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

Roelof Gunnink - YEP Agrofood at Xclusive - African Finest Cuttings B.V. in Uganda

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

Hend Essam Abo el Naga

Young Expert at Mott MacDonald - Egypt

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 13

YEP Role

YEP GIS-Database Professional.

Click here for more information about my project.



I have three years of experience in the field of design water and wastewater plants and networks, I have excellent experience in water and wastewater networks shop drawings and am a very good user of GIS.



Nationality: Egyptian
Education: BSc degree in Civil Engineering


Experience before YEP

Feb - August 2017: Junior Design Engineer, Egypt

Consulting engineering water and wastewater and environmental engineering CEWWE. Design of wastewater networks for many villages at El Minya governorat.


Nov 2015 - Jan 2017: Junior Tecnical Office Engineer, Egypt

Arab Projects Company for Urban Development (Infracon). Shop drawings, quantity surveying, and project coordinator. 


Nov 2014 - Nov 2015: Junior Design Engineer, Egypt

Consulting Engineering Bureau. Design of plumbing and firefighting.

YEP Water


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Tuesday, October 9, 2018
it's almost a year now in Mott Macdonald, feels very good to be part of SRSSP project here in Egypt, a couple of weeks ago I presented my full work, I was a bit nervous at first but hearing their more

Monday, April 16, 2018
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I’ve been working at Mott MacDonald for about 5 months now, the project I'm working its aim is to help improving access to sanitation services in rural areas in three governorates (Sharkia, more

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
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