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.
Natalie Harms, born 1987, grew up in, inter alia, in Cyprus, the US and in Egypt. She completed a B.A. in sociology and political sciences and graduated with an M.A. in International Relations in Berlin and Potsdam. During her studies, she gained working experience at the Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and in the German Foreign Office and with GIZ in Indonesia. After her studies, she gained particular expertise in the field of international climate policy and climate finance. Her project focuses on the opportunities for and barriers to tapping the potential of women as active participants in measures of climate change mitigation and adaptation with respect to the project and financing level.