Anuradha Mittal, founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute, is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agriculture issues. Recipient of several awards, Mittal was named the Most Valuable Thinker in 2008 by the Nation magazine. More recently, the Institute under Anuradha's leadership unveiled land investment deals in Africa which revealed a disturbing pattern of a lack of transparency, fairness, and accountability. The dynamic relationship among research, advocacy, and international media coverage has resulted in an amazing string of successes and organizing in the U.S. and abroad.
Author and editor of numerous books and reports, Anuradha's articles and opinion pieces have been published in widely circulated newspapers including the Guardian, Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Nation. Anuradha has addressed Congress, the United Nations, given several hundred keynote addresses and has been interviewed on CNN, BBC World, CBC, ABC, Al-Jazeera, National Public Radio and Voice of America. Anuradha 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.