Christine LaGarde is the head of the International Monetary Fund since 2011 (her term ends in 2016). Prior to this, she served the Minister of Finance for France. She is the first woman to hold Finance and Economy Minister post in a G-7 country. Ms. LaGarde holds a law degree from the University of Paris and a Master's degree at the Institute of Political Studies at Aix-en-Provence. After her completing LaGarde joined the law firm Baker & Mckenzie in 1981. By 1987 she had made partner, in 1991 she was the managing partner of the Paris office, became the Chairman of the Global Executive Committee in 1999 then of the Global Strategic Committee in 2004. In 2005, she left the firm to accept an appointment as France's trade minister. She was then briefly made minister of agriculture before being shifted to the finance ministry position.
LaGarde is champion for pension reform and dedicated to managing continuing fall out from the economic crash of 2008. From July to December of 2008, she chaired The Economic and Financial Affairs council. She is also noted for her launch of a work agenda on the reform of the international monetary system. In 2000, she was named a Chevalier in the French Legion of Honor.