Sonja Licht was part of the Yugoslav dissident movement from the late 1960s, and from the mid-80s, she was among the founders of numerous local and international civic organizations, including the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly in 1990. From 1991 to 2003, she led the Fund for an Open Society in Yugoslavia (later Serbia). In 2003, she established the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence and was a member of the Council of Europe’s Network of Schools of Politics devoted to the democratic capacity building of decision and opinion makers in 16 countries. Licht has served on the boards of many reputable international institutions, and her work promoting democracy and civic activism in Serbia and South East Europe has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the Council of Europe Pro Merit, the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity, and the French Legion of Honour.
Licht received an MA in socio-cultural anthropology from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade. She has authored numerous articles for local and international magazines, journals, and books.