IMF appoints first woman to top research job
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has appointed Gita Gopinath as economic counsellor and director of its research department.
Ms Gopinath is the first woman to head the department.
She will succeed Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who announced in July that he would retire at the end of 2018.
“Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience,” said IMF head Christine Lagarde.
“All this makes her exceptionally well-placed to lead our research department at this important juncture.
“I am delighted to name such a talented figure as our chief economist.”
Ms Gopinath currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.
Leading economist Gita Gopinath lectures at Harvard