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.


Employ a Young Expert; submit your proposal before October 11th

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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
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Annabel Buzink - YEP Water at Rode Kruis in Philippines

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

Gerdien Velink

Where is she now? Business Development Manager at EuroCham, Myanmar

Young Expert at Impact Terra - Myanmar

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

Head of External Communications

Click here for more information about my project.



I am a serious and hardworking person with a great sense of responsibility. I have strong analytical skills and am capable to look at the bigger picture. I am very passionate about sustainability and social entrepreneurship and I enjoy working in an international setting, with people from different backgrounds. I have an understanding of marketing and social media, project- and event management roles. 



Nationality: Dutch
Education: I studied at the University of Groningen and have obtained a BSc & MSc degree in International Business & Management, having studied for one semester at the Université Paris Dauphine in Paris, France. For my MA degree in International Relations and International Organisations I specialized in International Political Economy.


Experience before YEP

  • Working on sustainable energy projects at a local municipality in the North of the Netherlands
  • Preparing my thesis on social enterprises for publication; ‘Managing Mission Drifts: Growth and Struggles of Alternative Food’
  • Intern at the Agricultural department of the Dutch Embassy in London
  • Internship at WakaWaka, a Dutch social enterprise developing portable solar lights for developing markets where people have no access to electricity
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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Update YEP#11 training: introduction video
For the past 1.5 weeks I have been participating in the Young Expert Program training. Together with 13 other Dutch Young Experts and 16 Local Young Experts I am learning about cultural differences, more