Dr Vandana Shiva is an Indian scholar, environmental activist, food sovereignty advocate, and anti-globalisation author. 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-globalisation movement. She has worked to promote biodiversity in agriculture to increase productivity, nutrition, farmer's incomes.
Publications such as Time, the Guardian, Forbes, and Asia Week have placed her on their lists of the world’s most important activists. In 1982 she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which later led to the creation of Navdanya, an initiative to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. Shiva has served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad as well as NGOs such as the International Forum on Globalization, the Women's Environment & Development Organization and the Third World Network.
Shiva studied physics at Panjab University in Chandigarh, before completing a PhD at the University of Western Ontario on the philosophy of physics.