Roopa Unnikrishnan

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Roopa Unnikrishnan
Personal information
Alma materWomen's Christian College, Ethiraj College, University of Oxford
Country India
SportSports shooting

Roopa Unnikrishnan is an Indian-born American sports shooter and innovation consultant, based in New York City.[1]


Unnikrishnan won the Arjuna Award,[2] 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;[3] 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 athletes in India,[4] 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[5]

In 1995, she won a Rhodes Scholarship from India.[6] She is Head of Strategy at Harman International in New York City. 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.[7]

In 2017, she published the book, The Career Catapult: Shake-up the Status Quo and Boost Your Professional Trajectory.[8]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Unnikrishnan became a US Citizen in 2013.[9] She is married to Sreenath Sreenivasan, former Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[10]

Unnikrishnan is the daughter of KV Unnikrishnan, a former IPS officer and RAW Station chief in Chennai.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shooter Roopa Unnnikrishnan; Star who shone in darkness". New Indian Express. 30 March 2018. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Roopa Unnikrishnan". 13 February 2014. Archived from the original on 3 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  3. ^ Hoiberg, Dale (2000). Students' Britannica India - Google Books. ISBN 9780852297605. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Their Hearts Will Always Go On". 30 November 1998. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Roopa Unnikrishnan profile — The Rhodes Project". Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Profile with Roopa Unnikrishnanm," The Rhodes Project, 2013.
  7. ^ "Companies Bill: More women in corporate boards mean more discipline, diversity and innovation - Economic Times". 13 August 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  8. ^ See also
  9. ^ "An Indian in America - India News". 8 July 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Arjuna award winner helps shoot consumer problems". Deccan Chronicle. 8 October 2013. Archived from the original on 14 July 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2014.