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.


Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.

Announcement: new deadlines for submitting YEP proposals!

New deadline for submitting YEP proposals: 30 June!!

YEP Effect 5: result of YEP Phase I

The fifth edition of YEP Effect has been released! In this magazine, we reflect on 16 batches of Young Experts in YEP Phase I, and the new Tailor-made programme. Download here!

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 17 and 18):

30 June 2018

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 18 July

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Kasonde Chungu Chola - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Zambia

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

Dorine Poelhekke

Where is she now? Senior staff member Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DIO), the Netherlands

Young Expert at SimGas - Kenya

YEP period 2018 - 2019, batch 14

YEP Role

Since January 2018 I am in the Management Team of SimGas Kenya as Head of Business Development. SimGas is a young, innovative social enterprise that develops, sells and installs biogas digesters at rural households in East Africa. I am leading the Business Development team in Kenya with the responsibility of establishing commercial partnerships with over 65 Dairy Cooperatives throughout rural Kenya.


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Design Strategy & Commercialisation
  • Business Development
  • Human Centered Design Research 
  • Relationship Marketing
  • Creative Facilitation

Nationality: Dutch
Education: Cum Laude MSc. Strategic Product Design, Delft University of Technology


Experience before YEP

Please find me on LinkedIn for my past experience

YEP Agrofood


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Tuesday, August 14, 2018
SimGas' winning Biogas Milk Chilling solution at ASME ISHOW Kenya
A cool video from the ASME (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers) ISHOW in Kenya, where CEO Sanne Castro and myself explain how SimGas' winning Biogas Milk Chilling solution can make Kenyan more