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
David Lipton (Acting)
Kristalina Georgieva
Preceded byMaurice Obstfeld
Personal details
Born (1971-12-08) 8 December 1971 (age 48)[1]
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 is the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund.[2][3]

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.[4][5][6]

Gita was appointed as chief economist of the International Monetary Fund in October 2018.[7][8]

Early life and education[edit]

Gita was born on 8 December 1971 in Kolkata, India.[9][10] She is the younger of two daughters of T.V. Gopinath and V.C. Vijayalakshmi, both of whom hail from Kannur, Kerala.[11] Her mother, V.C. Vijayalakshmi, is from the Vediyara Chandrothu family, a sub-branch of the Thiruvithamkoor/Kolathiri family, which is originally from Thiruvananthapuram district and Kannur district. Her father, T.C. Gopinath, is related to the late A. K. Gopalan.[12]

Gita did her schooling at Nirmala Convent School in Mysore.[9][13] 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, where her thesis advisors included Professor Ben Bernanke (former chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve of the United States) and Professor Ken Rogoff (former chief economist of the IMF). She was awarded the Princeton's Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Research Award while doing her doctoral research at Princeton.[14]

Career[edit]

In October 2018, Gita Gopinath was appointed chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.[6] 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, and a co-editor of the 2019 edition of the Handbook of International Economics.[15]

Honours[edit]

In October 2018, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde appointed Gita Gopinath as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF's Research Department.[6] In 2018, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society. Foreign Policy named her one of the Top Global Thinkers in 2019.[16] 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. In 2019 she has been awarded Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, the highest honor for a person of Indian origin, by the President of India.

Year Country of residence Award Name Given by
2019  United States Pravasi Bharatiya Samman President of India

Personal life[edit]

Gopinath's husband Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal is the Global Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL),[17] a center at the Department of Economics of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which was co-founded by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics.[18][19] Born in a Sikh family in Amritsar, and a classmate of Gita at the Delhi School of Economics, he began his career in public service by topping the all-India civil services examination 1995 and joining the elite Indian Administrative Service (IAS)[20], which he left after six years. His postings in Tamil Nadu state included as Sub-collector in Tirunelveli District and Gobichettipalayam, Deputy Secretary of the Public Department, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Texco corporation, and Director of the ex-servicemen's welfare department. They have a son named Rohil and live in the U.S.[21][11][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gita Gopinath: From a middle-class Indian girl to IMF's chief economist". Prathima Nandakumar. The Week. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  2. ^ IMFBlog. "Gita Gopinath". IMF Blog. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Gita Gopinath - Biographical Information". IMF. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Christine Lagarde Appoints Gita Gopinath as IMF Chief Economist". International Monetary Fund. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  5. ^ "IMF appoints India-born Gita Gopinath as Chief Economist". The Times of India. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Harvard Economist Gita Gopinath Appointed Chief Economist At International Monetary Fund". Headlines Today. Archived from the original on 2 October 2018. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Gita Gopinath joins IMF as its first female Chief Economist". The Economic Times. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  8. ^ "The Economist: IMF appoints a new chief economist, October 4, 2018".
  9. ^ a b "10 things to know about Gita Gopinath, the new IMF chief economist". India Today. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  10. ^ Nandakumar, Prathima (15 October 2018). "Gita Gopinath: From a middle-class Indian girl to IMF's chief economist". The Week. Retrieved 24 December 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Mysuru elated as Gita Gopinath is IMF's chief economist". TR Sathish Kumar. Deccan Herald. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Good Enough for IMF Top Post, Gita Gopinath's Appointment as Kerala Adviser Had Left Many Unimpressed". News18.
  13. ^ "Gita hardworking and focused: Proud father". Lawrence Milton. The Times of India . 2 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  14. ^ Gopinath, Gita (April 2018). "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Harvard University. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  15. ^ Handbook of International Economics 1st Edition, Kindle Edition, Amazon.com
  16. ^ "Foreign Policy".
  17. ^ "Iqbal Dhaliwal | The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab". www.povertyactionlab.org. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  18. ^ "2019 Nobel Prize Announcement".
  19. ^ "Release: J-PAL Co-Founders Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo Awarded Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics | The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab". www.povertyactionlab.org. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  20. ^ "List of IAS Exam toppers".
  21. ^ "Harvard economist Gita Gopinath appointed chief economist at IMF". The Economic Times. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  22. ^ "J-PAL MIT webpage of Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal".

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