IMF Chief Gita will be back to Harvard next January

WASHINGTON: The 49-year-old Chief Economist of IMF Gita Gopinath to resume her career at the prestigious Harvard University after leaving her job in January next year announced the global financial institution.

Harvard University, on an exceptional basis, had extended her leave of absence by one year, letting her serve at the Fund for 3 years.

Gita made history when she joined the Washington-based Global lender as the first women Chief Economist. Before joining the IMF as Economic Counsellor and Director of Research Department, she was the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics department at Harvard University.

Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of IMF said” Gita’s contribution to the fund and our membership has been truly remarkable – quite simply, her impact on the IMF’s work has been tremendous”.

Gopinath, who heads the IMF’s Research Department has co-authored the “Pandemic Paper”, analyzing how to end the covid-19 pandemic and setting global vaccination targets.

She also helped set up a climate change team within the IMF to come up with optimal climate mitigation policies.

Georgieva extended her appreciation to Gita for her impressive contributions, devotion to the mission of the Research Department and the Fund, and her inclusive and accessible approach to colleagues and staff.

The Indian American economist was appointed to her post in the IMF in October 2018.

MD Georgieva announced on Tuesday that the search for the next-in-line is to begin shortly.

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