Parameswaran Ponnudurai joined RFA as its English News Director in 2010 and became Vice President of Programming in 2014. He has programming oversight of the Editorial Division — including all RFA language services and the English language webpage.
Param was previously a journalist with global news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) for 20 years, serving in various capacities in Asia — including Bureau Chief in Manila and News Editor in Singapore — and in Washington DC, where he was first Asian Affairs Correspondent and then Economics and Financial Correspondent, covering Wall Street among other markets.
During his career as a journalist beginning in 1974, Param has covered major global level summits — from the G-7 and G-20 meetings to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum leaders' meeting and the U.N. General Assembly.
Before joining AFP, Param was with the Malaysian media, serving stints as specialist writer at The Business Times and journalist at the Bernama national news agency and The Star.
For excellence in journalism, he was honored with the Chevalier of the National Order of Merit (Ordre National du Merite) by French President Jacques Chirac in 2002.