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

Brian Chilambe - YEP Water at WNF in Zambia

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

Geerten Horn

Where is he now? Medior advisor Rivers, Coasts and Deltas at HKV, the Netherlands

Young Expert at HKV Lijn in Water - Ghana

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 9

YEP Role

I worked as a consultant Rivers, Coasts and Delta’s for HKV in Ghana en Togo. HKV was appointed by the World Bank to implement the Oti Flood Risk Hazard Assessment project. The project aimed to build capacity at water authorities in Ghana and Togo, to determine the flood risk, the effectiveness of flood risk mitigation measures, both structural and non-structural, as well as to establish a flood early warning system. The assignment included data collection, a field survey, modelling, the installation of a transboundary early warning system and training of national staff. I was based in Accra to primarily work on this project together with staff in the Neterlands.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Technical knowledge on hydrology, hydraulics and meteorology
  • Modeling, building and analyzing
  • Analyzing big data
  • Structural thinker
  • Goal oriented, independent worker and adapting easily

Nationality: Dutch

  • University of Wageningen, MSc Earth and Environment, double specialization: (1) Hydraulics and River Morphology, and (2) Atmospheric boundary layer processes
  • University of Wageningen, BSc Soil, Water and Atmosphere


Experience before YEP

Consultant Rivers, Coasts and Delta’s at HKV consultants – Lelystad, the Neterlands (May 2015 – September 2016)

At HKV I participated in different projects focused on flood protection and safety, river processes, sedimentation, computational fluid dynamics and FEWS systems.


Internship HKV consultants – Lelystad, the Neterlands (Nov 2014 – Mar 2015)

During my internship I worked on developing approaches to restore the Mississippi delta’s degraded ecosystem – while meeting the needs of navigation, coastal industries and the region’s unique communities and culture. My focus was on hydrodynamic and morphodynamic responses to design measures, as well as providing innovative engineering concepts to achieve a sustainable management of the Louisiana delta.

YEP Water


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