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India-born Gita Gopinath appointed IMF chief economist


Sep 20, 2014
Gopinath was born in India in 1971 and has studied at the University of Delhi.

  • Gopinath is the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University
  • She is second Indian after Raghuram Rajan to be appointed IMF chief economist
  • She completed her PhD from Princeton University
Harvard economist Gita Gopinath has been appointed as the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She will be assuming the post of economic counsellor and director of the IMF’s Research Department.

Gopinath will be succeeding Maurice Obstfeld, who had announced earlier this year that he will be retiring at the end of 2018.

IMF is a leading international body working in the field of global finance and economy.

She is the second Indian after former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to hold the position.

In a press statement released by the IMF chief Christian Lagarde said, "Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience".

At present, Gita Gopinath is the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University. She is the third woman and the second Indian after Nobel laureate Amartya Sen to be made a permanent member of the economics department at Harvard.

She is 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.

Gopinath has authored some 40 research articles on exchange rates, trade and investment, international financial crises, monetary policy, debt and emerging market crises.

She was born in Kolkata in 1971. She is a US citizen and an Overseas Citizen of India. She has received a BA from Lady Shriram College (University of Delhi), a double master's degree from the Delhi School of Economics and the University of Washington. Gopinath also completed her PhD from Princeton University in 2001.

Her husband Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal is executive director at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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