The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, EP 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.


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

Emma Vos - YEP Water at Simavi in Tanzania

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

Alexander de Ruijter

Young Expert at Arcadis Nederland B.V. - Vietnam

YEP period 2019 - 2020, batch 16

YEP Role

As representative for the Water and Environment business of Arcadis Nederland in Vietnam, I contribute to the business development in the region and coordinate the relevant projects in Vietnam. Additionally, I lend my aid to the development and diversification of the business of Arcadis Vietnam. As a specialist in water management my key focus is on river and coastal management and city resilience.


Click here for more information about my project.



  • Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM)
  • Catchment hydrology
  • Hydrology and Geology of Deltas
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Project coordination
  • Team player
  • Culturally sensitive


Nationality: Dutch & Belgian

Education: BSc. International Land and Water Management (Minor GIS), MSc. International Land and Water Management (Minor Applied Hydrology).


Experience before YEP

2015: Trainee at NHC in Bangladesh. Checking and improving of GIS database and development of prioritizing scheme for the Jamuna-Meghna River Erosion Mitigation Project and developing a SCADA report for the Irrigation Management Improvement Project of the Teesta Barrage.

2018-2019: Specialist Water Management at Arcadis Nederland B.V.  

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