Meet our team

Our team members are available to support you during your time at Lancaster University Leipzig and beyond

Our team

Interim Academic Dean

Dr Jonathan Ivy

Dr Jonathan Ivy has worked widely in the higher education sector having held academic positions in South Africa and India and the UK. Originally from Zimbabwe, Jonathan started his academic journey with undergraduate degrees in Economics and Marketing from universities in South Africa, going on to get Masters degrees from universities in Manchester and Birmingham and finally a doctorate from the University of Leicester. Jonathan’s research covers areas in the marketing of Higher education and resilience, well-being and leadership in UK policing. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Jonathan worked in the marketing departments of Ford Motor Company and Shell Oil company. He was also Research Director in a Market Research agency, before making the move to the United Kingdom to take up a lecturing post.


Campus Director

Dr Elisabeth Grindel-Denby

T: +49(0)173 6720311

Dr Elisabeth Grindel-Denby experienced teaching, learning and working in both the German and the British HE sector. Originally from Saxony, she obtained her degree at Potsdam University and her PhD at Lancaster University. Her PhD studies focused on international students and their families making home in the UK. She researched international student’s learning and teaching strategies, and positions this knowledge in the field of Migration Sociology. She brings with her 10 years of working with especially international students: as Academic Director at Kaplan International Colleges (Nottingham Trent International College), as Director Academic Affairs and Head of Campus Berlin at GISMA Business School, and since August 2019 as Campus Director at Lancaster University Leipzig.


Director of Marketing and Recruitment

Kamila Szalast

T: +49 (0) 173 545 2456

As the Director of Marketing and Recruitment, Kamila leads the strategic direction, management and growth of marketing, student recruitment and admissions activities. Originally from Poland, Kamila has worked in the international education industry since 2012 and held various leadership and marketing roles. She has got multifaceted strategic sales and marketing experience, including extensive channel management from multiple countries across three continents. During her last post as the Navitas Regional Manager for Africa she worked and lived in Lagos, Nigeria where she headed the regional office. Kamila obtained her Master of Arts degree in English from Poland and has been always passionate about education and working with international students.

Accounting and Finance

Dr Benjamin Hammer

Dr Benjamin Hammer is a lecturer for accounting and finance at Lancaster University Leipzig. He joined from HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management where he served as Assistant Professor of Finance and Executive Director of the Center for Corporate Transactions & Private Equity (CCTPE). Mr. Hammer's research focuses on private equity and has been published in highly-ranked outlets such as the Journal of Corporate Finance. His research was recognized with the Larry Lang Corporate Finance Best Paper Award at the EFMA Annual Meeting and the BAI award for excellent dissertations in the field of alternative investments. At HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Mr. Hammer was honoured as Best Lecturer in 2018 and obtained a Beta Gamma Sigma Scholarship as well as the HHL Research Award. He also taught at Kuehne Logistics University (Hamburg, Germany) and conducted research at Concordia University (Montréal, Canada) as well as Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, USA). Mr. Hammer studied at Tulane University (New Orleans, USA) and HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management as a scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation (“Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes”). He completed his PhD in finance with distinction in 2017. Prior to his time in academia, Mr. Hammer worked in consulting and investment banking.


Dr Anirban Ash

Lecturer in the UG / Foundation Programme, Quantitative Methods for Business, Accounting and Finance

Dr Anirban Ash is a lecturer in Quantitative Methods and Accounting and Finance. He comes from a Consultancy and Investment Banking background. He has over 14 years of experience in the field of analytics, research, and business development, and has worked as a business consultant with multiple firms, in Denmark, Germany, India, and the U.K. Before embarking on his academic journey, he worked for UBS AG (Investment Banking Division, London) as a Global Performance Analyst. In 2017, he co-founded The Venturians ApS (Denmark) which is a start-up working in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and has been running it successfully ever since.

Ash received his Ph.D. in Business and Economics from HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management (Germany), and his MSc in Advanced Marketing Management from Lancaster University Management School (U.K). He also holds an MBA from ICFAI University (India), and a Diploma in International Business Management from St. Mary’s University College London (U.K.). He was awarded Friede Springer Stiftung (2014, 2015, and 2016), and was nominated for Heribert Meffert Best Researcher Award. His academic research explores the impact of social media on consumer psyche, negotiation and business relationships, and areas of assessing business performance linking Marketing, Strategy, and Finance. Ash is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) and is also associated with Industrial Marketing and Purchase Group (IMP) and Business Ecosystem and Research Group (BERG).



Dr Neha Jindal

Dr Neha Jindal is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Lancaster University Leipzig in Germany. Prior to this, she worked for three years as a Teaching Associate in Economics at the home campus of Lancaster University in the UK.

She received a PhD in Economics in 2018 from the University of Kent and her thesis mainly focused on understanding the role of geographical and sectoral mobility in bringing up new economic opportunities. Her research interest is in the area of Development Economics mainly covering the fields of Economics of Migration, Labour Economics and Applied Microeconometrics.


Management and Organisation Studies

Dr Peter Watt

As a lecturer in Management and Organisation Studies, Peter has over ten years’ experience teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and executive-level business and management programmes.

After receiving his PhD from Lancaster University Management School in 2014, he went on to hold academic posts at York Business School and Northumbria University where he taught organizational behaviour, HRM, research methods and business ethics. Peter’s research is focussed on understanding the social, cultural and philosophical foundations of management ideas and organisational practice. His current projects include research related to hyper-performative graduate work, boredom in the contemporary workplace, and a counter-reading of Henry Ford’s philosophy of industry. Although Peter’s individual research is theoretically driven, he has lent his expertise to several collaborative research projects, engaging with organizations in the private, public and charitable sectors.

In addition to research, teaching and engagement, Peter was Director of Research at York Business School (2017-2019) and programme lead for one of Northumbria’s Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship programmes (2020). He has a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.


Dr Anton Siebert

Dr Anton Siebert is a lecturer in marketing at Lancaster University in Leipzig, Germany. He earned his PhD at Newcastle University, UK.

Anton examines experiential and social issues in marketing, spanning the fields of brands and branding, customer experience management, and digital marketing. His research has been published in leading business journals, such as Harvard Business Review and Journal of Marketing.

His article on customer journey design won the American Marketing Association's Hunt/Maynard Award for the most significant contribution to marketing theory in the Journal of Marketing and the Sidney J. Levy Award for the best Consumer Culture Theory oriented dissertation article in 2020. Anton’s work has been featured by, among others, Fast Company, Marketing News, and Success League Radio.

Anton currently teaches Introduction to Marketing, Marketing Fundamentals, Customer Journey Design, and Social Media Marketing. Prior to his academic career, he worked in the finance and media industries.


Dr Sebastian Schiffels

Dr Sebastian Schiffels is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Operations Management at Lancaster University Leipzig and a member of the Department of Management Science at Lancaster University Management School.

After studying business administration at the University of Mannheim, he worked as a research associate at the chair of Operations Management at TUM School of Management. He was a visiting researcher at the Pennsylvania State University (2013) and he received his Ph.D. (2015) and his habilitation (2021) from the Technical University of Munich.

His main research interest is Behavioral Operations Management – a research stream that explores how individuals make decisions in operational contexts. Besides Behavioral Operations Management, he is especially interested in conducting research projects in cooperation with companies that face real world problems and ask for decision support.

Dr Schiffels applies various modes of research (experimental, empirical, and analytical) and he is a regular speaker at international conferences. His research is published in high quality international journals like Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, and Production and Operations Management.



Dr Jiejun Hu

Dr Jiejun Hu is a Lecturer in Computer Science at Lancaster University Leipzig. She received her Ph.D. and MSc in the School of Computer Science and Technology from Jilin University, China, in 2019 and 2015, respectively. She was a senior research officer in the University of Essex, UK. Then, she served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Max-Planck Institute for Human Development, Germany. Her research focuses on incentive mechanisms design and game theory in various scenarios, such as the Internet of Things, Mobile CrowdSensing, software-defined networks, blockchain, and digital contact tracing systems.


Dr Sven Linker

Dr Sven Linker is a Lecturer in Computing at Lancaster University Leipzig in Germany. He worked in research projects at the University of Brighton and the University of Liverpool, after receiving his PhD from the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Germany. His main research interest lies in representations of space, their properties and their possible use in the verification of complex systems. This includes descriptions of physical space, for example the surroundings of autonomous vehicles, as well as more abstract spaces, for example the network topologies defined by the neighbourhoods of communicating nodes. Furthermore, he is working on diagrammatic visualisations of logical reasoning.


Dr Marco Caminati

Dr Marco Caminati is a Lecturer in Computer Science at Lancaster University’s campus in Leipzig, Germany. He previously worked within the Schools of Computer Science of University of St Andrews and of University of Birmingham, and was awarded a Rutherford Fellowship at Health Data Research (HDRUK).
Marco obtained a PhD in Mathematics from Sapienza University of Rome, after a Master’s degree in Physics from University of Bologna, Italy. His main research interests are formal methods, computational logic, automated theorem proving, and their use to specify, implement and formally verify computer systems. He has applied his research to digital health and to mechanism design.


Dr Fabio Papacchini

Dr Fabio Papacchini is a Lecturer in Computing at Lancaster University Leipzig in Germany. He worked on several research projects at the University of Liverpool, after receiving his PhD and a Doctoral Prize fellowship from the University of Manchester. His main research is in the area of non-classical logics in computer science. In order to understand the expressive power, limitations and practical uses of those logics, his research interests include knowledge representation, automated reasoning, and model theory.


Dr Thomas Schmid


Visiting Researcher

Dr Anna-Lena Sachs

Dr Anna-Lena Sachs is a Lecturer in Predictive Analytics at Lancaster University. Prior to coming to Lancaster, she was an Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Management at University of Cologne, Germany. She has a background in business administration from University of Mannheim and completed her PhD at Technical University of Munich. Her research focuses on inventory management, the intersection to forecasting and behavioural operations management. With her research, she has informed the practices at companies in different industries, in particular, in retailing, transportation and health care. She has developed several quantitative models to support decision makers and make better inventory decisions. She conducts laboratory and field experiments to analyse how human decision makers actually behave and what type of decision support is useful in practice.



Lecturer in Entrepreneurship

Anneke Edmonds

Anneke was born in Germany and raised in the US. She received her BA from Tulane University (New Orleans, LA, USA) and then started her first career in marketing in the UK, specialising in start-up and hi-tech businesses from AI to offshore banking. A qualified business coach, she pursued various vocational qualifications culminating in Chartered Marketer and Fellow of the UK CIM. She gained an MSc in Strategic Marketing at Cranfield University, later pivoting to research and teach Entrepreneurship. Anneke assisted in shaping and directing the early-stage development of two HEFCE and ERDF-funded UK university incubators; Launchpad at Falmouth University, and another at Northumbria University. She is now close to finishing her PhD at Newcastle Business School where her research focuses on the experience of student founders in UK university tech-incubators. Fun fact: she was only the third German citizen to be granted the Freedom of the City of London since 1237, behind Bismarck and Helmut Kohl!


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Academic English and Skills

Eric Walther

Eric is a teacher for English as a Second Language and has years of experience in various international institutions and programmes. After earning his Bachelor's degree in History and Education from the University at Buffalo in New York, Eric worked as a teacher for several years before completing his Master's degree at Universität Leipzig. Aside from his work in academia, Eric has been working as a corporate English trainer since 2018.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Mathematics for Computer Science

Fleming Schmidt-Skipiol

Fleming joined Lancaster University Leipzig in January 2021 as a Foundation lecturer for Mathematics for Computer Science. He studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Leipzig, where he gained several years of teaching experience as a lecturer of Mathematics for Economists. He specializes in probability theory and his fields of research include stochastic optimization algorithms and their application in the context of Machine Learning.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Business

Franziska Stimper

Franziska joined Lancaster University Leipzig in January 2021. She received a Diploma in Business Mathematics at the University of Leipzig, with a specialization in Financial Mathematics. Currently she is a PhD student in Finance at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. Her major field of research is corporate valuation, with a focus on utilizing stochastic financial modelling approaches. Professionally, she works as a Senior Associate at PwC Germany in Berlin, specializing in quantitative risk management within the banking sector. Previously, she was teaching various courses on mathematics, statistics, corporate finance and related fields as a Research Associate for more than 3 years.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Evolution of Computing and Communications Computing Foundation Programme Lead

Gerd Müller

Gerd Müller studied computer science at the Leipzig University of Cooperative Education and has been working in software development for more than 10 years. As a software solution architect at EWERK, he creates digital solutions for critical infrastructures and is also a mentor for trainees and young talents. Within the framework of 2 national scholarships, he developed several open-source projects for universities and archives.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Application Development

Holm Hänsel

Holm here at Lancaster University in Leipzig teaches Design Thinking and App Development. He received his diploma in industrial design at the well-known University of Art and Design in Halle, Burg Giebichenstein. He spent some time studying fashion design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and animation at the University of Royal Arts in Ghent, Belgium. He was a lecturer for 2 years at the College for Product Strategy and Development, at the Design and Art University in Halle. Then he owned a design studio for web and product design for 10 years. Later he was asked by a financial consultancy in Frankfurt to head the UX Design for Digital Product Advisory. There he introduced the Design Thinking method to the software development teams and took a more user-centred approach to developing banking applications.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Mathematics for Computer Science

Jonas Franke

Jonas Franke studied Mathematics and Physical Engineering in Jena, Leipzig and Marseille. His research activities focussed on bridging between mathematical theory and its applications in other sciences like physics, ecology, computer and data science.

For more than 10 years he has been teaching mathematics in English, German and French. He worked as an assistant lecturer both at the Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule and the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena and has taught countless students as private tutor.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Academic English and Skills

Lola O’Sullivan

Originally from Dublin, Lola has lived and taught in many countries. She read English and Drama Studies at Trinity College Dublin and then completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. With over ten years of teaching experience, Lola has an educational philosophy that is inclusive and encouraging. She has been in Leipzig for four years and has worked in several language schools around the city. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Global British Studies at Universität Leipzig.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Academic English and Skills

Margot Hrabak

For the past 7 years, Margot Hrabak has been teaching English and French all over the world, all ages, and all levels. Of Czech and Swiss origins, she was born in South Carolina. She has a Bachelor's degree in Theatre and a Master's degree in Cinematography, which she obtained at the Université Stendhal in France. She later became a certified teacher in Geneva. Afterwards, she moved to Thailand, where she taught both at Piriyalai High School and Anuban Phayao. The next step of her journey brought her to Australia, where she taught at Navitas Brisbane. She, then, decided to move to Germany where she has been working at numerous language schools and Leipzig University. She then began her journey at Lancaster when the campus opened in Leipzig in January 2020.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Computing and Programming Fundamentals

Martin Czygan

Martin Czygan studied computer science and literature at Leipzig University and has worked as a software engineer for over fifteen years. In the past he co-authored a book on data analysis with Python, did consulting for global fortune 50 and other companies and contributed to open source projects. He has gained teaching experience at Leipzig University, in community initiatives and by designing and conducting training on programming topics for a wide range of audiences.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Economics

Melissa Bejjani

Melissa Bejjani studied international business management in Lebanon. She completed her joint international master's degree in Sustainable Development in the University of Leipzig, with a business focus in the Karl-Franzens University of Graz. She is a certified personal development trainer for young people and has facilitated seminars for leadership development. Aside from her work experience in the financial technology sector, she consults start-ups and organizes workshops on education for sustainable development.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Introduction to Marketing

Colin Kay

Colin joined Lancaster University Leipzig in September 2021. He holds a BA (Hons) in Business Management, a PGCE, and an MBA, and has experience working in sales and marketing, HR and recruitment, small business advising and mentoring, and teaching and leading in international high schools. He is currently completing a PhD at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, in conjunction with Universität Tübingen, and is researching the relationships between individual learning patterns and business competencies in a variety of settings. Colin is an experiential education advocate particularly interested in the role that self-employment can play in migrant integration and the extent to which marketing influences behaviour.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Computing and Programming Fundamentals

Sebastian Ernst

Sebastian M. Ernst is a self-employed free scientist without specialization. He has more than one and a half decades of experience in various scientific disciplines, related to data analysis & computing from embedded systems to super computers (high-performance computing) as well as the development of instrumentation (hardware & sensors). A lot of his work has evolved around geophysics, [aero-] space engineering and related disciplines. He is the proud owner of actual self-made space junk. His software runs on satellites, steers telescopes, is involved in trading and helps to compute the behaviour of power grids, among other current and past projects.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Introduction to Quantitative Methods for Business

Simon Fritzsch

Simon joined Lancaster University Leipzig in January 2022 as a lecturer in the foundation program. After studying Business Mathematics (diploma), Economics and Management Science (B.Sc.) and Management Science (M.Sc. with a major in Banking, Insurance and Investment Management) he worked as a research assistant at the Faculty of Economics and Management Science at Leipzig University. Simon completed his doctoral thesis on machine learning in risk management, option pricing and insurance economics in September 2021 and afterwards started a career as a data scientist in the power industry. His teaching experience covers courses on Linear Algebra, Computational Finance and Quantitative Risk Management.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / German

Vinzenz Latt

Vinzenz Latt is a teacher for German as a foreign und second language and has gained teaching experience in various language schools and institutions over the last three years. He finished his Bachelor’s degree at Leipzig University and is currently working towards archiving his master’s degree in German as a foreign and second language in Leipzig and Vienna. His greatest objectives as a teacher is to encourage learners to take part in everyday conversations, as well as understanding german language discourses in various types of media.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / German

Simone Grosser

Simone joined Lancaster University Leipzig as a German lecturer in February 2021 after having worked as a Teaching Assistant for German as a foreign language at Carleton University (Canada) and at Toorak College Mount Eliza (Australia) as well as a Lecturer for German at Studienkolleg Sachsen at the University of Leipzig (2017 until present). She holds a Master’s degree in German as a Foreign and Second Language from the University of Leipzig. Simone has a special interest in contrastive linguistics and pragmatics. One of her main goals of teaching is to create a comfortable learning environment for students and to benefit from foreign language acquisition research in order to develop students’ language proficiency in the most effective way.


Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Introduction to Management

Tim Denby

An alumnus of Lancaster University where he studied Culture & Communications, Tim has over 20 years of sales & marketing experience across the advertising & publishing industry, for national UK charities and in the retail technology sector.

As a previous director, and senior consultant in Tech companies he has provided strong team leadership and is the author of the people counting White Paper ‘The Missing Answer for Retail’ based on 10 years of direct experience within the people counting and video analytics industry. He delivered a range of people counting solutions across different verticals including projects for Wembley Stadium, The 02 Arena, The Aviva Stadium, East Midlands Airport, Belfast Airport, Eurotunnel, the National Museums of Liverpool, and over 400 retail stores for Blacks Leisure (JD Sports).

He currently works as the International Market Manager for Invest Region Leipzig. His practical experience has helped to develop strong business acumen, and his continued interest in sustainability, management, marketing & AI helps him to stay in touch with the latest developments across these fields.

Senior Manager Academic and Student Services 

Sabine Gerlach

T: +49 (0) 341 339 77644

Sabine is an experienced higher education professional and Chartered Marketer who brings about change by building trusting relationships with partners, stakeholders and students to deliver the best student experience.

Her expertise is in International Student Mobility, Strategic Development and Pedagogy, underpinned by academic qualifications in management, marketing and education.


Student Services Officer

Anamika Bhaduri

T (M): +49 341 33977628

Anamika who hails from India, holds a Master’s degree in public policy from Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, Germany. This course has given her exposure in leadership and management skills. She has worked at Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam as a student assistant where her work entailed co-ordinating online education programs and curating courses for students.

Prior to moving to Germany, she worked as a lawyer in India. Her specialization during the Bachelor's degree was in Intellectual Property Rights and she also holds a Master's degree in law with specialization in International Trade and Investment Law.

While pursuing her studies at Willy Brandt School, she was part of the Examination and Admission Committee which allowed her to work on the recruitment and admission of students into the University. Studying in an international environment, she puts to use her interpersonal and communication skills to deal with student matters. At Lancaster University Leipzig, she takes on the role of Student Services Officer, where she hopes to address student issues with understanding and empathy.


Career and Engagement Manager

Josefine Fitchett

T (M):  +49 (0) 341 33977627

Josefine joined LU Leipzig in April 2022. As Career and Engagement Manager her role is to prepare students for their entry into the labour market as well as establishing strong networks with local, regional and national industry. Being originally from Leipzig and holding a Master’s degree from the University of Bristol in Gender and International Relations, Josefine has a deep first-hand understanding of both, German and British work and study cultures. Josefine is an expert building strong professional and interpersonal relationships to attain business goals. She previously worked as operations manager for BaseCamp Student where she established strong partnerships with local universities and corporations like Porsche, Helios Clinic, Deutsche Bahn and Amazon. Before that she was manager student affairs for MSc students at HHL. Beyond that she is trained as a life coach and a freelance writer for local and regional magazines.


Campus Operations Manager

Christian Schult  

T: +49 (0) 341 339 77 621

T (M):  +49 (0) 176 2700 2110

A Leipzig native, Christian received his academic training at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany. He is a certified advisor for foundations and non-profits and has gained experience in international environments for the past ten years. Among other things, he was involved in setting up a pan-European organization dedicated to the freedom of the press and managed this organization’s shelter program for journalists at risk for several years. He joined Lancaster University Leipzig in March 2020 as its Campus Operations Manager.


Campus Operations Officer

Liliia Haidash

T: +49 (0) 341 3397 7630

T (M):  +49 (0) 176 2700 2110

Liliia is native Ukrainian and moved to Leipzig in 2017 where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in American Studies with minor in Media. During her studies in Leipzig, she also has spent exchange semester at Leeds University exploring film studies and theatre. Prior to her arrival to Germany Liliia has also studied Translation & Interpretation focusing on English and Polish languages. Liliia has experience working in international field and uses her skills in intercultural and interpersonal communications along the campus on a daily basis. In her role as Campus Operations Officer Liliia takes care of the Lancaster University Leipzig campus maintenance relying on her diverse experience in educational environment.


IT Support Technician

Kiran Thomson

T: +49 (0) 341 3397 7626

As an IT Support Technician, Kiran supports the team in all matters relating to IT solutions, issues and support. A Great Britain native, Kiran has spent most of his life in the UK, up and until Lancaster Leipzig new campus move in 2021 to support the growing team, with over 10 years of experience to bring to the team.

Marketing Manager - Emerging Markets

Matan Odell

T: +49 (0) 341 339 77 623

T (M): +49 (0) 172 821 8958

Matan serves as Marketing Manager for Lancaster University Leipzig. He has lived overseas for the past fifteen years, with more than 10 years spent in higher education specializing in student recruitment. He has worked with students and families across Europe, the Middle East, Turkey, Russia CIS, China, and Southeast and Northeast Asia. He is from the United States and currently lives in Germany.


Student Recruitment Manager - Europe

Dr Elvira Fritzsche  

T: +49 (0) 341 339 77 643

T (M): +49 (0) 174 661 4010

Elvira joined Lancaster University Leipzig in June 2021 as a Student Recruitment Advisor. She has experience lecturing at colleges and universities in Russia and the USA, and teaching at both secondary and private schools in Germany. She has been involved in a number of major international sporting events such as the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi as well as Summer Universiades in Shenzhen and Kazan. In 2015, Elvira completed a doctorate in Linguistics at Kazan Federal University. In Leipzig, she has developed her own personal brand of bespoke city tours and regularly updates her travel blog. Being at Lancaster University Leipzig enables Elvira to combine her two main passions: education and working in an international environment.


Global Inside Sales Team Leader – EMEAA

Atra Bromand

Atra Bromand is responsible for managing and leading the EMEAA Inside Sales team, overseeing the Student Recruitment Advisors' training and mentoring, analysing sales reports, and developing action plans for both teams and individuals contributing to student recruitment efforts. Atra has worked with international educational organisations for more than ten years and has considerable experience enrolling students into American, British, German, and European Universities. Originally from Iran, Atra can speak English, Arabic, Persian, and German. Atra completed her MBA from the American University of Sharjah in 2012 and obtained her Master's Degree in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy from Furtwangen University Germany in 2018.


Admissions and Compliance Manager

Mircea Raicu

T: +49 (0) 341 33977642

Mircea comes from Republic of Moldova and moved to Leipzig in 2016 from Latvia, where he spent his last year of studies at the State University in Riga. He holds a masters degree in international relations obtained from the Ovidius University in Constanta, Romania. In his role as Admissions and Compliance Manager started in September 2021, Mircea relies on a rich experience gathered in the visa related field and educational sector. Until 2019 he worked as visa submission officer at the Russian Visa Centre in Leipzig and Berlin and switched thereafter to Berlin School of Business and Innovation, where he took over the role of visa and compliance manager. As part of the student services, he assisted the international students with the visa extension process, documents preparation and study related matters. He is passionate about learning languages, playing football and travelling and looks forward to enrich his worldview by helping and getting to know our international students.