The President of the European Central Bank

Portrait of Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank

Christine Lagarde

Date of birth: 1 January 1956

Place of birth: Paris, France

Education

1980
Master in Commercial Law, DESS in Commercial and Labour Law, University Paris X Law School
1977
Master with major in Economics and Finance, Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence
1977
Master in American Literature, Avignon Art College

Professional career

Since November 2019
President of the European Central Bank
Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board
Member of the Board of Directors at the Bank for International Settlements
Member of the G7
Member of the G20
2011-2019
Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C.
2007-2011
Minister of Economy and Finance of France
French presidency of the European Union during the second half of 2008
ECOFIN presidency
French presidency of the G20 in 2011
Presidency of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors
2007
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of France
2005-2007
Minister of Trade of France
1999-2005
Global Chairman of international law firm Baker McKenzie, Chicago, United States
1995-1999
Member of the Global Executive Committee and Managing Partner, Baker McKenzie Paris office
1981-1999
Attorney at law practising predominantly in commercial, mergers and acquisitions, antitrust, labour law and arbitration for international corporate clients
1980-1982
Lecturer in contract law at University Paris X Law School

International academic recognition

  • University of Leuven – Honorary degree
  • Smith College – Honorary degree
  • University of Montreal – Honorary doctorate
  • Universidad del Pacifico – Degree of honorary member
  • Washington College – Honorary degree
  • Claremont McKenna College – Honorary degree
  • Robinson College, Cambridge – Honorary fellowship

Awards and positions

2019
Distinguished Alumna Award from the Holton-Arms School
Distinguished International Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council
2019 CARE Humanitarian Award from CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere)
Member of the International Gender Champions network and Co-Chair of its Finance Hub
2018
Participation on the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council
Djibouti Commander in the National Order of June 27 Honor
Fellowship from the Institute of Banking
Appeal of Conscience World Leader Award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation
2017
Global Women’s Leadership Award from the International
Planning Committee of the Global Summit of Women
2016
Participation on the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment
Global Leadership Award from the Columbia University School of International Public Affairs
Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal of Honor for Women
Woman of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award from Glamour Magazine
2015
Honour from Baker McKenzie
Honorary Chair of fundraising campaign of Holton-Arms School
Chair of the Honorary Committee for the US-Canada Tour of the Orchestre National de France
2014
Inaugural Global Achievement Award from the Global Foundation
Participation on the Board of Governors of the Conference of Montreal
Diplomat of the Year Award from Foreign Policy Magazine
2013
Grand Officer of the National Order of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
Participation on the Holton-Arms School Board of Trustees
2012
“Hipólito Unanue al Mérito Económico – Financiero” Award from Peru
Officer in the National Order of the Legion of Honour
Globalist of the Year Award from the Canadian International Council
2012 Leadership Award from the Union of Arab Banks
2011
Participation on the Board of Directors of Sciences Po
The Atlantic Council’s 2011 Global Citizenship Award
Member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum
The European Institute’s Transatlantic Leadership Award

Selected publications

  • “A Global Imperative to Empower Women”, Finance & Development, IMF, March 2019
  • “How Policymakers Should Regulate Cryptoassets and Fintech”, Finance & Development, IMF, March 2018
  • “The Voice of Youth”, Finance & Development, IMF, June 2017
  • “Path to Development”, Finance & Development, IMF, June 2015
  • “Focus, Flexibility, Service”, Finance & Development, IMF, September 2014
  • “Dare the Difference”, Finance & Development, IMF, June 2013
  • “Fragmentation Risks”, Finance & Development, IMF, September 2012
  • Breaking New Grounds in French Labor Law, 1982