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

Hadi Toure - YEP Water at Wereld Waternet in Mali

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

Michel Geerligs

Young Expert at Advance Consulting - Kenya

YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 19

YEP Role

My role as Business Consultant for Advance Consulting, based in Kenya (Nairobi), is to support companies and other organisations with finance acquisition and advisory services to accelerate the development of the renewable energy and agri-food sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa. More specifically, I will focus on the following four workstreams: 

  • Providing financial consulting services (e.g. investment readiness review and support, and business plan development and strengthening) 
  • Capital raising (e.g. co-creating grant applications tailored to the needs of companies and donors, and supporting companies with raising debt and equity funding) 
  • Advisory services such as matchmaking, feasibility and pre-investment studies, project formulation and business development, and project/programme management
  • Setting up and growing the regional office of Advance Consulting in Kenya, including identifying and realising new business opportunities, recruitment of new personnel and creating relevant networks


  • Developing project proposals, business plans and financial models
  • Investment readiness support
  • Project management 
  • Coordinating in-house operations 
  • Acquisition and spotting business opportunities  
  • Network building
  • Coaching and mentoring

Nationality: Dutch

  • Master International Business & Management (Cum Laude) at the University of Groningen
  • Master Small Business & Entrepreneurship (Cum Laude) at the University of Groningen
  • Bachelor Sports management at the Hanzehogeschool Groningen 

Experience before YEP

  • Marketing Manager for Local Dreamers, an international non-profit organisation which focuses on social development and sustainable entrepreneurship in Ecuador
  • Junior recruiter for Choix-recruitment, an agency specialised in recruiting managers and directors in agri-food and financial sectors
  • All-round operator for Friesland Campina, a Dutch multinational dairy cooperative
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