AIBD full members selected Mrs Philomena Gnanaprag as the Institute’s new Director at the 18th General Conference (GC) & Associated Meetings held in Paro, Bhutan on 23 August 2019.
Prior to her appointment as the first lady Director of the Institute, Mrs Gnanaprag served as AIBD’s officiating Director for eight months.
Mr. Fayyaz Shehryar, GC President, nominated her during the AIBD Executive Board (EXBO) meeting, which approved her endorsement as a candidate to the post for GC’s approval.
He cited several reasons for endorsing Mrs Gnanaprag’s candidacy, namely; her understanding of AIBD operations; knowledge of Malaysian laws and good liaison with local authorities; her efforts to run the Institute creditably for the last eight months following the end of contract of the previous Director. In particular, he noted her talent and managerial skills in successfully implementing the 16th Asia Media Summit in Cambodia, one of the biggest AMS in AIBD’s history.
At the GC, she was chosen as a full-pledged Director with immediate effect. She thanked members for their support and trust on her, promising to ensure a stronger Institute, ready to innovate and become agile, particularly amid the emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution.