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.
Prior to her engagement in philanthropy Ms. Jordan was a founding director of the largest parliamentary body in the world focused on global environmental challenges the Global Legislators Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE). She started her career as a legislative assistant to Congressman Jim Scheuer (8th NY) and has led many non-profit programs and organizations in Europe and the United States. She sits on numerous boards of social enterprises and NGOs oriented toward social justice.
Ms. Jordan is a well-known speaker on democracy and globalization. She is co-editor of ‘NGO Accountability: Politics, Principles and Innovations’ (2006, Earthscan). She is deeply committed to strengthening civil society. She consults with numerous foundations and family officers on program and portfolio development. In 2018 she was named in the Netherlands as one of the top ten influencers in civil society. She has peer reviewed articles in Dutch, English and Spanish. Ms. Jordan graduated cum laude in 1992 with a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. A U.S. national, she is married with two children.
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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.