Vandana Shiva is a burst of creative energy and intellectual power. Born in India in 1952, she is one of the Third Worlds most eloquent and passionate voices on the environment, womens rights, and sustainable development. She directs the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology in New Delhi. In 1993 she received the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the alternative Nobel Prize.
A succesful physicist, she did her Ph.D. on the foundations of quantum theory. She gave up her academic career to be an activist, claiming that solving social problems is as challenging as solving an elementary particle-physics equation; it's more fulfilling and it's more satisfying.
Vandana Shiva has supported grassroots organizations in India and around the world in their struggles against clearcutting of forests, large-scale dams, the industrialization of aquaculture and the invasion of multinational agribusiness. One of the first she was involved with was the Chipko movement, a group of women who were defending their forests with acts of civil disobedience. Her recent work in India has focused on the protection of farmers rights to their own seed stock.
In 2015 she has been one of the Ambassadors for Expo Milano "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life".