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.


YEP Information Event September 3rd

Interested in employing an enthusiastic motivated young professional on your international project? Join our online YEP Information Event on September 3rd!

Candidates: apply for one YEP position now!

We are looking for a perfect Dutch candidate for a YEP Energy position at Hypoport BV South Africa! You can apply until 9 August 2020.

New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

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

Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

Organisations: deadline project submission

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

11 October 2020

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Micheal Jonga - YEP Water at Simavi in Uganda

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

Veerle Haagh

Young Expert at Financial Access - Kenya

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

I will be working on a diverse set of projects across East Africa. The projects are aimed at improving access to finance for small holder farmers by clearly identifying and mitigating the main financial and environmental risks associated with farmers. I will be working closely with a variety of partners focused on environmental risk, capacity building and training to ensure we employ a holistic approach to help small holder in a sustainable way. We therefore not only enable farmers to be included into the financial system, we also guarantee that this happens in an environmentally sustainable manner.


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Data analysis 
  • Financial modelling 
  • Economic Policy 
  • French | Arabic | Danish 
  • Diplomacy 
  • Design thinking 

Nationality: Dutch

  • MSc. Finance and Investment (RSM Erasmus University Rotterdam) 
  • MSc. Public Administration: Economics and Governance (Leiden University)
  • BSc. Business Administration (RSM Erasmus University of Rotterdam)
  • Minor International Relations (Copenhagen Business School)

Experience before YEP

December 2017-September 2018: International Research Project – Rotterdam and Vietnam 

Student consultant at the Financial Study Association of Rotterdam:

  • Provide consultancy services to multinational organizations seeking to exploit business opportunities in an emerging market
  • Traveling to Vietnam in July to conduct field research and finish the project by providing a detailed report 

June-August 2017: The Dutch Court of Audit - The Netherlands

Research intern at the department of future-proof government finance: 

  • Conducting research on two topics: Brexit and the Dutch investment climate  

January-April 2017: The Netherlands Permanent Representation to the UN & WTO - Geneva, Switzerland

Intern at the department of Economic Affairs – ministry of Foreign Affairs: 

  • The Permanent Representation represents the interests and ideals of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in a range of International Organisations in Geneva, dealing with human rights, disarmament, trade and economics, health and humanitarian issues. Ensuring that the Dutch views and opinions are taken on board by the International Bodies and its Member States.
  • Responsible for several dossiers: e.g. Fisheries, Government Procurement and Brexit 

June-September 2016: AMAL Project - Beirut, Lebanon

Volunteer at the American University of Beirut: 

  • Provide sessions and coaching about entrepreneurship to Syrian and Lebanese youth
  • Mission of the project is to develop the youth of Lebanon to become responsible leaders of tomorrow and contribute to the growth of the private sector in Lebanon
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