Dr Siva Kumari started as CEO of College Possible in May of 2023. Prior to that, she has consulted with global educational projects that focus on equity and high academic standards. She also mentors C-level leaders worldwide. Siva has served and continues to serve on a wide range of local, national and international professional advisory boards and committees.
In January 2014, Dr Siva Kumari started her tenure as the seventh Director General of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and is the first and only woman to hold the post. She completed her tenure in 2021. She was responsible for an international not-for-profit with locations in Geneva, Cardiff, Hague in Europe, Washington DC in the USA and in Singapore. that delivered fee-based academic programmes, assessments and school services.
Siva joined the IB in April 2009 as Regional Director for Asia-Pacific in Singapore. In May 2010, she was named the first Chief Operating Officer of the IB worldwide. In this role, she led a global team responsible for providing high quality cost-effective educational services that included authorization and evaluation of schools; teacher professional development; research including programme validation and programme impact studies and university recognition.
Prior to joining the IB, Siva was the first Associate Provost for K-12 initiatives at Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA. Reporting directly to the President and the Provost she was tasked with overseeing the university’s over 80 outreach efforts in the K12 area, creating efficient systems and identifying new opportunities to accomplish the university’s strategic mission. She also served as Associate Dean and Executive Director of Programs in the School of Continuing Studies, receiving critical acclaim for her work and winning several national and regional awards. Siva grew the university’s teacher professional development programmes into the largest in the USA, and vastly expanded the school’s portfolio of information technology programmes.
Several key projects, initiated by Siva, received competitive funding from state and federal government, as well as local and national foundations – both private and corporate. In 2002, she created the Advanced Placement Digital Library for science teachers, with funding from the US National Science Foundation, serving as Chair of the National Science Digital Library Conference.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree from India, a Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, USA, and a Doctorate in education from the University of Houston, Texas, USA. Specializing in teaching and learning on the web, she was named Outstanding Doctoral Student for her pioneering work studying USA wide pedagogical practices of higher education faculty in online education. She has started two Masters programs. The Rice Educational Entrepreneurship Program at Rice to educate school principals with both business skills and cutting edge educational practices. And, a tuition-free online Masters of Education program, in collaboration with the University of People, for teachers worldwide.