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.


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

Johannes Dunnewolt - YEP Water at We Consult in Zambia

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

Joana Chemel

Young Expert at NABC/GNBCC - Ghana

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

YEP Role


Project Officer, AgroFood Design


My YEP role in Agriculture and Design will focus on innovativeness in our food sector, dealing with scarce raw materials, food waste and animal welfare. Through YEP, I will be exploring the business and market potential in bringing farmers, designers, policymakers, scientists and other stakeholders together to explore Ghana’s food sector and food future.


This role gives me the opportunity to build more content-based (sub) networks, in the field of Agrofood and Design. These sectors are important strongholds of Dutch knowledge and Ghana offers opportunities for them. Also, the relevance of innovative ideas in applying Design (or Design Thinking) to Agrofood is an essential but untapped market in Ghana. With Creative sector being a top sector in the Netherlands, Agrofood Design is a great balance to explore new and innovative business opportunities in the Agrofood sector.

Click here for more information about my project.



Project Management, International Relations, Stakeholder Analysis, Business Development, Market Research, Creative Network Management, Design Thinking, Agribusiness, Eagerness to Learn, Networking, Negotiations and Creative Problem Solving, Curiosity



Nationality: Ghanaian

  • Public Policy Management, Young African Leaders, West Africa Region
  • Diplomacy, International Relations and SDG Advocacy Training, Young Diplomats of Ghana
  • Creative Enterprise Training, (British Council & Nesta UK) Abuja, Nigeria
  • BSc. Business Administration, Central University, Ghana


Experience before YEP

  • Fellow- Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)
  • SDGs Advocacy- Young Diplomats of Ghana
  • Creative Network Management – British Council Sub-Saharan Training (Nigeria, Scotland, England)
  • Program Coordinator- Ghana Design Network (GDN)
  • Agribusiness - Liko Household Farm (Fruits, vegetables, Poultry, Piggery, Goat Farms)
  • Administrative Assistant- Central University
  • Business Development for Water Payment Systems (Student Consultant)- Susteq/ Sustainable Motion (NL, GH)
  • Accounting Intern- Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD)
  • Finance Director- Central University Students Chaplaincy Committee
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Presentation on Export Opportunities for Green Businesses -GCIC/SNV
The Ghana Climate Innovation Center in collaboaration with SNV Ghana organised a workshop for the entrepreneurs supported by the GCIC to open up opportunities under “Market Growth and Access” ( more

Presenting Export Opportunities for Green Businesses in Ghana

Friday, November 23, 2018
Dutch Export Academy
As the Project Officer Agro Food and Design, I facilitated the second phase of the Dutch Export Academy. The Dutch export Academy which started from the 6th of November 2018 ended on 23rd of November more

Participants with Dutch Ambassador Ron Strikker and Mr Joe Tackie of M. BD

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Coaching Session with Natascha Soons (Session 1)
I really enjoyed the first YEP coaching session with Natascha Soons. We discussed my background, a bit about myself and my MBTI type. We also discussed about my YEP role and project and how the work more

Coaching with Natascha Soons