IMF'S (International Monetary Fund): 1st Female Cheif Economist: Gita Gopinath

  • Born in Kolkata and raised in Mysuru, Gita Gopinath was officially appointed on October 1, 2018 as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s Research Department by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.
  • She took over her new position at the IMF after the retirement of Maurice Obstfeld on December 31.
  • She’s the 11th chief economist for the IMF and the first woman to occupy the position.
  • She currently serves as the John Zwaanstra professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.
  • She was also the co-editor of the American Economic Review and co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • In 2011, she was a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
  • After graduating from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi with a Bachelors in Economics, she completed her Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics.
  • She later pursued her Doctorate in Economics from the University of Washington and Princeton University.
  • She was appointed as a permanent professor at Harvard University’s Economics Department in 2010.
  • In 2016, she was appointed by the CPI(M)-led LDF government in Kerala as financial advisor to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
  • She said: Among the research issues that she would like to push, one would be understanding the role of dominant currencies like the dollar in international trade and finance.

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