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Vandana Shiva
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Vandana Shiva
Director,
Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology


A trained physicist, Dr. Vandana Shiva later was drawn to interdisciplinary policy research. In 1982 she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which concentrates on sustainable agriculture and development, working in partnership with local communities and social movements. Also in India she founded Bija Vidyapeeth (the International College for Sustainable Living) and Navdanya, a movement promoting biodiversity conservation, especially of native seeds.

Dr. Shiva focuses on changing how agriculture and food are viewed. She also has addressed intellectual property rights and biodiversity issues, leading campaigns to challenge patenting strains of neem (a natural pesticide) and basmati rice. She has helped groups around the world fight against genetic engineering. As an ecofeminist, she founded the gender unit at the International Center for Mountain Development in Kathmandu and also initiated an international movement called "Diverse Women for Diversity" that works on biotechnology and patent issues.

Dr. Shiva was a visiting professor at Mt. Holyoke College, among other institutions, and has lectured worldwide. She has served as an adviser to governments in India and abroad as well as to NGOs such as the International Forum on Globalization, the Women's Environment and Development Organization, and the Third World Network.

Among Dr. Shiva's numerous awards worldwide are the Order of the Golden Ark from the Netherlands, the Earth Day International Award of the U.N., the Right Livelihood Award, and the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic. She is author of over a dozen books, including Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply; Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge; and The Violence of the Green Revolution. She has written more than 300 papers in scientific and technical journals.

She has a doctorate in physics from the University of Western Ontario.
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