Vandana Shiva is an internationally renowned environmentalist and feminist activist, and a highly influential figure of the anti-globalization movement. In 1993, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, regarded as an "Alternative Nobel Prize".
With an academic background in physics and philosophy, Vandana is the co-founder and figurehead of Navdanya, an Indian NGO that promotes biodiversity, organic farming, and seed saving. She is also one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization, which focuses on the myriad consequences of globalisation and explores alternative visions.
Vandana has published over 20 books dealing with ecology and feminism. Her books include Soil, Not Oil, Ecofeminism, Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development, and Earth Democracy. In her most recent book, published this year, Reclaiming the Commons: Biodiversity, Indigenous Knowledge, and the Rights of Mother Earth, Vandana details the struggle to defend biodiversity and indigenous ways of living, in the realms of science, law, politics and culture.
"Vandana Shiva has a take-no-prisoners smile. But watch out for her teeth." Time Magazine