Published on: December 3, 2021




Indian-American Gita Gopinath, the chief economist of International Monetary Fund, is being promoted as IMF’s First Deputy Managing Director


  • Born and brought up in India
  • US citizen and an overseas citizen of India
  • Pursued her PhD in Economics from Princeton University in 2001
  • MA degrees from both the University of Washington and Delhi School of Economics.
  • Undergraduate studies in Bachelors in Arts program from Delhi University.
  • Worked as Professor in University of Chicago’s Graduate School , Harvard ,Ivy-league institute
  • Co-editor of the American Economic review
  • Co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
  • Co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics with Former IMF Economic Counsellor Kenneth Rogoff.
  • Authored more than 40 research articles on a wide range of topics such as exchange rates, trade and investment, international financial crisis
  • Served as the Economic Advisor to the Chief Minister of Kerala
  • Visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Member of the economic advisory panel at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
  • Served as a member of the Eminent Persons Advisory Group on G-20 Matters for India’s Ministry of Finance.
  • Second Indian and first female chief economist in International Monetary Fund history, has been promoted as IMF’s First Deputy Managing Director
  • Will IMF’s second-ranking official, replacing First Deputy Managing Director Geoffrey Okamoto who will leave the global lender in early 2022.
  • In 2018 became the second Indian after former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to be appointed as chief economist of the International Monetary Fund.
  • Was serving as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.