The Mercator Fellowship on International Affairs annually sponsors 24 German-speaking young professionals and university graduates from all disciplines who are committed to improving the world of tomorrow. During the 13-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.
Ida Westphal is a lawyer with a focus on Agricultural and Environmental Law. She gained professional experience, amongst others, at the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture and as a researcher in the field of environmental policy at Öko-Institut e.V. Ida studied and worked in Berlin, Potsdam, Paris and Cape Town. During her legal training, she also studied Agricultural Science in Berlin and worked as an intern to a Togolese NGO in the field of agriculture. As a Mercator Fellow, Ida will focus on possibilities for alternative licensing models in the seed sector based on the open source concept to counter negative ramifications of patents on seeds.