Merrill Lynch, in New York working in the globally branded consumer goods and leveraged buy-out divisions. She has held leadership positions in investment management, stock-broking and banking industries. Heather has also worked in national social cohesion projects aimed at increasing the strength of South Africa\'s democracy and lobbying government and the social justice sector on various aspects of policy. She currently holds directorships on a number of listed and unlisted company boards including Steinhoff International, Reinsurance Group of America and Esor Limited. She is also a member of the Board of GreenCape, a local government funded organisation formed to support the growth of the green economy in the Western Cape. Heather holds a Liberal Arts Degree from Smith College and a Master of Science in international affairs (business) from Georgetown University. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and an Aspen Global Leadership Network moderator.