Innovation, Technology and Growth: A Conversation

By ESMT video series and Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF

The following open lecture, “Innovation, Technology and Growth: A Conversation” was presented by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF, at ESMT Berlin on April 11, 2017. The ESMT Open Lecture was moderated by Andreas Dombret, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank.

About Christine Lagarde

Born in Paris in 1956, Christine Lagarde completed high school in Le Havre and attended Holton Arms School in Bethesda (Maryland, USA). She then graduated from law school at University Paris X, and obtained a Master’s degree from the Political Science Institute in Aix en Provence. After being admitted as a lawyer to the Paris Bar, Christine Lagarde joined the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie as an associate, specializing in Labor, Anti-trust, and Mergers & Acquisitions. A member of the Executive Committee of the Firm in 1995, Christine Lagarde became the Chairman of the Global Executive Committee of Baker & McKenzie in 1999, and subsequently Chairman of the Global Strategic Committee in 2004.
Christine Lagarde joined the French government in June 2005 as Minister for Foreign Trade. After a brief stint as Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, in June 2007 she became the first woman to hold the post of Finance and Economy Minister of a G7 country. From July to December 2008, she also chaired the ECOFIN Council, which brings together Economics and Finance Ministers of the European Union, and helped foster international policies related to financial supervision, regulation, and strengthening global economic governance. As Chairman of the G20 when France took over its presidency for the year 2011, she set in motion a wide-ranging work agenda on the reform of the international monetary system.

About Andreas Dombret

Andreas Dombret is a member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank with responsibility for Directorates General Banking and Financial Supervision; Economic Education, University of Applied Sciences and Technical Central Bank Cooperation; Risk Control; and the Bundesbank's Representative Offices abroad. He is a member of the Financial Stability Commission (FSC), Deputy of the Bundesbank at the IMF, Supervisory Board member (SSM), and member of the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision (BCBS). Additionally, he serves on the supervisory board of ESMT Berlin.



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