The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, 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 and renewable energy 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), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Ludas Nleya - YEP Tailor-made at WaterWorX in Zimbabwe

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

Elske Möring

Young Expert at Van Essen Instruments - Colombia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

My role within Wequips is business developer/sales representative. The main work activities are finding and contacting possible clients, maintain relationships, provide product advice for clients or projects, participate in events and network opportunities and perform market- and product studies. This means that one moment I can stand with my feed in the mud, visiting a project, or meeting (possible) clients during network events. The diversity, not only in theme or sector, but also in product, people and projects is what I really like. 


Because Colombia is a big country, the areas are divided between me and my two co-workers. This means that I am responsible for the areas of Boyacá and the Caribbean coast. The reason why I have these areas is because of my expertise in water management and agriculture. In the Caribbean coast there is a lot port development, the main river of Colombia flows in this area, causing problems with floods but is also very important for water availability and river transportation. There is a lot of agricultural activity in an area that is semi dry. Also, sea level rise affects the area profoundly. All these effects cause a lot of challenges but also opportunities for water management in this area. And therefore, for our products that we provide. Boyacá is a department close to Bogotá and I oversee this area because I used to live there, and I know the area well. The main activities in this area is (small scale) agriculture and mining. Partly I can use the knowledge that I already have about water management and agriculture, and partly I am learning every day more and more about these and other sectors in Colombia. 

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    • Water management
    • Agriculture 
    • Identifying sector possibilities
    • Performing market studies
    • Product knowledge
    • Sales
    • Marketing
    • Client relations 
    • Active promotion of company and products
    • Participate in events/network possibilities

Nationality: Dutch

  • Bsc. Land and water management VHL
  • Msc. International land and water management WUR


Experience before YEP

  • Right after I finished my master International Land and Water management at Wageningen University, I became a YEPper of batch 15. Although I am started my first working experience with Wequips and YEP, I gained work experience during my different internships in the Netherlands, Cambodia and Colombia. Below a short impression of what I have done. 
  • Internship MSc. (2018). At Royal embassy Kingdom of the Netherlands, Bogotá. Economic department, involved with 6 top sectors, with focus on Water, Logistics and Agriculture.
  • Thesis MSc. (2018). With Wageningen university, Universidad UPTC and Gobernación Boyacá, performing a Stakeholder- and Frame Package Analysis in Lake Tota, identifying perceptions of local stakeholders about climate change, water use and contamination.  Title: Perspectives about climate change and the contamination of lake Tota; a case study
  • Graduator BSc. (2015). At department of Policy & advice Waterboard Brabantse Delta. Research for the implementation of the possibilities of a monitoring-dashboard, derivative from a South-African concept.
  • Internship BSc. (2014) At CFAP Cambodia, with Agriterra, LTO-Noord and CFAP Cambodia. Developing of a Monitoring plan, providing advice for the maintenance of 35 realized water ponds in Svay Rieng, Cambodja
  • Internship BSc. (2013). At department of Safety and sufficient water at Waterboard Hunze en Aa’s. Working on policy for water levels in the Hunze river catchment
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Thursday, February 21, 2019
YEP Latino America intervision weekend
This year we have organised the first YEP Latin America intervision weekend. And it was a great experience and fun weekend! I was one of the organizers of this event, and although it was a lot of more

YEP Latino America

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Visiting a Coal Mine
My work brings me everywhere, which is amazing. Some days I am in the office, other days at construction sites, attending simposia and visiting clients. Last week I had the opportunity to visit a more

Selfie in the coalmine

Monday, November 26, 2018
Dutch trade mission to Colombia
Last November a huge trade mission for the sectors Water & Logistics, Agriculture & Horticulture, Health and Bicycle Mobility from the Netherlands and the Dutch Antilles took place in Colombia, with more

Proosten op de handelsmissie