Roopa Unnikrishnan

Roopa Unnikrishnan

Unnikrishnan won the Arjuna Award, India’s highest sporting prize (equivalent to sports hall of fame) presented by India’s President in 1999. The award recognized her multiple global medals, including gold medal and record in the XVI Commonwealth Games, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1998, in women’s prone sports rifle; Silver medal at the World Shooting Grand Prix, Ft. Benning, Georgia, 1998; hold several records at the South Asian level.

She has been a strong advocate for increased support for sports people in India, where they continue to be resource constrained.

Though Shooting is a “Half Blue” sport at Oxford, Unnikrishnan was awarded an Extraordinary Full Blue, since she had won the Commonwealth medal, helped the Oxford team win in university leagues, and was the Captain of the Oxford Women’s Shooting Team 

A Rhodes Scholar from India, she is now an innovation consultant in New York. She contributes to The Economic Times, the leading business paper in India, on organizational and innovation issues: Five innovations that will change the next 5 years, Design and innovation, and Women on Indian boards; and to Knowledge@Wharton.

She got her B.A. at Women’s Christian College, Chennai; an M.A. at Ethiraj College, Chennai; an M.A. in Economic History at Balliol in Oxford; and an M.B.A from the Said School of Business in Oxford.