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Gita Gopinath, IMF's first woman chief economist, to leave job

Gita Gopinath made history in October 2018 as the first woman to serve in the top economics post of IMF. She has dual US-Indian citizenship.

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Gita Gopinath, IMF's first woman chief economist, to leave job
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India-born International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Economist Gita Gopinath will leave her post and return to Harvard University's economics department in January, IMF announced Tuesday. As per the IMF statement, Harvard University extended Gopinath's leave of absence by one year, allowing her to serve at the IMF for three years.

Gita Gopinath heads the International Monetary Fund's research department which produces the quarterly World Economic Outlook report with its closely watched GDP growth forecasts. Gopinath made history as the first woman to serve in the top economics post of IMF. She has dual US-Indian citizenship and was appointed to her role in October 2018.

Who is Gita Gopinath

Indian-born Gita Gopinath was appointed as the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund in October 2018.

Mysuru-born Gita Gopinath is the first-ever woman Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

She is a technocrat and author of several books. Gita Gopinath is also a professor of economics at Harvard University.

She has written research articles on emerging markets, trade and investment, stock market and international financial crisis.

In 2001, Gita Gopinath joined the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business as an assistant professor.

After nine years, Gopinath moved to the prestigious Harvard University where she was appointed as a tenured professor.

Gita Gopinath has been serving as an advisory member at the US Federal Reserve Bank.

She is a co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics programme of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Previously, Gita Gopinath had been an economic advisor to the Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan in 2016. 

In India, she also served as a member of the Eminent Persons Advisory Group on G-20 Matters for the Union finance ministry.

Gopinath did her schooling in Mysore and got a BA degree from DU's Lady Shri Ram College for Women in 1992.

Gita Gopinath considered doing an MBA but later changed the plan and got enrolled at the Delhi School of Economics.

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