Soumya was born and brought up in Malaysia where she did most of her schooling in this multi-cultural and multi-racial country. She pursued a Joint Hons degree in Psychology and Sociology at Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland and returned to Malaysia with a broad desire to work in the field of human development and to affect positive change in society. This led her to work in corporations in the areas of total quality management and human resource development. She is presently volunteering with Initiatives of Change in India, in exploration of living dynamically with values to build leaders who can serve society in an inclusive and humane way.
She appreciates a good exchange of ideas, reading, listening to music and a game of tennis or table tennis for recreation.