She is also the second Indian after former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to hold the position
India’s economic crisis in 1991 ignited the spark in a young Malayali girl from Mysuru to pursue the field of economics and eventually, foray into the world of international finance.
As time passed by, not only did she display an extraordinary streak of intellectual leadership, but after garnering extensive international experience, she also went on to emerge as one of the world’s outstanding economists.
Gita Gopinath’s appointment as the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which makes her the first woman and second Indian to assume the prestigious post, has taken her highly illustrious career graph a notch higher.
The daughter of a farmer-entrepreneur father and homemaker mother, Gita originally hails from Kerala’s Kannur district. She later studied at the Delhi School of Economics where she met her future husband Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal.
Gopinath is the third woman and the first Indian after Nobel laureate Amartya Sen to become a tenured professor at Harvard’s Department of Economics.
In 2014, she was named one of the top 25 economists under 45 by the IMF and was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.
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