Suren Dutia

Senior Fellow

Suren G. Dutia is an advocate for entrepreneurship and is a senior fellow of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (March 2011 to present) and the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (October 2010 to present), Washington University in St. Louis. From February 2006 to May 2010, Dutia served as the chief executive officer of TiE Global based in Silicon Valley. With sixty-one chapters in seventeen countries, TiE is one of the largest non-profit organizations involved in fostering entrepreneurship globally. Dutia founded the San Diego chapter of TiE in 2000 and was its president for three years. With the Kauffman Foundation, Dutia has been involved in varied initiatives, including building and growing entrepreneurial ecosystems, immigration policy, Diasporas networks, AgTech, and assisting a number of grantees who contribute to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship. Dutia also serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Digital Transformation, University of California, Irvine.

Dutia is an executive with extensive multi-industry leadership experience. As an angel investor, he has invested in a number of business ventures and currently is serving on the Board of Directors or Advisors for a number of startups and entrepreneurial ventures. More recently, Dutia served as an independent director of LifeProof (acquired by Otterbox) and Anvita Health (acquired by Humana), both highly successful exits. Currently, he serves as an independent director on the boards of Tagnos and Sharepract, and advises three other early-stage ventures.

In addition to early-stage companies, Dutia has been involved in corporate management since 1981 and has served as president and CEO of Xscribe Corporation, a publicly traded company in San Diego involved in developing, manufacturing, and marketing litigation support software, computer-aided-transcription systems, and high performance scanners, for more than ten years. Preceding Xscribe, Dutia held a number of leadership positions with Boston-based Dynatech Corporation for seven years, including five years as president of a medical instruments company and subsequently overseeing the management of four subsidiaries.

Prior to working in the private sector, Suren spent ten years in the non-profit and public sectors—three years as deputy director of the Community Action Agency (War on Poverty), six years as executive director for a human services agency created by a consortium of twelve local governments, and one year in the U. S. Department of Education in the Carter Administration.

Dutia has BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering and a BA in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, and holds an MBA degree from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.