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

John Kaluba - YEP Water at Aquaquest in Zambia

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

Bas Agerbeek

Young Expert at Arcadis Nederland B.V. - Myanmar

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

YEP Role

As a Young Expert, I work on many projects in the delta of Myanmar concerning water management. My work is on one hand content oriented – I am working on projects making hydrological assessments, doing GIS analyses, modelling, performing and overseeing fieldwork, and writing reports. On the other hand, my work is network oriented – I am stationed in Yangon as we feel at Arcadis that there is a lot of potential in this region to improve sustainable water management, and I am tasked with exploring opportunities in the area. Visit our project page -


Click here for more information about my project.



  • GIS
  • Integrated Water Resource Management
  • Data analysis
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Hydrologic modelling (Sobek, PCSWMM, Infoworks, Delft3D)
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical and critical thinking

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Msc Earth and Environment, specialization: Hydrology and Water Resources


Experience before YEP

02/2017 – 06/2018: Arcadis | Junior Consultant Hydrology. Fully content oriented position, with similar tasks as my current YEP position excluding the network-oriented part.

06/2016 – 11/2016: Witteveen+Bos & Wageningen University | Intern. Working on a hydrological modelling study in the Hydrodynamics and Morphology group.

09/2015 – 12/2016: Wageningen University & University Federal de Viçosa  | Research assistant. Working on a research linking water availability to land-use and climate change in the Federal District of Brasilia.

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Friday, February 1, 2019
Capacity building in Myanmar
To increase city resilience in developing countries capacity building is very important to include in projects. The vision for the 'next generation' should be that they are able to tackle city more

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Design thinking concept idea for a YEPstival, check out the beautiful website!
The website: As part of the Young Expert Programme training my workgroup made a website explaining the concept idea for a YEPstival. In the video one of my more

Activities for the 'concept' YEPstival