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

Chris Wijnterp - YEP Agrofood at Veris Investments in Ethiopia

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

Laurens Poelhekke

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