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

Boris Kouassi Kouassi - YEP Agrofood at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Ivory Coast

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

Ratu Asye

Young Expert at Waterleidingmaatschappij Drenthe - Indonesia

YEP period 2016 - 2018, batch 10

YEP Role

Project Manager

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Chemical analysis on general water and environmental samples

  • Environmental Engineering

  • General water sampling and Monitoring

  • Environmental Monitoring


Nationality: Indonesian
Education: Universitas Teknik Sulawesi Utara (North Sulawesi Engineering University), Environmental Engineering


Experience before YEP

Augustus 2014-present: Laboratory&Business Support WLN - Bogor Indonesia at PT. Water Laboratory Nusantara Indonesia. Responsibilities:

  • Project Managing on existing Customers
  • Arrange Laboratory production flows
  • Together with marketing team to manage oil and gas Tender
  • Managing existing oil and Gas Company from sampling to reporting
  • Introduce WLN Indonesia to Customer in West area of Indonesia
  • Developing WLN New Laboratory in Bogor
  • Target ISO 17025 Accreditation on 2017 for WLN Bogor Laboratory
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