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

Joao Francisco de Araujo - YEP Agrofood at DADTCO in Mozambique

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

Jochem Lambers

Where is he now? Consultant Environmental Compliance at DNV-GL the Netherlands

Young Expert at Heineken - Algeria

YEP period 2016 - 2017, batch 6

YEP Role

  • Mapping water counters and measuring water consumption of the brewery with the Rouiba Supply Chain team
  • Making cost benefit analyses of water consumption improvement measures with the Global Supply Chain team
  • Writing the Daily Operations document for a 300 m³/h Waste Water Treatment Plant
  • Organizing a 3-day event with UNIDO for 30 stakeholders to initiate collective action on groundwater preservation

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Project Management
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Intercultural Communication & Diplomacy
  • Water Management & Desalination
  • Languages: Dutch English Spanish French German

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MA International Relations (Universiteit van Amsterdam), MSc Industrial Ecology (Delft University of Technology), Certificate BPVC ASME Section viii Div 1 (Lloyd’s Register), Certificate Business Model Canvas (Berkeley Haas School of Business)


Experience before YEP

  • UNESCO Barcelona: Internship Concentrating Solar Power & seawater desalination
  • Delft University: Project Manager 2g@there Algeria knowledge transfer
  • Solar Water Supply: co-Founder, off-grid PV-powered Reversed Osmosis systems
  • E-Stone Batteries: co-Founder, Nickel-Iron battery for off-grid PV systems
  • NABC: Match-making water sector and renewable energy, Junior Advisor
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Heineken Sustainability Report
It is with great pleasure that I was able to finish the Factsheet of the annual Sustainability Report, for Heineken Tango Algeria. The Tango brewery in Rouiba (Algeria) was purchased by Heineken more

Factsheet of the Sustainability Report

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Sustainable Development
After having settled into my position at Heineken, I feel like I can say a few things about my working life here in Algeria. In short, it is quite the challenge to advance sustainability thinking in more

Sustainable Development

Monday, December 7, 2015
Le Conseil d'affaires Algéro-Néerlandais (CAAN) a été lancé!
Le CAAN a été lancé officiellement lors d'une cérémonie à Alger. En présence de Mme l'Ambassadeur du Royaume des Pays-Bas royale en Algérie, Willemijn van Haaften, et le directeur général more

Les partenaires fondateurs du CAAN ensemble lors du lancement