Paul Sonnier is an author, speaker, technologist, and social entrepreneur who has spent nearly a decade educating global stakeholders on digital health and its escalating impact on health, healthcare, living, and society. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and corporate events, publishes a newsletter, and is the founder of the Digital Health group on LinkedIn, a global community comprised of more than 60,000 members.
In his book, ‘The Fourth Wave: Digital Health’, Mr. Sonnier details how digital health—the convergence of the digital and genomic revolutions with health, healthcare, living, and society—is rapidly creating a new era of human progress. The concept builds upon the 1980s bestseller ‘The Third Wave’, written by famed futurist Alvin Toffler. The Fourth Wave provides readers from all backgrounds— consumers, business, media, marketing, sales, healthcare, pharma, sports, fitness, nutrition, research, science, policy, regulation, and non-governmental organizations—with an understanding of the megatrends taking place, the challenges, opportunities, timeline, and key actionable insights required to be a part this new era being created by digital health.
In 2017, Mr. Sonnier assumed the role of contributing editor at Innovation & Tech Today, a national print and digital magazine showcasing the latest cutting edge, innovative technologies, and those individuals driving the industry forward.
Mr. Sonnier has previously served as a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Digital Health for the 2013-2014 term and a judge in the XPRIZE Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a $2.25 million global competition that accelerated the availability of hardware sensors and software sensing technology that individuals use to access, understand, and improve their health and well-being (2012-4). From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Sonnier served as a mentor at Blueprint Health, a New York City-based accelerator that puts digital health startups through an intensive three-month program to help them fine-tune their products and connect with potential customers and financiers. Mr. Sonnier has also served on the Strategic Advisory Board for Pathway Genomics Corporation (2015-6) and worked as Vice President of Partner Development for the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA), a global trade organization bringing together CEOs from the most innovative companies with other business leaders and researchers in healthcare and technology. From 2008 to 2015, Mr. Sonnier served as co-chair of the Healthcare Communications SIG at CommNexus San Diego, a telecommunications industry group that accelerated the formation, growth, and success of communications technology and service companies in the San Diego region. CommNexus has been renamed to EvoNexus and is now a startup incubator.
In prior professional roles, Mr. Sonnier has garnered extensive experience in large scale systems integration and program management in size up to billions of dollars with thousands of supplier teams (Boeing). His diverse roles included senior operations, program, and customer relationship management positions in medical devices (Calypso Medical Technologies – acquired by Varian Medical Systems), consumer mobile/cellular devices (Motorola), and commercial aerospace (Boeing).
Mr. Sonnier is a veteran of the United States military, having served four years in the US Navy as an avionics technician. He subsequently earned a BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology from Western Washington University and an MBA from Seattle University. He has also held a certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).