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

Annabelle Poelert - YEP Water at in Kenya

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

Nanne Tolsma

Where is he now? Business Developer at Satelligence, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Satelligence - Vietnam

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

Physical geographer and Hydrologist at Satelligence. I was working on a long term project for Satelligence with local agribusiness company LT Group, based in Long Xuyen and Ho Chi Minh City. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management

  • Remote Sensing

  • Technical skills regarding water management

  • Field work


Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc. Hydrology, VU Amsterdam


Experience before YEP

This is my first job but had some prior experience in projects:


Participant Wetskills Water Challenge United States,  June 2016

Project in which a mixed and multidisciplinary team of four young professionals develop
innovative concepts for a case study, provided by the water sector, during an extensive two-week
programme in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Study case: City Blueprint Boston (case owner KWR Watercycle Research Institute).


Research intern at P4GES, January 2015 – June 2016

My Master Thesis, 'The effects of land use on hydraulic conductivity, preferential flow pathways and soil fauna in the Didy region of the Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor (CAZ) in Madagascar', was part of of the P4GES project (''Can paying for global ecosystem services reduce poverty?''). P4GES was a three year project (2013-2016) consisting of a consortium of eleven institutions in the UK, Madagascar, the USA, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

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