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Roos Middelkoop

Roos Middelkoop

YEP period 2021 - 2021, batch 23

Young Expert at Ministry of Foreign Affairs - Bangladesh

First position after YEP

Programme Analyst at UNFPA Bangladesh

YEP Role

Within the tailor-made YEP Talent Pool programme, I'm seconded by the Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP) to the Netherlands Embassy in Bangladesh to:

• Contribute to the development and implementation of integrated agriculture/Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) and water management programmes
• Develop, document, and disseminate knowledge on an integral/nexus approach
• Contribute to upgrading the NL-BD country portal with a focus on the water and agriculture sectors
• Contribute to sustainable agricultural business development in Bangladesh
• Contribute to strengthening the relationship between the NL and BD private sector


  • Analytical thinking and research
  • Qualitative and quantitative data collection & analysis
  • Knowledge development, documentation, and dissemination
  • Project/event management
  • Intercultural communication & collaboration
  • Presenting & networking
  • Design / public relations
  • Applying behavioral insights to understand/solve societal challenges


  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Education:
    • BA Liberal Arts & Sciences (Anthropology, Psychology, Statistics), University College Roosevelt (NL)
    • MSc Psychology: Theory & Research, KU Leuven (BE)
    • Thesis research on the psycho-social development of children: Centre for Family Research, Cambridge University (UK)
    • Summer school Policy & Economics + Ethics & Leadership: George Mason University (USA)

Experience before YEP

Before joining YEP, I completed a 10-months traineeship at the European Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in Vienna, supporting the Director’s Office. I supported the preparation and follow-up of the Director’s meetings with the Agency’s external counterparts (government officials, civil society, international partners, etc.), on a variety of human rights-related topics. Before that, I was an intern at the Netherlands Embassy in Bangladesh, supporting the political affairs, human rights, and public diplomacy department for five months. While I was completing my MSc thesis on cognitive biases in lonely children and adolescents, I tutored at Erasmus University College and completed a summer school program in Washington D.C. During my undergraduate studies, I was involved in various research projects and voluntary activities (incl. for SOS Children’s Villages, Amnesty International, and the Veritas Forum). 

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