Christine Lagarde to deliver Dimbleby lecture
Christine Lagarde will deliver this year's Dimbleby lecture on BBC One.
The managing director of the International Monetary Fund - the first woman to hold the post - will speak for 35 minutes about the major challenges facing the global economy.
Lagarde, a French lawyer and former politician, said this week that the IMF would be raising its forecast for global growth.
'With the world's economies in a parlous state there could not be a better moment to hear from someone at the heart of the conflicts we face,' said David Dimbleby, who will present the lecture which honours his father, the broadcaster Richard Dimbleby who died in 1965.
'I expect her charisma and plain speaking to endear her to many thousands of viewers.'
Lagarde follows previous speakers including Bill Gates, President Clinton and the Prince of Wales in delivering the lecture, which will be broadcast on February 3.