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New Director of UNESCO's Communication Development Division Takes Office

16-10-2003 ()
New Director of UNESCO's Communication Development Division Takes Office
Wijayananda Jayaweera of Sri Lanka has taken office as the new Director of UNESCO's Communication Development Division. After Mogens Schmidt, recently nominated as Director of Organization's Division of Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace, and Elizabeth Longworth, freshly appointed Director of the Information Society Division, the new management team of UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector led by Abdul Waheed Khan is now complete.
Born in 1949, Mr Jayaweera holds an M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Leicester (UK), a Diploma in Journalism from the University of Colombo (Sri Lanka) and a Certificate in Applied Development Communication awarded by the International Training Institute, Sydney (Australia).

Between 1969 and 1987, Mr Jayaweera worked at the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation where he successively held the positions of programme producer, broadcasting manager, news editor, station manager and senior trainer. Between 1984 and 1987, he simultaneously served as Project Organizer for the implementation of the UNESCO/DANIDA Mahaweli Community Radio project. From 1987 to 1991, he worked with the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development as a Training Director on courses relating to training methodology and community radio conducted in Iran, Malaysia and the Papua New Guinea. During the same period, he also provided consultancy services to DaniCom on training and broadcasting policy development in Bhutan (CTA for Broadcasting Development Project funded by DANIDA).

From 1991 to 1994, he managed the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Training Institute and played an active role in the development of its training programme. In 1994, he joined UNESCO as a Programme Specialist in the Communication Development Division of the Communication and Information Sector. He subsequently served as Head of UNESCO Office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 1999 to 2002, before being transferred to New Delhi where he continued to serve as Regional Adviser for Communication and Information in Asia.
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