Deputy Director, Asia and Pacific Department
Kalpana Kochhar is currently a Deputy Director in the Asia and Pacific Department of the IMF. Prior to taking this position, she was Deputy Director in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department where she launched the IMF’s work on gender. Between 2010 and 2012, she was the Chief Economist for the South Asia Region of the World Bank. She has also spent time in the IMF’s research department. At the IMF, she has led work on Japan, Korea, India, and a number of other Asian countries. Ms. Kochhar’s research interests and publications have been on emerging markets including India and China, and jobs and inclusive growth, gender and inequality issues, structural reforms, and regional integration in South Asia. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from Brown University and an M.A. in Economics from Delhi School of Economics in India. She has a B.A in Economics from Madras University in India.