Gita Gopinath took over as the Chief Economist of International Monetary Fund (IMF). By becoming the first woman to occupy the top post and also the second Indian born economist to hold this position after Raghuram Rajan, she is one of the outstanding economists.

She is the 11th chief economist which is indeed a proud moment for our nation but there are many essential facts about her that you should be aware of.

Born in Mysuru, Gita Gopinath is an Indian-American economist who is currently serving as the chief economist of IMF. After the Bachelors in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College of Delhi University, she completed her masters from Delhi school of economics as well as from the University of Washington. She received her doctorate in economics from Princeton University.

After completing the studies, she was appointed as an assistant professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Business. In 2010, she joined as a professor at Harvard University’s Economics Department and currently serves as the John Zwaanstra professor at Harvard University. Her research primarily focused on International Finance and Macroeconomics.

She has many feathers in her cap, as Gita was also in the list of top 25 economists which is under the age of 45. In 2011, she becomes World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

In 2016, Gopinath was Economic Adviser to Kerala’s Cheif minister. She also served as a member of the Finance Ministry Advisory Group on G-20 Matter. Gopinath was the co-director at the National Bureau of Economic Research of the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program and the co-editor of the American Economic Review.

When she was asked what inspired her to pursue economics as a career? She said, “India experienced its first major external financing and currency crisis in 1990-91. This inspired me to pursue graduate work in economics and was the foundation for my interest in international finance” to The Economic Times.

Gita Gopinath was officially appointed on October 1st, 2018 as the chief economist of International Monetary Fund. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said some words about her –

“One of the world’s outstanding economists, with a proven track record of leadership, and extensive international experience. She is exceptionally well-placed to lead and manage our Research Department. I am delighted to name Gita Gopinath, a talented figure as our chief economist.”

 

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