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.


YEP Information Event September 3rd

Interested in employing an enthusiastic motivated young professional on your international project? Join our online YEP Information Event on September 3rd!

Candidates: apply for one YEP position now!

We are looking for a perfect Dutch candidate for a YEP Energy position at Hypoport BV South Africa! You can apply until 9 August 2020.

New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Sandile Sinothando Sibanda - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Zimbabwe

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

Luuk Brinkman

Where is he now? Consultant Flood Resilience & IWRM at Royal HaskoningDHV, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Royal HaskoningDHV - Vietnam

YEP period 2017 - 2018, batch 13

YEP Role

Luuk works on the ‘Mekong Integrated Water Resources Management Project – Development of the Decision Support System for Sesan and Srepok River Basins’ (DSS 2S), funded by the World Bank. He acts as IWRM / Flood Resilience Consultant, assisting both international and national experts from HaskoningDHV and partners in their tasks. Next to his contribution to the DSS 2S project, Luuk is involved in other projects carried out by RHDHV such as Mekong Delta Plan Implementation (Vietnam), Southwest Area Integrated Water Recourses Planning & Management Project (Bangladesh) and the Scoping Study on Flood Risk Modeling for Yangon City and Flood Hazard Modeling for Greater Yangon Region (Myanmar). Finally, Luuk also contributes to RHDHV’s business development efforts in the region, e.g. write and coordinate technical proposals, attend meetings and conferences and liaise with potential clients. 

Click here for more information about his project.



Strategic hydrological and hydraulic system assessments, flood hazard and vulnerability assessments, project management and control, composing well-structured reports, analyses and policy documents, proposal writing, CROPWAT, MS Project, Multi-Criteria-Analysis, Stakeholder Analysis, Environmental and Social Impact Assessments.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Wageningen University, International Land and Water Management, Specialization in Integrated Water Management. Diploma MSc (2013), Wageningen University, International Land and Water Management. Diploma BSc (2012)


Experience before YEP

Before being send to Vietnam with the support of YEP, Luuk has worked for Royal HaskoningDHV for three years. During these three years he has worked both on national and international projects concerning water management, ranging from strengthening of embankments in the Netherlands to a water balance study and integrated assessment of an irrigation system rehabilitation in Northern Nigeria. 

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017
First update
After two and a half week of intensive training, here is the first update on this website! Probably the first one of many to come. Attached a quick impression of the field visit in our second week to more