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

Mariane Pajarillo - YEP Water at Royal HaskoningDHV in Philippines

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

Robbert Groenen

Young Expert at One to Watch B.V. - Myanmar

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 11

YEP Role

Programme Manager Rockstart Impact in Myanmar.

Click here for more information about my project.



Prepare entrepreneurs to become investment ready, connecting entrepreneurs and investors, investor training, project management



Nationality: Dutch
Education: BSc Economics (Tilburg University & University of Central Florida), MSc Economics and Finance (Tilburg University)


Experience before YEP

  • One to Watch – Yangon, Myanmar (December 2016 – Present): Program manager – Leading the expansion of One to Watch into Myanmar
  • De Lage Landen – Mexico City, Mexico (April 2016 – September 2016): Commercial and business analysist – Product development and leading a Values Dialog           
  • De Lage Landen – Eindhoven, Netherlands (August 2015 – February 2016): Implementation consultant Banker’s Oath
  • Nepal Grassroots Recovery – Kathmandu, Nepal (April 2015 – May 2015): Co-founder - Disaster relief organization which was founded after a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal
  • One to Watch – Kathmandu, Nepal (November 2014 – May 2015): Impact investment - Supporting social improvements in Nepal via (return yielding) investments in sustainable and scalable businesses 
  • Rabobank International – London, United Kingdom (July 2013 - January 2014): Intern International Desk UK & Ireland - Supporting subsidiaries of Dutch companies in the UK and Ireland
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