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

Filoca Alecandre Fondo - YEP Water at Waterschap Hunze en Aa's in Mozambique

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

Maartje Pronk

Young Expert at Max Foundation - Bangladesh

YEP period 2019 - 2020, batch 16

YEP Role

As Product Development Manager for Max Water Social Business, I coordinate the transition of Max Foundation’s water supply programmes into a social water enterprise. I am using my experience in water and public health issues to develop Max Social Water Business in Bangladesh and accelerate its scale up. Part of my time is devoted to business development for Max Foundation to support new program development and link with possible partner organisations and donors on WASH (Water & Sanitation and Hygiene education) and Health (safe motherhood, nutrition) issues.

Click here for more information about my project.



Business development; project management; Social Return on Investment; grant writing; public-private partnerships



Nationality: Dutch

  • Advanced Master in International Development, CIDIN, University of Nijmegen
  • MSc in International Development, University of Wageningen
  • BSc (Hons) in International Development, University of Wageningen

Experience before YEP

Before becoming a Young Expert, I worked in the UK as a Programmes Officer for Lepra, an international public health charity focusing on Neglected Tropical Diseases. I was responsible for the country programmes in Bangladesh and Mozambique related to leprosy, lymphatic filariasis and TB. Due to the nature of these diseases, disability inclusion and morbidity management were frequent themes in my work. During my time with Lepra, I also vice-chaired the LF NGDO Network.


Furthermore, I worked as Programme Officer for Cordaid in the Netherlands, in the Disaster Risk Reduction & Disaster Response unit. I have worked on the response to a number of humanitarian crises (including Ebola and floods in Europe), but my main responsibilities were related to long term DRR in Haiti and Indonesia. Working on climate change resilience in Indonesia offered me the opportunity to be involved in setting up various public-private partnerships related to agriculture and water management. 

YEP Water


Email LinkedIn Skype
Yep AgroYep Water


Sunday, August 25, 2019
The best water startup
Coming from the international development sector, the world of social business, startups and incubators can sometimes feel a bit like a new world. It's daunting but it's exciting, and that's exactly more

Feeling like a winner!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Understanding our customers
A few months into my new job with Max Water Social Business, I finally managed to visit our pilot sites and meet the first customers. Throughout the hottest months of the year, and the Ramadan period, more

Beauty telling me about what it means to her family to have piped water

Sunday, April 28, 2019
My side job as a tv actress
As one of my friends recently said: "Working in international development is a very versatile career." When we studied together 10 years ago, we'd never have thought that one day we'd end up starring more

Recording day