Alumni Authors

As a celebration of our alumni, each month we will highlight a new book written by one of Oxford's North American-based alumni.
For November 2018, our author is Roopa Unnikrishnan, Balliol College (1995).

Roopa Unnikrishnan builds on almost two decades of experience in roles where she has seeded and driven change and innovation in several Fortune 500 companies.  

Roopa’s new book, The Career Catapult, brings together all her insights to help professionals think differentaly about their lifes and careers.Roopa’s work around redefining client value chains to better drive customer impact has resulted in transformative strategy plans, talent approaches, strategic workforce plans, strategic planning processes, new product development, vision setting, organizational structures and culture change. She has helped clients unleash tools like workforce analytics, Innovation Advisory councils and social media and technology platforms that can activate broad innovation networks to drive innovation. Roopa’s work at Center10 Consulting has her working with a diverse range of premium clients including Johnson & Johnson, Harman, Estee Lauder Companies Inc., New York Presbyterian Hospitals, Microsoft, StructureTone, The United Nations, Kaplan and Haemonetics.

Roopa started her career with seven years in consulting at Katzenbach Partners LLC (KPL), a New York consultancy where she was part of the early start-up team (1999-2006). Roopa progressed to be Practice Lead, Outsourcing, specializing in issues dealing with strategy development and managing people and innovative technology. Her financial services experience covers credit cards and asset management, as the strategy director at one of Citibank's CitiCards (2006 -2007), and in her time as deputy COO and HR lead at BlackRock responsible for strategic projects in the sales and marketing divisions (2012). Roopa was with Pfizer Inc. for five years, with stints as VP, Corporate Strategy and Global Head of Pfizer's worldwide talent and organizational team for Sales (2007-2012).

A Rhodes scholar who completed both an MPhil in Economic and Social History and an M.B.A. at the University of Oxford, Unnikrishnan also has a varied extracurricular life, being both a published poet and a world-class athlete in sports riflery. She has captained an Oxford University team and won many medals for her nation in the International arena. In 1999, she received the Arjuna Award from the President India, the highest sports prize in the country.

 You can purchase The Career Catapult: Shake-Up the Status Quo and Boost Your Professional Trajectory here.


Are you an alumni author?

If you have written a book which was published within the last three years, or is due to be released soon, please email us the following information.

Your full name
Alumni number (or college/year of matriculation)
Title of book
Date of publication
Link to purchase the book online

We thank you for sharing your books with us, and will let you know if you are selected for a feature in the coming months.

To look back at previous Alumni Authors, please visit the pages below: 

Alumni Author October 2018

Alumni Author September 2018

Alumni Author August 2018

Alumni Author July 2018

Alumni Author June 2018

Alumni Author May 2018

Alumni Author April 2018

Alumni Author March 2018

Alumni Author February 2018

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