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.
David Fischer studied International Relations at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and completed two Master’s degrees in Latin American Studies and in Environmental Change & Management at the University of Oxford. He gained professional experience working for the ONE Campaign, as Manager for Sustainability Policy at the chemistry company Evonik Industries and in the climate strategy unit of the financial services company Allianz. During his fellowship, he seeks to examine the political and economic necessities for an uptake in renewable energy investments.