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

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Maarten Hasselman

Young Expert at Truvalu - Kenya

YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 19

YEP Role

I work for Truvalu as a Business Development Manager (BDM) in Kenya. Truvalu is a company that supports small-and medium-sized enterprises in the agri sector to grow their business. As a co-entrepreneur we offer them business development support, investment capital and access to the European market. At this moment, Truvalu has made 4 investments in Kenya which I need to monitor closely. Furthermore, Truvalu has a strong pipeline of companies in Kenya which I am going to onboard together with my colleagues by providing them business development services and developing an investment proposal. Truvalu has developed a standardized methodology to work with early-stage businesses in emerging markets which I am going to apply to the companies I work with. The aim is to grow these businesses for financial return and for social impact such as increasing the income of smallholder farmers and creating jobs.



  • Analytical Skills
  • Company Assessment
  • Deal Structuring Investments (equity and loans)
  • Portfolio Management
  • Data Analysis

Nationality: Dutch

  • Bachelor Business Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Master Global Business & Sustainability at Erasmus University Rotterdam

Experience before YEP

I have been working at Truvalu since 2015 as an Investment Officer and Pipeline Coordinator. In this role I have been supporting the local teams of Truvalu in the assessment of small and medium-sized enterprises in the agri-food sector as well as in the structuring investment deals. Next to that, I have been involved in the development of Truvalu’s business acceleration and investment methodology.


Before Truvalu, I have studied for a couple of months in Ethiopia and did an internship at a local impact investor AgriVest. Next to my studies, I worked as an Assistant Investment Analyst at Shaerpa.

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