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.
As a Mercator Fellow, Maja Leo focuses on analyzing and developing theatre-based formats for dialogue in processes of conflict transformation. She gained professional experience as a project manager for Artas Foundation, the Swiss foundation for art in regions of conflict, where she conceptualized and managed art-based dialogue projects with internally displaced persons (IDP) - and host communities in the Southern Caucasus region. She is co-founder of the internationally renowned performance collective Neue Dringlichkeit. Maja Leo completed her studies in Theatre Directing in Zurich and in Buenos Aires as well as in Fine Arts in Zurich and in Hamburg.