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

Su Pan Aung - YEP Water at VNG International in Myanmar

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

Lou van Reemst

Young Expert at African Clean Energy - Uganda

YEP period 2020 - 2021, batch 19

YEP Role

This year (2020) I am working for African Clean Energy (ACE) in Uganda. ACE makes a solar/thermal hybrid energy system providing off-grid households with clean cooking and electricity for light and/or charging a phone or radio. 


As a Field Office Manager, I am working alongside the Operations Manager in Uganda to oversee the performance of field sales teams, customer service and maintenance teams. Apart from scaling up and setting up new offices around the country I will be responsible for M&E of new tech adoptions we are testing in the field and creating new strategies for sustainable fuel supply chains and sales. The improvement of current structures and work flows are part of creating a more sustainable environment to grow the business. 



  • Previous work experience in EA: Kenya and Tanzania
  • Practical and analytical skills

  • Motivate and enthusiast others 

  • Design thinking and using visual skills to convey messages


Nationality: Dutch

  • Bachelor Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Master Integrated Product Design at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Experience before YEP

During my studies I have done an internship in Nairobi, Kenya on the business development of a start-up that makes affordable greenhouses for small-holder farmers. 


Between my bachelors and masters, I’ve worked in Yogyakarta, Indonesia for a year. In Yogyakarta I was head of design for a start-up called ETEAQ that made accessories for mobile devices made from recycled materials. I was responsible for the complete product development, production set-up but also visual branding and communication between the different stakeholders involved. 


For my master thesis I researched different possibilities of using waste glass for building materials for the island Zanzibar, Tanzania. The end-result was a recipe for the ‘bottle | brick’: a glass waste concrete mixture suitable for the island, used to make affordable and durable bricks. A fit for the local context. After my graduation I went to Tanzania to be the general manager of foundation bottle-up and scale-up the ‘bottle | brick’ project


After a year in Zanzibar I worked for the start-up Ecosystem Kickstarter, researching and developing a foldable and biodegradable structure that is used as erosion prevention in Sub-Sahara Africa. Through the usage of embedded seeds in the structure these products are meant for places where sustainable land management lacks and top soil needs to be protected. 

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