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.


YEP Information Event September 3rd

Interested in employing an enthusiastic motivated young professional on your international project? Join our online YEP Information Event on September 3rd!

Candidates: apply for one YEP position now!

We are looking for a perfect Dutch candidate for a YEP Energy position at Hypoport BV South Africa! You can apply until 9 August 2020.

New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Johan Winnubst - YEP Water at Meta Meta in Malawi

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

Ekow Akyin Kwofie

Where is he now? Trainer & Consultant at MDF Training & Consultancy, Ghana

Young Expert at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. - Ghana

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

MDF provides training and consultancy to a wide range of organizations. Here in Accra, my fellow YEP-ers and I set up an Inclusive Agribusiness Center to provide support and capacity building to agribusinesses within the agricultural value chain by working on their business models and value proposition. With this we will develop an action plan for their implementation to achieve either improved operational capacity, access to new markets or finance. My role as business development is to provide a support structure network for the businesses within the programme.


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Agribusiness Development
  • Inclusive Business
  • Capacity Building
  • Finance and Investment
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Project Management 

Nationality: Ghanaian

2010/2011-2013/2014: BSc in Land Economy at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology:

  • Land Use Planning/Management
  • Land Title Management

2015: Certificate in Finance and Investment at Ghana Stock Exchange:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Portfolio Determination and Valuation 

Experience before YEP

I run an organization focused on providing tertiary students with capacity building and knowledge gap bridging. I run several programmes such as ‘’the Investment Sense Initiative’’ focused on capacity building, bridging the knowledge gap between the youth and the financial investment sector. The initiative brought together renowned investment firms in Ghana together with students to explore the benefits and opportunities associated with financial investments, entrepreneurship and financial wisdom. The goal was to challenge the youth to become more financially active and entrepreneurial as a means to wealth creation and poverty reduction. 


I also served as a junior lands officer, on land use management systems to increase optimum high and best use of land. From this I gained experience with the management of agricultural land uses, tenure systems, and agricultural land valuations. 

YEP Agrofood


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Saturday, June 3, 2017
The IAC Accelerator programme is a 3 month programme designed to support businesses within the agricultural sector by making use of the IBA business toolkit to review and improve their business more

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
MDF YEPers and Alumni launched news letter "What's YEPening at MDF Global"
The news letter was made to share with all MDF colleagues across globe what YEP is all about and to introduce the the various YEPers and alumni within MDF Global and the various projects being more

Thursday, January 26, 2017
YEP10 Training going so great, learning alot
So we are undergoing our YEP10 training, in the Netherlands which is very packed but enlightening. We trained in understanding our MBTI types and how they impact our project when working in a team more

YEP10 2017