Thorkil Sonne is a Director and President of Specialisterne Foundation, Inc. and Chairman of the Specialist People Foundation, which he founded December 2008.
He founded Specialisterne (The Specialists) in 2004 as the first market driven company where the skills of high functioning people with autism spectrum disorder are used to perform high quality services like software testing for corporate customers. Specialisterne in Delaware Accelerating Employment of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders 15 March 2012 Page 9 of 26
Specialisterne is a case study at Harvard Business School, was awarded ‘Best large social firm Europe 2006’ by CEFEC and named ‘One of 12 shocking ideas that could change the World’ by Wired Magazine.
Thorkil Sonne has a long background in the private IT and Telecommunications business, most recently with TDC, the incumbent Danish telecommunications firm. Thorkil has previously also been president of a local branch of Autism Denmark, and is father of a son with autism.
Thorkil has been recognized for his work with Specialisterne :
• Autism Prize 2004 by Autism Denmark
• IT Prize 2008 by The Danish IT Industry Association
• ‘Brave Thinker’ by The Atlantic Magazine, November 2009
• ‘Intelligent Optimist’ by Ode Magazine, January 2010
Thorkil is an Ashoka Fellow and participates in the Globalizer program.