This woman made India proud

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Born on 08 December 1971, Gita Gopinath is an Indian-American economist has been appointed as the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday. She is also the first woman who will serve this post and second Indian after Raghuram Rajan. Gita  also serves as the Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala and is John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University. 

Christine Lagarde, Managing director IMF said, "Gita is one of the world's outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience. All this makes her exceptionally well-placed to lead our research department at this important juncture."

Early Life & Education

  • She was born in Mysuru, Karnataka as the younger daughter of TV Gopinath and VC Vijaylakshmi.
  • Gita completed her B.A. from Lady Shriram college, Delhi University in the year 1992 and her M.A. from Delhi School of Economics in the year 1994. in the year 1996 she completed her M.A. from the university of Washington.
  • Her Ph.D was completed in the year 2001 from Princeton University. 
  • Her research focuses on International Finance and Micro-Economics.

Appointments and Notable works
  • Gita is appointed as the chief economist of the IMF. 
  • She is the John Zwaanstra Professor of International studies and of economics at the Harvard university. 
  • She is also the co-director of the International finance and Macroeconomics programme at the National Bureau Of Economic Research.
  • She is a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • Economic Advisor to the Chief Minister of Kerala. 
  • Co-Editor of  the American Economic Review and the Current Handbook of International Economics.
  • She was also the managing editor of the review of Economics study. 

  • October 2018: Managing Director of IMF Christine Lagarde appointed Gita as the economic counselor and director of the IMF's research department.
  • 2018: Elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • 2017: Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington.
  • 2014: She was named one of the top 25 economists under 45 by the IMF.
  • 2011: Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. 

The 46 year old economist is married to Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal who is the Executive Director at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology. 

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