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Dr Mark Brewer
Mark Brewer

Academic Dean



Dr Mark Brewer has held a number of academic and leadership posts in Europe and North America. Prior to his academic career, Mark worked in the area of corporate and capital markets law at three global law firms.

Mark has been named a Truman Scholar in the U.S., a Rotary Scholar in Canada, and a Robert Bosch Fellow in Germany. He received a DAAD (German Academic Exchange) Scholarship in Germany and an Overseas Research Students Award in the U.K. He is a member in good standing of the Bar of the State of New York. He received his B.A. from Samford University in the U.S.A., his Ph.D. from the University of St Andrews in the UK, his J.D. from Cornell University in the U.S.A., and his M.LL.P. from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany. His academic research focuses on corporate social responsibility, international corporate law, and the fashion industry and law.

Dr Peter Watt



Pete is Lecturer in Organization and Management Studies here at Lancaster University Leipzig. After receiving his PhD from Lancaster University Management School in 2014, Pete went on to hold academic posts at York St John Business School and Northumbria University where he taught organizational behaviour, HRM and business ethics across a range undergraduate, postgraduate and executive level programmes.

Pete’s research is focussed on understanding historic and contemporary formations of managerial phenomena from a cultural-historical perspective. He is currently working on a counter-reading of Henry Ford’s philosophy of industry which draws on cultural, literary as well as organization theory and archival research.

Although Pete’s research is theoretically driven, he has lent his expertise to a number of ‘action-oriented’ collaborative research projects, engaging with organizations in the charitable and public sectors.

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

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.

Dr Benjamin Hammer

Accounting and Finance


Dr Benjamin Hammer is a lecturer for accounting & 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 honored 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 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 Thomas Schmid



Dr Justinus Pech 

Lecturer in the UG Programme / Marketing

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). 

Margot Hrabak

Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Academic English & Skills


Melissa Bejjani

Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Economics


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.

Tim Denby

Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Management & Marketing


Jonas Franke

Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Mathematics for Computer Science


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.

Martin Czygan

Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Computing and Programming Fundamentals


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.

Sebastian Ernst

Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Computing and Programming Fundamentals


Holm Hänsel

Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / Application Development


Sora Meyberg

Lecturer in the Foundation Programme / German


Sora Meyberg is a teacher for German as a second and foreign language with over 7 years of experience in teaching in Higher Education in South Korea, the UK and Germany. She obtained her degree at Free University of Berlin. Sora received a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship for teaching in South Korea and has been a DAAD-Lecturer for German at Lancaster University, UK. In September 2019, Sora joined Lancaster University Leipzig. She is looking forward to provide students with the necessary language skills to master everyday life in Germany.

Professional Services

Dr Elisabeth Grindel-Denby

Campus Director


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.

Anne Grob

Student Services Officer


With extended research and working experience in the German, US and New Zealand higher education sector - both as a researcher and an administrator - Anne Grob brings with her a long-standing expertise in working with international students and managing student affairs. Anne received her M.A. degree from Leipzig University and after an academic career as a researcher, assistant lecturer and project coordinator at Leipzig University’s American Studies Institute as well as research and teaching stays in the US and New Zealand, she worked as Manager of International Relations at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management, and Student Service Affairs & Examination Office Manager at iba University. In September 2019, she joined Lancaster University Leipzig managing the Student and Academic Support Services. Anne is looking forward to welcoming students to the Lancaster Leipzig campus and is dedicated to assist students in reaching their full academic potential.

Christian Schult

Campus Operations Manager


Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions

Akos Kiraly

Director of Marketing & Recruitment


Akos Kiraly is a higher education marketing specialist with over 9 years of experience. Akos grew up in Hungary and came as an international student to Germany. He has started his career in Germany with a one of the leading German university agencies before he switched to the education provider side. Akos has been previously working as Director of Student Recruitment at GISMA Business School and has successfully implemented an international student recruitment strategy for SRH Berlin University of Applied Science. Akos joined Lancaster University Leipzig in September 2019. He is active within the EAIE - European Association of International Education.

Maria Girenko

Student Recruitment Advisor


Maria is a Student Recruitment Advisor with over 6 years of international student recruitment experience. Maria graduated with a degree in Linguistics and Literature Studies from a university in Russia and gained international student experience at Stockholm University, Sweden. As a former international student and an expat herself, Maria is happy to support students from all over the world throughout their application and enrollment process and make sure that their relocation to Germany goes as smoothly as possible.

Matan Odell

Student Recruitment Manager - Europe


Matan serves as Student Recruitment 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.

Trisha Hegde

Student Recruitment Manager - India


Trisha is an International Higher Education Expert currently working with LU Leipzig/Navitas Europe.
After graduating from University of Essex in MA Advertising, Marketing and Media, Trisha now intends to use her skill sets and expertise in helping students choose Germany as a study abroad destination.
In the past, Trisha has worked with University of Plymouth UK as a Student Support Officer.
She is currently based in Mumbai, India.

We look forward to welcoming you on campus

Please reach out to us if you have any questions regarding your studies in Leipzig! We are happy to help you to choose the right programme, to complete your application or to start your pre-departure to Germany!