An India-origin female economist Ms. Gita Gopinath, 46, was recently appointed as the chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She will be assuming the post of economic counselor and director of the IMF’s Research Department. Importantly, she is the second Indian after former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to hold the position.
According to IMF chief Christian Lagarde, "Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience”.
Ms. Gopinath did her Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 2001 after earning a B.A. from the University of Delhi and M.A. degrees from both the Delhi School of Economics and University of Washington. She is currently Economic Adviser to Chief Minister of Kerala and also had served on advisory panel for G-20 issues for India’s Ministry of Finance. She was also chosen as Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2011.