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Chairman Emeritus

Dr. Kiran Patel needs no introduction, here in Tampa or worldwide. The billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist was most recently in the news for his and his wife Dr. Pallavi Patel’s $200 million donation to Nova Southeastern University to set up a Bay area campus for osteopathic medicine. He was also the first to catapult TiE to its present status with a $1 million commitment that spurred the growth of TiE’s investment arm.


The Dr.Kiran Patel Center for Global Solutions was created through a charitable donation from Dr. Kiran C. Patel, a cardiologist based in Tampa, FL, and Dr. Pallavi Patel, a pediatrician also based in Tampa. The donation is among the largest ever to the University of South Florida.[2] The Patels contributed US$5 million to provide for a new facility for the Patel Center. The Patel donation is matched with US$5 million from the state of Florida.

On January 2007, Betty Castor, former President of the University of South Florida, became the new Executive Director of the Patel Center for Global Solutions.[3] Betty Castor's main responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the Patel Center—including facilitating the execution of the Center's Strategic Plan, as well as overseeing the construction of a new building for the Patel Center.

In June 2009, Betty Castor resigned as Executive Director of the Patel Center. Dr. Donna Petersen was named the interim Executive Director in August 2009.

Founded in May 2005 through a donation from Drs. Kiran C. Patel and Pallavi Patel, the Patel Center for Global Solutions brings together faculty, staff, and students from the USF to facilitate the development of new research and technologies in pursuit of its Strategic Plan. Although also a research institution, the Patel Center aims to transfer theory, advice, and technologies into on-the-ground realities. Through partnerships with various groups, including industry, governments, international aid organizations and private and public foundations, the Patel Center is able to catalyze the development and application of solutions.