Jaya is an award-winning, experienced film-maker, educator and international film and media consultant whose career has spanned a wide range of programme making skills in film, television and digital media.

Having worked for the BBC for eleven years, she set up her own production company which she headed as Creative Director for over seven years. In this period, she made both documentary films and fiction projects, shooting and series producing in all continents of the world (except Antarctica). Jaya trained as an EAVE producer and she is a full voting member of BAFTA.

Jaya has won several international festivals for her films; she has trained people in industry nationally in the UK and internationally for the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and for the Bill and Melinda Gates Partnership; she has been an invited guest at major festivals like Cannes and Locarno; and additionally, she regularly consults for industry.

Twelve years ago, Jaya decided to move into higher education, and now greatly enjoys working with students on their film-making and in developing them to be creative professionals ready for industry. Currently, Jaya is Senior Associate Professor at XJTLU, heading both BA Filmmaking and BA Film and Television Production. She is also the Chair of the School Learning and Teaching Committee.

Garrabost Donald Jayalakshmi
  • Qualifications

    • Ph.D. , The Open University, - 1993
    • Post Graduate Diploma in English Studies Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages – Hyderabad, India – 1984
    • M.A. English – Central University of Hyderabad – Hyderabad, India – 1981
    • B.Sc Chemistry – Bangalore University – Bengaluru, India – 1979
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    +86 (0)512 8818 4997
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    Room HS301  
    Humanities & Social Sciences Building 
    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park