Willem Offenberg

Independent journalist and filmmaker, with focus onIndia and China.
History of media-assignments in 75+ countries.

Senior Manager art-mediaconsult
Initiator Chindia Rules! A series of debate aboutChinaandIndiain a New World Order at Felix Meritis, Amsterdam, Holland

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Previous positions

1993-2006 Managing Editor and filmmaker at Amnesty International

1982-1993 United Nations Correspondent inGenevaandNew York

1974-1982 Contract Correspondent for newspapers, radio and TV in Asia (based inNew Delhi) and Africa (based inLusaka, Zambia and Johannesburg, South-Africa)


1976-1980 Co-productions with Roeland Kerbosch and Mady Saks aboutSouthern Africa,

I.a.: ‘Stemmen uit het vagevuur’, Apartheid in South-Africa;

Brief aan Vorster’, South-African diary, broadcast by VARA-TV

Rhodesian refugees inMozambique, an interview with Robert Mugabe

and the documentary film ‘The Holy Family’ 1981 (narration only)

1993-2006 Producer/director TV-reportages and portraits on behalf of Amnesty International, True Heroes and the Martin Ennals Foundation,Geneva:


1995 ‘Thuis niets te vrezen’ Refugees in the Netherlands

1996 ‘Drama in Fort Zeelandia’ A Massacre inSurinam

1998, ‘Martin Ennals, a giant among human rights defenders’ 

A 45’ portrait of Amnesty’s first secretary-general

2006, ‘True heroes’, producer/director trailer for a series of documentaries

2008 Item for TV-special on Food Crisis inChinaby Llink TV

1974-1980 NOS-Journaal and Panoramiek

1993-2006, Dozens of TV news items of 3’-5’ and backgrounders of 10’-20’ for Dutch News broadcasters Netwerk, Nova, Twee Vandaag, NOS-Journaal, LLink

And for CNN, ITN and Reuters TV.

1998-2006 Filmportraits of Martin Ennals Award laureates,

broadcast by IKON,Danish TV DR,  Swiss TV TSR,

Francophone world broadcaster  TV5

Spanish world broadcaster TVE


2009 Stars ofChina, 30 portaits of Chinese artists

2008, Author of ‘China of India? Outsourcen voor beginners’

2001, IT-study: ‘In Praise of Unsung Heroes’

Hundreds of articles and broadcast items aboutIndiaandChina, the UN andAfricain Dutch news media, for BBC World Service and Radio Netherlands World Service.



International Relations at UCLA,Los Angeles,California

International Law atThe HagueAcademyof International Law.