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.
Claudia Gerber (26) from Rostock studied Management, Development Economics and International Relations at the University of Cambridge and Yale University. She worked with Goldman Sachs in London, the German Federal Foreign Office in New York and Innovations for Poverty Actions in Malawi. During her Mercator year, she works on small and medium enterprise development in sub-Saharan Africa in order to facilitate economic growth and poverty reduction in the region.