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

Tahsin Islam - YEP Water at Max Foundation in Bangladesh

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

Boaz Liesdek

Young Expert at QPoint - Kenya

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

Agribusiness Consultant at Q-Point BV. 

As part of my YEP role I provide consulting services on business development, land- and water management, value chain management, start-up incubation and capacity building related to agribusiness. As Q-Point representative in Kenya, I am responsible for running the office in Nakuru and for project management of international projects in the East-African region.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Business Development & Project Management
  • Land- and Water Management
  • Value Chain Management
  • Strategic Change Management & Organisational Governance
  • Matchmaking and linking public with private sector
  • Multi-stakeholder networking
  • Monitoring & Evaluation


Nationality: Dutch
Education:  Wageningen University and Research (WUR)

  • BSc. in International Land- and Water Management
    • Minor: Environmental technology
  • MSc. in Urban Environmental Management
    • Major: Management Studies
    • Minor: Sustainability Leadership and Environmental Policy

Experience before YEP

United Nations specialized agency: International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Evaluation Research Analyst, Intern

Rome, Italy


USAID Higher Education Solutions Network: Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI)

Graduation Research on Commodity Exchanges

Lilongwe, Malawi



Co-founder, value chain manager of APPEL+PEER: locally sourced and produced organic juice.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands


International Reference Center on Water Reuse (IRCWR)

Graduation research on industrial wastewater reuse

São Paulo, Brazil

YEP Agrofood


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