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Meet the team behind the Graduate School Alumni Association!

Laura Blažková

My name is Laura and I am the founder and leader of the Alumni Association at Graduate School. I studied International Development for five years, travelled to South East Asia to do field research and completed my Master’s thesis on a topic related to social justice in the SEA region. In August 2020, I graduated from Development Studies at Lund University - Graduate School, and in response to a need for a platform where students and alumni can connect and share their experiences, we have established this association. Shortly after we launched we teamed up with students. I feel so lucky to work with such a great and innovative team. We planted the seeds of great ideas and together we work on realising them. Our goal is to create a place where people meet, network and share experiences. Through events, talks, articles and other activities, I want to help students and Alumni develop their careers. 

I would like to invite all students and Alumni to join the Alumni Association. We look forward to seeing you at our events!

Michaela Hautamäki Bengtsson

Hi, my name is Michaela. I am currently pursuing a MSc in Development studies at Graduate School, and in my backpack I have a Bachelor in Criminology also from Lund university. My academic background is knitted together by my passion for the environment, global health, and our social society. 

I am one of the coordinators for the Graduate School Alumni Association, which means I am a member of the board and contribute in board meetings as well as plan and brainstorm for future events and projects. I am so happy to be part of building up the association from the ground, and to me it is an excellent and fun way to further develop my organizational and administrative skills, as well as networking and partaking in managing projects. My vision is to create a space and community for all Graduate School students and alumni to be inspired and explore future opportunities and eventually engage more in our ventures.

Leni Lindemann

My name is Leni and I’m a first-year Graduate School student of the programme Development Studies. I previously studied Anthropology and International Relations in Scotland and Hong Kong. Since the start of 2021, I’ve been supporting the GSAA as a coordinator and board member. As such, I am responsible for organising career-related events for current students, establishing a social media strategy for the association and creating a platform for Alumni and students to connect. I joined the GSAA alongside a few of my classmates in order to create opportunities for shared learning, personal development and to connect with alumni and professionals in the field of my desired career. I highly encourage students to join the network, as it’s a great way to grow your network, gain professional and leadership skills, while collaborating with a committed team to learn about a variety of career opportunities.

Alma Molin Aziegbe

My name is Alma and I am a first-year master’s student of Development Studies at Graduate School. I did my bachelor’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Lund University, and I have previously studied at Sciences Po in Paris. My current role in GSAA is as one of the coordinators, working on things such as event planning and social media. Together with a few other students from my class, I decided to join the alumni association because I was curious to know more about the alumni of Graduate School, what they do and how they went about to get to their current positions. One of the things that I found intriguing about the association is that it is for both current and former students, making it easy for people who join to connect with both groups. Above this networking aspect, I think joining the association is also a great way to develop skills that can be very useful for a future career. Because the association is newly established there is a lot of room for creative thinking and collaborating to come up with new ideas, which makes it fun to be a part of.

Emelie Månsson

My name is Emelie and I am currently studying my first year at the master’s programme in Development Studies at Graduate School. I did my bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics at Lund University and one of the semesters I studied at Sciences Po Aix. As I approach the end of my studies, I am eager to gain insights into possible career paths and therefore, I am very happy to be part of the newly established GSAA. It enables me to connect with and learn from Graduate School students and alumni and to develop meaningful skills for my future career. Being a coordinator in GSAA is a great way to establish connections with the professional world and to work in close collaboration with a committed team of students and alumni. It is exciting to be part of the development of the association and to see it grow into a creative platform that can guide Graduate School students in their search for professional activities through the connection with other students and alumni.