MasterAbroad’s Student Focus London looks at the story of King’s College London’s Indian student Neha Upadhyay, who moved to the UK to study abroad.
Before Neha Upadhyay began winning awards for her work in organics in her home country of India, she studied both her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in the UK.
Student Focus London: Neha Upadhyay
Completing a degree in Psychology and People in Organisations at Lancaster University, Neha returned to New Delhi to work as a researcher. A year into the job and she was looking to pursue a Master’s degree back in the UK. Quitting her full-time role, she joined the busy class schedule of the Human Resource Management and Organization Analytics MSc at King’s Business School in London.
“I first chose King’s as I’d heard such good things about the lecturers,” she says. “And as someone who is naturally creative, entrepreneurial, strategic and a bit of an old soul, I loved the old, established university of King’s College.”
Study abroad a learning experience
Speaking to MasterAbroad’s Student Focus London, Neha said that she enjoyed studying abroad, the city life of London and learnt so much about the world of HR, but she actually gained a better perspective on making good life decisions.
It was her time at King’s, Neha says, that gave her the confidence to set up her own NGO. She created Guna Organics in India to empower women through organic macrobiotic food, solar technology, and conscientious agriculture.
The company promotes environmentally-friendly food by selling organic dried fruits and oils sourced from over 650 rural women farmers from Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala.
Neha Upadhyay, a role model
As a result, Neha has become the first woman in her family to both finish higher education and start her own organisation. She’s been recognised by a number of grants and awards, including winning the Social Impact Award in India 2017 by the British Council, and the Entrepreneur Excellence award by Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi. She was also recently invited to meet The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall when they visited India. HRH Prince Charles is a big supporter of organic farming.
Neha wishes to further secure her position in society where she’s a role model for her younger sister and future generations. While some of her classmates at King’s have pursued top management careers, Neha remains devoted to making a positive difference in her home country.
Her commitment to environmental sustainability and vision of an inclusive, equitable and healthy society – where men and women support each other in every aspect of life and are able to realise their full potential – remains Neha’s priority.