Young Experts

Daphne van Dam

Daphne van Dam

YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 19

Young Expert at Cordaid - Iraq

First position after YEP

Program Manager PSD (Private Sector Development) at Cordaid, Iraq

YEP Role

As Programme Manager Private Sector Development at our Country Office in Iraq, I lead the acquisition of PSD projects with a focus on the Agricultural and IT/Digital Sectors. I design and deliver quality and innovative projects, in close collaboration with the target beneficiaries, private sector, public institutions and relevant donors. I will build and lead the PSD team and kickstart the acquired projects. 


All projects will focus on a sustained reduction in economic risk, an increase in profits and incomes, enhancement of food security, and job creation (with a focus on women and youth) and enhanced environmental sustainability (through e.g. climate smart agricultural practices). Cross-linkages between agribusiness and the IT/digital sector will be explored and tested in innovative pilots/projects/events.



  • Bridging different viewpoints and conceptualizing innovative solutions 
  • Design thinking and facilitation (incl. App development)
  • Strategic and visual communication
  • Multi-stakeholder networking
  • Intercultural communication 
  • Teambuilding and -leading
  • Project management
  • Event management
  • Change-making

Nationality: Dutch/Canadian

  • Wageningen University: MSc International Development (Communication, Policy & Technology) 2014 - 2016 
  • University of Guelph, Canada: Exchange Program: Business & Politics 2012, August - December 
  • Wageningen University: BSc International Development (Communication, Policy & Technology) 2010 - 2013 

Experience before YEP

  • 2019 – Present: Duafe Beads by Daph (founder)
  • 2018 – Present: African Union & European Union Youth Cooperation Hub: Youth Expert Cuture, Arts & Sports (Cultural Entrepreneurship) 
  • 2016 – 2019: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DARE-innovation team: Consultant Innovation and Organisational Change
  • 2015: Netherlands Embassy to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho en Swaziland: Consultant Communication & Media
  • 2015: Netherlands Embassy to Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Togo and Ivory Coast: Project Officer Political and Humanitarian Affairs
  • 2014: United Nations, Division for Sustainable Development, International Environmental Policy Consultancy Project (European Workshop): Moderator/Team Leader of the Wageningen University Team
  • 2012 – 2015: Football Beyond Frontiers: Co-Founder and Manager Operations
Email Twitter LinkedIn Skype
Organisation: Cordaid
Young Experts