Klaas Jan Beek
Klaas Jan was born in 1935 and gained his MSc and PhD from Wageningen University, The Netherlands.
Career: 1960-1961 he undertook soil surveys in Grijalva Lowlands, Tabasco, Mexico. Ministry of
Hydraulic Resources; from 1963-1974 he was a Soil Scientist with FAO, Land and Water Development Division,
with duty stations in Rome (HQ), Brazil, Mexico and Chile, Duties were: World Soil Map sheets South America,
soil survey and land evaluation, soil - land suitability- and agro-ecological mapping Latin American region;
from 1974-1980 senior he as a soil scientist International Institute for Land Reclamation and Improvement,
Wageningen; and from 1980-2000 Rector, he was Professor in Land Evaluation, International Institute for Aerospace
Survey and Earth Sciences (ITC). He is currently Vice -chair Netherlands Commission for Environmental Impact Assessment;
Chair Netherlands Foundation for Water and Climate.
International Scientific Societies: 1984-1988 president Commission VII, 1996-2000 Congress Director/Council
member International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS); 1994-1998 chair Sub-Commission F Land
Evaluation for Sustainable Development, 1978-1986 chair Working Group on Land Evaluation of the international Soil
Previous Board/Committee Memberships: Tropenbos Foundation, Wageningen University Fund, Netherlands
Development Consultants (NEDECO), Netherlands University Foundation for International Cooperation(NUFFIC), LEICA AG,
LEICA Geosystems, National UNESCO Commission, Rotary International Inter-Country Committee The Netherlands-Germany,
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD, Kathmandu, Nepal), International Water Management
Institute (IWMI, Colombo, Sri Lanka), External Examiner MSc –Course Resource Assessment East Anglia University, UK.
Honorary Appointments: Honorary professor of Wuhan Technical University for Surveying and Mapping (WTUSM),
Wuhan China, and of Chinese Academy of Sciences: Commission for integrated Survey of Natural Resources (CISNAR),
Beiijng; Honorary Fellow of Netherlands Society of Earth Observation and Geoinformatics; International Soil
Reference and Information Centre(ISRIC); International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC).