Gita Gopinath becomes first woman to feature on IMF’s ‘wall of former chief economists’

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inscribed on the wall of the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) former chief economists.

  • Important facts 

  • The first Indian to receive this honour was Raghuram Rajan, who was the IMF's Chief Economist and Director of Research between 2003 and 2006.

  • Gita Gopinath was appointed Chief Economist of the IMF in October 2018 and was later promoted as the first Deputy Managing Director of the IMF in December 2021.

  • Gita Gopinath served as the first female chief economist of the Washington-based Monetary Fund for three years.

  • Gita Gopinath is one of the foremost economists. She is also known for her research on international finance and macroeconomics.

  • Geeta is the third woman to become a tenured professor (permanent professor) of Harvard's Department of Economics and the second Indian after Nobel laureate Amartya Sen.

  • In 2019, Geeta was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, which is the highest honour for Indians living outside the country.

  • About International Monetary Fund (IMF) 

  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF), a United Nations (UN) specialised agency, was established in 1944 at the Bretton Woods Conference to secure international monetary policies.

  • The International Monetary Fund is an organisation with 189 member countries.

  • First Deputy Managing Director- Geeta Gopinath

  • Headquarters- Washington, D.C., U.S.

  • Managing Director- Kristalina Georgieva

  • Chief Economist - Pierre Olivier Gourinchas

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