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

Join YEP Programmes and submit your proposal for a Young Expert position now!

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

Leva Konate - YEP Agrofood at Mali Biocarburant in Burkina Faso

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

Robbert Groenen

Where is he now? Director Myanmar at One to Watch, Myanmar

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
YEP Agrofood


Email Twitter LinkedIn Skype
Yep AgroYep Water