Anuradha Mittal (India/United States)
Executive Director, Oakland Institute
Anuradha Mittal is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights, and agriculture issues, and leader of global movement against land-grabbing and resource-raiding, especially on indigenous lands. After working as the co-director of Food First/ Institute for Food and Development Policy, Mittal established the Oakland Institute, a progressive policy think tank, in 2004. Mittal is the author and editor of numerous articles and books including America Needs Human Rights (1999); The Future in the Balance: Essays on Globalization and Resistance (2001); Sahel: A Prisoner of Starvation; and most recently, Voices from Africa: African Farmers and Environmentalists Speak out Against a New Green Revolution; and The Great Land Grab: Rush for World’s Farmland Threatens Food Security for the Poor (2009). Named as the 2008 Most Valuable Progressive Thinker by The Nation magazine, Mittal was awarded the 2007 Global Citizen Award by the UNA-USA East Bay and the KPFA Peace Award in 2006. She is on the board and advisory committees of several non profit organizations including the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) and is a member of the independent board of Ben & Jerry’s which focuses on providing leadership for Ben & Jerry’s social mission and brand integrity. Mittal is a Board member of the International Forum on Globalization.