The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, 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 and renewable energy 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), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Ludas Nleya - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Zimbabwe

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

Alwin Commandeur

Where is he now? River Engineer/Resident Project Coordinator at Royal HaskoningDHV & TU Delft, Vietnam

Young Expert at TU Delft - Myanmar

YEP period 2015 - 2018, batch 6

YEP Role

As a Young Water Expert I worked on a NICHE capacity building programme from the Dutch government at the Yangon Technological University (YTU) and Myanmar Maritime University (MMU) in Yangon. My assignment was to connect the water departments of these universities to (international) companies and other institutes, and to improve the departments their facilities for education and research.

Part of my activitieswas sharing knowledge on river and coastal dynamics to the students and teaching staff, developing course materials, and getting Myanmar students enthusiastic to choose for the wonderful studies about river systems and coastal zones. Besides the capacity building programme, Delft University of Technology conducted various other projects and researches related to water in Myanmar. For those projects I had an active role as local project coordinator.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Transport of sediments and morphology
  • Hydraulic numerical modelling of rivers, waterways & coasts
  • Hydro-informatic systems and Geographic Information Systems

Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology with the specialisations Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Rivers, Ports & Waterways (2015)


Experience before YEP

  • Sediment transport modeler at NATECH environmental Services Inc in Canada (2015). Researched the morphological impact of a dam removal scenario at the Saint John River.
  • Graduate intern at Deltares in Taiwan (2014-2015). Gained insight in the behaviour of turbidity currents In Taiwanese reservoirs by means of numerical modelling. Evaluated ideas on how-to decrease their impact on reservoir sedimentation.
  • Trainee at Royal HaskoningDHV in Myanmar (2013-2014). Set up a morphological model of the Ayeyarwady and Chindwin river system. Collaborated closely with local experts, governments, universities and companies to gather data and discuss river training solutions. Organised field trips and sailed 1 000 km of the Ayeyarwady to take measurements and do mapping.
  • Teaching Assistant at Delft University of Technology in Myanmar (2014). Gave two Tailor Made Trainings (TMT) for EP-nuffic on:
    • Numerical river modelling for engineers of the Ministry of Transport,
    • The application of open-source satellites data for engineers of the Ministry of Irrigation.
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
NICHE Workshop in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
With this post, I would like to update you on two things. The first update is about the NICHE project that TU Delft has in Indonesia on Coastal Engineering at the Institut Teknologi Bandung and the more

1-week workshop in Indonesia

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Professional Master Class at Myanmar Universities
One of the components within the NICHE Capacity Building Programme is the development of professional education at the universities. The Master Class that we gave was a first Master Class in which we more

The Master Class group

Thursday, April 7, 2016
YEP 5 at the Flood Proof Holland in Delft
Young Experts from the fifth batch visited the the Flood Proof Holland facility in Delft on 6 April. This facility was developed under the Valorisation Programme Delta-technology and Water (VP Delta), more

Young Experts at Flood Proof Holland in Delft