As former Director of the Shri Ram Schools and Adviser Education Step by Step School Noida, she has been instrumental in founding and developing two major educational institutions in the country. She is a leading educational consultant working with several national and international educational, arts and training organizations. She serves on several Boards and is a well-known columnist writing on matters related to education, parenting and careers.
Soumya also serves as the Vice Chair of Reach to Teach, a UK-based charity, which works in primary education for underprivileged children between the ages of 3-14 years in rural and disadvantaged areas of Gujarat, India. She is a Member of the Advisory Council of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar’s Research Park and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre and serves on the Advisory Council and as a Jury Member of the Economic Times Family Business Initiative.
Soumya won the Radhakrishnan Scholarship to study at Oxford University where she completed a post-graduate degree in Mathematics from Balliol College. Prior to Oxford, Soumya completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from St. Stephens College, Delhi.
As Joint Secretary in the Department of Elementary Education, he was responsible for the launch of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. He was also Secretary, School Education in Madhya Pradesh.
He is presently Vice Chairman, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). He serves as an Independent Director on the boards of several companies and on the boards of various non-profits such as Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Jal Seva Charitable Foundation (WaterAid India), Parivaar Education Society (Kolkata), Foundation to Educate Girls Globally and Samaj Pragati Sahayog (Bagli, Dewas).
She was the Chairperson of the National Commission for Women from the year 1999 to 2002. She was appreciated for many issue-based challenges that she handled skilfully.
Formally educated at the Universities of Cambridge, London and Boston, she is currently an independent Consultant engaged with national and international research, advisory and mentoring projects.
Some of his recent projects include: