Jelle Beekma is a senior water resources specialist at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), with more than 30 years of experience in irrigation, drainage, water supply and sanitation, and transboundary river basin management and related policy and institutional issues. He has experience in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America as a government employee, researcher, consultant, and presently as a senior water resources specialist for ADB.
For most of his projects and research work, he has used or supervised the use of GIS, modelling, and remote sensing to develop robust designs functional under different scenarios, as well as decision-support systems for investments, operation and maintenance, and flood early warning. Apart from planning and designing investments and supervising detailed designs, he has implemented and supervised water resources management projects, focused on basin management, irrigation and drainage systems, and flood protection. He has also worked on salinity control and agricultural drainage in various settings from semi-arid to coastal plains with sea-level-rise-induced salt intrusion.
Jelle is interested in innovations in water management that combine the use of new digital tools at various levels with improved resilience and management. Examples of such innovations are better water productivity by integrating drip irrigation, fertigation and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), earth observations integrated in early warning systems and irrigation scheduling, and mobile phone-based irrigation discharge measurements