Kanak Mani Dixit studied at the Tri Chandra College in Kathmandu and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in 1975. He has a law degree from the University of Delhi. Later he obtained two Master’s degrees, one in international relations and one year later one in Journalism at the University of Columbia. He worked for eight years at the secretariat of the United Nations in New York City. In 1987, he founded the bimonthly magazine Himal which subsequently became HimalSouthasian. He is also the author of several children’s books and the founder of Film South Asia (FSA), a film festival for documentary films. He also works in spinal injury rehabilitation, public transportation, archiving, and architectural and environmental preservation. He was honored with a Prince Claus Award from the Netherlands in 2009.