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.
Lora Pissareva completed a double diploma programme in Public Administration and European Studies at the University of Münster and Twente (Netherlands). Subsequently, she received a Master’s degree in International Security at Sciences Po Paris. She gained professional experience in the private sector working for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and more recently for the OECD. During her fellowship, she seeks to examine the nexus between security/fragility and local economic development focusing on the Middle East and Iraq in particular.