Sonya Seunghye Lim

Ex CIA station chief & undercover officer
Expert on undercover operations, collaboration, problem-solving, transnational issues
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"Sonya has a firm grasp on many of the world's most complex issues and delivers them with clarity, tailored to every audience. Her presentation style is inclusive and engaging."
Marc Polymeropoulos
Former Senior Intelligence Service officer, CIA
Areas of Expertise

Sonya is available for training, speaking, and consulting engagements, with notable expertise in the following areas:

  • Crime, investigation
  • Security, counterterrorism
  • Intelligence, clandestine operations
  • Political issues, international business
  • Inspiring, motivating
  • Leadership, strategy, vision
  • Collaboration, communication
  • Performance improvement, sales
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Social change, avoiding bias, diversity
Sonya's Background

Sonya Seughye Lim served in the CIA Senior Executive Clandestine Service's Office and retired with 24 years of distinguished service, leading large-scale HUMINT and technical programs, while undercover. At the CIA, Sonya held roles as chief of station in multiple locations, as well as chief of operations. She has broad, substantive expertise on geopolitical and transnational issues including the Middle East Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Europe, counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and counterintelligence.

In 2020, the CIA approved the roll back of Sonya's covert cover. With many years of speaking, training and consulting experience — all of which were classified — this newly available expert brings a very unique perspective to her long list of subject matter topics.

Sonya holds a noteworthy record of leading with innovation, creative program solving, and strategic management. She possesses a diverse range of experience in intelligence, diplomacy, military, and strategic security issues.

Presentation Examples
Partnership Examples
  • The Cipher Brief
Listen to Sonya featured in SPYSCAPE's hit podcast, True Spies
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