Tuesday 2 October 2018 12:31 AM UTC
NEW YORK Oct 2: Indian-origin Harvard University professor Gita Gopinath has been appointed chief economist of the International Monetary Fund or IMF, the international organisation tweeted. She replaces outgoing chief economist Maury Obstfeld, who will retire in December, IMF said.
I am delighted to name such a talented figure as the IMF’s Chief Economist,” said Ms Lagarde, who has long championed greater inclusivity of women in geopolitics and global power circles.
In April, she reiterated that PM Modi should pay more attention to women in the country.
Gita Gopinath’s research focuses on international finance and macroeconomics.
She received her PhD in Economics from Princeton University in 2001 after earning a BA from University of Delhi and MA degrees from both the Delhi School of Economics and University of Washington, the IMF said in a statement.
Ms Gopinath has also served as a member of the “eminent persons advisory group” on G20 matters for India’s finance ministry, her profile on the Harvard University website says.
Before joining Harvard, she was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.
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.
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