Christine Lagarde is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. Ms. 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 G-7 country. From July to December 2008, she also chaired the ECOFIN Council, which brings together Economics and Finance Ministers of the European Union. In 2009, Christine Lagarde was ranked the 17th most influential woman in the world by Forbes magazine, the 5th best European executive woman by The Wall Street Journal Europe, and one of Time magazine’s top-100 world leaders. The Financial Times named her European Finance Minister of 2009. She assumed the office of Managing Director of the IMF in July 2011.
The Globalist of the Year Gala in honour of Christine Lagarde
October 25, 2012
Reception 5:30pm | Dinner 6:30pm
181 Wellington Street West, Toronto
• Introductory remarks by Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of Canada
• Keynote speech by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
• Discussion moderated by Amanda Lang, Senior Business Correspondent for CBC News
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Previous Globalists of the Year
Naguib Sawiris is Executive Chairman of Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holding S.A.E and Founder of Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. As the Founder of Orascom Telecom Holding (OTH), Mr. Sawiris has dynamically led the growth of the company, as the leading regional Telecom player among the best regarded emerging markets players in the world. Mr. Sawiris is the founding member of the Egyptian political party Al Masreyeen Al Aharrar and played a prominent public role during the Egyptian revolution.
George Soros is Chair of Soros Fund Management LLC and the Founder of the Open Society Foundations. Mr. Soros has been active as a philanthropist since 1979, when he began providing funds to help black students attend Cape Town University in apartheid South Africa. He has established a network of philanthropic organizations active in more than 50 countries around the world dedicated to promoting the values of democracy and an open society. Mr. Soros is the author of 11 books, including most recently The Soros Lectures at the Central European University. His articles and essays on politics, society, and economics regularly appear in major newspapers and magazines around the world.
Pascal Lamy is the Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from the Paris-based Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He began his career in the French civil service at the Inspection Générale des finances and at the Treasury. He then became an advisor to the Finance Minister Jacques Delors, and subsequently to Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy. Throughout his career, Mr. Lamy was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, and his representative as Sherpa in the G7; CEO of Credit Lyonnais; and Commissioner for Trade at the European Commission.
Cheng Siwei is the former Vice-Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of
China. Throughout his career, Mr. Cheng worked for various units of the Ministry of Chemical Industry and the Ministry of Petroleum and Chemical Industries, including Chief Engineer of the Science and Technology Bureau; Vice-President and Chief Engineer of the Scientific and Technical Research Institute; Deputy Chief Engineer of the Ministry of Chemical Industry; and Vice-Minister of Chemical Industry. Mr. Cheng was a member of the Seventh and Eighth National Committees of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and member of the Standing Committee of the Eighth CPPCC National Committee.
Ángel Gurría assumed the Secretary General position for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on June 1, 2006, following a distinguished career in Mexico’s public service. Mr. Gurría served as Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1998, and then Minister of Finance and Public Credit from 1998 to 2000. During those years Mr. Gurría developed a close relationship with the OECD and oversaw the initial years of Mexico’s membership, chairing the Ministerial Council Meeting in 1999.