The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 25 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 12-month programme, Fellows work in two or three international organizations that are active worldwide – non-governmental or non-profit organizations, or business enterprises. The Fellows’ own practical questions serve as their project proposals and determine their workstations anywhere in the world. Seminars are also held on current issues in international cooperation, and to develop their leadership skills and key competencies.
Imke Pente completed her doctoral studies in Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin. In her PhD thesis she explored the regional economic integration process in Southeast Asia and the role of different private and state actors in the regional policy making. Before she had completed her studies in International Relations, European Studies and Economics in Berlin, Osnabrück, Potsdam, and Washington, D.C. She worked, among others, with the GIZ and a national Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. As a Mercator Fellow, Imke will focus on the potential of foreign direct investments for sustainable economic development in Southeast Asia.