The WISE Awards

Ms Safeena Husain

Position: Founder and CEO, Educate Girls
Country: India
Safeena Husain is committed to education and positive international cultural exchange. From 1997 to 2004 Ms. Husain was the Executive Director for Child Family Health International ( in San Francisco, where she was responsible for managing and supporting a range of development programs in the area of health. 

Building on 15 years of experience working with grassroots projects around the world, including community projects she herself started in Ecuador, Mexico, Bolivia, and South Africa, Safeena Husain returned to her mother country to drive the agenda closest to her heart – that of girls' education. 

Safeena Husain has brought her depth of knowledge about development to the complex issue of gender inequality in education in India. With practical, firsthand experience of how educating women can impact some of the most pressing root causes of poverty, particularly health, Safeena founded Educate Girls in 2007. Educate Girls currently works in close to 5,700 schools in Rajasthan serving over a million children. 

Born and raised in Delhi, Safeena Husain went on to study at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, gaining a Bachelor of Science degree.