|Famous For||Chief Economist of IMF|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Citation Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 6”
|Awards, Honours, Achievements|| Awards
• 2003 Bhagwati Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of International Economics
• 2017: Department of Economics Distinguished Alumnus Award
from the University of Washington.
• 9 May 2019: Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the Embassy of
India Washington D.C USA
• Gita was awarded the Princeton Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Research award for Doctoral Research at Princeton University
•2011: Selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum
•2014: Named one of the top 25 economists by the International Monetary Fund
•2020: Declared the Women of the year by Vogue India
•2021: Named one of the 25 most influential women of the
year by the Financial Times
Note: She has many more awards and accolades to her name.
|Date of Birth||8 December 1971 (Wednesday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||50 Years|
|School||Nirmala Convent School in Mysore, India|
|College/University||• Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi
• Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University
• University of Washington
• Princeton University
|Educational Qualification||• B.A. in Economics
• M.A. in Economics
|Relationships & More|
|Husband/Spouse||Iqbal Singh Dhaliwal (Global Executive Director at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
|Parents||Father- T.V. Gopinath (agriculturist and the Vice President of Raita Mitra Farmer Producer Company Limited)
Mother- V.C. Vijayalakshmi (owned a playschool and worked
there for around 30 years)
|Children||Son- Rohil Singh Dhaliwal
Sister- Anita (Lives in Delhi and she works in garment export company) The Week Magazine
|Food||Italian, Fish The Week Magazine|
|Actor (s)||• Sha Rukh Khan
• Amitabh Bachchan
|Sports||Cricket and Football|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Gita Gopinath
- Gita Gopinath is the First Indian American economist who is appointed as the Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. Previously, she was serving as the Chief Economist of IMF.
- Gita Gopinath was born in Kolkata and later, shifted to Mysuru, Karnataka. she is the daughter of T.V. Gopinath, who is the Vice President of Raita Mitra Farmer Producer Company Limited. Gita Gopinath- LinkedIn)
- When Gita was seven years old, her father, T.V. Gopinath, with the help of vegetables would make Gita understand the concept of multiplication. ((The Week
- In 1995, when Gita and her husband, Iqbal, were in college they prepared for UPSC exams. Although Gita didn’t get success in the exam, her husband cleared the exam as a first-rank holder, however, her husband, Iqbal, after serving as an IAS officer for five years left his job and moved to the U.S.
- After completing her schooling, Gita joined Mahajana PU college in Mysuru, and pursued science but later, she decided to pursue BA (Hons) in economics, so she took admission in Lady Shree ram College, Delhi and topped in all three years. The Week Magazine
- Gita, in 2001, pursued a PhD in economics from Prince University and after completing a PhD, she subsequently joined the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business as an Assistant Professor.
- Gita, after completing her PhD at Princeton University, U.S, wanted to return to India as her husband, Iqbal, was in India but her mentors in Prince University wanted her to stay in the U.S, so Princeton University offered Gita’s husband, Iqbal, a scholarship in Public Affairs at Princeton.
- Gita Gopinath before joining the IMF joined Harvard University in 2005, where she was the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and of economics at the economics department and in 2010, she became a tenured professor at Harvard University. International Monetary Fund
- In an interview, when Gita was asked about, how her journey in Harvard University helped her to land in IMF, she said that advising students on their theses, research, teaching, committee work, and editorial work helped her a lot, as she quoted
On the research side I have benefited immensely from speaking to and collaborating with my colleagues. We have phenomenal people here. The critical thinking and energy of this place is what I would like to take with me to the fund. Advising students on their theses has also been a very satisfying part of my job, and prepared me for some of the advisory work I will be involved in. More generally, a day for me at Harvard moves among research, teaching, advising, committee work, editorial work, and so on, which has prepared me for the multitasking I will have to do at the IMF” The Harvard Gazette
- Gita Gopinath did research on International Finance and Macroeconomics that was published in many top economics journals. She was authored numerous research articles on exchange rates, trade and investment, international financial crises, monetary policy, debt, and emerging market crises.
- Apart from serving in IMF, Gita Gopinath is also the co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
- Gita Gopinath was also a member of the economic advisory panel of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. and was also the Economic Adviser to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala, India.
- In 2018, Gita Gopinath was also a member of the Eminent Person Advisory Group on G-20 Matters for India’s Ministry of Finance.
- Gita Gopinath before joining IMF was also the visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
- Gita Gopinath is the first Indian-American woman to hold the post in IMF’s history for more than three years.
- According to Gita’s parents, during her childhood, Gita had more interest in sports. The Week magazine
- Gita is not active on any of the social media platforms.
- In an interview, Gita Gopinath said that her husband, Iqbal, and her son, Rohil, were the great support for her accomplishment. The Harvard Gazette
- During her college days, Gita also learned the guitar and also participated in fashion shows.
- In January 2021, Gita shared a video clip of an episode of the popular Indian game show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) on Twitter. In the video clip, the host of the show Amitabh Bachchan praised Gita Gopinath while asking a question on Gita to a contestant on the show; Mr Bachchan praised Gita by saying that she has a beautiful face. According to Gita, it was such a compliment that she will keep throughout her life.
— Gita Gopinath (@GitaGopinath) January 22, 2021
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