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.
Christel Scheske completed an MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London, and previously attained an MPhil in Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge. She worked with the Marine Programe of UNEP-WCMC in Cambridge, and collaborated with Fauna & Flora International for her MSc project in Indonesia. During her time as a Mercator Fellow, she will be exploring the links between marine and coastal biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation.