Leipzig Alumni International (LAI)  

Leipzig Alumni
International (LAI)

Alumni profiled


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European/Global Studies

 

Ana Beatriz Ribeiro (Brazil): I am the founder of the lifestyle blog The Leipzig Glocal, where I publish articles in English about life in Leipzig together with other columnists. Our reports and insider tips have already helped many international students to find their feet in Leipzig. As a result of my studies and doctorate, my writing style has improved considerably, I have become more culturally sensitive, and I now proceed in a more analytical way. I’m currently finishing my doctorate in Global Studies at Leipzig University, which I started in 2012. My fondest memory of my time in Leipzig is a joint live performance with my fellow doctoral candidate. In front of professors and other doctoral students we sang songs by Britney Spears and Tove Lo at a graduation party.

 

Career at Leipzig University:

  • 2011: master at the Global and European Studies Institute
  • Since 2012: doctorate at the Graduate School Global and Area Studies

Today:

  • Editor-in-chief of the webzine and blog The Leipzig Glocal
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Agricultural science

 

Prof. Dr. Diakaridia Traoré (Mali): My fondest memory of studying agricultural science in Leipzig is the diploma award I received after passing my degree. This paved the way for me to write my doctoral thesis, which I completed in 1999 at the agricultural science faculty at the Martin Luther University Halle. At Leipzig University, I learned the essentials for my current work in the field of animal breeding and animal husbandry. I now work as a professor of animal breeding and genetics at the Scientific, Technical and Technological University of Bamako and am Director of the National Centre for Artificial Animal Insemination in Mali.

 

Career at Leipzig University:

  • 1995: Diplom in agricultural science at the Institute of Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics

Today:

  • Professor of animal breeding and genetics at the Scientific, Technical and Technological University of Bamako, Mali
  • Director of the National Centre for Artificial Animal Insemination in Mali
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Economics

 

Dr. Carlos Angarita (Columbia): I graduated from Leipzig in 1982 with a degree in economics. Five years later I returned to Leipzig, where I spent three years researching and gathering material for my doctoral thesis. During my studies in Leipzig I was impressed by the solidarity of the Leipzig students with their foreign fellow students. The discipline that was demanded of us during our studies also left its mark on me. Above all, the in-depth study of logic and Hegelian and Marxian dialectics at the then Karl Marx University of Leipzig still accompanies me on my path as a scientist.

 

Career at Leipzig University:

  • 1982: graduated in economics as a Diplomökonom

Today:

  • Scientist at the Universidad Autonomá de Colombia and the Universidad Libre de Colombia
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Global Studies

 

Zhang Xiaochen (China): Above all, studying for my master degree in Global Studies at Leipzig University and the University of Wroclaw equipped me with innovative tools and taught me interdisciplinary methodology and critical thinking. Since then, this knowledge has helped me to master difficult challenges in everyday working life and, together with stakeholders, to find solutions for highly complex topics. I am President of FinTech4Good, a global fintech and blockchain network that works with start-ups, international corporations, non-profit organisations and investors.

 

Career at Leipzig University:

  • 2006-2008: Erasmus Mundus Master in Global Studies

Today:

  • President of FinTech4Good (US)
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Agricultural science

 

Quite Djata (Guinea-Bissau): My fondest memory of my time at the University is certainly the day of my thesis defence. Even now, I still keep a photo album from that day, which I received as a gift from my former colleagues in the department. I will never forget the support I received from the University staff during my studies. What I liked best about Leipzig were my student residence, the German Library (today part of the German National Library) and the University’s main building. I can also remember the Monument to the Battle of the Nations very well, and I am able to use much of the knowledge acquired during my studies every day in my profession: Guinea-Bissau is an agricultural country in which 90% of the agricultural work is done by women. They depend on the technical know-how to feed their families. I use my knowledge of the right to inheritance and property to give them access to general education and training. In this way, we work together to promote literacy among the population.

 

Career at Leipzig University:

  • 1990: Diplom in Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics

Today:

  • Programme coordinator at the National Committee for the Abandonment of Harmful Practices (CNAPN). There she campaigns against cruel practices such as female genital mutilation and forced and early marriages. She also supports women in their education and fights for their right to inheritance and property.
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Journalism

 

Hayat Abed Ali Hashim (US): My time at Leipzig University was an important period in my life. It was the first time I had studied abroad. I came to Germany as a young girl from a very conservative Muslim family. Being in contact with international students from more than 80 nations was to have a profound influence on my future life. After graduating in 1981, I worked in the field of journalism for another decade. I current teach Arabic in California. Many political factors have shaped my life and made me the person I am today. For a while I worked as a German-Arabic translator for a number of newspapers. I liked the German language so much that I studied it at the University of Baghdad. I would like to visit my university in Leipzig again one day.

 

Career at Leipzig University:

  • 1981: degree in Journalism

Today:

  • Arabic teacher in California, US
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Global StudiesPhoto: Paskalina Joseph Mbwiga from the Directorate of Communications and Marketing, The Open University of Tanzania

Global Studies

 

Dr. Jacob Lisakafu (Tanzania): Studying in Leipzig gave me the unique opportunity to immerse myself in European culture and to meet people from all over the world. The fondest memory I have from my time as a student in Leipzig is of the wonderfully cooperative learning environment, which had a positive influence on my studies. I can also remember very well the sprawling parks in and around Leipzig. After exhausting hours at the University, I loved to go running in the Friedenspark or Clara-Zetkin-Park to clear my head.
Today I teach political science at the Open University of Tanzania (OUT). My studies in Leipzig taught me to organise my ideas effectively and to communicate them in large or small groups, which now helps me when giving lectures, for example. In Leipzig I also acquired a lot of cross-cultural knowledge and learned how to analyse and assess people and situations. This helps me considerably in my current job.

 

Career at Leipzig University:

  • 2013: doctorate at the Graduate School Global and Area Studies and at the Institute of African Studies; doctoral thesis on peace and security in Africa

Today:

  • Lecturer on political science at the Open University of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam
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Economics

 

Nehemías Obed López Carrión (Nicaragua): I was born in Nagarote, León, Nicaragua in 1961. After studying mathematics in the Nicaraguan capital Managua and at the same time studying English in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I went to Germany in 1980. There I started to learn German at Leipzig University’s Herder Institute. After graduating from Leipzig University with a degree in economics, I became a teacher of political economy. During my studies in Leipzig I was awarded the GDR-funded Salvador Allende Scholarship, which recognised my academic achievements and many social commitments at the University. Among other things, I was a representative of Leipzig University’s Latin American students at the International Student Committee.
I am currently a project coordinator for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Nicaragua and publish on economic and socio-political topics.

 

Career at Leipzig University:

  • 1986: graduated in economics as a Diplomökonom

Today:

  • Project coordinator with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Nicaragua
  • Journalist for economic and socio-political issues
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Agricultural science

 

Martin Mandenga (Sambia): My fondest memory of my time in Leipzig is German reunification in 1990 following the fall of the Wall. My Karl Marx University was suddenly called Universität Leipzig again. Having studied agriculture in Leipzig, I was able to take a lot of know-how back with me to Zambia. Especially in the field of agricultural management, I still benefit daily from the knowledge I acquired during my studies. I work as a regional manager for the Food Reserve Agency in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. Our task is to strategically manage Zambia’s food reserves, promote the food market and further develop the infrastructure and management of national storage facilities.


Career at Leipzig University:

  • 1990-1995: studied Agriculture in the Tropics and Subtropics

Today:

  • Regional manager for the Food Reserve Agency in Lusaka/Zambia
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last update: 19.04.2018 

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