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

Marjolijn Hekelaar - YEP Agrofood at Cocoanect in Ghana

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

Feriel Ayoub

Young Expert at Heineken - Algeria

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

Operations Manager; as an operations manager, my function is to make sure that this organization is running as well as it possibly can, with a smooth efficient service that meets the expectations and needs of our members.

My tasks are:

  • Planning and controlling change.
  • Managing quality assurance programs.
  • Researching new technologies and alternative methods of efficiency.
  • Setting and reviewing budgets and managing cost.
  • Overseeing inventory, distribution of goods and facility layout

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Relational sense
  • Active listening skills
  • Persuasive power
  • Dynamism
  • Method and rigorous execution
  • Analytical capability
  • Persuasive force
  • Oral fluency

Nationality: Algerian
Education: Bachelor in Commercial Sciences, Option Management


Experience before YEP

2 years at Emploitic

1 year at the Algerian Learning Cente

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