from January 2024

What’s your name?

Lennart Gundelach

How many years did you attend ISHR?
14 years

What year did you graduate?

What are you up to now?

I am currently transitioning into a new role as the Head of Data and AI for the German subsidiary of a large French IT consulting firm. In the past year and a half, I worked as a project manager on various IT and consulting projects with VW, AUDI, and Porsche.

Before entering the industry, I spent a significant amount of time at university in the UK, completing a Master’s in Theoretical Physics in Glasgow, a Master’s in Theoretical and Computational Chemistry in Oxford, and a PhD in Computational Chemistry in Southampton. Currently, I am wrapping up a part-time MBA program.

Three years ago, I returned to Hannover, Germany, where I have settled down once again. My daughter now attends ISHR, just as I once did, and we even take the same tram line to school.

What was your favorite subject at ISHR?

Probably English and German Literature, I like to argue.

In what ways do you feel ISHR prepared you for what came next?
I learned to study independently and developed skills in researching, structuring, writing, and formatting larger essays, projects, and presentations. These abilities proved invaluable during my university years. Exposure to teachers with accents from around the world also significantly helped my understanding of the Scottish accent when I moved to Glasgow.

What was the biggest challenge you faced in adapting to life after ISHR?
After graduating, we all went our separate ways and spread out across the globe to study and work, so it is difficult to keep in touch.

What advice would you give to current students or your former self?

Just because you’re not currently excelling in a school subject doesn’t mean you can’t pursue it in the future. My worst subjects in the IB were Maths and Physics, yet I ended up studying Theoretical Physics at Uni and excelled. Sometimes it just takes a little longer. Stick with it, if it is something you care about. Also, unless they are a hard entry requirement for your uni degree of choice, your subject choices at school do not lock you into anything. Nor does your uni degree, for that matter.

What’s your favorite memory from your time at ISHR?

Touring Germany with the Badminton Team, after school activities like Strategy Games Club, and our bigger field trips.