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

Gideon Masedi Lomoko - YEP Water at Witteveen + Bos in Ghana

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

Anna-Marthe Sessink

Where is she now? Manager Operations at Akvo Australia

Young Expert at - Indonesia

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

As a Young Expert I was working for Akvo Foundation in Indonesia, where I assisted in the expansion of Akvo’s activities in South East Asia. Focus was on partnership development and support, and the introduction of mobile and web-based monitoring & evaluation tools in the WASH sector. I have supported large projects in Indonesia to map the status of WASH facilities to ensure long-term sustainability.

Click here for more information about my project.



My background is in business administration. During my studies I gained diverse international experience by different study exchanges and an internship abroad. I have affinity for IT and I am passionate about bringing social innovations into new environments. My personality can be described as calm, open, flexible and independent.



Nationality: Dutch
Education: MSc Strategic Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam


Experience before YEP

  • Part-time job in Akvo’s partner team since 2011, where I have gained experience in Akvo tools
  • Co-founded a start-up called Co-Student, which aims to help 50+ to become familiar with useful innovations
  • Internship at Marketing & Communications department of Rabobank Utrechtse Heuvelrug
  • Consultancy assignment for the Lornah Kiplagat Foundation in writing a business concept for a girls’ school in Kenya
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Ministry of Education featured in Akvo SEAP Newscast August 2016
Excerpt from the Akvo South East Asia Pacific Newscast - August 2016 Published on Aug 15, 2016 Video Featuring: Anna-Marthe Sessink Aulia Rahman Isoa Taribau Sanivalati Nabogikolo Viliame more

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
UTZ Indonesia featured in Akvo Newscast August 2016
Excerpt from the Akvo South East Asia Pacific Newscast - August 2016 Published on Aug 15, 2016 Video Featuring: Anna-Marthe Sessink Aulia Rahman Eldo Soplantila Production & Edits by Ori more

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
YEP chapter coming to an end, but Indonesia book is not finished
It's been a while since my last update. No news is good news though. The Akvo SE Asia & Pacific regional hub has been expanding quite a bit over the past year. We now have a team of 10 people more

Akvo SE Asia & Pacific team at work during team days in January 2016