Indian origin Gita Gopinath who served as the financial advisor of Kerala is appointed as the International Monetary Fund’s new Chief Economist. She is the first woman to occupy the top IMF post. IMF is a leading international body working in the field of global finance and economy.
Also, she is the 2nd Indian origin person to serve this position after former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan.
Gopinath succeeds Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s Research Department. Obstfeld retired on December the 31st.
The 46-year-old Gita Gopinath was born to TV Gopinath, a farmer and entrepreneur, and VC Vijayalakshmi from Kannur in Kerala.
She completed her Bachelor’s in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi. She did her Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics (1992-94) and University of Washington (1994-96). She did her PhD in Economics from Princeton University (1996-2001).
She is the third woman and the second Indian after Nobel laureate Amartya Sen to be made a permanent member of the economics department at Harvard.
The country’s only communist chief minister, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan appointed Gopinath as an economic advisor to the Kerala government in 2016. However, it was politically controversial in the state and Vijayan’s appointment of Gopinath, shortly after assuming power in 2016, had ruffled some feathers within his Communist Party of India (Marxist). It is the only governmental association she took up in India.