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.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new 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

Alice Khin Mar Mar Thet - YEP Agrofood at One to Watch B.V. in Myanmar

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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