Dr. Vandana Shiva trained as a physicist at the University of Punjab, completing her Ph.D. on the Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She later shifted to interdisciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy and, in 1982, founded and independent Institute – the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Ecology in Dehra Dun – dedicated to research that relates to ecological and social issues of our times.
Time Magazine named Dr. Shiva an environmental “hero” in 2003. In November 2010, Forbes Magazine identified her as one of the Seven Most Powerful Women on the Globe. Dr. Shiva’s contributions to gender issues are internationally recognized. She is the founder of the gender unit at the International Centre for Mountain Development in Kathmandu, and founding Board Member of the Women Environment and Development Organization. In her book, Staying Alive, she dramatically shifts popular perceptions of the Third World women.