A Conversation with the IMF's Managing Director on the Global Economy

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DATE: October 11, 2018

DAY: Thursday

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

LOCATION: Bali International Convention Center (BICC), WE-1-Mangupura Hall

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For some time now, the IMF has been urging leaders to “fix the roof while the sun is shining.” With some risks to the global economy now materializing, is it too late? Are trade tensions and rising debt levels just passing clouds or a storm on the horizon? Martin Wolf of the Financial Times leads a conversation with IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde on the global economy’s main challenges and the opportunities they present for policymakers.

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A Conversation with the IMF's Managing Director on the Global Economy


Moderator: Martin Wolf

Martin Wolf Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 for services to financial journalism. Mr Wolf was a member of the UK’s Independent Commission on Banking in 2010-11. His most recent publication is The Shifts and The Shocks: What we’ve learned – and have still to learn – from the financial crisis (London and New York: Allen Lane, 2014).

Panelist: Christine Lagarde

Christine Lagarde

Since November 2019, Christine Lagarde has been the President of the European Central Bank. Between 2011 and 2019, she served as the eleventh Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Prior to that, she served as the French Economic Finance Minister from 2007 to 2011 after having been the Trade Secretary from 2005 to 2007. A lawyer by background, she practiced for 20 years with the international law firm Baker McKenzie, of which she became global chairperson in 1999. She was the first woman to serve in all of these positions.

In 2020, Lagarde was ranked the second most influential woman in the world by Forbes and has been named by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Christine Lagarde was named Officier in the Légion d'honneur in April 2012 and Commandeur dans l’ordre national du mérite in May 2021.