Sonia Arakkal

Sonia Arakkal


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Sonia’s key strength is to draw upon disparate knowledge sources to solve an immediate problem. Her experience in government relations has given her a depth of experience in managing complex issues amidst internally and externally divergent client goals, which calls for an astute and sensitive approach to stakeholder engagement. Sonia looks forward to understanding the specific motivations, interests and concerns of her clients; and enjoys working with them to achieve nuanced, long-term and workable solutions.

Influential work

  • Conducted the five-year implementation review of Rio Tinto’s Regional Framework Deed and accompanying land access agreements with five native title groups in the Pilbara to drive improved agreement outcomes
  • Worked with the Victorian government to facilitate increased collaboration with the private sector in emergency management
  • Guided the development of a new business and operating model for a not-for-profit disability services provider to enable their new strategy
  • Undertook a major incident review of floods in Western Australia to identify how government can improve its response to major emergency incidents.

Outside of Nous

Before joining Nous Sonia worked in government relations for Hawker Britton, in their Canberra office, as a policy and business analyst.

Sonia holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Political Science and International Relations from The Australian National University.

In her spare time...

In her spare time Sonia is a classical Indian dancer and a (self-proclaimed) foosball champion.