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

Thierno Amadou Sissoko - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Mali

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

Yannick Severin

Where is he now? Business Developer at Witteveen+Bos, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Witteveen + Bos - Indonesia

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

I worked on projects aiming to increase the sustainability of the industrial sector in Indonesia, in particular the palm oil industry. I was involved as a technical expert and project manager in all projects regarding water and wastewater treatment, sustainable development of industrial sectors, and resource valorization. Furthermore, I was responsible for developing new business opportunities in order to meet the project targets.

Click here for more information about my project.



I am a process engineer, with broad international and technical backgrounds, active in the water and energy sectors. On one hand, I am dedicated to multi-disciplinary projects in the industrial sector where my advisory and engineering experience ranges from conceptual development of water treatment solutions to process optimization, as well as water and energy footprint reduction. I have acquired extensive know-how one electrolyte solution modelling to provide the best solutions to complex water sources such as produced water. On the other hand, I play an active role in the development of drinking water projects in Africa (Burundi, Niger, DRC) in which I apply my technical knowledge and develops project management skills.



Nationality: Dutch / Belgian
Education: MSc. In Environmental and Energy Engineering - National Institute of Applied Sciences, Lyon


Experience before YEP

I have worked for 3 years as a process engineer in the Water, Energy and Environment Sector at Witteveen+Bos, consulting engineers.

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Monday, June 26, 2017
YEP Indonesia video update 2 - Q1-Q2 2017
Hi everyone! Here's an update of my activities in the first half of 2017 in the Young Expert Program in Indonesia with Witteveen+Bos. Regards, more

Sunday, December 11, 2016
YEP Indonesia video update 1 - November 2016
A short update on my activites for YEP & Witteveen+Bos in more

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Update from YEP training
Dear all, I'm gladly sharing an update of the Young Expert Program training in Amersfoort. On the menu we've had courses on intercultural communication, facilitation and conflict management more