IMF ap­points first woman to top re­search job

Irish Independent - Business Week - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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