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Programme Bureau

YEP is implemented by a the YEP Programme Bureau. The YEP Programme Bureau coordinates the implementation of the programme and manages the funds. The Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) acts as the Programme Bureau's lead agency. 

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Marjon Reiziger
Programme Manager
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Vincent Cornelissen
Project Manager YEP Water
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Jocelyne Commandeur
Project Manager YEP Agrofood
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Ibrahim Palaz
Interim Project Manager YEP Agrofood
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Steven von Eije
Project Manager YEP Energy
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Liesbeth Vranken
Communications
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Ati van der Honing
Training Coordinator
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René van der Velden
Project Officer
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Lonneke van Klei
Project Officer
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António Gómes
Finance
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Hélène Sapulete
Project Support Officer
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Paul van Essen
Project Manager

Paul (1980) has 12 years experience in project management and consultancy in both the Dutch and international water sector. Between 2013 and 2016 he worked for VEI Dutch Water Operators in Northern Uganda while he participated in batch 2 of the YEP programmes. After coming back to the Netherlands he supported YEP programmes with various assignments, including the strategy to extend YEP Water and YEP Agrofood and expand to YEP Energy. He has a master degree in International Development Studies from Wageningen University with a minor in Land and Water Management. During these studies he did his internship in Brazil, an Erasmus exchange in France and his thesis research in Nepal. 

 His passion for intercultural learning started during a year of high school exchange to Indonesia in 1997/1998. He got acquainted with NLP during a multi company traineeship in the Dutch water sector between 2009 and 2012. While working in Uganda he advised short term experts of Dutch water utilities in intercultural communication and collaboration. When working for the Dutch NGO Simavi he was a coach for various employees of Simavi in Indonesia. In 2018 he got certified for the MBTI Step I and since then he had around 25 MBTI start conversations with international Young Experts and YEP interns and staff. In 2019 he started giving training in personal development for the international Young Experts. In 2021 he followed a coaching degree at the Upstarter in Amsterdam. 

´I have experienced the importance of attention to personal growth and development, especially in the work environment. My personal ambition is to grow further on precisely that theme. That is why it appeals to me to work as a coach and to work with starters who want to explore their talent, potential and ambitions within the water sector.´

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Miriam Pot
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The Programme Bureau's main duties are:

  1. the management of the programme
  2. informing, selecting and checking seconding organisations and allocation of funds
  3. the development and implementation of a training and coaching plan for Young Experts,
  4. the YEP alumni network, and
  5. the recruitment and selection of the Young Experts.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee supervises the YEP Programme Bureau. The Steering Committee is comprised of five members:

  • An independent chair: Mr S. van Rossum
  • A representative on behalf of the water sector: Ms M. Kreijns, Director of The Green Village at TU Delft
  • A representative on behalf of the agro & food sector: Mr W. van Vliet, Director of Larive International
  • A representative on behalf of the renewable energy sector: Mr W. van Nes, Global Sector Coordinator - Energy at SNV
  • A representative on behalf of young professionals: Ms A. van der Woude, Programme Manager at the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries at NL Enterprise Agency, alumna Young Expert

The Steering Committee supervises the allocation of grants in accordance with the partnership’s regulations. The Steering Committee supervises the Programme Bureau's performance of its duties and issues recommendations on the efficient and effective implementation of the programme.

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