Vandana Shiva

Born in India in 1952, Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader, eco-feminist, and thinker. Director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology, and Ecology, she is author of many books, including Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development; Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis; Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace; Water Wars: Pollution, Profits, and Privatization; Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge; Monocultures of the Mind; and The Violence of the Green Revolution.

Shiva is a leader in the International Forum on Globalization, along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin. She addressed the World Trade Organization summit in Seattle, 1999, as well as the World Economic Forum in Melbourne, 2000. In 1993, Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award). In 2010, she was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize for her commitment to social justice. The founder of Navdanya (“nine seeds”), a movement promoting diversity and use of native seeds, she also set up the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology in her mother’s cowshed in 1997. Its studies have validated the ecological value of traditional farming and been instrumental in fighting destructive development projects in India.

She also has served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad, as well as NGOs, including the International Forum on Globalization, the Women’s Environment and Development Organization, and the Third World Network. Before becoming an activist, Vandana Shiva was one of India’s leading physicists. She holds a master’s degree in the philosophy of science and a doctorate in particle physics.

What People Are Saying About Vandana Shiva

“Shiva … has devoted her life to fighting for the rights of the ordinary people of India … her fierce intellect and her disarmingly friendly, accessible manner have made her a valuable advocate for people all over the developing world.”
Ms. Magazine

“A leading thinker who has eloquently blended her views on the environment, agriculture, spirituality, and women's rights into a powerful philosophy.”
Utne Reader

“One of the world's most prominent radical scientists.”
The Guardian