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

Sijmen Weesie - YEP Water at Safi Sana in Ghana

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

Diederik Haverkorn van Rijsewijk

Where is he now? Operations Manager at Bio Food Products Ltd, Kenya

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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