Raj Patel is a writer, activist and academic, holding a Research professorship at the University of Texas. He has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and protested against them around the world. In 2016 he was awarded a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award, and he is currently a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. He is the author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, and the international bestseller, The Value of Nothing. He is the co-author with Jason W. Moore of A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things, and with Rupa Marya of Inflamed. His award-winning documentary about climate change and the global food system is The Ants & The Grasshopper.