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

Maria Paula Rincon - YEP Water at aQysta in Colombia

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

Dorine Poelhekke

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