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

Laurens Poelhekke - YEP Agrofood at CDR International in Vietnam

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

Nienke Keen

Young Expert at AgriProFocus - Kenya

YEP period 2018 - 2019, batch 14

YEP Role

As a network, AgriProFocus is a neutral convener, bringing together agripreneurs, private sector companies, civil society organisations, knowledge institutes and governments together around specific questions, issues and opportunities. We organise ánd facilitate the place for members to meet and work, learn and influence together. Our diverse membership base and presence in both The Netherlands and in 13 countries in Africa and South-East Asia offers unique opportunities for cross-boundary exchange.


As Regional Business Developer I support our offices in East Africa with developing new activities for our network members. It is a varied job which includes supporting my colleagues with lead identification and lead development, capacity building on business development, as well as strategy development on a global level.


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Creative problem-solver

  • Entrepreneurial

  • Curious and eager to learn

  • Servant team player

  • Proactive and structured

  • Facilitating processes and discussions

  • Acute observer, analytical and reflective

  • Intuitive personality

  • Yet with a preference for fact-based decision making 


Nationality: Dutch
Education: Liberal Arts and Sciences bachelor's degree at the University College Roosevelt (honors), General Management pre-masters at Rotterdam School of management, and Global Business and Stakeholder Management (cum laude).


Experience before YEP

Before my YEP position I worked for 3 years with the cocoa team of IDH Sustainable Trade Initiative. There I managed a large portfolio of projects and contributed to the developed programmes on access to finance, nutrition and deforestation. Before that I worked for about a year with the Partnerships Resource Centre (PRC) as a junior researcher.

YEP Agrofood


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