Gita Gopinath has joined International Monetary Fund as its Chief Economist succeeding Maurice Obstfeld, becoming the first woman to occupy the top IMF post. Gopinath joined last week and becomes the second India-born economist to hold the position after former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan. She serves as financial advisor to Chief Minister of Kerala.
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde who announced her appointment has described her as “one of the world’s outstanding economists with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership and extensive international experience”. Mysore born Gopinath said in an interview to the Harvard Gazette that her appointment is a tremendous honor for her. She further added that there are strong and eligible women in high posts over the years, but there is a need for a good decision maker to give such posts to a woman. She credited Chritine Lagarde for the same.
She identified some of her top priorities at the IMF and told to the Harvard Gazette that she would like the IMF to continue to be a place that provides intellectual leadership on important policy questions. On the challenged faced by IMF, she commented that she considers the perceived retreat from globalization as one of the top challenges being faced by the IMF.
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