IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath, NASA Scientist Kamlesh Lulla  honoured by American Foundation

NEW YORK: International Monetary Fund Chief Economist Gita Gopinath and NASA Scientist Kamlesh Lulla are among the 34 immigrants honoured by a prestigious American foundation ahead of the US Independence Day “who have enriched and strengthened” the US society and democracy through their contributions and actions. Gopinath and Lulla are among the 2021 Great Immigrants’ honourees named by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, a non-profit organisation.
This year, our foundation honours 34 naturalised citizens who have strengthened our nation through their lives and examples. “The Class of 2021 represents more than 30 countries of origin and emphasises service to society, including honourees who are recognised for helping others as medical providers and researchers; as advocates for the disadvantaged, disabled, and disenfranchised; and as changemakers in politics, voting rights, climate change, and teaching, the Corporation said.
In the profile for 49-year-old Gopinath, Carnegie noted that she is one of the world’s outstanding economists” and focuses her research on international finance and macroeconomics. Gopinath says her most important advice is to have inner strength because you really have to believe in what you are capable of to keep pushing your ideas forward, according to her profile.
It’s exactly what the world is worried about: recession, jobs, inequality. It’s so clear to people these are important issues. And given my science background, I like that I’m bringing in some mathematical rigor to understand these issues of the day, she is quoted as saying in the profile. Gopinath has been widely published in top economics journals and has received numerous honours, including election as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2019, she was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, the highest honour the Indian government gives to overseas Indians and persons of Indian origin.