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

Leva Konate - YEP Agrofood at Mali Biocarburant in Burkina Faso

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

Karen Bueno Zabala

Young Expert at WaterWorX - Colombia

YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch Tm2

YEP Role

In Colombia, the WaterWorkX programme seeks to guarantee the availability and sustainable management of water for the populations in the service area of ​​Acuavalle S.A. E.S.P. The above will be achieved by strengthening through Vitens - Evides International, the self-sustainability of Acuavalle S.A. E.S.P. as a water operator, both improving the operational and financial areas, as well as the access and reliability of the water supply for all; Including socially disadvantaged neighborhoods.


My role as Young Expert is to support the Dutch short-term experts in their visits mainly as a translator, in order to allow the trainings to be understood by the members of the local company. Additionally, I will support Dutch experts with collect information, analyzing and present to the members and other companies to get our goal 



  • Planning and executing activities
  • Willing to learn new things
  • Practical and realistic


Nationality: Colombian
Education: Bachelor of Sanitary Engineer, masters in Sanitary and Environmental Engineering and candidate for a doctorate in energy systems


Experience before YEP

  • Professional in Acuavalle S.A. E.S.P.: operational area, quality of drinking water in the treatment plants
  • Research projects on: the treatment of wastewater from fish farms to avoid contamination of surrounding water sources, the processes of water treatment plants and the use of membranes in the reincorporation of agro-industrial waste back into the industrial production processes
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