Professor Karthik Ramanna

Professor Karthik Ramanna

Supernumerary Fellow



Karthik Ramanna is Professor of Business & Public Policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. An expert on business-government relations, sustainable capitalism, and corporate reporting & 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 prize 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.

Research Interests

On Management & Leadership

On Sustainable Capitalism

On Accounting & Auditing