AIBD is pleased to announce that Mr. Chang Jin from China has been appointed as Director of AIBD on 15 January 2015. The interview panel met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to finalise the decision after an extended short-listing process and lengthy deliberation.
Mrs. Rosarita Niken Widiastuti, President of AIBD General Conference, chaired the panel. The panel also included Mr. Anothai Udomsilp, Chairman of the Strategic Planning Team (SPT) and Dato’ Adilah Shek Omar and Mr Laxman Humagain, Executive Board members.
Mr Chang Jin will take office as soon as possible pending work permit approval.
Mr Chang Jin obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English for Science and Technology at Xi’an Jiaotong University of China in 1989, and Master of Science degree in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 1998. In 1992 he joined the Ministry of Radio, Film and Television (which has evolved into the present SAPPRFT) and has since worked with its International Cooperation Department. From 2002 to 2012 Mr Chang held successively the positions of Deputy Director of the European, North American and Oceanian Affairs Division, and Consultant & Deputy Director of the Asian, African and Latin American Affairs Division. In 2012 he was named Director of the latter Division.
On his more recent posts Mr Chang Jin has committed himself to the advancement of the exchanges and cooperation in radio and television between the Chinese government and the Asian, African and Latin American regions. Through exchanges and cooperation in radio and television programming, participation in the activities of international organizations, and implementation of training programmes, Chang Jin and his colleagues have been able to contribute to the mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples and closer cooperation between the Chinese government and governments of those regions.
Through the years Chang Jin participated, and played key roles in the hosting of a number of international conferences in China, which include the 35th ABU General Assembly in 1998, the 27th AIBD Governing Council in 2001, the 43rd ABU General Assembly in 2006, the 2008 China-ASEAN Forum on Radio & TV Cooperation, the 2009 China-South Asia Forum on Radio & TV Cooperation, the 2010 Asia Media Summit, the 2012 and 2014 China-Africa Forums on Media Cooperation, and the 2013 China-Arab States Forum on Radio and TV Cooperation. These conferences all laid strengthened and solid foundations for the substantial cooperation between China and those organizations and countries.
Since 2007 Mr Chang Jin has been involved in the international radio and television training programmes that SAPPRFT has arranged for developing countries mainly in Asia, Africa and Latin America. With the support of various funds from the Chinese government, the scale of those training has kept expanding. To the end of 2014, 90 workshops have been completed, benefiting more than 2000 radio and television professionals from about 140 countries.
Chang Jin understands the great value of the cultural heritage of China and Asia Pacific, and appreciates the important role of broadcasting in disseminating the cultural heritage and building a better life for peoples in the region. He respects different cultural backgrounds.
Chang Jin is also talented in musical composition, vocal performance, and photography.