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October 01, 2018

India's Gita Gopinath appointed as new Chief Economist of International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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Indian-origin Harvard University professor Gita Gopinath today appointed as the Chief Economist of International Monetary Fund (IMF). Gita is going to replace Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who would retire in December 2018.

She was born and grew up in India, currently settled US. She 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 working as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University. Her research focuses on international finance and macroeconomics.

Before joining Harvard, she was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago's Graduate School of Business. She has also served as a member of the "eminent persons advisory group" on G20 matters for India's finance ministry.

In 2018, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A year before that, she received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington.

In 2014, she was named one of the top 25 economists under 45 by the IMF and she was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.

"Gopinath is one of the world's outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said.

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