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

Eline Leising - YEP Water at Rebel Group in Indonesia

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

Dipankar Aich

Where is he now? International Expert at GIZ, Germany

Young Expert at The Hague Institute for Global Justice - Bangladesh

YEP period 2015 - 2016, batch 6

YEP Role

Functional titles:

  • Programme Officer (IUCN Bangladesh)
  • Research Expert - Brahmaputra Region (THIGJ, The Netherlands)

I joined The Hague Institute for Global Justice as a “Research Expert - Brahmaputra Region” as part of the project titled “Water Diplomacy: Making Water Cooperation Work” on behalf of the IUCN Asia. I was a staff member of IUCN stationed in Bangladesh since 9 March 2014. Initially I was attached to the trans-boundary water dialogue project titled “Ecosystems for life: A Bangladesh-India Initiative” as the Dialogue Coordinator. Since the end of that project I have been assigned as a core staff of IUCN in Bangladesh as Programme Officer in order to manage and develop multiple projects in the field of Natural Resource Management.

Click here for more information about my project.



Professional skills:

  • Project management of complex multi-country politically sensitive topics such as cross-boundary ecosystems like water and forests
  • Campaigns and creative communications + presentation skills + writing
  • Financial Planning – project budget
  • Theory of Change and Logical Framework Analysis

Research skills:

  • Background in Environmental and Resource Economics, Political Economy, Green Economy Analysis
  • Statistical and Econometric analysis
  • Qualitative and mixed methodologies
  • Extensive field research and research management skills in South Asia

Nationality: Bangladeshi
Education: I completed a double specialization in MSc. in Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE) and Forest Ecosystem Management (FEM) under the international master programme “Sustainable Resource Management” at the TUM in Germany. I earned the Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a second major in Economics from North South University (NSU) in Bangladesh. I have authored and co-authored research papers, policy papers, monographs, and a chapter on ecosystem services valuation of the Sundarbans mangrove forest in Bangladesh.


Experience before YEP

I have more than 9 years of experience in development and research. My research experience has been in the areas of ecosystems services valuation, green economy and political economy of development. My career in the development sector revolves around cooperation and diplomacy in trans-boundary ecosystems, Food security and hunger and compliance of supermarket supply-chains. Previously, I worked for organizations like Asian Center for Development in Bangladesh, ActionAid International in Bangladesh, UNEP’s Regional Office for Europe in Geneva, UNODC in Vienna and Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) in Munich. I also did a short term consultancy with IUCN Bangladesh prior to joining IUCN in March 2014.

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