Tacitus Lecture 2019

The 2019 Tacitus Lecture, entitled ‘The Financial Sector: Redefining a Broader Sense of Purpose’ will be delivered by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.

Born in Paris in 1956, Mme 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, Mme Lagarde joined the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie as an associate, specialising in Labour, Anti-trust and Mergers & Acquisitions. A member of the Executive Committee of the firm in 1995, she became the Chairman of the Global Executive Committee of Baker & McKenzie in 1999, and subsequently Chairman of the Global Strategic Committee in 2004.

She 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, and helped foster international policies relating to financial supervision, regulation and strengthening global economic governance. As Chairman of the G-20 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.

On 5 July 2011, Mme Lagarde became the eleventh Managing Director of the IMF, and the first woman to hold that position. On 19 February 2016, the IMF Executive Board selected her to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on 5 July 2016.

She was named Officier in the Légion d’honneur in April 2012.

Mme Lagarde is a former member of the French national team for synchronised swimming and the mother of two sons.

Tacitus Lecture 2019 Sponsors

HSBC, Platinum Sponsor

Mrs Wendy Drew, in memory of her husband Peter Drew OBE, Gold Sponsor

Bloomberg, Silver Sponsor

Tacitus Lecture 2019 Funders

We are delighted that Commercial Education Trust has once again kindly offered to help fund the Tacitus Lecture. CET does excellent work in helping students and adults improve their understanding of commercial life and we are so pleased that they remain involved with Tacitus.

About The Tacitus Lecture

The World Traders’ Tacitus Lecture was inaugurated in 1988 and is now believed to be the largest event of its type in the City of London. It is held annually and provides the Company with an opportunity to demonstrate to a wider audience its concern with issues affecting world trade.

It takes its name from the Roman senator Publius Cornelius Tacitus who was born in about AD 56 and may have survived the emperor Trajan who died in AD 117. His Roman education, with its elaborate series of exercises in different kinds of public speaking, turned him into an impressive and famous orator, and one of the extant works attributed to him, the “Dialogue on Orators”, is a discussion of oratorial style. It was Tacitus who, in his Life of Agricola, described ‘Londinium’ as “a town of highest repute and a busy emporium for trade and traders”. Agricola, who was the Governor of Roman Britain, was also the father-in-law of Tacitus.

This notable event has attracted important speakers of prestige and distinction in diverse fields concerned with world trade.

Future Tacitus Lecture Dates

Thursday 27 February, 2020
Thursday 25 February, 2021

Past Lectures

Notes, and in many cases videos and transcripts of past lectures, can be viewed here.