“There is no one size fits all approach to leadership, and this is not only OK, but also desirable as a driver for diversity.” – Dr. Alessandra Lehmen

04/04/2022 | Alessandra Lehmen

Dr. Alessandra Lehmen is an environmental, ESG, and climate lawyer who earned her LL.M. degree in Environmental Law and Policy at Stanford Law School and a Ph.D. in International Law at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. She has also been the recipient of a multitude of recognitions and awards, including the Olaus and Adolph Murie Award for best work in Environmental Law. 

With a sharp eye for detail, and a taste for getting to the bottom of complex problems and going beyond obvious solutions, for the last two decades, Alessandra has been advising corporations, NGOs, and governmental bodies on sustainability policy, and always working to hone her leadership skills.

Concerns about climate change feature ever more urgently on the political agenda, and there is a pressing need to communicate this to a wider audience, bridging the gap between technical know-how and making a real-life impact.

We interview Dr. Alessandra Lehmen, who explains to us how the Santander Course | SW50 Leadership Programme - LSE provided her with the tools she needed to do just that. This scholarship, launched by Banco Santander, is run in partnership with the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and aimed at 50 women in top management positions internationally seeking to enhance their skills and gain knowledge about new styles and techniques to work on and improve their own leadership style. As one of the 50 women who participated in the last edition, Dr. Alessandra Lehmen was able to benefit from coaching and networking opportunities with a diverse group of women leaders from around the world.

If, like Alessandra, you want to access a community of female leaders to learn about different leadership styles, strategies and tools, this is your moment: Banco Santander is launching a new edition of the Santander Course | SW50 Leadership Programme 2024 - LSE, aimed at 50 women in senior management positions. 

The course, taught at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), will provide you with the necessary tools, strategies and skills to work on and polish your own leadership style. 

Everything is completed through interactive lectures, individual tutorials and discussions with top-tier experts from LSE as well as the rest of your colleagues. Additionally, you will receive individual and group coaching sessions, enjoy a unique networking experience and, above all, become part of an exceptional community of female leaders from all over the world.

The course covers 100% of the training programme fees, as well as the stay in London. You don't need to have a degree or be a Banco Santander customer.


Do you hold a senior management position and want to be part of an international community of women leaders? If the answer is yes, sign up now for the Santander Course | SW50 Leadership Programme 2024 - LSE.

(At the moment the Santander Course | SW50 Leadership Programme 2024 - LSE has reached its end, but we encourage you to take a look at the Santander Open Academy website to find the training that best suits you and give a boost to your professional career. Seize the chance to develop your knowledge and skills!)

Dr. Alessandra Lehmen

Dr. Alessandra Lehmen, Environmental, ESG, and climate lawyer

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