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Agathe Cote The only woman at the Bank of Canada among Governor Mark Carney?s five-person inner-circle of policy advisers. She was named deputy governor last year and joined the central bank in 1982.

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Zeti Akhtar Aziz Governor of Malaysia?s central bank since 2000 and the first woman in that position. Global Finance magazine rated her among the world?s best central bank governors last year.

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Anne Osborn Krueger Economist and former World Bank chief economist, she also was the IMF?s first deputy managing director from 2001 to 2006. She is also past president of the American Economic Association.

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Dambisa Moyo Zambian-born economist, World Bank consultant and author of the New York Times bestseller Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How there is a Better Way for Africa. In 2009, Time named her one of the world?s 100 most influential people.

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Elinor Ostrom First woman to win the Nobel Prize in economics, in 2009, in its 40-year history for her work on the commons. She is a political scientist rather than economist, though, which means a woman economist has yet to win the economics Nobel Prize.

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Christina Romer Professor and former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Obama administration. One of the architects of the administration?s plan for recovery from the recession.

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