Professor Karthik Ramanna

Professor of Business and Public Policy and Director of the Master of 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. An expert on business-government relations, sustainable capitalism, and corporate reporting and auditing, Professor Ramanna studies how organizations and leaders build trust with stakeholders.

He has authored dozens of research articles and case studies on leadership and public-policy issues in Africa, Canada, China, Europe, India, Japan, Latin America, and the US, and he has consulted with several leading commercial and public organizations worldwide. His scholarship has won numerous awards, including the Journal of Accounting & Economics Best Paper Prize and three times the international Case Centre’s prizes for outstanding case-writing, dubbed by the Financial Times as “the business school Oscars.” In 2022, he won the Harvard Business Review McKinsey Award for “groundbreaking management thinking” for joint work on rigorous climate accounting.

Professor Ramanna is director of Oxford’s Master in Public Policy program, a flagship one-year degree for current and prospective leaders in government. He is founder and faculty chair of the Transformational Leadership Fellowship, a bespoke, by-invitation program for senior leaders looking to reimagine their public-service impact. He also founded and directs Oxford’s Case Centre for Public Leadership, and he is fellow and member of the finance and investment committees at St. John’s College.

Previously, Professor Ramanna taught leadership, corporate governance, and accounting 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 has served on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including as co-editor of the interdisciplinary journal Accounting, Economics & Law.

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.