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.


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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!

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

Alexander de Ruijter - YEP Water at Arcadis Nederland B.V. in Vietnam

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

Ada Chai

Young Expert at One to Watch B.V. - Myanmar

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

As the Program Coordinator at One to Watch Myanmar, I am responsible for the operational execution and coordination for a variety of business programs for local agricultural SMEs and other inclusive and impactful business. I ensure that all prerequisites of running a successful acceleration program are met, including the curriculum design and the sourcing and selection of mentors, industry experts, and entrepreneurs, coordinating and facilitating workshops, and making connections between investors and local entrepreneurs. I also work closely with local entrepreneurs to develop their business models and connect them to relevant players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Yangon.

Click here for more information about my project.



Project management, stakeholder engagement and management, ecosystem building, operations management, intercultural communications



Nationality: Myanmar
Education: BA in Educational Studies, Trinity College (Hartford, CT)


Experience before YEP

  • Co-founder of an e-commerce startup
  • Academic Coordinator at a Kaplan Education Center
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