Economy Gita Gopinath, IMF's first woman chief economist: A Delhi university student who admires Sachin Tendulkar and JK Rowling Updated : October 03, 2018 06:26 AM IST Gopinath will serve as the economic counsellor and the director of its research department. She is the second Indian after former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to take the position. The 46-year-old will succeed Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who will be stepping down by the end of this year. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.