Inspirational Woman – Gita Gopinath

Ms. Gita Gopinath is appointed as the Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. She will resume her role of Deputy Managing Director from Early 2022. At present she is the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In that role, she is the Economic Counsellor of the Fund, and Director of its Research Department. 

Ms. Gopinath was born in India and is a U.S. national and an overseas citizen of India. She has received numerous awards and commendations. In 2021, Financial Times named her among the ‘25 most influential women of the year’, the International Economic Association named her the Schumpeter-Haberler Distinguished Fellow, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association recognized her with the John Kenneth Galbraith Award, and the Carnegie Corporation named her among ‘Great (American) Immigrants’. She was named among the Bloomberg ‘50 people who defined 2019’, a ‘Top Global Thinker’ by Foreign Policy, and among the ‘Women who Broke Major Barriers to Become Firsts’ by Time Magazine.

Ms. Gopinath’s research, which focuses on International Finance and Macroeconomics, has been published in many top economics journals. She has authored numerous research articles on exchange rates, trade and investment, international financial crises, monetary policy, debt, and emerging market crises. She is the co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics and was earlier the co-editor of the American Economic Review and managing editor of the Review of Economic Studies. She had also previously served as the co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Ms. Gopinath is the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of Economics at Harvard University.

She was the economic adviser to Kerala chief minister from 2016-18 and has also served as a member of the Eminent Persons Advisory Group on G-20 Matters for the Union finance ministry.

Ms. Gopinath is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society, and a member of the Group of Thirty and the Council on Foreign Relations. Earlier she was a member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. 

Ms. Gopinath is the recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, the highest honor conferred on overseas Indians by the Government of India, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Washington. The IMF named her one of the ‘top 25 economists under 45’ in 2014, she was chosen as one of the ‘25 Indians to Watch’ by the Financial Times in 2012, and she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.


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