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

Michel Geerligs - YEP Energy at Advance Consulting in Kenya

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

Liezl Le Roux

Where is she now? Creative Director at Living Lands, South Africa

Young Expert at For Elements - South Africa

YEP period 2016 - 2017, batch 9

YEP Role

I worked as a Landscape Mobiliser with Living Lands/For Elements in South Africa, where I am promoting sustainable ecosystem restoration in the Berg River catchment through:

  • Engaging with local communities, landowners and emerging farmers in co-creation of solutions and building local knowledge and collective understanding of the opportunities in ecosystem restoration (through training, workshops, site visits, etc);
  • Developing business cases for ecosystem restoration in the Berg River and identifying local companies and other stakeholders that are willing to invest, and make resources and skills available;
  • Supporting action on the ground, with planned activities in the Berg River
  • Identifying alternative livelihoods strategies which accommodate both social and environmental prosperity;
  • Creating an enabling environment with local, provincial and national governments and private sector to upscale the identified ecosystem restoration interventions and expand the approach through the whole Berg River.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Public speaking
  • Project management
  • Visual Communication
  • Understanding of ecological cycles

Nationality: South African and Dutch
Education: MSc Conservation Biology, University of Cape Town 


Experience before YEP

  • Research and Teaching Assistant for BiomimicrySA, South Africa
  • Environmental Control Officer with NCC Environmental Services, South Africa
  • Research and Teaching Assistant with the Organization for Tropical Studies, South Africa
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Thursday, September 15, 2016
YEP Training
A short introduction to the Young Expert Programme (YEP) training in Amersfoort,The more