Leontien Ruttenberg starts as new managing director

WarTrauma Foundation is happy to announce the appointment of Leontien Ruttenberg as its new managing director. Leontien will give a new impulse to executing WarTrauma’s mission: restoring mental health and psychosocial support in low resource communities affected by humanitarian crises.

Working with international and local partners from both the public and the private sector, WarTrauma identifies and initiates partnerships in mental health and psychosocial support. This includes developing new methods and guidelines as well as applied ways to connect people to quality mental care and psychosocial support.

WarTrauma’s programs are implemented in real-life settings, carefully evaluated, and continually optimized. The results of our programs form the basis for scientific publications as well as advocacy efforts with the relevant public and private parties. Leontien: “The world is facing an unprecedented number of humanitarian crises arising from conflicts, violence or natural disasters.

WarTrauma believes that the need for capacity building in mental health and psychosocial support becomes accordingly more important.” Leontien has over 20 years experience in global healthcare in both the public and private sectors.

Before joining WarTrauma, she was Director Sales & Marketing at IDA Foundation, where she was responsible for all international programming and business development. In this capacity, Leontien worked with many humanitarian organizations including UN affiliates, Ministries of Health, NGO’s and other stakeholders improving access to essential medicines in low and middle income countries.

Prior to IDA, Leontien spent time in India with the Empowerment Foundation and she worked for MSF developing Clinical Laboratory Guidelines in Emergency Settings. Leontien started her professional career in several (research) positions with the pharmaceutical companies Organon and Merck & Co. She has always been passionate about healthcare for all and specifically women’s and children’s wellbeing.

Leontien currently serves on the board of Befriend Foundation and IDA Foundation DR Congo. She holds a medical degree from the University of Amsterdam and an MBA from Erasmus University Rotterdam School of Management.