Dr. Vandana Shiva / Ecological Sustainability

Dr. Vandana Shiva founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, dedicated to researching the most significant ecological and social issues of our times. She also founded Navdanya to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources – especially the native seed – and to promote organic farming and fair trade, which has resulted in the conservation of more than 3000 rice varieties from across India. In 2004, Dr. Shiva started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley in collaboration with Schumacher College, UK. Dr. Shiva has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food through numerous books and her leadership roles in various national and international organisations, also working with governments across the world. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental ‘Hero’ in 2003, and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators in Asia. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe.