“Never a boring day!” - Business development in Zambia

Our Young Expert Bram de Vries is a Young Expert, who is working as a Business Developer of VDS A'campo/Holland Greentech in Zambia. Bram has written a blog about his activities and his life as Young Expert!

Changes in YEP team members

As from April 1st, there will be some changes in the YEP-team.

Applying knowledge from YEP trainings in your daily work!

Nice interview with our Dutch Young Expert Bram de Vries about applying siklls, learned during the YEP trainings, in his daily work!

YEP mentor's day

On February 15th, the YEP mentor's day was organised at Mott MacDonald, where all mentors of new Young Experts met and were introduced to their new tasks as a YEP mentor.

Launched: YEP Effect 3

New release: YEP Effect no. 3 has been published!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 15 May

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (15th batch):

1 May 2018

Preparatory training course

Training of the 14th batch starts on 12 March 2018
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
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Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Bangladesh

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 8

YEP Role

I work on water supply services for Vitens Evides International (VEI), in Indonesia, Zimbabwe and currently in Bangladesh. 


Within the project in Dhaka I work on implementing DMA management and develop a project proposal for improved water supply in one of the many urban slums in Dhaka. VEI and the local water authority in Dhaka, Dhaka WASA, collaborate in an extended Water Operators Partnership (WOP) that was signed December 2017.

In Harare I supported the Non-Revenue Water (NRW) activities in the pilot areas and on institutional scale. I also contributed to capacity building of the newly established hydraulic modelling and GIS departments. 

In Indonesia my activities included extensive preparatory work on the creation of pilot areas for NRW reduction measures, extension of the network and building water kiosks in the less wealthy areas. Both projects focus on working closely together with the local water company to improve water supply. 


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Water treatment
  • Non revenue water
  • Hydraulic modeling
  • Project management
  • Facilitation


Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Civil Engineering - Sanitary Engineering (TUDelft), BSc International Land & Water Management (Wageningen University)


Experience before YEP

April 2015 – April 2016: Management Trainee, Evides Waterbedrijf

Sept 2013 – Oct 2014: MSc thesis ammonia treatment based on urea addition - WASTE – Malawi

Oct 2010 – Feb 2011: BSc thesis Effluent use in agriculture: an integrated treatment approach  - CERTE - Tunisia


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Wednesday, March 7, 2018
water provision in slum areas
WOP2 has the ambition to bring operational management to the next level in at least three of DWASA's zones. Activities include capacity enhancement through peer-to-peer and group training sessions more

meeting notes

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Wetskills project during Winter Olympics
In the first two weeks of February I participated in Wetskills South Korea. During the winter olympics! After two weeks working on our case (the potential of aquifer recharge as alternative water more

winter olympics - embassy reception - group work - HHH

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Inception phase of WOP2
This past month I have made several visits to the district offices and the field, and the three zones under WOP2 all have water scarcity. This is one of the many challenges while working towards more

water truck in Dhaka