28 April 2021
4:00 pm
A Live Conversation with Christine Lagarde

A Live Conversation with Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank


The Aspen Security Forum and the Aspen Economic Strategy Group hosted President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, in conversation with Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Carlyle Group, David Rubenstein, last April 28th.




Christine Lagarde
President of the European Central Bank

Christine Lagarde has been the President of the European Central Bank since November 2019. From 2011 to 2019, she served as the eleventh Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Prior to that she served as French Economic Finance Minister from 2007 to 2011 after having been 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 Chairman in 1999. In all such positions, she was the first woman to serve.

In 2020, Ms. 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. Ms. Lagarde was named Officier in the Légion d’honneur.

In Conversation With


David Rubenstein
Co-Founder and Co-Chairman
The Carlyle Group

David Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private investment firms. He is a 1970 graduate of Duke University and a 1973 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School. He served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments before becoming the Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Carter Administration. He also practiced law in both New York and Washington, D.C.

Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Council on Foreign Relations; a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation; a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution; a Trustee of the National Gallery of Art, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Brookings Institution, and the World Economic Forum; a Director of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and President of the Economic Club of Washington, among other board seats. Mr. Rubenstein is an original signer of The Giving Pledge; the host of “The David Rubenstein Show” and “Leadership Live with David Rubenstein;” and the author of The American Story and How to Lead.


Introduced By


Nicholas Burns
Executive Director, Aspen Strategy Group
Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations
Harvard Kennedy School

Nicholas Burns is the Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is Faculty Chair of the Future of Diplomacy Project and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at the Belfer Center. Ambassador Burns is Executive Director of the Aspen Strategy Group and Aspen Security Forum, and Senior Counselor at The Cohen Group. He is Chairman of the Board of Our Generation Speaks.

Ambassador Burns served in the U.S. government as a career Foreign Service Officer. He was Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (2005-2008), Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995-1997). He worked on the National Security Council as Senior Director for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Affairs, Special Assistant to President Clinton, and Director for Soviet Affairs. Ambassador Burns served in the American Consulate General in Jerusalem and at the American embassies in Egypt and Mauritania.


With Closing Remarks By


Melissa S. Kearney
Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics, The University of Maryland
Director, The Aspen Economic Strategy Group

Melissa S. Kearney is the Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. She is also director of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group; a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Dr. Kearney’s scholarly research focuses on poverty, inequality, and social policy in the United States. Her work is published is leading academic journals and is frequently cited in the press. She is a Senior Editor of the Future of Children, an Editorial Board member of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Economic Literature, and Demography, and she was previously Co-Editor of the Journal of Human Resources. She serves on advisory boards for the Notre Dame Wilson-Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities and the Smith Richardson Foundation.

Dr. Kearney previously served as Director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution and as Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative. She teaches Public Economics at both the undergraduate and Ph.D. level at the University of Maryland and holds a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.



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