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.
During his fellowship year, Johannes Haas works on culturally inclusive solutions for climate change in the Amazon rainforest. Focusing on the intersection of development and international conservation, he gained experience with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Ethiopia, Friedrich-Ebert Foundation in Pakistan and as a consultant with joyn-coop in Munich. Most recently, he conducted research on market-based conservation in Vietnam with the Center for International Forestry (CIFOR) and WWF. Johannes holds a MSc in Natural Resource Management and a BA in Political Science and Geography after studying at Technical University Munich, in Bremen and in Bergen, Norway.