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
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Our Young Experts

Gideon Masedi Lomoko - YEP Water at Witteveen + Bos in Ghana

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Ana Maria Nieto

Young Expert at Stichting Konfinanzas - Colombia

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 15

YEP Role

I am a Business Developer for Stichting Konfinanzas in Colombia. I’m currently strengthening Konfinanzas network of stakeholders in the region including, rural communities, grassroots NGO’s, public institutions, social and tech companies working in related fields to create partnerships. My goal is to design the different steps of capacity-building workshops to support these grassroots NGO’s and rural communities on attaining sustainability and long-term impacts on their projects: financial, social & environmental impact analysis, use oftechnology, and when required access to funding, or innovative financial tools such as digitalcommunity currencies. I would be implementing, monitoring and assessing our first two pilots in the country. 

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Investment projects assessment, financial modeling, data analysis and study of business’ trends.
  • Project management, automate & standardised processes.
  • Research and developing new ideas!
  • Self-driven, curious, independent, adaptable and open towards change and challenge

Nationality: Colombian/Mexican
Education: Bs Business Administration specialised in International Relations – Tecnológico de Monterrey, México. Exchange studies in International Relations & Journalism: Universidad de los Andes, Colombia and Institut Supérieur de Gestion, France.


Experience before YEP

I worked as a financial analyst in a Corporative group of universities in Mexico, where I monitored & controlled the capital expenditure projects in new or existing programs in the North Region of the country. 


Then I worked as a data analyst in the Mexican Red Cross, optimising internal processes for improving transparency of funds and financial information management.


And my recent work experience was in an AI tech company in Mexico as a Financial Coordinator. I was responsible for feasibility and financial analysis, and budget planning and control. I used to participate in the decision-making team for innovation.

As broad as my work experiences are, I have always been passionate about development and social impact and I am a believer of the great potential of the synergies among private, public and tech. I have been a volunteer in “Un techo para mi pais” Colombia and Mexico, and in grassroots foundations aiming to diminish violence and inequality in Mexico and Colombia. 

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