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Meet the Secretariat Staff

ABU is a member of the World Broadcasters’ Union and works closely with the other regional broadcasting unions on matters of common concern such as reserving frequencies for broadcasters, harmonisation of operating and technical broadcasting standards and systems and finalising the Broadcasting Treaty.


The office of the Secretary-General looks after all administration, staffing, public and international relations, financial matters and information systems.

SG’s Office
Natalia Ilieva
Head of SG’s Office
Natalia is responsible for strategic development, members, external relations and marketing. She began her career in Bulgarian National Television and has since worked in the media for more than 20 years, including ten years in the BBC World Service. Natalia holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa, Canada and the University of Kent, UK. Prior to her ABU role she worked at Thomson Foundation, the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, Forward, and the AIBD, where she oversaw the development of Gender Guidelines for Asia-Pacific broadcasters.
Steve Ahern
Head of ABU Media Academy
Steve has worked as a journalist, broadcaster, programmer and manager in radio, tv, and online media during his career. He has been at the forefront of new media content delivery and has taught broadcasters around the world techniques and business strategies for the new media age. In 2009, he received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his services to media and training.
Chew Yoong Lian
Manager, Finance and Administration
Lian is Malaysian and began working with the ABU in 1998.
Larson Moth
Manager, Public Affairs & Communications
Larson holds a Masters in Applied Linguistics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Communications Management and has worked in communications for the United Nations, the Asian Development Bank and the ASEAN Secretariat. Larson has significant experience in journalism and corporate communications in the Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Joanne Lee
Finance Manager II
Joanne Lee is Malaysian and joined the ABU in February 2020. She holds a Bachelor of Business Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Accounting from the RMIT University in Australia as well as an Associate Diploma in Accounting. She has over 20 years of accounting experience with well-established private companies and NGO. She was the ABU Finance Officer from 1996 to 1998. Prior to re-joining the ABU, she previously worked at AIBD as Finance Manager for 14 years.
Nargiza Numanova
Personal Assistant to SG
Nargiza is the Personal Assistant to the ABU Secretary-General. She started her career at the National Television and Radio Company of Uzbekistan (MTRK) and has worked in this area for 20 years. Nargiza has a master’s degree in philology, as well as a bachelor’s degree in financing. Prior to joining ABU, she was a Head of the International Relations Department of MTRK Uzbekistan. Nargiza was the ABU Liaison Officer, a member of ABU Planning and Strategy Group for several years and also represented MTRK Uzbekistan at the Admin Council for three years.
Faten Amira Binti Rahmat
Finance & Administration Officer
Faten Amira Binti Rahmat holds a Bachelor Degree in Accountancy from Universiti Utara Malaysia. She previously worked as Finance Executive for two years at Media Prima Berhad and was also an external auditor at Ernst & Young. Faten is Malaysian and joined the ABU in February 2016.
Nuratul Fakriah Abdul Thalib
Legal & IP Services Officer
Ms Nuratul holds a Bachelor of Legal Studies (Hons.) from University Technology Mara (UiTM) and is currently pursuing her master in law (LLM) at University Malaya (UM). Prior to joining ABU, she was an academician in Multimedia University for 5 years. She also comes with a strong background in trademark law as she has previously worked with the Malaysian Intellectual Property Office (MyIPO) as Ex-Parte Hearing Officer for almost 3 years.
Nadzim Zainal
Media Communications Designer
Nadzim joined the ABU in June 2011 as the webmaster and graphic designer that designs the layout of the quarterly ABU News, Annual Reports and other ABU publications, including ABU’s promotional materials. Apart from that, Nadzim is also the official photographer.
Ruchi Malhotra
Assistant SG’s Office
Ruchi Malhotra holds a Bachelors in Science from the University of Delhi, India and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration with a specialization in HR. She has around 8 years experience in various roles within HR / Administrative functions. Ruchi is an Indian and has joined the ABU in July 2018.
Kuamis Kimjun
Accounts Assistant
Kuamis Kimjun is a Malaysian Citizen. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics, majoring in Finance from the Universiti Putra Malaysia. Kuamis has over 10 years of experience in Administration and Accounting. She joined ABU in October 2015.
Mohamad Adrimullah Bin Anuar
Accounts Assistant
Adri is Malaysian and joined the ABU in November 2018. He holds a degree in accounting. He previously worked in Petronas as Finance and account assistant.
Shanmugam s/o Nadasan
Administration Assistant
Shan, a Malaysian, joined the ABU in 1999.

ABU Technology
Ahmed Nadeem
Director, ABU 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).
Dr Veysel Binbay
Senior Engineer – Broadcast Systems
Mr Veysel Binbay is a Turkish National and has been working in Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) since 1998. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree (Gazi University, Turkey), MSc (Graduate Degree, Dicle University, Turkey) and PHd (Doctorate degree, Dicle University, Turkey). He is experienced in the design, setup, and operation of analogue/hybrid/digital radio and TV broadcast systems; he also has experience in developing software.
Shree Bhadra Wagle
Manager Production & Delivery Technologies
Mr Wagle is from Nepal and holds an M Tech (Satellite Communications, India); MBA (Management, UK); BE (EEE, India). Mr Wagle served at Radio Nepal, a Government Radio Broadcaster, from 1992 to 2017 and retired as Deputy Executive Director. He was Associate Professor at Kantipur Engineering College, Nepal from Oct 2017 to Sept 2018.
Siva Kumar
Manager, IT Department
Siva is Malaysian. He is skilled in developing, implementing and supporting information systems and networking. He joined the ABU in January 2009.
Project Manager – Media Streaming and Web Applications
Mr Saravana has over 12 years experience in web and software development and has worked on numerous web development projects. He has a bachelors degree in computer science majoring in software engineering from the Management and Science University, Malaysia.
Geraldine Peters-Williams
Project Coordinator
Geraldine is Malaysian. She joined the ABU in 1996.
Muhammad Hafiz Samsudin
Systems Support Officer
Prior to joining ABU, Hafiz worked as a Technical Support Engineer for an IT consultancy company.He is a Malaysian and holds a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology (Information System) from Universiti Tenaga Nasional with 8 years of experience in the IT industry
Hamidah Rani
Team Assistant
Hamidah is Malaysian and joined the ABU in 2000.
ABU Programming
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.
Hanizah Hamzah
Head of TV
A Malaysian, Hanizah has worked for Radio Televisyen Malaysia as a radio producer and TV anchorwoman, as well as for NHK’s Radio Japan. She joined the ABU in August 2006.
Olya Booyar
Head of Radio
Born in Ukraine and educated in Canada, Olya began her career as an on-air broadcaster-journalist with SBS in Australia and rose rapidly through the organisation, before leaving to become Deputy Director of the countryąs national Classification Board. As well as working previously for the ABU, she has been a General Manager for the Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) and most recently worked at the Australian Writersą Guild. She is a past-President of the global International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT).
Hamdhoon Rashad
Project Manager, New Media
Hamdhoon Rashad joined the ABU Programme Department in March 2016. He is a Maldivian and began his professional career with the state broadcaster Television Maldives (TVM) as a broadcast journalist. Hamdhoon has also been assigned to various mediums in different locations around the world including India, Malaysia and the US. Most recently he was working with the United Nations in Maldives as a Communication Analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Broadcasting and Journalism from Malaysia.
Mai Thieu Duong
Exec. Prog Specialist, ABU Programming
Ms. Mai Thieu Duong previously worked as a journalist and producer at the International Division of News and Current Affairs Channel (VOV1) – Vietnam for seven years.
She also hosted a weekly program which provides information and knowledge on start-ups, supporting Vietnamese start-up companies.
During her time at VOV, she and her co-workers were recognised at the National Radio Festival 2018 and the National Press Festival 2019.
She began working for the ABU in January 2020. .
Lai Kai Yan
Project Coordinator
Yan joined the ABU in February 2014 as Team Assistant in the Programme Department. Yan has a Bachelor of Sports Science from the University of Malaya and has worked in administration, promotions and retail before joining the ABU. Yan is Malaysian.
Qairunnisa Ahmad Noor Ridi
Qairunnisa Ahmad Noor Ridi joined the ABU’s Programme Department as Team Assistant in March 2016. She is a graduate in International Relations with French from Nottingham University, Malaysia Campus. Nisa is Malaysian.
ABU Sports
Cai Yanjiang
Director, ABU Sports
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.
Senior Project Manager
Kesang joined the ABU from BBS Bhutan in July 2014. Prior to the ABU, he worked as the Head/General Manager of the News Channel at BBS. Kesang has extensive experience in news and production having started his career in broadcast media as a news reporter in 1994. He has worked in various capacities both in News and Programming at BBS, including planning and execution of broadcast development activities, expansion and diversification of content production as well as coverage of many important national and international sporting events.
Nur Jalilah
Project Coordinator
Nur Jalilah joined ABU in January 2015, a Malaysian holds a Master’s Degree in Corporate Communication from University of Putra Malaysia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Science from University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Prior to the ABU she has worked in various capacities both in customer relation executive at Malaysia Airlines System and with an international sports federation, AFC in Kuala Lumpur.
Wendy Everett
Director, ABU News
Wendy joined the ABU from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) where her journalism career included television news, radio news/current affairs and online news/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.
Ahmed Afruh Rasheed
Senior Editor, based in Maldives
Afruh’s broadcasting career spans more than 13 years working for public and private media organisations. He started as a reporter with the International Desk at Maldives’ public broadcaster Television Maldives and was later the Editor of the News Department. Afruh has also worked as a trainer for various national and international organisations, conducting professional training in broadcasting and journalism. He has multiple degrees in Film and Television, Broadcasting and Journalism.
Nisha Parmanadan
Asiavision Coordinator
A Malaysian, Nisha was a journalist with Bernama Radio24, before she joined the ABU in March 2011.
Premalatha Jayaraman
Asiavision Coordinator
Premalatha joined the ABU in November 2017. She is a Malaysian national who worked as a journalist for 16 years in various publications in Malaysia. She started working as a journalist since 2001.
Hashim Ahmad Hakeem
Asiavision Digital Coordinator, based in India
Hashim holds Masters of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism from Kashmir University and a Diploma in Visual Journalism from Ateneo De Manila University in the Philippines. He has previously worked as a multimedia journalist, and has trained more than 100 journalists in Mojo (mobile journalism) skills.
Shabana Jan
News Project Officer
Shabana joined the ABU in April 2012. In her previous roles Shabana worked in tourism, travel, sports and retail. She is a Malaysian.