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.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Deborah Muriuki - YEP Agrofood at Rebel Group in Kenya

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

Sander de Raad

Young Expert at Resilience B.V. - Ethiopia

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 16

YEP Role

Resilience is an international network organisation that carries out research and consultancy projects in emerging markets. Moreover, the company also initiates and invests in social enterprises to develop market-based solutions for pressing issues. Sander has initiated and manages the Conflict Sensitive investment (CSI) project. The project supports foreign investors to improve understanding of the local context and contribute to a stable business climate (Ethiopia and Rwanda). Moreover, Sander works on the development and expansion of the TRAIDE program. TRAIDE is a trade facilitation program that aims for inclusive and sustainable growth of the African economy, with a focus on supporting Dutch companies.

Click here for more information about Sander's project.



Sander works on the intersection of Trade & Aid where he develops and supports sustainable, mutually reinforcing projects. He has an affinity with business development, CSR and sustainability within the Private Sector. He has a multidisciplinary background, extensive international experience and a creative, analytical and entrepreneurial mindset. His personal goal is to learn, grow and contribute to the advancement of international business where social & environmental sustainability is a prerequisite.


Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc International Business and Management (University of Groningen), Pre-MSc International Business and Management (University of Groningen), Human Technology - Industrial Product Design (Hanze University of Applied Science, Groningen)


Experience before YEP

  • Summer School Land Acquisition, Resettlement and Social Sustainability. Maputo, Mozambique

  • Intern Aid & Trade Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  • Chairman Stichting Social Business Suriname. Paramaribo, Surinam

  • Co-founder and owner Groningen, the Netherlands

  • Junior Social Business Developer Save the Native Forest. Puerto Francisco de Orellana, Ecuador

  • Business Development Volunteer ADRA Nepal. Kathmandu, Nepal

  • Volunteer Igniting Ambitions. Capetown, South Africa

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