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Gita Gopinath Is IMF’s First Woman Chief Economist And We Are So Proud

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2019 is already kicking off as the year for the women, as another one from our clan makes us immensely proud. Gita Gopinath joins IMF as an Economic Counselor and Director of IMF’s Research department and becomes the first woman Chief Economist to have secured that position. How cool is that?

Her academic accolades and career successes do make for a great case, it’s been an embellished track record. She was appointed by the IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde on October 1, though she joined post Maurice Obstfeld’s retirement on 31st December, 2018. Christine Lagarde went on to describe her as, “one of the world’s outstanding economists with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership and extensive international experience”. No wonder!

The Mysore-born has previously worked as a John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies at Harvard, while having  been the co-Director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Before she left for the US, Gita attended Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi studying to secure her Bachelors in Economics. After this, she pursued her Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics. She then went on to do her Doctorate in Economics from the University of Washington and Princeton University.

We agree with Christine as she talks about Gita, saying “She is phenomenal, not just in her leadership of the IMF but as a role model for women around the world”. Gita Gopinath, here’s to you and a stellar start.

Beyonce was right after all, who run the world? Girls!


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