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

Hiwot Tadesse - YEP Agrofood at Resilience B.V. in Ethiopia

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

Sujan Dulal

Young Expert at aQysta - Nepal

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

YEP Role


The YEP fellow is responsible to establish and lead the aQysta Nepal team, and inspire and direct the local team in scaling a renewable energy based water technology in the agriculture sector. Coordinate a research and engineering team focused on the agricultural and water sector. Perform research at farmer field level, gaining understanding of farmer's lives, crop cycles and local challenges. Gain expertise on water-technology transfer and adapt it to the local context. Contribute to the development of a finance mechanism which allows smallholder farmers to access irrigation technology which supports them to practice year-round farming, which will enhance income level and food and nutrition security of the people, without damaging the environment. Scale suitable finance mechanisms to other renewable energy technologies in agriculture and water sector.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Leadership
  • Energy System Planning and Design
  • 3D Modeling and Design
  • Strategy and Business Development
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team
  • Good Communication.
  • Adaptability in multicultural work setting

Nationality: Nepali
Education: Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University. MSc. Engineering in Energy Systems Planning and Management


Experience before YEP

  • Worked as an engineer at aQysta Nepal and oversee the tasks of product assembly, experimenting with the product variants and also managing the localisation, which includes designing and fabrication of parts, of the hydro powered irrigation pump i.e. Barsha Pump in Nepal
  • Worked as an intern engineer in Practical Action Nepal’s Agriculture Program under Securing Water For Food (SWFF) Project funded by USAID.
  • Worked in Nepal Airlines Corporation as an intern and learnt the various tasks performed in Tribhuvan International Airport during Line and Base Maintenance (Part of Organisation Engagement Program during Undergraduate).
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