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ABU Secretariat

The ABU Secretariat is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The present staff is 35.
Secretary-General
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, 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 administration, staffing, public and international relations, finance and information systems.

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.

Programme Department
Tatsuhiro Beniko
Director ABU Programming
Mr Beniko, a Japanese national, joined the ABU in November, 2013.  Prior to his appointment as the Director of ABU Programming, Beniko was Senior Producer at Science Programs Division, Program Production Department and member of the Strategic Planning Division, International Planning and Broadcasting Department of the Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
Technical Department
Dr Amal Punchihewa
Director, Technology & Innovation

Dr Amal holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) specializing in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, a Master of Electronics Engineering from Eindhoven, Netherlands, and PhD on evaluation of image and video compression frameworks. He has also completed post-graduate study in business management. He began his professional career in Sri Lanka, with the national broadcaster SLRC, then was senior lecturer in Engineering at the University of Moratuwa and returned to SLRC as Deputy Director General Engineering. In 2002 he joined the Institute of Information Sciences and Technology at Massey University in New Zealand as senior lecturer and researcher.

News Department
Il Chae
Director ABU News

Chae, a Korean national, joined the ABU in January 2015. Previously, he was a Deputy Director of the Foreign Affairs and National Security News Team at KBS


Sports Department
Yangjiang Cai
Director, ABU Sports Department

Yangjiang 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. Yangjiang joined the ABU in July 2012.

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