Indian-American economist Gita Gopinath has been appointed as the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund in 2018, becoming the first woman to occupy the top post at the global lender and the second Indian to be appointed in that position.
She is the Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Earlier she worked for Harvard University’s Economics department as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics.
Gita Gopinath is Indian Born and received her PhD for economics from Princeton University in 2001. Her research work that focuses on International Finance and Macroeconomics, has been published in many top economics journals. She also authored numerous research articles on exchange rates, trade and investment, international financial crises, monetary policy, debt, and emerging market crises.
Adding to her achievements, she is the co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics and was earlier the co-editor of the American Economic Review and managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies.
She had also previously served as the co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She also served as a member of the Eminent Persons Advisory Group on G-20 Matters for India’s Ministry of Finance.