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.
Christian Hannemann, born 1984, studied modern history, political science and international relations in Oxford, Berlin and New Delhi. He gained professional experience working for, among others, the Goethe-Institute, the German parliament and the German Embassy in Washington, D.C. After completing his master's degree, he worked in management consulting for two years. During the fellowship, Christian works on how international actors can effectively support capacity development in the public sector in developing countries.