Dr. Vandana Shiva is a one-woman movement for peace, sustainability and social justice, is a scientist, feminist, philosopher, environmentalist and renowned author. In 1991 she founded ‘Navdanya,’ a movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially seeds, and to oppose the aims of the World Trade Organization agreement, which would have all seeds susceptible to genetic modification patents and becoming intellectual property. Dr. Shiva believes that biodiversity is intimately linked to cultural and knowledge diversity and subsequently recently launched a movement called ‘Diverse Women for Diversity.’
Dr. Shiva is a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award (the “Alternative Nobel Prize”) and has written over 300 papers published in leading scientific journals as well as over 20 book-length publications. She holds a PhD in Foundations of Quantum Theory from the University of Western Ontario.