Soumitra Dutta is a Professor of Management and the former founding dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business (April 2016 to January 2018). Previously, he was the Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean of the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management. Prior to coming to Cornell in 2012, he was on the faculty and leadership team of INSEAD, a leading international business school in France and Singapore. He is an authority on technology and innovation policy in his role as founder and co-editor of The Global Innovation Index, published by the World Intellectual Property Organization. He is also the co-founder and co-editor of the Network Readiness Index published by Portulans Institute and previously available as part of the Global Information Technology Report, published by the World Economic Forum.
Mr. Dutta is on the global boards of Sodexo and Dassault Systèmes. He is also a member of the Shareholder Council of Chicago-based ZS Associates. In addition, he is a member of the advisory boards of several business schools including HEC, Montreal; ESADE, Barcelona; and ESCP, Paris. He has co-founded two firms, including Fisheye Analytics, which WPP group acquired. He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Business School Network, a Washington, D.C. based not-for-profit organization focused on improving management capacity in emerging markets.
He was previously the Chair of AACSB, the leading global body for the accreditation of business schools. Mr. Dutta is a member of the Davos Circle, an association of long-time participants in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, and has engaged in a number of multi-stakeholder initiatives to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. He is also currently the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Innovation Ecosystems. Mr. Dutta received a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), New Delhi, a Master of Science in both Business Administration and Computer Science, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2017, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from his alma mater IIT Delhi.