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Who’s Who – ABU

Who’s Who – ABU


Acting President
Mr İbrahim Eren

Chairman and Director General, TRT (Turkish Radio Television Corporation)
Ibrahim EREN was appointed as the Chairman and Director General of Turkish Radio Television Corporation (TRT) in July 2017 following his post as Deputy Director General of TRT as of July 2013. As he took office at TRT, Mr Eren launched TRT World, the first international news channel of Turkey as well as undersigning many national projects (TV dramas) which are widely watched in Turkey and other countries, and also initiated a mini-series. Before joining TRT, Mr Eren held the position of Deputy Director General of ATV. He graduated from the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Bogazici University and holds a master’s degree in Media Management from University of Westminster in London. Mr Eren is a member of Türksat Executive Board, a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Executive Board and a member (Director) of International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.Mr Eren is married with three children.
Vice President
Mr SUN Yusheng

Vice President, CCTV & Executive VP CGTN – China
Mr SUN Yusheng is currently the Vice President of CCTV, the Executive Vice President of China Global Television Network (CGTN) and the Chairman of China Global Television Network Corporation.He was elected Vice President of the ABU on 4 November 2017 in Chengdu, China at the ABU 54th General Assembly. His term will be for 3 years with immediate effect.After graduating from Jilin University, he started his journalism career in China Central Television (CCTV) in 1984. As from 1997 he is supervising the public signal production and the live TV coverage of the important events, such as Hong Kong’s Return, Macao’s Return, National Day Military Parade, Encounter in the Millennium, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation and the BRICS Summit.His publications include Ten Years – a monograph on TV news theory.
Vice President
Mr. Yang Sung-dong
President and CEO, Korean Broadcasting System, KBS Korea
Mr. Yang Sung-dong is continuing his dedicated efforts to maintain the KBS’ impartiality, editorial position in the country. Under his stewardship, KBS successfully hosted the Public Broadcasters International Seoul 2018 and KBS ABU International Radio Forum, which highlighted the critical roles of public service media in the ever-evolving media landscape. Mr. Yang is looking forward to sharing his strategic visions at the ABU General Tokyo Assembly for a better future for public service media in the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr. Yang has an extensive background in documentary production and investigative journalism since he joined KBS as a television producer and director in 1989. He created numerous quality current affairs programs for KBS including KBS Special and In-depth 60 Minutes. He currently serves as Director of the International Academy of Television Arts, Science as well as a member of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.
Prior to his appointment as the 24th President and CEO, Korean Broadcasting System in December 2018, in March 2019 Mr. Yang became Director, International Academy of Television Arts, Science (IATAS) He has also held high profile positions as CEO, Korean Broadcasters Association (April – Aug 2018); Executive Director, Programming and Production, KBS Busan (Oct 2013 – Dec 2015); President, Korean Producers and Directors’ Association (Sep 2007 – Aug 2008). Mr. Yang has BA and MA in Political Science, Korea University
Dr Javad Mottaghi
Dr Javad Mottaghi
Dr Javad Mottaghi is the Secretary-General of the ABU. He was appointed on 8 January 2010 and assumed office on 3 May 2010. Before joining the ABU, he was Director of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) for 12 years.He has 35 years of national and international experience in media/communication in the following areas: international affairs, media/communication development and broadcasting, AV productions and co-production, ICTs, capacity building, networking, research, publications, negotiations, fund raising, news and programming for radio and television, social and cultural television programmes and sports coverage.

ABU Secretariat

The ABU Secretariat is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The present staff is 35.
Dr Javad Mottaghi
Chief Executive of the ABU
The Secretariat is headed by the Secretary-General, Dr Javad Mottaghi, who is the chief executive of the ABU and is responsible for all of the Union’s activities. He reports to the Administrative Council and the General Assembly. The Secretary-General’s office handles the administration, staffing, public, international relations, finance and information systems of the ABU. The Secretariat has four other departments: ABU Programming, ABU Technology, ABU Sports and Asiavision, each headed by a director who reports directly to the Secretary-General.
Technical Department
Ahmed Nadeem
Director, Technology & Innovation
Mr Nadeem is an experienced electronic and ICT engineer with over 20 years of experience in the field of Broadcasting and Telecommunications. He has been working with ABU Technology Department since 2008. He previously worked as a Project Engineer at LSV Enterprises of Singapore (2007-2008) and before that with Television Maldives (1996-2007).
Programme Department
Koichi Okumura
Director, ABU Programming
Koichi Okumura joined the ABU in February 2018. He is a Japanese national and started his career with the Japanese public broadcaster NHK in 1991. He has mainly produced science programmes for the last 25 years, with the last one and a half years serving as ABU Liaison Officer of NHK. Mr Okumura holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Sports Department
Cai Yanjiang
Director, ABU Sports Department
Yanjiang was from CCTV where he was Senior Producer of the CCTV sports channel. He graduated from the China Central Academy of Drama with a Masters degree in Film and Television theory. Yanjiang joined the ABU in July 2012.
Wendy Everett
Director, ABU News
Wendy joined the ABU from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) where her journalism career included television news, radio news and current affairs and online news and features. She was founding Executive Producer of the Australia Network satellite television news service to Asia, South Asia and the Pacific and spent three years in media development in Honiara as part of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Her latest role with the ABC focused on radio current affairs for the Pacific.