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Scientific Lead

Prof. Dr. Christian Pieter Hoffmann is Professor of Communication Management at the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Leipzig. In addition, he is responsible for teaching in the field of political communication in cooperation with the Institute for Political Science. Hoffman is a lecture at the University of St. Gallen, Singapore Management University, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz and University of Applied Sciences Zurich.

He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Center for Corporate Reporting, the academic board of the Deutschen Investor Relations Verband, the research group ISPRAT e.V. as well as member of the executive committee of the Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division of Academy of Management.

His research interests include strategic communication management, financial communication and political communication – with a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities provided by new media.


Phone: +49 (0)341 973 50 61

Research team

Dr. Sandra Binder-Tietz works as a Senior Research Associate  at the Department of Communication Management as well as for the Center for Research in Financial Communications. From 2010 to 2015, she worked at the strategic communication consultancy in Frankfurt and New York, where her last position was Associate Director focusing on capital market transactions and investor relations.

She wrote her doctoral thesis on "Kommunikation von Aufsichtsratsvorsitzenden. Grundlagen - Strukturen - Ziele - Management".

She founded “IRNext – the networking platform for the next generation of IR officers” in 2014 in cooperation with Deutschen Investor Relations Verband.

Her research interests include financial communications, investor relations, corporate governance, digitalization, communication management and corporate communications.


Phone: +49 178 399 1681

Lea Knabben works as a Research Associate and PhD candidate at the Department of Communication Management. She holds the PhD scholarship for Financial Communication which is provided by the Center for Corporate Reporting and she works for the Center of Research in Financial Communication. From 2016 to 2018, she was acting as a working student for innovation and market research of major manufacturers in Germany. She wrote her master’s thesis at Porsche AG on the topic of innovation communication.


Her research interests include financial communications, startups and innovation communication.

Associated Researchers

Dr. Kristin Köhler is Senior Manager Investor Relations & Financial Communiactions at Lonza Group Ltd (Switzerland) and associated researcher at the Center for Research in Financial Communication. Prior to that, she was a research associate at the Chair of Strategic Communication at the University of Leipzig and project leader of the Academic Society for Management and Communication, Leipzig. She wrote her doctoral thesis on «Investor Relations in Deutschland. Institutionalisierung - Professionalisierung - Kapitalmarktentwicklung - Perspektiven»


Cornelia Böhland is the administrative assistant of the department of Communication Management at the University of Leipzig. She is also the administrative contact for the Center for Research in Financial Communication. 


Phone: +49 (0)341 97 35040