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.
Len von Scherenberg, born 1984, holds a degree in Water Management Engineering and completed an extra-curricular course in Latin-American Studies at Dresden University of Technology. Len is a board member of the students' organisation ‘Commit to Partnership’ Dresden, focusing on international cooperation. After working and studying in Nicaragua, Argentina and India, he lived in Cape Town for three years acting as a consultant in hydrogeology and groundwater management. Aiming for sustainability, his Mercator project will explore various technical and administrative tools required to manage groundwater resources in arid and semiarid countries.