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Who’s Who – ABU News

Deborah Steele
Director, ABU News

Deborah is a former ABC news executive, editor and journalist and a strategic communications specialist. She led the ABC’s Asia – Pacific newsroom from 2009-2017 and established Australia’s first 24/7 multiplatform newsroom producing content for digital, television and radio for the ABC’s domestic and international services. She has extensive experience in identifying and developing strategic opportunities, strengthening stakeholder relationships and building Asia- Pacific partnerships.


Ahmed Afruh Rasheed
Senior Editor
Afruh joined the ABU in 2019 after more than 15 years working at public and private media organisations in the Maldives, including as News Editor at the public broadcaster Television Maldives. He has also worked as a journalism and broadcasting trainer for the Maldives National University, the Maldives Media Institute, the ABU, the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development, and UN bodies including UNDP, UNICEF and UN Women. Afruh holds a BA in Film and Television (Curtin University, Australia), a BA in Media and Journalism (University of the West of England, UK), a BA (Hons) in Mass Communication – Broadcasting (Taylors University, Malaysia) and a Masters in ASEAN Studies (University Malaya).

Premalatha Jayaraman
Senior Asiavision News Coordinator

Premalatha joined the ABU in November 2017 after more than 16 years as a print and news agency journalist in Malaysia, at Kumpulan Karangkraf, Bernama, The Sun newspaper and ASEAN Post. She specialised in finance and business writing with a focus on financial and commodity markets, macroeconomics and trading. She has a degree in communications from the Open University Malaysia and a diploma in broadcasting from the Malaysia Institute of Integrative Media.


Nerina Rosli
News Project Officer

Nerina joined the ABU in September 2022 as a Team Assistant in the Technical Department. She was a lecturer in Manipal International University specializing in mass media writing and human communications. She graduated with a Bachelor of Mass Communication with a Journalism major (Universiti Teknologi MARA) and MA in International Relations (University of Nottingham). She holds a diploma in French language studies (DELF) B1.


Postal address: Asiavision, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
PO Box 12287,
50772 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Street address: Asiavision, Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union
2nd Floor, IPPTAR Building, Angkasapuri
50614 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Telephone: +603 2282 8259/8026