HHL Women in the Vanguard

A touring exhibition is dedicated to significant women in academia in Saxony – among those honored, two representatives from HHL!

The last 150 years in Saxony’s university landscape would not have been possible without the outstanding women in academia working in all scientific disciplines. The #herstory exhibition of Leipzig University is dedicated to raising awareness of these women and their accomplishments. The project, which was organized by Georg Teichert, Equal Opportunities Officer at the University, portrays exemplary female academics and scientists from the past and present to make them ambassadors of women’s eagerness for education. HHL is sending Dr. Claudia Lehmann and M.Sc. student Estelle Zanga on tour.

Dr. Claudia Lehmann and Estelle Zanga

Dr. Claudia Lehmann, who holds a degree in Business Engineering, serves as Executive Director of the Center for Leading Innovation and Cooperation (CLIC) of HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management. She conducts research on the productivity of services there, where she also obtained her doctoral degree in 2015. Dr. Claudia Lehmann has maintained close contact with industry for various research projects and is in high demand for international conferences because of her expertise.

Estelle Zanga, who was born in Cameroon in 1994, can be described, without a doubt, as an exceptional talent. The HHL student started her M.Sc. studies in Leipzig in 2015, after having graduated from an international secondary school at only 14 years old and studying marketing, economics, and trade in her native country. Estelle Zanga showed incredible commitment at her home university. In addition to writing and producing two musicals, she initiated a debating club as well as her own film series. In 2017 she successfully completed her studies at HHL and is currently engaged in several NGOs in Cameroon, serving as a board member and project manager. The HHL graduate with a great passion for languages (speaking altogether six (!), among which four fluently) now works as a trade consultant between Beijing, Berlin and Yaounde. Her research interests are behavioral economics, digitalization and sustainable development.

After its launch on the Augustusplatz campus of Leipzig University, the exhibition will go on tour.  In March the exhibition will be opened in the Saxon Parliament in Dresden. #herstory is supported by the Saxon State Ministry of Social Affairs and Consumer Protection and the Saxon State Minister for Equal Opportunities and Integration, Petra Köpping.