1 min read.Updated: 20 Oct 2021, 08:28 AM ISTLivemint
Gita Gopinath, the IMF's first female chief economist, joined the fund in October 2018
Gopinath won praise for drafting a $50 billion proposal on ending the pandemic by vaccinating at least 40% of the population in all countries by the end of 2021
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International Monetary Fund's (IMF) first female chief economist Gita Gopinath has decided to leave the Fund in January 2022 and return to Harvard University’s Economics Department. Gopinath joined the IMF in October 2018 and led new IMF analytical research on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination targets as well as on climate change mitigation.
IMF's Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva announced Gopinath's exit and cited her's 'tremendous impact on the global crisis lender's work.
Gopinath won praise for drafting a $50 billion proposal on ending the pandemic by vaccinating at least 40% of the population in all countries by the end of 2021, a plan later endorsed by the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and the World Health Organization.
Gopinath also worked tirelessly with other IMF departments to connect with policymakers, academics, and other stakeholders on a new analytical approach to help countries respond to international capital flows via the Integrated Policy Framework.
Before she was appointed IMF Chief Economist, Gopinath was the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics, in the economics department of Harvard. She was a visiting scholar at both the IMF and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Economic Adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala state in India, and member of the Eminent Persons Advisory Group on G-20 Matters for India's Ministry of Finance. Before joining the faculty of Harvard University in 2005, she was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Gopinath is also a member of the Group of Thirty.