Our team, the people editing and writing our columns – and developing and beautifying our site – embody the glocal spirit of this webzine/blog. All based in increasingly cosmopolitan Leipzig, they sport diverse nationalities, backgrounds and interests. They’ll be regularly taking on topics and related happenings they’re passionate about from their own unique, hybridized perspectives – combining the local and international elements and experiences they’ve gathered along their own trajectories.

Management team

Ana Beatriz Ribeiro

Ana Beatriz Ribeiro – from Brazil/USA – Founder/Editor-in-Chief

maeshelle west-davies - ph: Stefan Hopf

maeshelle west-davies – from USA/UK – Arts & Culture Editor

Marina Renault - ph: Stefan Hopf

Marina Renault – from Brazil – Marketing, Advertising & Design Manager

Daniel Leon - ph: Stefan Hopf

Daniel Leon – from Venezuela – Business Manager


Stefan Hopf - ph: Marina Renault

Stefan Hopf – from Germany – Photographer


Alexandra Athanasopoulou Köpping - ph: Stefan Hopf

Alexandra Athanasopoulou Köpping – from Belgium/Greece

At the age of one she was given Saliggaria Stifano, a traditionally Cretan dish made from snails and tomatoes and onions, and could not stop eating it. Since then Alex has had a passionate relationship with food. She grew up in Brussels to Greek parents, spending all her summers in Greece. She has moved around Europe mainly for her studies before following her love to Leipzig where she has been living for the last 3 years. She believes that food is a central component to culture, family, love and life generally. Good food makes good people. In this column she will be discovering the culinary diversity that exists in Leipzig by discovering new and exciting places to eat. But also by presenting the family recipes from people who live in Leipzig as a way to show the cultural diversity that exists in this city. Her favorite things to eat include pralines, Belgian cocktail sauce, a Greek sauce called aygolemono and Easter lamb and sweet watermelon.

Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos - ph: Stefan Hopf

Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos – from Germany

“I grew up in Großpösna, a village just outside the boundaries of Leipzig, but it is only after living elsewhere for four years that I really came to appreciate the city I was born in: its fascinating history, its romantic decay, its spectacular growth and its persistent problems. I am an idealist, a Christian, a socialist, a Europeanist, and, above all, a true Leipzig-lover. That’s why I want to use this blog to write about Leipzig’s history and politics, both of which are rather inaccessible to our English-speaking audience. I hope I won’t bother you too much if I occasionally share some philosophical musings as well…”

Stewart Tunnicliff - ph: Stefan Hopf

Stewart Tunnicliff – from UK

“Coming from a theatre and performance background and being a celluloid aficandoe it only seemed right that Stewart pursued this through his other passion writing. A big fan of his contemporaries like the Roundhouse, Alan Bennett, the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company as well as Mike Leigh, Edgar Wright and Shane Meadows he is also a fan of the classic examples in the genres. Such as Brecht, Pinter, Shakespeare, likewise Harry, Three Colours Red White and Blue, and Spaced. He is very excited by the theatre and documentary scene developing locally, particularly English Theatre Leipzig, DOK and GlobalLE. However, he keeps an eye on the ground breaking stuff in the Fringe, Slam poetry, Battle Rap and the many fusion genre TV series and films eptimoised by Peaky Blinders, die Brücke, Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things. As you can see, you can expect a diverse palette of stage and screen choices that he will paint from with his words. The gems and tit-bits that inspire, intrigue and move him about both genres, and maybe even you dear readers.”

Sabine Wiesner - ph: Stefan Hopf

Sabine Wiesner – from Germany

Sabine grew up in the idyllic suburbs, appreciating the benefits and offers of a city close by. Apart from a short au pair stint in London, this anglophile music lover never left her hometown, because she never saw a point in doing so. At the local university she threw herself into the humanities, where she followed her passion for the English language, names and the arts. At the university’s  radio station she lived out her adoration for musicians who are always a tad out of the ordinary. The avid cyclist values things that are cleverly designed and done properly. The only thing she loves more than music is food enjoyed with family or friends. In her garden, preferably.

LoveLy - ph: Stefan Hopf

LoveLy – from Germany

LoveLy is in her early thirties, lives in Leipzig and is experiencing single life in this bubbly town. She will give you an inside into her dating culture experiences.

Christijan Robert Broerse - ph: Stefan Hopf

Christijan Robert Broerse – from Canada

“Born and raised in the humbled but multi-cultural working class city of St. Catharines, Canada (near Niagara Falls), Christijan Broerse grew up in an environment of languages. Though his mother was of mixed-Slavic background and spoke only English, he heard Dutch from his father and grandparents, Italian and Ukrainian from his neighbors and Polish from the pretty girls around the corner… He studied German, Philosophy and History at Brock University before being struck down by a debilitating illness in his twenties. Instead of a life of medication and uncertain remissions, he extricated himself from the darker prognosis of doctors and moved away to British Columbia…  Along the way, he discovered the healing properties of writing – and wine. In 2012, he traveled throughout Europe and seeing no other place more beautiful than Leipzig, he moved here two years later. Christijan is comfortable in prose and in poetry. He is also known to craft the occasional tune.” – From Leipzig Writers

Marjon Borsboom – We get a lot of the events, Leipzig stuff and jobs we know of from her suggestions.

DJ Buti – Provides the inspired and inspiring, heart-pumping mixes on FUNkyFRIdayz.

Rachael Clugston – Contributes with sharp political commentary on the German scene.

Prof. Helena Flam – Contributes with her sociological wisdom by writing articles on diverse topics.

Maximilian Georg – Reviews and musings.

Jessica Jacques – Politics, society, culture.

Jason Joel – Inspiring videos.

Lito Seizani – Personal insights into being an “every-day tourist;” movie reviews; poems. Her poems and other writings are to be found on the website litoseizani.com.

Lenka Seresova – Lifestyle columnist.

Kate Tyndall – Various lifestyle and culture-related topics.

Contact us: contact@leipglo.com