India-born economist Gita Gopinath was appointed as the chief economist of International Monetary Fund on October 1. She has become the second Indian after former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to hold the position. Ms Gopinath, who currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University, will succeed Maurice Obstfeld at IMF, who announced his retirement in July.
CAREER AS ECONOMIST
Ms Gopinath, now a US citizen, was born in Mysuru, Karnataka. She studied at the Delhi School of Economics and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University. She joined the University of Chicago in 2001 as an Assistant Professor before moving to Harvard in 2005. Later, she became a tenured Professor there in 2010.
Gita was previously working as a co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She was also the co-editor of The American Economic Review and the current Handbook of International Economics.
Interestingly, Gita is a member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York as well as the Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala.
Earlier this year, Gita Gopinath was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Last year, Ms Gopinath was awarded with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington.
In 2014, Gita was named as one of the top 25 economists under 45 by International Monetary Fund.
In 2011, she was chosen as a Young Global leader by the World Economic Forum.