Gita Gopinath appointed as Chief Economist of IMF


  • Gita Gopinath has been appointed as Chief Economist of International Monetary Fund (IMF). Gopinath was born and grew up in India. 
  • She is a U.S citizen and an Overseas Citizen of India.
  • The development comes after IMF in a statement confirmed that Gita Gopinath will succeed Maurice Obstfeld as IMF Chief Economist.
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde appoints Harvard’s Gita Gopinath as IMF Chief Economist.
  • Gopinath will succeed Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who announced in July that he would retire at the end of 2018.
  • Ms. Gopinath currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.
  • Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience.
  • Before coming to Harvard, she was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.
  • She studied B.A. Economics (Honors) at Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College (1989-92)
  • During 1992-94, she studied Masters in Economics at Delhi School of Economics
  • She joined the University of Chicago in 2001 as an Assistant Professor before moving to Harvard in 2005.
  • She became a tenured Professor there in 2010.