Director General Siva Kumari
Dr. Siva Kumari was named the new Director General on Oct. 4, 2013; she assumed her new duties on January 4, 2014. Prior to her selection as the IB Director General, Dr. Kumari served as Chief Operating Officer (COO), Schools Division, which was formed in January 2009 to provide consistency in cost-effective, dependable and quality services to IB World Schools across the world.
Siva joined the IB in April 2009 as regional director of IB Asia-Pacific in Singapore, bringing substantial leadership experience and sterling academic credentials. She has played a pivotal role in strengthening and expanding the services that the IB offers in a culturally rich region that spans over 20 countries.
Prior to joining the IB, Siva held the highest leadership position for K-12 education as the inaugural associate provost for K-12 initiatives at Rice University, Texas, USA, where she worked from 1994 onwards. There she provided the strategy for, and oversight of, the university’s 70+ educational outreach programmes for K-12 students, teachers and senior administrators. She received competitive national, state, foundation, corporate and local grants and professional awards for her work at Rice.
Dr. Kumari completed undergraduate studies at St Joseph’s College, obtained a masters in rehabilitation counselling from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a doctorate in education from the University of Houston in curriculum and instruction and instructional technology, where she was awarded doctoral student of the year. She has taught graduate education courses as an adjunct assistant professor. She was also a member of the IB professional development committee from 2006. She started the IB teacher professional development programme at Rice University in 2003 and developed innovative category 3 workshops that involved Rice faculty.