India-born Harvard University professor Gita Gopinath has been appointed as the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and she will replace outgoing chief economist Maury Obstfeld from December this year.

Born and brought up in India, a US citizen as well as an Overseas Citizen of India, Gita Gopinath completed her BA from the University of Delhi and MA degrees from both the Delhi School of Economics and University of Washington. In 2001, Gita joined the University of Chicago in 2001 as an Assistant Professor and then joined the premium Harvard University in 2005. Currently, she is the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University with International Finance and Macroeconomics being her subject of research.

On Tuesday, the official handle of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) tweeted the announcement of Gita Gopinath’s appointment as the next chief economist of the IMF. Gita will take over the office from December this year, replacing outgoing chief economist Maury Obstfeld at the international financial body. The 46-year-old Indian economist Gopinath will hold the same position that was once held by a former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan.

Besides being a Harvard professor, Gita has also served member of the Eminent Persons Advisory Group on G-20 Matters for India’s Ministry of Finance and was awarded with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington. Furthermore, Gita’s name appeared in the top 25 economists under 45 by the IMF and she was awarded at the Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.

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