Viva Kermani has a post-graduation certificate in Environmental Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, UK. Her areas of study for this qualification were ecology, environment economics and policy, climate change and development. She is based in Bangalore and manages a non-profit, the Centre for Social Markets, which works in the public interest to bring about societies that are self-reliant and sustainable. She is also engaged in the area of conservation of natural resources and natural heritage. She writes regularly in online media portals on issues of environment and on GM crops.