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.


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Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
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

Henno van Horssen

Where is he now? Programme manager at Techport, the Netherlands

Young Expert at The Water Agency - Myanmar

YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

Business Development Manager.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project management
  • Building up networks
  • Stimulate cooperation 

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Land and Water Management


Experience before YEP

  • Senior Project Manager at the National Platform Science & Technology (Platform Bèta Techniek)
  • Executive Secretary and Communication Advisor at the Education Cooperative (Onderwijscoöperatie)
  • Junior Consultant at Berenschot Consultancy
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