Christine Lagarde is Trade Minister of France since June 3 2005.
An accomplished lawyer specialising in antitrust and labour law, she was previously Chairman of the Global Policy Committee from 2004-2005 and Chairman of the Executive Committee from 1999-2004 at Baker and Mc Kenzie.
Mme Lagarde read economics and American Studies at the University of Aix-en-Provence. She also studied at the Political Science Institute and the Paris Law School and, in 1980, graduated from Paris University with a post-graduate degree with special emphasis on business and labour law. She lectured in law at Paris X University, before joining Baker & McKenzie in 1981.
Before being nominated as Trade Minister, Christine Lagarde has been:
• Member of the International Advisory Board of ESADE; and was presented with the ‘Jaume Cordelles’ award by ESADE, Nov ‘04
• Member of the International Board of Overseers, Illinois Institute of Technology;
• Member of the Board and Secretary of the Board of the Executives' Club of Chicago;
• Member of the Strategic Council on the Attractiveness of France;
• Member of the Society for French American Cultural Services and Educational Aid (FACSEA);
• Member of the International Business Advisory Board to the Mayor of Beijing;
Christine Lagarde, 49, is the mother of two sons, 18 and 16.