Gita Gopinath Becomes IMF’s First Female Chief Economist

Gita Gopinath has joined International Monetary Fund (IMF) as its chief economist. Gita Gopinath first woman to occupy the post of chief economist of IMF. She is the 11th chief economist of the IMF. The Chief Economist is also the Director of the Fund’s Research Department and is responsible for providing independent advice to the Fund on its policy issues, integrating ideas of the research in the design of policies, conveying these ideas to the policymakers inside and outside the fund and managing all research done at IMF.The Chief Economist is part of the senior leadership team of the IMF and directly advises the Managing Director.The Chief Economist also leads about a hundred Ph.D. economists in the Research Department.

About Gita Gopinath

  • The Gita Gopinath is an Indian-American Economist. Prior to her present role as the Chief Economist of IMF, she was serving as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.
  • She Born in Mysore, she holds a B.A. degree from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi (1992), Masters in economics from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi (1994).
  • She also completed her M.A. at the University of Washington (1996). In 2001, she completed her Ph.D. at Princeton University.