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

Abel Desta Belai - YEP Agrofood at Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V. in Ethiopia

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

Laura Nieuwenhoven

Where is she now? Freelance Water Consultant

Young Expert at We Consult - Uganda

YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 11

YEP Role

During my YEP period I was a Water Development and Management Consultant at WE Consult. As a hydrogeologist and water resources specialist I was involved in delivering a wide range of water related projects on behalf of governments and NGOs, involving both fieldwork and desk studies. Projects range from water resources analysis for a feasibility study on drought resilience in the arid Karamoja region, Uganda, to hydrogeological analysis for small-scale irrigation systems in Zambia.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Modelling
  • Integrated Water Resources Management
  • Hydrogeology
  • Geophysical investigations
  • GIS
  • Data analysis
  • Intercultural communication
  • Project management
  • Quality assurance
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Reporting and presenting
  • Languages: English, Dutch, German, Swedish, Hungarian, Arabic

Nationality: Dutch/Hungarian

  • MSc Water Science and Management (Utrecht University), specialising in Earth Sciences
  • Graduate studies in Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience (University of Göttingen)
  • BSc Environmental Sciences (Utrecht University) with a minor in Physical Geography

Experience before YEP

  • Environmental Scientist, Atkins, United Kingdom. I was involved as project manager and technical specialist on a range of projects with regards to water quality, water resources, and data analysis, delivering projects on behalf of research organisations, water companies, and regulatory authorities. Projects included ESIAs for drinking water and waste water treatment works in Iraqi Kurdistan and Cameroon, drinking water resource supply optimization and resilience modelling using MISER, and scenario-based river water quality modelling in the Source Apportionment GIS (SAGIS) model.
  • Master thesis research intern, DHI, Denmark. Modelling the nitrate retention capacity of a restored riparian wetland in Denmark with a coupled MIKE SHE - MIKE 11 - ECO Lab hydro(geo)logical-river-nutrient model.
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Friday, November 3, 2017
Field work and other projects
In the last couple of months I have been involved in a range of projects, from water resources and hydrogeological assessments both in the field and at the desk, to geophysical investigations (ERT), more

Unprotected spring in Kalungu District

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Attending training in Akvo RSR
Learning how to use Akvo RSR to quickly and easily provide project updates to interested more

Akvo RSR Training by Charlotte Soedjak and Josje Spierings