Christine Lagarde is the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Union for a Popular Movement politician. As a French lawyer, she was appointed as the Minister of Economic Affairs, Finances and Industry, as well as the Minister of Agriculture and Fishing of the French Government. She was the first woman to have ever become the Finance Minister of a G8 economy and was also the first woman to have been called to the IMF leadership. Aside from being an active lawyer who held several ministerial positions in the French government, she also was the first female chairman of Baker & McKenzie, an internationally acclaimed law firm. Following her appointment, the Financial Times recognized her as the best Minister of Finance in the Eurozone. In 2012, she finished her doctoral degree from the KY Leuven.