LEADING FROM THE FRONT
DIVYA JAIN, 36 Founder and CEO, Safeducate, Gurgaon
Agraduate of the University of Cambridge, UK, Divya Jain, founder and CEO of Safeducate, took some serious inspiration from the UK system of learning. Which is why the courses designed at Safeducate, the training and skilling firm in the logistics sector, are based on experiential learning. “When I came back in 2006, I realised in India they teach you supply chain in a classroom. There is no industry exposure.” The idea to create colourful, air-conditioned ‘container’ classrooms to skill manpower came to Jain when she visited Europe and saw hotels and hospitals made out of scrapped containers.
She launched Safeducate in 2007 and her first step was to get an affiliation with the Indian chapter of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK and evolve a similar logistics system in India. Though from a conservative family, she convinced her parents to let her pursue education abroad after completing her graduation in economics from Hindu College, University of Delhi. “I always wanted to do something in entrepreneurship so business was a huge part of my life. After completing economics, I wanted to develop a base in business and finance as the financial market was booming at the time,” says Jain.
While applying to a foreign university, you need to have your story right. “Go with an open mind and a willingness to learn and unlearn the change,” she says.
OPEN WINDOW Divya Jain in one of the container classrooms