3 September 2018

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Christine Lagarde to speak at inaugural Helen Alexander Memorial Lecture

The annual address is devoted to the memory of Dame Helen Alexander, a much loved and pioneering figure in British business, and is supported by Helen’s family and by four organisations with which she was closely associated.

Christine Lagarde to speak at inaugural Helen Alexander Memorial Lecture

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde will speak at the inaugural Helen Alexander Memorial Lecture in London on 17th September.

The annual address is devoted to the memory of Dame Helen Alexander, a much loved and pioneering figure in British business, and is supported by Helen’s family and by four organisations with which she was closely associated: The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), The Economist, the University of Southampton and UBM.  This year’s lecture will be hosted by Bloomberg.

The overarching theme of the lecture is “Women on Business”.  Each year, the speaker will be a prominent woman talking on an important aspect of business to an audience of business leaders.

Christine Lagarde is expected to focus on the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals, which encompass the idea that economic growth must be accompanied by social inclusion and environmental sustainability.

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said:

“Helen was a brilliant champion of diversity and fought tirelessly to improve the gender balance in business leadership. Through this memorial lecture her legacy can continue to inspire change in the boardroom and beyond.   

“I can’t think of a more fitting speaker than Christine Lagarde for Helen’s inaugural memorial lecture.”

Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief at The Economist, said:

"Helen brought a rare combination of talents to business - a mix of intelligence, level-headedness, humanity and decency. An annual lecture by a prominent woman on a topical business theme is an ideal way to build on her legacy, and Christine Lagarde is the ideal inaugural speaker." 

John Micklethwait CBE, Editor-in Chief, Bloomberg News:

"We are delighted to host this event at Bloomberg. Helen was one of those business leaders whose legacy went well beyond commercial success; wherever you go in the world, you meet people whose lives she changed. She would have loved the idea of this lecture; and been even happier that Christine Lagarde is delivering it."