FLORANGEL ROSARIO-BRAID, former President and now President Emeritus, trustee and Senior Adviser of the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC). A member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission, she authored provisions on communication, education, cooperatives, science and technology, NGOs, and human rights. She was chairman of the Philippine Social Science Council, senior researcher at the East West Communication Institute, professor at the University of Hawaii, professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, Miriam College, Silliman University, among others; chairperson of the Communication Committee of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines, board member of CAP College, vice-chairperson of NOW Corporation, a mobile technology company, trustee of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and several other development, educational and professional organizations.
A Council member of two UNESCO organizations based in Paris – the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) and Information for All Programme (IFAP), she is a member of the International Advisory Council member of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, and serves as consultant for several NGOs involved with social credit, livelihood, peace, and distance education.
A UNESCO Adviser to Sri Lanka on population communication for two years, World Bank consultant on distance education, consultant to FAO, UNICEF, World Bank, USAID, and the Philippine government, and a project leader of a UNESCO-sponsored research project on Muslim and Christian commonalities.
She was consultant/team leader to over a dozen development projects which include the Supreme Court-European Union Access to Justice for the Poor Project; SC-World Bank Change Management Program for the Judiciary; Supreme Court of the Philippines–World Bank Project on Strengthening the Communication System of the Judiciary; Communication Support to Manage Change Project of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR); Communication, Information and Education (IEC) strategies for resource management, environment and sustainable development; Adult and literacy education, Peace education, Media, information and communication technology policy formulation; Application of information, education and communication technologies (ICTs) in development; Capability building for development planners, specifically IEC planners and implementors, Social development indicators, specifically in the formulation of literacy and values indicators for the 21st century; Megatrends for Children; Social Mobilization and advocacy; Poverty and globalization; and Organizational Development focusing on institutionalization of IEC within the bureaucracy; Design of Distance Education Systems for Teachers.
Among her publications include over a dozen books on communication, information technology, and continuing education, cooperatives and sustainable development and several journals on public broadcasting. At thePhilippine Daily Inquirer where she was the first President and one of the Founding Directors, she introduced the cooperative structure. She has been a regular columnist of the Manila Bulletin since 1997.
Dr. Braid completed her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Syracuse University, New York. Among her awards include: U.P. Alumni Outstanding Professional Award in Mass Communication, Service Award, U.P. College of Education, Women of Distinction Award for Communication, The 2007 Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Awards for Literature and Journalism, the 2008 Hildegard Awards for Women in Media and Communication, the 2008 AMIC Asian Communication Outstanding Research Award, the 2009 Most Outstanding Quezon City Citizen Award, the 2013 Balitok-ASNA Outstanding Pangasinan Citizen Award and the Philippines Communication Society award for outstanding achievement in the field.