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

Pyae Phyo Kyaw - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Myanmar

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

Johannes de Groot

Where is he now? Specialist Geotechnical Engineering and Flood Protection at Arcadis, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Arcadis Nederland B.V. - Myanmar

YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

Since February 2017 I was working for Arcadis in Myanmar as a Specialist Geotechnical Engineering and Flood Protections. I was involved in the “Integrated Ayeyarwady Delta Strategy (IADS)” and “Consultation Sessions for the State of the Ayeyarwady Basin (SOBA)” projects. My key activities were: data collection, baseline studies, project coordination, capacity building and creating a broad network of organisations and governments.

Click here for more information about my project or visit or the project's Facebook page



  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Water Management
  • Coastal and river morphology
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Integrated water management
  • Lectures and trainings
  • Team player

Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc. Civil Engineering and MSc. Physical Geography


Experience before YEP

  • 2012-2013: Support for Flood Protection Team at Hoogheemraadschap de Stichtse Rijnlanden, Houten
  • 2014-2016: Specialist Geotechnical Engineering and Flood Protection at Arcadis Nederland B.V., Arnhem
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