Vandana Shiva is a formally trained physicist, a philosopher, environmental activist, and ecofeminist. Currently based in Delhi, she has authored more than 20 books and over 500 papers in leading scientific and technical journals.

She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization, and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement. She is a member of the scientific committee of the Foundation IDEAS, Spain's Socialist Party's think tank, and was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1993.

Vandana Shiva has fought for changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food, and has contributed intellectually and through activism to the fields of intellectual property rights, biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics,  and genetic engineering. She has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria with campaigns against genetic engineering. In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which led to the creation of Navdanya in 1991, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. In 2004, Dr Shiva started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley, in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K.

Her first book, Staying Alive (1988) helped redefine perceptions of third world women. In 1990, she wrote a report for the FAO on Women and Agriculture entitled, Most Farmers in India are Women. She founded the gender unit at the International Centre for Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu and was a founding Board Member of the Women Environment and Development Organization (WEDO).

Shiva has also served as an adviser to governments and non-governmental organizations including: the International Forum on Globalization, the Women's Environment & Development Organization and the Third World Network. Dr. Shiva chairs the Commission on the Future of Food set up by the Region of Tuscany in Italy, is a member of the Scientific Committee which advises President Zapatero of Spain, is a member of the Steering Committee of the Indian People’s Campaign against WTO, acts as a counselor of the World Future Council, and serves on Government of India Committees on Organic Farming.

Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental “hero” in 2003 and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators of Asia.

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