Vandana Shiva is a philosopher, environmental activist, author and eco feminist. She is an author of more than 20 books including Biopiracy: the Plunder of Nature and Knowledge and Water Wars; Privatization, Pollution, and Profit.
She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization, (along with Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin), and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement. She has argued for the wisdom of many traditional practices, and founded Navdanya (“nine seeds”), a movement promoting diversity and use of native seeds.
Vandana 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 is a member of the scientific committee of the Fundacion IDEAS, and was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1993.