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.
Matthias Kennert studied international political management in Bremen before completing a joint masters degree in international relations at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and the Universität Potsdam. He also studied at Istanbul Kültür University and George Washington University, and gained professional experience at the German Federal Academy for Security Policy, the Defence Committee of the German Bundestag, the Embassy of Germany in Bolivia and elsewhere. As a Mercator Fellow, he will explore the opportunities and risks of civil-military cooperation in combating transnational organized crime.