Arora's Story

UN Secretary-General Candidate 2021

Arora comes from a family of refugees. All four of her grandparents had to relocate from Pakistan to India after the partition. They came with nothing but clothes on their back. On her father’s side her grandparents started from humble beginnings of selling teas and samosas on the streets of Punjab. They had great dreams for their children. Arora’s dad is the first physician in his village. On her mother’s side, her grandfather was the only working member supporting a family of seven. With little money, they managed to survive and educate all their children. Arora’s mother is one of the first physicians in her town. Arora was raised in a family that values the importance of education and hard work. Arora’s brother, at the age of 23, is one of the youngest physicians in Canadian history.

Arora graduated summa cum laude from York University, Toronto with a Bachelor of Administrative Studies She received her Master in Public Administration from Columbia University, New York. She was a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada auditing government, NGO and fortune 500 clients. She was the youngest person to teach a graduate-level course on Advanced Auditing at the University of Toronto. She has written three publications on campaign financing for Elections Canada. She has written guidance on auditing standards that were published nationally at CPA Canada and internationally at the International Federation of Accountants. She was recruited at the UN to help with the financial reforms of the organization. Her specific portfolio included updating financial regulations and rules of the UN, implementing a statement on internal controls, revising finance policies and procedures. Her other projects include Cost Recovery (UN way of saying management fees) and managing the internal and external audits at UNDP.  

Arora’s favourite quote is: “When you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.” Steve Jobs