Shri SurendraNathTripathi did his post-graduation in Political Science from Allahabad University and later had his MBA in Public Policy from University of Ljubljana Slovenia. He worked in Gramin Bank and lectured in Allahabad University before switching to administrative service.
Shri SurendraNathTripathi joined Indian Administrative Service in 1985 and served in Odisha in various capacities like Sub Collector Deogarh and Jharsuguda, Project Director DRDA in Cuttack and Collector and District Magistrate Sambapur before joining as Director Special Project in Panchayati Raj Department.
With brief stint as Consultant on Community Based Common Services and Project Hunger for UNICEF, Shri Tripathi worked as Managing Director Orissa State Cooperative Bank, Managing Director Orissa State Financial Corporation and Managing Director Orissa State Small Industries Corporation. He worked as Revenue Divisional Commissioner Cuttack before being appointed as Secretary Panchayati Raj and Rural Development where he served from 2003 to 2013. His works in strengthening accounting system of all the Gram Panchayats through PriaSoft web-based accounting system was awarded PM Award by Ministry of PR GoI, Rs 50 lakhs cash prize and was later adopted by other states for full automation of 3 tier Panchayati Raj Institutions.
As Secretary Panchayati Raj, Shri Tripathi initiated Concrete Roads scheme that got people's appreciation and end to Kuchha repair of road – SadakKucchi to NaukariPakki.
Being Secretary Information Technology, he initiated and got established IIIT, Bhubaneswar in record time and was awarded with State eChampian for automating entire filing and document management system in Rural Development Department that later became a benchmark in office automation.
April 2013, Shri Tripathi joined as Joint Secretary in MoMSME and worked for promotion of Khadi and Coir Sector and later functioned as Chairman Coir Board (June 14 to Nov15) in addition to being on the management committee/boards of NSIC, ITPO, DSIIDC and GITA. He worked tirelessly for eOffice, ISO 9001:2008 certification and Udyog Aadhaar as part of ease of doing business initiative of MoMSME. On his promotion as Additional Secretary Shri Tripathi has been posted as Development Commissioner MSME and continuing as such since Oct 2015.
Ever ready to learn Mr. Tripathi is a social media enthusiast and has traveled extensively to US, UK, PRC Europe Australia and South East Asia including part of Africa like RWANDA and South Africa.