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.


YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Rafsan Jani Siam - YEP Agrofood at Just Business in Bangladesh

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

Arthur Geilvoet

Where is he now? Permit Issuer at Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Witteveen + Bos - Indonesia

YEP period 2013 - 2015, batch 1

YEP Role

I worked as a process engineer at Witteveen+Bos on water treatment and sanitation projects. In Jakarta I worked on (on-going) projects regarding water treatment (both drinking water and wastewater) and sanitation. With my background as Civil Engineer I have broadened my experience on other water projects as well.
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I am an analytical person who works structured and systematic. Interdisciplinary thinking is an important aspect of the work I am doing at the moment at Witteveen+Bos. I have good writing and communicating skills.
During my study of Sanitary Engineering I focused on wastewater treatment processes. At Witteveen+Bos Consulting Engineers I mainly worked as process engineer on wastewater projects.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: Master Sanitary Engineering (part of Civil Engineering) at Delft University of Technology, Bachelor Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology.


Experience before YEP

During my Masters study at the Delft University of Technology and during my professional career at Witteveen+Bos I had the opportunity to visit several countries during both study trips and internship.

  • Study trip to Vietnam: three weeks visit visiting all kind of water related projects in the whole country
  • Internship with four other students in Senegal. With an interdisciplinary group we did research on problems of salt intrusion in the Casamance River Basin in southern Senegal
  • Various wastewater related projects in Kazakhstan, Croatia, Russia and Ecuador
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Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Ongoing business in Indonesia
One of the largest and nicest projects I worked in the last few months, was a compliance check of 9 wastewater treatment plants of a soft drink company. Activities included a 2 day site visit to all more

Site visit in Surabaya with volcano view

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Summary after 9 months
After arriving in Jakarta in December 2013, it was already time to go back to Holland for 2 weeks of training for YEP in September 2014. I cannot believe time passed by so quickly. A lot has more

Lourens, Wanna and Anton presenting the potential of Twitter

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The floods are really bad at the moment. Although my "core business" is water treatment, I'm most confronted with the floods last weeks. Today I could only reach the office by taking off my shoes and more

I could only reach the office today by crossing the flooded streets