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.

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!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 19 August

Preparatory training course

Training of the 17th batch starts on 16 September
Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Mariane Pajarillo - YEP Water at Royal HaskoningDHV in Philippines

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

Chris Wijnterp

Young Expert at Veris Investments - Ethiopia

YEP period 2017 - 2019, batch 14

YEP Role

As a Young Expert I work at Senselet Food Processing, a large potato processing company which aims to develop the potato value chain in Ethiopia. I’ve grown from a role focusing on Sales and Food Safety towards General Manager of the company. In this role my main responsibilities are:

  • Daily operations of all departments and reporting to shareholder
  • Growing market demand to increase sales and as such increase demand for potatoes
  • Strategically developing potato supply chain with several partners focusing on smallholder programs, education and seed production
  • Establishing a effective production facility with international standards on Health and Food Safety

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Marketing, Sales and Distribution
  • Data Analysis
  • Management and HR in a diverse environment
  • Agility

Nationality: Dutch, Austrian

  • BSc Aerospace Engineering, TU Delft
  • MSc Aerospace Engineering Operations and Control, TU Delft

Experience before YEP

  • Professional Football Player at FC Twente and Heracles Almelo: I started my career in sports with high focus on coaching in my position as a goalkeeper
  • Marketing and Sales at Procter & Gamble: I’ve developed my commercial interests in various roles including eCommerce in which entrepreneurial possibilities existed with the multinational company of P&G. Learning and people development has played an important part in this period, both personal development as well as developing others
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