The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water & YEP Agrofood, 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 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) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.


MDF newsletter by Young Experts!

A number of the Young Experts, employed by MDF, have released another edition of the "What's Yeppening" newsletter of MDF!

YEP Effect 4 has been released!

During the YEP kick off of batch 15,  another new edition of YEP Effect has been officially launched: the fourth edition is now available!

YEP alumnus Jacques on TV!

Jacques Tuyishime, alumnus of YEP Programmes, is now Managing Director at Holland GreenTech in Rwanda. He has developed several skills during his time in YEP,  especially during the Personal Development Training!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 16th batch starts on 4 February 2019
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Ileen Wilke - YEP Agrofood at NABC/GNBCC in Ghana

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

Aung Thura Hein

Where is he now? Engineer at Royal HaskoningDHV Myanmar

Young Expert at Royal HaskoningDHV - Myanmar

YEP period 2015 - 2017, batch 5

YEP Role

I worked as a Project Engineer at Royal Haskoning DHV Co., Ltd  in Myanmar. Under the business line of Rivers, Deltas & Coasts, my responsibilities were concerned with many engineering studies and approaches. I participated in the project Ayeyarwady Navigation feasibility study (RVO) and I was also able to participate in many spin-off projects from the IWRM (Integrated Water Resource Management) strategy study projects, which were expected to utilize in future Myanmar. So, I was especially engaged in, and expected to contribute to, the following fields:

  • River/Coastal Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Hydraulic Modelling
  • Hydrological Analyses
  • Environmental Impacts Analyses

Data collection to support various analyses including data on industrial, domestic and agricultural water use. Click here for more information about my project.



In earlier works, I started with my engineering experience under construction sites for maritime industry. I was used to with project management for planning, monitoring, inspection, evaluating and handing over to the clients, covering for all of the complete project phases. Working with intercultural circumstances, I have a good communication and flexible to the surrounding societies. As I worked under water related nature, I had a good understanding of rivers, tides and coastal environments as well as their behaviors. I had a good communication skill and can speak fluently (orally and in writing) in English. As a person I am a hardworking and motivated one.



Nationality: Myanmar

  • B.E ( River & Coastal Engineering, Myanmar Maritime University, Myanmar)
  • Associate Member (Myanmar Engineering Society)
  • ASEAN Engineer Registration

Experience before YEP

During my study, I was in touch with water related governmental organizations as industrial training program. After finish my graduation, I started with my career as a junior project engineer with a local construction company. In these years, I had many experiences in project cycle management including site inspection, time management, budget awareness and logistics frameworks as well. Being a port expansion project, I added my knowledge relating with tide, river and coastal environments. And then I changed my scope to dredging industry doing as project engineer for sand supply company. I had a background for dredging in relating with hydrographic surveying, soil investigation and data analysis for dredging and dredge operation management as well. Within these years, I worked as river engineer including the tasks for modelling, morphological change studies and water environment ecosystems.

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