Himanshu Parikh graduated from Cambridge University, where he obtained both his bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering sciences with honours. In 1982, Mr. Parikh established Himanshu Parikh Consulting Engineers in Ahmedabad, India. The practice offers consultancy services in urban planning, infrastructure design, and environmental upgrading with an emphasis on urban low-income areas. He has held various positions outside his practice, including professor at the School of Planning, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology in Ahmedabad, and visiting lecturer at the Human Settlements Management Institute in Delhi. Mr. Parikh has been the recipient of several awards including the Fazlur Khan International Travelling Fellowship for excellence in structural engineering in 1985, the United Nations World Habitat Award for Urban Development in 1993, and the Habitat II Best Practice recognition for Slum Networking in 1996.