Sonia Pechner

Sonia Hortop

Professional Background
Sonia is the Executive Director and one of the Founding Directors of Academic Search International. This company originally started in New Zealand and soon expanded into Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, Fiji, China, UK, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.

Sonia has extensive experience in conducting international searches for clients in New Zealand and overseas, notably in Australia, Fiji,
Hong Kong, Singapore, Pakistan and the Middle East. Her successes include Deputy Vice-Chancellor,  Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Dean, Director and other Senior Executive roles and senior academics for a range of universities and institutes of technology in New Zealand and Australia.

Sonia sits on the Asia-Pacific Council of the Association of Executive Search Consultants and on the Board of Trustees of the Kate Edger Educational Charitable Trust, a trust that funds awards to help women retrain and undertake undergraduate and postgraduate study.


  • BA (University of Bath) in international business and modern languages
  • Master (Professional Accounting) University of Southern Queensland
  • Member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC)
  • Council member of the Asia Pacific chapter of the AESC
  • Member of the New Zealand Institute of Management
  • Member of the Institute of Directors
  • Member of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce