The “Professional Fellowship Program” of FGV Europe is aimed at outstanding professionals and academics with an interest to contribute to the projects and activities run by FGV Europe in their particular specialist field.

Resources and Conditions
FGV Europe provides a unique and dynamic environment where diverse fields of expertise and activities mix. The “Professional Fellowship Program” entitles selected fellows to participate in the consulting projects and knowledge sharing activities of FGV Europe in Brazil and Europe. Fellows will be granted access to the FGV Network comprising international public and private decision-makers and professionals from similar specialist fields. To this end, fellows are provided with timely access to relevant events and publications, as well as other resources as needed. Fellows are strongly encouraged to proactively connect and collaborate with collaborators and other fellows. Each fellow will be matched to at least one mentor from their field of interest. This mentor will usually be a project leader based at FGV’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. Fellows should have a clear idea on which topics and projects they would like to work prior to arriving. This will be discussed during the interview phase of the application process. FGV Fellows are nominated for an unlimited period of time and their engagement is voluntary. They are not considered employees and will not receive any payment for participating in the “Professional Fellowship Program” of FGV Europe.

30-45 years old; Fluency in English a must, fluency in Portuguese desirable; At least five years relevant work experience in government offices, private companies and business networks, multilateral organizations and networks, social organizations and NGOs, universities and research institutions; Demonstrated leadership and collaborative skills.

Application and Nomination
The application process is two-fold: Interested professionals first send a motivation letter and CV to the representation office of FGV Europe in Cologne. Eligible applicants then are invited for a personal or phone interview. Fellows are officially nominated by the executive director of FGV Europe in Rio de Janeiro. As part of the nomination process, the Fellow signs a declaration of membership, through which he accepts the framework conditions for the “Professional Fellowship Program” of FGV Europe. Having signed the declaration of membership, the Fellow in question will be entered into the List of FGV Europe Fellows and published with a profile on this website. Following the nomination and the signing of the declaration of membership, the Fellow shall be entitled to bear the designation “FGV Fellow".

If interested, please send your application via E-mail to Mrs. Anja Eickelberg Fores Tigre:

Arthur Johannik

Professional Fellow

Arthur Johannik holds a M.A. in Brazilian Studies from King´s College London, where he wrote his dissertation on the history of urban development of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Having lived several years in Brazil, he currently works as a business analyst and project manager for an international investor in urban and real estate development in Berlin, Germany.

His interests lie in the challenges of urban development and regeneration, cultural and creative industries, innovation in mobility and the possibilities of cooperation in metropolitan urban solutions between Brazil and Europe. He is fluent in English, German, Portuguese and Spanish.


Hannes Schwertfeger

Professional Fellow

Hannes Schwertfeger is an architect and theorist, focusing on the implementation of green infrastructure into buildings, cities and urban areas to enhance the value and amenities of our built environment. He has been trained in Kassel, Stuttgart, Delft, Rotterdam and Mexico City, holding a diploma degree in architecture from the University of Stuttgart. He is alumnus of the DAAD, the BW-Stipendium and the Academic Scholarship Program of the Ev. Studienwerk Villigst.

His research examines the potential of architecture in theory and practice, to make green infrastructure understandable and accessible to decision makers, stakeholders, residents and other users. Currently he is running his office Bureau Baubotanik together with his partner Oliver Storz in Stuttgart.


Kathrin Zeller

Professional Fellow

Kathrin Zeller is an economist with a focus on sustainable development and international cooperation. After several years of experience in global sustainable development cooperation, she currently lives and works in Rio de Janeiro as a network manager for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

She holds a Master's degree from the University of Cologne in Regional Sciences of Latin America with a focus on economic and social policy, as well as an MBA from Leuphana University Lüneburg in sustainability management. Currently she is enrolled as a doctoral student within the Ph.D. Program Environmental Economics and Sustainability at the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. Her research examines the role of global networks on sustainable development, especially analysing the role of city networks.


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