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.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

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

Gilbert Kamau - YEP Water at TAHMO in Kenya

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

Joseph Lopez Montañez

Where is he now? Master Water & Sanitation at Unesco-IHE, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Brabant Water - Colombia

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 7

YEP Role

As an environmental and sanitary engineer I worked in AGUAS DEL MAGDALENA S.A.E.S.P. (through Brabant Water) as part of the design team for drinking water systems and sewage water systems, but also I worked in the environmental area in charge of getting the licenses required in order to get the approval from the ministry to construct the treatment plants around the Magdalena department. With this experience and with the YEP resources I am more than ready to find innovative solutions for drinking water and sewage water systems in my country or in any others.

Click here for more information about my project.



According to my MBTI I have a INFJ personality which makes clear my creativity in untypical situations that requires a different point of view, my determination and passion to reach all the goals I desire. In the other hand I am decisive and I can be inspiring and convincing with the people that surround me, making the teamwork an activity that I enjoy in different levels.


I have an insatiable desire for learn, expand and share my knowledge in a healthy environment with my colleagues and I really enjoy learning different languages such as English and Portuguese which I taught myself.



Nationality: Colombian
Education: BSc Environmental and Sanitary Engineering


Experience before YEP

I started working in AGUAS DEL MAGDALENA from August to December of 2014 as an internship helping with the necessary environmental licenses and sanitary concepts for projects. Then from January to December of 2015 I was also signed as part of the designing team, which allowed me to work directly with drinking water and sewage water systems besides my previous tasks.


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