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.
Jonathan Baum studied biochemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin. He was a visiting researcher at the Weizmann Institute in Israel and at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. His interest in disease control led him to work for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in the German Biosecurity Program. Working for the European Mobile Laboratory in Guinea he helped to contain the Ebola out-break. As a Mercator Fellow, he will focus on the international control of pandemics, with a particular interest in the “white helmets“ proposed by the German Federal Government.