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.
As a Mercator Fellow, Julian Pohl works towards using football as a tool for international cooperation and a better integration of football clubs and federations in developmental initiatives. He understands football as a powerful phenomenon that inspires processes of social growth and intercommunal understanding. Julian has gained professional experience at the Berlin-based think tank Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), the political communication agency ressourcenmangel, and the German Federal Parliament. He spent a year working as an English teacher in Thailand and has worked and volunteered as a football coach for most of his adult life. Julian holds a master’s degree (MPhil) in Politics from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Free University of Berlin.