During the nineties, Leon Willems held several positions at Ikon Television, a small broadcaster specialized in war reporting and social documentaries. For years he was the producer of important news stories about the Middle-east and Sub Saharan Africa. Between 2004-2007 Willems worked for the United Nations, setting up independent radio stations in South Sudan. In 2008 he initiated the Radio Dabanga project in partnership with journalists, NGO’s and peace groups. As of December 2008 Radio Dabang is broadcasting daily, independent news for the people in Darfur, Sudan.
Leon Willems believes that media are crucial tools for democracy building and contribute to the development of society as a whole. Bringing independent media to the people is the principle aim of his work.
Ruth Kronenburg studied Communication and Business Administration. For years she worked in the commercial world of television where she held various management and executive positions. For a period of 17 years, she has been responsible for a wide range of activities, varying from business operations to production, to supervising the merger and setting up country offices for Endemol in Belgium and Switzerland.
The year 2009 comes with a change, when she is asked to give new direction to the Iranan radio station “Radio Zamaneh”. She was touched by the personal stories of people who worked at the radio station and who had left Iran, often risking their own lives. Their stories made her decide to follow her heart and switch to the non-profit world. After having successfully supervised the merger of Press Now and Free Voice, she applies for the vacancy of Director of Operations at Free Press Unlimited. In this role her experiences in the commercial media world come together, but now with an extra dimension: contributing to a better world.
Ruth Kronenburg is a Member of the Advisory Council of Pro Bono Connect, a project initiated by the Netherlands Committee of Jurists for Human Rights (NJCM).