Vandana Shiva

Director, Navdanya

Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., is founder of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in India, which is dedicated to high quality and independent research into ecological and social issues. She is also founder of Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources in India.

For two decades Navdanya has worked with local communities and organizations serving more than 2 million farmers, its efforts resulting in conservation of more than 2,000 rice varieties and 34 seed banks. In 2004 Dr. Shiva collaborated in the opening of Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living. She also initiated Diverse Women for Diversity, an international movement of women working in food, agriculture, patents and biotechnology.

Her many books have challenged non-sustainable practices and targeted corporate-led globalization. She chairs or serves on numerous commissions and forums on trade and food practices and has been visiting professor and lecturer at several leading universities. Time magazine named her an environmental “hero” in 2003 and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators of Asia. In 2010 Forbes magazine identified her as one of its seven most powerful women on the globe. She has been awarded the Right Livelihood Alternative Nobel Prize, Order of the Golden Ark, UNEP Global 500 Award, Earth Day International Award, LennonOno Grant for Peace and the Sydney Peace Prize.