Kiran has expertise as a writer as well as a documentary film editor. She studied environmental engineering as an undergrad with an emphasis on renewable energy. Kiran has helped produce and edit international, criminal justice, environmental and health stories for FRONTLINE, PBS, NBC, Cornell University as well as for non-profit and corporate events. She holds a master's degree in journalism and documentary filmmaking from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from Cornell University. Kiran studied Mandarin Chinese as an undergraduate, and has extensive experience working and living in China. Before becoming a writer and filmmaker, she conducted research on passive solar architecture in southwestern China and also worked as a photographer and research assistant for The Nature Conservancy in Yunnan, China.