Dear movement fellows,
Wikimedia France held its Annual General Meeting on October 11th, 2014.
During this AGM, we elected 6 board members, of which 4 are new.
Benjamin Smith and Rémi Mathis were not running for a new term. Wikimedia
France board is thanking them a lot for their dedication, energy,
thoughts, ideas and every single awesome thing they brought to the board
during their terms:
* Benjamin had been on the board for two years and a half, serving as
deputy treasurer then secretary. Among other awesome things, he had been
key in the recruitment process of our ED last year.
* Rémi had been on the board since 2009, and serving as chair since 2011.
He has been the public face of the chapter for many years − including our
fundraising banners in 2011 and 2012. He was named Wikipedian of the Year
by Jimmy Wales at Wikimania 2013 for reasons that shall not be named here.
Of course, considering their overall awesomeness, we are not letting them
go anywhere ; they plan to remain active members of the chapter, and we as
board look forward to continuing working with them.
Christophe Henner and Jean-Frédéric Berthelot were running again and were
reelected. As a reminder:
* Christophe is 29, hardly needs introduction, currently lives in Aurillac
where he is Head of Marketing for the biggest French video game website
(top 3 in the World). He has been around in the movement forever, and at
the board of Wikimédia France for seven years − serving as vice chair since
2012. His focus lies on the internal organisation and international
affairs. You may refer to his Wikidata item [[Q18219536]] for more
*Jean-Frédéric is 27, a research engineer in Lille (North) currently
relocating to London, UK. He is a dedicated Commonist, focusing on GLAM −
especially upload of collections to Wikimedia Commons − and Wiki Loves
Monuments. He has been serving as a board member since May 2012. His
interests lie in quality management and impact evaluation, coopeating &
sharing our awesomeness at the international level, and fostering Cuteness
in the Wikimedia movement. In his free time he enjoys geocaching, curating
commonscat.tumblr.comand baking pastries to his colleagues and chapter
Now, we would like you to welcome returning and new board members:
* Sébastien Beyou is 28 and is living in Rennes (Brittany), PhD in applied
mathematics and now a self-employed Web developer. He edit(ed) French
Wikipédia from 2005 to 2011, and is a member of Wikimédia France since
2007, mainly active in tech and communication topics. He was member of the
Board from 2011 to 2012 and served as deputy treasurer; in particular he
co-organised the Finance Meeting in February 2012, whose the discussion
there contributed to the creation of the FDC. During his free time, he
enjoys explaining Wikipedia to public and promoting (often surprising)
physical-life-actions linked to Wikipedia.
* Pierre-Selim Huard is 31 and living in Toulouse. PhD in computer science
with a background in aeronautics, he works as a R&D engineer in green
aviation development. A rugby and photography lover, he is a dedicated
Commonist and OTRS agent. He is active in programmatic actions such as Wiki
Loves Monuments or local actions in Toulouse, and is thus one of the
craftsmen of our long-standing project with the Museum de Toulouse; he also
had been a board member of our organisation previously. As a board member,
his main focus are documentation, quality and evaluation. You may have had
the pleasure to meet him during one of the last three Wikimanias.
* Samuel Le Goff is 40 and living in Paris. He works as a journalist,
former assistant of a MP for several years. His interests lie in
relationship with French authorities, and contributions to public
consultations, to expose Wikimédia positions in public debates in France
and European Union.
* Benoît Prieur lives in Lyon where he is an engineer. He has a background
in computer science and sociology. He is a regular contributor on supported
projects and especially on Wikipedia (but not only!). He participates in
events supported by Wikimedia France and particulary likes editathons.
Our board is now structured as follow:
* Christophe Henner, Chair
* Émeric Vallespi, Vice-chair
* Guillaume Goursat, Treasurer
* Sébastien Beyou, Deputy treasurer
* Benoît Évellin, Secretary
* Pierre-Selim Huard, Deputy secretary
* Jean-Frédéric Berthelot, Board member
* Alexis Marise Bique, Board member
* Léa Lacroix, Board member
* Samuel Le Goff, Board member
* Ludovic Péron, Board member
* Benoît Prieur, Board member
Please welcome these newcomers and do not hesitate to join us in expressing
gratitude to our former board members!
All the best,