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.


Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

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

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Reynaldo Secor, Jr. - YEP Water at Vitens Evides International in Philippines

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

Renee Corstens

Young Expert at Financial Access - Indonesia

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 17

YEP Role

I will be working on a diverse set of projects across Indonesia and Vietnam. The projects are aimed at improving access to finance for small holder farmers by clearly identifying and mitigating the main financial and environmental risks associated with farmers. I will be working closely with a variety of partners focused on environmental risk, capacity building and training to ensure we employ a holistic approach to help small holder in a sustainable way. We therefore not only enable farmers to be included into the financial system, we also guarantee that this happens in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Business Development
  • Project Management
  • Stakeholder Engagement 
  • Consultancy
  • Bahasa Indonesia 

Nationality: Dutch

  • MSc. Business Administration with a major in Strategy (University of Amsterdam) 
  • BSc. Business Administration (University of Groningen) 

Experience before YEP

  • Head of Partnerships at HARA – Agritech start-up (Indonesia)
  • Sustainability Manager at Peduli Anak Foundation (Indonesia)
  • Intern Economic Affairs at the Dutch Embassy of Indonesia (Indonesia)
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