The members of the Steering Committee for SANCOM currently comprise individuals from Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Kindly click on the names to find out more about specific individuals.
Mr. AHM Bazlur Rahman (BNNRC, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
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AHM Bazlur Rahman is the Chief Executive Officer and founder Secretary of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) and currently the founder member of Bangladesh Working Group on UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) & Bangladesh UN Internet Governance Forum (UN IGF).
BNNRC which is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) of the United Nations and accredited with World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) of the United Nations was founded by Mr. Rahman in the year 2000. BNNRC actively works to improve recognition of the community electronic media sector (Community Radio | Community TV | Community Film) and provides leadership and support for rural initiators to facilitate independent electronic community broadcasting services and to build and strengthen rural communities.
AHM Bazlur Rahman has more than 20 years experience in leveraging community media and communication to create successful policy advocacy in Bangladesh in line with rural development. He has published several articles on Community Radio and has authored “Handbook on Community Radio for Good Governance and Development”, and “Handbook on Airwaves Advocacy in Bangladesh and Policy Advocacy Plan for Community Radio” in Bangladesh.
Dr. Shameem Reza (Dhaka University, Bangladesh)
Shameem Reza is an associate professor of Mass Communication & Journalism Department at the University of Dhaka. An alumnus of Mass Communication and Journalism Department at the University of Dhaka, he also obtained a masters degree in Media Education from the University Of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. As a Ford (ASIA) Fellow (2006-07) at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Reza conducted studies on children and global media in Malaysia.
Over the last several years, he has been working as a social advocate for community media, particularly community radio and broadcast policies in Bangladesh. Apart from teaching and research, he also occasionally anchors talk shows on TV channels. Mr. Reza was also a peer reviewer of the book “Media and Information Literacy: Policy and Strategy Guidelines” published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in the year 2013.
Mass Communication and Journalism, Media and Politics, Community Media, Communication for Development, Children and Media, Diaspora Media, Community Radio, NGO Media and Communications, Communication for Social Change are some of the areas of interest of Mr. Reza and he has published many books, articles and paper in this regard.
Prof. Vinod Pavarala (UNESCO Chair on Community Media, India)
Prof. Vinod Pavarala is UNESCO Chair on Community Media at University of Hyderabad. For over a decade, he has been one of the leading campaigners for democratization of airwaves in India and has played a significant role in drafting the national policy permitting community radio a space on the radio dial in the country.
As founder-President of the Community Radio Forum of India, he plays an active role in civil society’s engagements with forging alternative media spaces for the marginalized, mostly rural, communities in India. His much-reviewed book, co-authored with Kanchan K. Malik, Other Voices: the struggle for community radio in India (Sage, 2007) documents community-based efforts across India to carve out an alternative public sphere.
Prof. Pavarala has dual masters in Sociology and Communication and a Ph.D from University of Pittsburgh. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA), and IIT-Bombay, before joining University of Hyderabad in 1995. He was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University in 1998-99, and had the honor of being invited by the International Communication Association to speak at a special plenary on communication research and policy at its annual meeting in Boston in May 2011. At the University of Hyderabad, he has served as Head, Department of Communication, Dean, Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication, and Director, International Affairs. He serves on the Boards of Studies of several universities and is on national level committees on media education.
Mr. Anirban Sarma (UNESCO, New Delhi, India)
Anirban Sarma is a National Programme Officer (Communication and Information) at UNESCO New Delhi Area. He is designing and managing UNESCO’s projects on ICT for development and capacity-building of the media, across Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. He is also working at the policy and programme levels to achieve the Communication and Information sector’s strategic objectives; preparing proposals, budgets and concept papers for collaborative projects with national Governments, NGOs, development agencies, the private sector, and professional associations. He is conducting research and analysis for UN/Government reports, development frameworks, policy papers and programme documents; activating and growing the Open Knowledge Community (a joint initiative of UNESCO and the Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India).
An alumnus of London School of Economics And Political Science MSc, Media and Communications (2007 – 2008) he is best known for his skills in the areas of project design, project management, public affair, program budgeting, corporate communications, public relations, media relations, government relations, journalism and editing. He graduated with distinction and was awarded with the Inlaks Scholarship 2007 to pursue the MSc at LSE. As the First in The First Class holder in Bachelor (Hons) and Masters in English Literature, Jadavpur University he was awarded with the University Medal and Krishna Kripalini Award, the University Medal(during his Masters), JND Memorial Bronze Medal and BN Memorial Prize.
Earlier he put his service as a Senior Editor at Anthem Press and also as a Supervisor (Centre of Excellence) in Weber Shandwick.
Ms. Archana Kapoor (Radio Mewat/ Community Radio Association, India)
Archana Kapoor is the Secretary General of the Community Radio Association, an organization set up to promote and advocate for the community radio movement both in India and abroad. She is also a member of a number of Committees set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India, to strengthen the sector and ensure its growth. Ms. Kapoor launched a community radio station in 2010, which has already won three national awards. Through her programs she has been able to build the capacities of women to participate actively in decision making and be included in the development process. Recently in a conference in Singapore she spoke on how Community Radios can play a role in mobilizing women in addressing violence and extremism in South Asia.
The founder of ‘Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation’ (SMART), a non-profit organization that uses media and communication technologies in developing new paradigms for social transformation, she is also an independent filmmaker and the publisher of Hardnews magazine, an independent political monthly in India. Ms. Kapoor has produced more than 300 documentary films in India and abroad on development issues and made many films on the trilateral and multilateral initiatives of the government which include IBSA, ASEAN, SAARC, etc.
She has presented papers and delivered speeches in Cyprus Community Media Centre on Community Media as a vehicle for community dialogue and reconciliation, the AMS2012 “Creating Impact: Media in Today’s Society”, Radiodays Berlin Conference. She was also invited to share her experience at the Seminar organized by SIC-AMARC in Dhaka on “Status and Role of Community Radio in the SAARC Region: Community Radio Development for Social Justice and Local Development”. Moreover she has authored the Public Awareness Strategy for Earthquake Risk Mitigation for the National Disaster Management Authority, India, She has also written, presented and published a paper on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East .and North Africa (MENA) region, and has been a panelist in the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society in Deauville, France; the World Women’s Forum in Seoul, Korea; and the Vital Voices of Asia Summit held in Delhi, India.
Ms. Ashish Sen (Community Radio Expert, India)
Ashish Chandra Sen is an independent media consultant, community radio educator and advocate. Mr Sen is Trustee; Dev Nandan Ubhayeker Trust for the Arts, Member- AMARC International’s Governance Committee and was the Immediate Past President of AMARC Asia-Pacific. Mr Sen is also Community Media Consultant and Evaluator of Commonwealth Education Media Centre for Asia’s (CEMCA) Three Year Plan (2012-2015). He is AMARC’s Expert Consultant on UNESCO’s IPDC Programme to explore and develop Community Radio in Bhutan, and a core member of the International Commission on Survivor-Centered Disaster Recovery. Mr Sen is also Editor of Community Radio News, a newsletter produced by the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad. Mr. Sen is also actively engaged with the print media and has written for several publications. He is passionate about theatre, especially Indian writing in English. He has directed several productions in Kolkata, Mumbai and Bangalore and also teaches/ lectures on aspects of theatre production, acting and playwriting.
Mr. Bijoy Patro (One World South Asia, India)
Mr. N Ramakrishnan (Ideosync Media Combine/Community Radio Forum, India)
N.Ramakrishnan is a C4D specialist, and a Founder/Director of Ideosync Media Combine, a New Delhi-based communication for social change organization working on issues around health, sexuality, HIV, migration, and media access. An alumnus of the Mass Communication Research Center (MCRC), Jamia Millia Islamia University, he is also an independent film-maker and technology enthusiast; and conducts workshops on community radio, developmental filmmaking and low cost radio and video technology. Mr.Ramakrishnan has worked on a number of groundbreaking C4D tools and initiatives, including the National Award winning film Nirankush (1998), on female infanticide in the Indian state of Rajasthan; and the acclaimed Growing Up/Badhte Hum/Time of Our Lives (1998-2010) video module series on reproductive and sexual health for young people. In 2008, he authored a UNESCO commissioned manual on community radio technology, entitled CR: A User’s Guide to the Technology. More recently, he has authored Internal Migration: A Manuakl for CR stations, also for UNESCO; and written and edited several modules of the CCRT CR Technology Course Material prepared by CEMCA. He has consulted on a number of C4SC initiatives across South, SouthEast and Central Asia; and has been instrumental in setting up several Indian community radio stations, notably four stations being supported by UNICEF India. He is currently also an office bearer of the Community Radio Forum, the Indian association of community radio broadcasters.
Ms. Nimmi Chauhan (AMARC-WIN, India)
Nimmi Chauhan is a Development Communication professional with over 20 years of experience in production, advocacy, training, designing/executing local campaigns for non-literate audiences and community media. Most of her work has been towards encouraging, empowering and building capacities of women to use media tools to make their voice and vote count. She was one of the core members of DRISHTI, a media organisation based in Ahmedabad, where she worked for 17 years and since then has been working as an independent consultant on various media projects. She was actively involved in the Community Radio movement in India along with a network of individuals and organisations and is one of the Founding Members of Community Radio Forum of India (CRF). Recently, she was elected Vice President, WIN AMARC-AP (Women International Network, World Association of Community Radio – Asia Pacific).
Ms. Pinky Chandran (Radio Active/Community Radio Association, India)
Pinky has over 15 years of experience working in international education, research, training, community mobilization, livelihood development and community radio. She has worked towards the setup of Radio Active a community radio station in Bangalore which provides opportunity to various groups to come together and create their own media landscape. Under her leadership, the station has reached out to different communities, organizations and institutions, and has become one of the most inclusive and community centered station in the country.
She has been part of various working groups and committees, set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting like the Working Group on Peer Support Network and Revisions to Community Radio Policy (2013), Technical Committee, for Community Radio Support Scheme (2013). She was a Jury Member of the National Community Radio Awards, instituted by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (2014). She has also been deputed by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) (2012-13). Moreover she is an active campaigner for decentralized community based waste management and is a member of the Solid Waste Management Roundtable, (SWMRT) Bangalore.
As one of the trustees of HasiruDala, ( means “Green Force”), a member-based organization of waste-pickers, sorters and itinerant waste-buyers in Bangalore, which is working towards improving working conditions and access of waste, she is focused on training and capacity building for waste-pickers. She is also an animal welfare activist and has co-founded Stray Pals which works on policy advocacy issues on street animals with the municipality, in addition to training, sensitization and handling cruelty cases. In 2014, she received the AIYD Alumni grants for a small study titled “Community Radio: Lessons from Australia” and is expected to submit the report shortly.
Ms. Rukmini Vemraju (Consultant, MIB, India)
Ms Vemraju, a community media consultant, has wide ranging experience of thirty five spanning educational communication, audio and video production, advertising, creative writing, multimedia product design and development, research and large scale project implementtion
Community Radio is her special interest where she has worked extensively for about ten years, first as a Programme Officer at Commonwealth Educational Meida Centre for Asia, and more recently as Consultant with the MInistyr of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.
Ms.Vemraju has a Masters degree in Communication and Journalism and is a Gold Medalist from Osmania University, Hyderabad. Her basic degree is in Science , from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda.
She is an avid fan of Indian folk and classical music and a keen learner of Indian languages .
Mr. J.B. Biswakorma (UNESCO, Nepal)
J.B. Biswakorma is currently working at UNESCO Office in Kathmandu where he is coordinating the project on “Right to Information” which is jointly implemented by UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, Federation of Nepali Journalists and Citizens’ Campaign for Right to information. He is also looking after the Regular Programs under the Communication and Information (CI) Unit of UNESCO Office in Kathmandu.
As a Researcher, he has conducted various researches on Dalit, Socio-political issues of marginalized communities of Nepal. He also worked as a research coordinator at Samata Foundation and written policy papers such as “Vicious Cycle of Non-Representation: Electoral system and Dalit Representation in Nepal”, “Confusing in Dalit Transformation in the New Constitution of Nepal” etc.
His research based book titled “Dalit in Nepali Media: Participation and Contents” has published in 2013, which is only one book on the issue. He has edited a training manual for journalists on “Social Diversity and Gender Equality” and also working as trainer/facilitator on Social Diversity and Media, Right to Information, and Investigative Journalism. He is also a co-editor of a semi-academic journal “Rupantaran” published by COCAP.
His many journal articles and book chapters on inclusive media, community radio, social diversity, and Dalit struggles have published. Despite that, hundreds of articles on socio-political issues focused on Dalit and marginalized community, state restructuring, social inclusion, land-ownership, conflict and peace have published in daily newspapers and magazines. He has presented various papers on in/national conferences, seminars on media and socio-political issues. One of his papers on “Political Space of Dalit in Federal State of Nepal” was presented in an international conference in USA, organized by Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) in 2012.
He is a founder member of ‘Dignity Initiatives’ an emerging think tank in Nepal. He is also a member in Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) as well as a member in Dr. Harka Gurung Academic Council, and Councilor Member of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ). His area of interest is academic researches on marginalized communities, media and social diversity, and socio-political transformation.
He was awarded by FK Norway fellowship in 2012, and conducted a research on “Human Rights Education in Thailand, Bangladeh, and Nepal” through Asian Institute for Human Rights, Bangkok.
Mr. Mohan Chapagain (ACORAB, Nepal)
Mr. Raghu Mainali (CRSC, NEFEF, Nepal)
Raghu Mainali is the Executive Director of Community Radio Support Centre (NEFEJ) Nepal. The Centre has been directly responsible for establishing more than one hundred community radio stations in Nepal. Raghu who is one of the foremost champions of Community Radio in Nepal is the Vice President for South Asia in the AMARC Asia Pacific Board and one of the Board members in Radio Sagarmatha, the first community radio in South Asia. He is also a Visiting Faculty in the Department of Languages and Mass Communication, Kathmandu University. He has published and edited many books on community radio.
Raghu has rendered his services as a member of the High Level Media Commission formed by the Government of Nepal and as an expert member of the three separate governmental task forces responsible for recommending steps to reform broadcast media of Nepal and Media Strategy for Education. He has also served in the World Bank Institute and ADB as a short term consultant.
He was actively involved with the Save Independent Radio Movement which was organized by Association of Community Radio Broadcasters of Nepal to safeguard the independence of the independent radio sector during the autocratic rule (Feb 2005 to April 2006) of King Gyanendra in Nepal.
Mr. Rem Bahadur Biswakorma (Jagran Media Centre, Nepal)
Mr. Rem Bahadur BK: Rem Bahadur BK is a Chairperson and one of the founding members of the Jagaran Media Center (JMC). He is a coordinator of inclusive media alliance; council member of the Asia Dalit rights Forum and member of the South Asia Network for Community Media, member of the Federation of Nepalese Journalist (FNJ), the Collective Campaign for Peace and Democracy (COCAP), Democracy and Election Watch (DEW Nepal) He has been working on media and Dalit rights for the last 15 years. He has been mobilizing media for securing human rights of and social justice for the Dalits and other marginalized communities. He has been advocating for the Dalit rights through media at local, national and south Asia levels. He has been actively engaged and involved in the Dalit movement and also in the movement for freedom of expression.
M C Rasmin (SDJF, Sri Lanka)
M C Rasmin is the founder member of Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) and has been successfully operating SDJF since 2009. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Developmental Communication at the University of Peradeniya (PGIA). Recently, he has joined Internews Sri Lanka, as a radio drama Director /Producer. Previously, Rasmin was a media coordinator of ICTA, Sri Lanka, and a broadcaster for the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. He is an international trainer on radio for peace building and an award winning writer. He has written and produced over 200 radio plays for SLBC, and has also presented more than 12 international research papers and directed hundreds of media advocacy programs for various international and local media organizations. Further, he has published more than 12 books on media and development.
Rasmin was associated with AMARC, Islam Radio and Television Union, AMIC. He was also the Vice President of Tamil society Member of Sangappandal. He focused in the areas of Gender and development, Community development, Communication for Development, Development Journalism, Professional Skills, Development of AV materials, Principle of communications, Marketing Communications, Community Radio and Broadcasting for Development.
Mr. Rasmin’s interest mainly lies on: Media development, Broadcasting Development Community radio development, Citizen Journalism, Broadcasting, Linguistics, Gender and Media ICT and community Media.