Summary – Willem Offenberg


Initiator of Chindia Rules! A series of debates on India and China.

Senior Manager

November 2005 – Present (7 years)

Author of

Stars of China, Past and Present, bio’s of 30 Chinese contemporary artists, 2009

‘China of India? Outsourcen voor beginners’
A selection of reportages for FEMBusiness, 2008

‘In Praise of Unsung Heroes’
Field study on the need for a Human Rights Videobank, ,2003


Free lance writer on India and China

Dutch media

September 1970 – Present (42 years 2 months)

Numerous contributions to Print Media, Radio and TV
on Indian sub-continet  from 1970, on the United Nations from 1981, on China, Taiwan, Hong Kong


Contract Correspondent for India and China, FEM Business weekly 

Mid 2005-December 2009

Managing Editor Amnesty’s magazine Wordt Vervolgd

July 1993-November 2005 (parttime)

Film Producer/director

Documentary film
Martin Ennals, a Giant among Human Rights Defenders, 1998

Producer/director of numerous backgrounders and portraits, broadcast on Dutch TV, Swiss TV TSR, TV5, TVE among others on behalf of Amnesty International and the Martin Ennals Foundation,Geneva

Trainer Media and Communications at Brainbox, Hilversum

2000-2006 (parttime)

Contract correspondent in India, China, Africa and with the United Nations

Het Vrije Volk, Trouw and NRC Handelsblad repectively

From December 1970 – June 1993 (23 years 3) intermittently

1969-1970 Free lance assignments in USA including coverage Apollo 11 Moon shot

September 1970-November 1971 Travel to India overland, Sri Lanka, then Australia, East-Timor, Indonesia, ferry from Palembang to Singapore, train Malysia, Thailand,  Birma, overland from India to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Greece, Yugoslavia, Austria, Germany.

January-December 1975 and September 1976-Spring 1979 Africa Correspondent based in Lusaka and Johannesburg

September 1978- Spring 1979 Africa overland, return to Europe

1979 Overland Spain, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel

1980 Managing Editor Echo KRO-radio

1981-1993 United Natons Correspondent based in Geneva, Switzerland

Intermittently assignments to Indian subcontinent covering India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bangla Desh, Nepal, as well as Burma, Malaysia and Thailand

And from 1985 China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau

From 1993-present assignments in India, Pakistan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau