The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, is to offer young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to take their first steps in an international environment. They are employed through Dutch organisations in a number of eligible countries. The programmes aim to rejuvenate the Water & Agrofood sectors and ensure the continued availability of expertise for these sectors.

The YEP Programmes are carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Mathijs Veenkant - YEP Water at IRC in Ethiopia

Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Madiha Kamal Al-Junaid

Where is she now? Associate at MetaMeta, Yemen

Young Expert at Meta Meta - Yemen

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 4

YEP Role

As a Young Expert working for MetaMeta Communications, and hosted by The Water and Environment Center (WEC) at Sana’a University, my work at WEC focused mainly on three projects: (1) Yemen Spate Irrigation Network (YSpN); (2) Strengthening Research capacity in Yemen (NICHE 27); (3) Strengthening and acting as ambassador of

In support to my work within the Young Expert Programme Water (YEP Water) for MetaMeta Communications, I was responsible of performing the tasks listed below:

  • Outreach not only within the water sector organizations but also to a larger audience, using mainstream media (national and international)
  • Document local practices
  • Strengthen farmer to farmer communication
  • Write investigative news articles
  • Elaborate the Yemen Spate Irrigation Network (YSpN) mailing list
  • Link priority themes with possible research topics under WEC
  • Support in relevant trainings and in development of Yemen Water Sector partnership
  • Support WEC in English education and research programmes
  • Maintain and contribute content to
  • Act as an ambassador for TheWaterChannel –sourcing material, developing a client base for TheWaterChannel in the Netherlands, supporting themes of TheWaterChannel and writing and editing English news and investigative articles about Yemen’s water issues

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Communication and Listening Skills
  • Value and Goal Oriented Leadership
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Adaptation to different circumstances, situations and environments
  • Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Success Driven Interpersonal Skills
  • Social Entrepreneurial Skills


Nationality: Yemeni
Education: Bachelor of Computer Science (CS), CS & IT College, Sana’a University, International Exchange Program: International Relations; Model UN; American Government; Southern states cultural and historical studies; Astronomy, Greenville Technical College, South Carolina


Experience before YEP

  • International Conferences related to various topics: Environment; Water Issues; Climate Change; Geopolitics; International Conflicts; Internet Governance; Social Innovation and other various topics
  • Journalistic work with a focus on Health and Environment reports
  • Consultancy Work for both EQLIM Company based in Beirut, and the UN Volunteers Program
  • Computer application trainer at the SOUL Organization Center for Development and Training
  • Administration, planning and assisting and supporting the various projects at AlKurby Company for Oil fields and Gas Services
  • Volunteer Youth Educator while planning for the project and leading the other volunteer youth educators team at SOUL Organization for Development in "Offering Second Chance for At-Risk and Marginalized Youth Project"
  • A founding member of the Global Shapers- Sana’a Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum to get youth contribute to their communities by implementing projects
  • A former founding member of the Internet Society (ISOC) – Yemen Chapter
  • A former member in “Make a Joy Initiative" fighting against cancer and child labor
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