b. 5 November 1952
An Indian environmental activist who originally trained as a physicist, Vandana Shiva has worked towards linking traditional agricultural practices and women’s involvement to improve the way that food is produced. She is a strong believer in everyone’s ability to effect change, working tirelessly to share her ideas on how globalisation has a continued negative impact on developing countries, and what we can do as individuals to help change this. Vandana has written more than 20 books exploring these ideas, and founded the organisation Navdanya, which seeks to protect biodiversity and to provide direction and support for environmental activism.