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.


Wanted: new YEP candidates for YEP positions!

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Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Jairo Alejandro Angel Escobar - YEP Water at Waterschap De Dommel in Colombia

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

Diederik Haverkorn van Rijsewijk

Where is he now? Senior Advisor Supply Chain & Operations at EY, the Netherlands

Young Expert at The Blue Link - Kenya

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

Operations Manager. Click here for more information about my project.



Engineering, People-skills, Dairy-processing, Management



Nationality: Dutch
Education: WO – MSc Biochemical Engineering


Experience before YEP

  • Project/Process Engineer at Royal HaskoningDHV and Corbion
  • EPC manager at FrieslandCampina. Overarching project group for Capex investments >1,5 million. Mainly Infant & Toddler Nutrition
YEP Agrofood


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