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

Sanjay Pokhrel - YEP Agrofood at One to Watch B.V. in Nepal

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

Kevin Oosterloo

Where is he now? Environmental Data Analyst at Shell, the Netherlands

Young Expert at Unie van Waterschappen - Ethiopia

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 4

YEP Role

The Dutch Water Authorities seconded me to the Federal Government of Ethiopia to work on the implementation of Integrated Water Resource Management at basin level. As a junior policy advisor, I was mostly involved with the Awash Basin Authority, and at times with the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity. In my role I worked  on, among other issues, strategic river basin planning, monitoring water quality, regulating industrial effluent discharges. Through my work I have been involved with policy-makers, officials and workers at all levels, from the Minister to gate operators. Another aspect was coordinating between the Dutch and Ethiopian parties. Especially in organising periodical work visits from the Dutch Water Authorities to the Awash Basin and giving context and support to Dutch water experts to facillitate knowledge transfer.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Multidisciplinary projects
  • Environmental policy
  • Transboundary water governance
  • Technical and governance aspects of water management
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Good reporting and presentation


Nationality: Dutch
Education: B.Eng in Industrial Engineering & Management (Hanze Hogeschool), MSc in Environmental Science (Utrecht University)


Experience before YEP

  • Research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: I was a research fellow for the spring semester (5 months), developing a theoretical model to probe politicisation of water in bi- and multi-lateral water regimes (MSc thesis).
  • Internship at Tebodin Consulting and Engineering, Muscat Office (Oman): I investigated the consequences of a change from lump sum to norm-based project costs estimation for oil and gas engineering services (B.Eng thesis).
  • Other experiences such as: being part of a student think-tank on energy matters; an internship at a telecommunications enterprise on the Caribbean, student-assistent to faculty staff (e.g. organizing a student trip to India).
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Friday, May 6, 2016
Awash Basin Water Governance: update 2
New update, new shtick Since my last update, continuation of the project has been with the expected mix of achievements and non-follow ups. And, rather than focusing on that, this update will be more

I wasn't kidding about the birds by the way

Monday, October 26, 2015
Awash Basin Water Governance: update
Almost a year into the implementation phase of our project, the water governance implementation programme (WGIP), we have had about half a dozen work visits from the Dutch Water Authorities (DWA) to more

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Introduction Kevin
Watch this video to see me introduce more