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.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

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

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

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

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
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Laurens Poelhekke

Where is he now? Regional Business Manager at Boskalis, Singapore

Young Expert at CDR International - Vietnam

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

South East Asia Representative and Water Resources Engineer.

As South East Asia Representative for CDR International, I am based in Hanoi, Vietnam, and work on the acquisition of new projects, general business development, coordination and as an engineer on projects. The regional focus is on the countries on Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Hydraulic and civil engineering
  • Business development
  • (Intercultural) Communication and facilitation
  • Project Management

Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc. Hydraulic Engineering, Delft University of Technology


Experience before YEP

Please find me on LinkedIn for my past experience


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Thursday, December 7, 2017
Site visit to HCMC Flood Protection Project
Ho Chi Minh City started a project in 2016 to address tidal and riverine flooding and climate change consisting of a dike system in combination with 6 large flood barriers and three pumping stations. more

Muong Chuoi Flood Barrier, largest of the 6 barriers, spanning 160m

Thursday, December 7, 2017
Vietnam - Netherlands Business Forum - Partnership International Business
On the 10th of july in 2017 the Vietnam - Netherlands Business forum took place for which Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, visited the Netherlands. During the Business Forum a cluster of Dutch more

Hoang Hong Giang and Dick Konijn with PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc