At the helm! With India-born Gita Gopinath, here is a list of women leading charge at economic institutions

ZeeBiz WebTeam | Oct 03, 2018, 04:14 PM IST

Some of the top global economic bodies are currently dominated by women at the top, and with the appointment of Gita Gopinath as Chief Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), India has earned another feature in its cap. Gita Gopinath hails from the southern state of Kerala. The other women leaders in the top positions include Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg, Chief Economist of the World Bank, Christlina Georgieva, CEO of the World Bank, and Laurance Boone, Chief Economist of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Check out 5 top power-women leading the charge at top global economic institutions:    



1. Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist, IMF: Gita Gopinath has been named as the Chief Economist of the IMF, becoming the second Indian to hold this position. She would succeed Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who will retire at the end of 2018. Gita was a financial adviser to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan earlier. Notably, former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has served as Chief Economist of the IMF too. Currently, she is Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University. She completed her schooling in Calcutta and graduated from the Lady Shri Ram College of Commerce in Delhi. Later, Gopi did Masters from the Delhi School of Economics as well as from the University of Washington. Image source: Reuters


2. Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg, Chief Economist, World Bank: Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg, Elihu Professor of Economics at Yale University, was appointed as World Bank Group Chief Economist in April, 2018. A Greek and US national, Goldberg brings is a leading applied microeconomist, widely known for her research on developing countries—including the effects of trade on inequality and firm productivity, profits and innovation, and enforcement of intellectual property rights. She earlier held several leadership roles in the economic community and received numerous awards and fellowships. Image source: Twitter


3. Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer, World Bank: As the CEO for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association, World Bank. Georgieva reportedly helped shape the agenda of the European Union since 2010, first as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, where she managed one of the world's largest humanitarian aid budget. Georgieva, a Bulgarian national, has established herself as a global champion for resilience. Image source: Reuters


4. Laurence Boone, Chief Economist, OECD: Laurence Boone was appointed as the Chief Economist of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD) in May 2018, replacing Catherine Mann, who served in the post from 2014 to 2017. Boone is leading the work of the Economics Department and supervised the contributions of the Economics Department to the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) and Inclusive Growth (IG) initiatives. Image source: Twitter


5. Christine Lagarde, MD, IMF: Christine Madeleine Odette Lagarde, who is a French lawyer and politician, is the first woman to head the IMF. She is serving as the Managing Director (MD) and Chairwoman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) since July 5, 2011. In French government, she held various  senior ministerial posts and was the first woman to become Finance Minister of a G8 economy. Lagarde was also the first female Chair of major international law firm Baker & McKenzie, between 1999 and 2004, and is also a noted anti-trust and labour lawyer. Image source: Reuters