Indian-origin Harvard Professor Gita Gopinath will be the first-ever Woman Chief Economist of International Monetary Fund (IMF).

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde in a statement called her an “outstanding economist, with impeccable academic credentials.”

Gopinath, who will succeed Maurice Obstfeld, was born and brought up in India, but is a US citizen. She received a PhD in Economics from Princeton University after completing BA from the University of Delhi and receiving MA degrees from Delhi School of Economics and University of Washington.

She had also served as financial advisor to the Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala in 2016. She currently is a professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University. She is also the co-director of International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Gopinath has also served as a member of the Eminent Persons Advisory Group on G-20 Matters for India’s Ministry of Finance.

She is the second Indian to hold this post after former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan.

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