Gita Gopinath

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Gita Gopinath
Gita Gopinath at the World Economic Forum on India 2012.jpg
Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund
Assumed office
1 January 2019
PresidentChristine Lagarde
Preceded byMaurice Obstfeld
Personal details
Born (1971-12-08) 8 December 1971 (age 47)
Kolkata, India
EducationUniversity of Delhi (BA, MA)
University of Washington, Seattle (MA)
Princeton University (PhD)
Academic career
Doctoral
advisor
Kenneth Rogoff
Ben Bernanke
Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas

Gita Gopinath (born 8 December 1971) is an Indian-American economist. She is the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University. She is also a co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has worked as the Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala.[1][2][3]

Gopinath was appointed as chief economist of the International Monetary Fund in October 2018.[4][5] Her research focuses on International Finance and Macroeconomics.

Early life and education[edit]

Gopinath was born in Kolkata, India.[6] Later she did her schooling in Nirmala Convent School in Mysore.[6][7] She is the younger of two daughters of TV Gopinath and VC Vijayalakshmi, both of whom hail from Kannur, Kerala.[8]. Her Father, TC Gopinath, is related to the late A. K. Gopalan. [9].

She received a B.A. degree from Lady Shri Ram College for Women of the University of Delhi in 1992 and an M.A. degree in economics from Delhi School of Economics, also of the University of Delhi, in 1994. She further completed an M.A. degree at the University of Washington in 1996. In 2001, she obtained her Ph.D. degree at Princeton University. She was awarded the Princeton's Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Research Award while doing her doctoral research at Princeton.[10].

Current Appointments and Work[edit]

In October 2018, Gita Gopinath was appointed chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.[3] Gita Gopinath is the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University. She is co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala state (India), a co-editor at the American Economic Review, co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics and was managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies.

Honors[edit]

In October 2018, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde appointed Gita Gopinath as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF's Research Department.[3] In 2018, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017, she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington. She was named one of the top 25 economists under 45 by the International Monetary Fund in 2014 and was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.

Personal[edit]

Gopinath's husband Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal is Executive Director at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.They have a son named Rohil.[11][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christine Lagarde Appoints Gita Gopinath as IMF Chief Economist". International Monetary Fund. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  2. ^ "IMF appoints India-born Gita Gopinath as Chief Economist". The Times of India. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Harvard Economist Gita Gopinath Appointed Chief Economist At International Monetary Fund". Headlines Today. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Gita Gopinath joins IMF as its first female Chief Economist". The Economic Times. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  5. ^ "The Economist: IMF appoints a new chief economist, October 4, 2018".
  6. ^ a b "10 things to know about Gita Gopinath, the new IMF chief economist". India Today. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Gita hardworking and focused: Proud father". Lawrence Milton. The Times of India. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Mysuru elated as Gita Gopinath is IMF's chief economist". TR Sathish Kumar. Deccan Herald. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Good Enough for IMF Top Post, Gita Gopinath's Appointment as Kerala Adviser Had Left Many Unimpressed". News18.
  10. ^ https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/gopinath/files/cv_gopinath_2018-04.pdf
  11. ^ "Harvard economist Gita Gopinath appointed chief economist at IMF". The Economic Times. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Maurice Obstfeld
Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund
2019–present
Incumbent