Dr. Siva Kumari was named the new Director General on Oct. 4, 2013; she assumed her new duties on January 4, 2014.
Siva joined the IB in April 2009, as Regional Director for Asia-Pacific. In May 2010, she became the IB’s Chief Operating Officer.
To join the IB, she left Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she started in 1994 as the first Associate Provost for K-12 initiatives.
She also served as Associate Dean in the School of Continuing Studies, receiving critical acclaim for her work and winning several national and regional awards. Siva grew teacher professional development (PD) programmes into the largest in the country, and vastly expanded the school’s portfolio of IT and PD programmes.
Several key projects, initiated by Siva, have received competitive funding from state and federal governments, as well as local and national foundations – both private and corporate. In 2002, she created the Advanced Placement Digital Library (DL) for science teachers, and secured funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), serving as Chair of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) conferences.
Siva has served various associations, on boards, national and international advisory committees, and conference committees. She has a bachelor of science degree from India, and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.
Siva holds a doctorate in education from the University of Houston, Texas, USA. Specializing in instructional technology, she was awarded “outstanding doctoral student” for her pioneering work, studying online higher education courses via a web survey about online learning pedagogy.