Professor Karthik Ramanna

Professor of Business and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government


Karthik Ramanna is Professor of Business and Public Policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government and a fellow at St. John’s College.

An expert on business-government relations, sustainable capitalism, and corporate reporting and auditing, Professor Ramanna studies how organizations and leaders build trust with stakeholders. His scholarship has won numerous awards, including the Journal of Accounting & Economics Best Paper Prize, the Harvard Business Review-McKinsey Prize for 'ground-breaking management thinking,' and three times the international Case Centre’s prizes for 'outstanding case-writing,' dubbed by the Financial Times as 'the business school Oscars.'

At Oxford, Professor Ramanna established and leads the Case Centre on Public Leadership and the Transformational Leadership Fellowship, the latter a bespoke, by-invitation program for senior leaders looking to reimagine their public-service impact. In 2022, he co-founded the non-profit E-liability Institute, where he serves as principal investigator, with a mission to drive decarbonisation processes through rigorous GHG accounting. From 2016 to 2023, he was director of Oxford’s Master of Public Policy program that has educated over a thousand public leaders from about 120 countries. From July 2023, Professor Ramanna is on partial public-service leave from Oxford to advise the US Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, an 'auditor of auditors' in global markets.

Previously, Professor Ramanna taught at the Harvard Business School in both the MBA and senior executive-education programs. He has a doctorate from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He lives in Oxford with his husband, Jon, and they enjoy dinner parties and touring Caravaggios.


  • Corporate governance, corporate finance, accounting and auditing
  • Capitalism, globalisation, economics
  • Business leadership
  • Financial regulation, public financial management
  • Brexit
  • Global public policy, political economies
  • Corruption and ethics
  • Master of Public Policy and MBA programmes, business school rankings

Media experience

Professor Karthik Ramanna has experience working with the media both in print and broadcast (e.g. BBC Radio 4, Renegade Inc.) including providing comment for national newspapers such as the Financial Times on a regular basis and authoring opinion pieces for the Daily Telegraph.