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We are excited to announce the members of the Leadership Development
After receiving more than 60 applications, a panel of community members (4)
and Wikimedia Foundation staff (2) conducted an anonymous review. Fifteen
members were selected for the working group.
Diversity and representation were important considerations. We are happy to
share that the group has representatives from all 8 regions  (two from
each region, except US + Canada have one). The group size has expanded from
12 to 15 members to increase diversity. Together, the group members speak
at least 17 languages. Members hold different roles in the movement,
including: a meta-organizer, a community-elected Steward, a past Affiliate
executive director, and a jack-of-all-trades volunteer. The members range
in their years in the movement, from newer community members to community
members with more than 15 years of experience. Regarding gender, we have 7
women, 6 men, 1 non-binary and gender-fluid person, and 1 preferred not to
identify their gender.
Without further ado, let us introduce you to the members of the Leadership
Development Working Group:
Hello! I go by Vermont on Wikimedia projects. I'm a Wikimedia Steward,
admin and CheckUser on Meta-Wiki and the Simple English Wikipedia, and a
Merchandise Giveaways coordinator. I've joined this group in the interest
of supporting community and leadership development from a practical
standpoint, and promoting editor retention and development in line with
current movement priorities and Wikimedia's mission.
Flavia Doria (XenoF <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:XenoF>)
Hi, I'm Flavia Doria (she/her), I'm Brazilian, living in Portugal since
2016, and I've been involved with the Wikimedia Movement since early 2020.
I'm currently working as Ambassador of the Portuguese-speaking community
for the Wikimedia Foundation. As a volunteer I'm part of the Wikipedia
group Wiki Editoras Lx, the first and perhaps only Lusophone group composed
only by women and non-binary people who edit within the gender theme. In my
group I work in several fronts such as training new users, organizing
events and promoting debate within the community. From the beginning, I
quickly became more involved in issues related to decision-making within
the Movement and the importance of including marginalized groups from our
community in these debates and how this inclusion is key to keeping
Wikimedia projects relevant to society.
I am also a communicologist and journalist, I have a special interest in
the social and political aspect of the Information and Communications
Technology debate, and have recently published an academic paper on gender
and Wikipedia and hope to do so more often.
Now as a member of the Leadership Development Working Group, I hope that we
can collectively learn how to use our resources to promote more autonomy
for our communities, especially those who fall outside of our standard
average user profile. I am excited to meet more people interested in this
debate and I look forward to working with all of you!
Francesc Fort (TaronjaSatsuma
I'm Francesc, a Catalan-language editor from València. I've been a very
active editor for a
long time, but I haven't been that much involved with international
communities until 2019.
I'm very excited on discovering and learning new things about Wikipedia.
Isaac Olatunde (T Cells <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:T_Cells>)
I am a food safety specialist and a volunteer contributor to Wikipedia for
more than 8 years, building capacity for new editors, nurturing, and
helping new editors to grow in Nigeria.
I co-founded the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria, (now a charitable
organization in Nigeria) to support volunteers and continue to provide both
technical and administrative support for the volunteers.
During the peak of the COVID-19, Isaac led an initiative in partnership
with the Moleskine Foundation to create Wikipedia articles relating to
COVID-19 in local languages and produced a video in Yorùbà language to
educate the people with little or no education on how to avoid being
infected with COVID-19 and to highlight how Wikipedia is helping to fight
the pandemic. The video featured notable film actors in Nigeria.
I was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in
Having realized that millions of articles on Wikipedia are lacking photos
to illustrate them, I launched an international campaign called "Wikipedia
Pages Wanting Photos Campaign" in 2020 to engage volunteers during the
COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging Wikipedia editors across the world to add
images from Wikimedia Commons to Wikipedia articles.
In 2021, I co-lead an initiative to document and preserve Nigerian
languages that are not written or thought in Schools. More than 50
audiovisuals were created in the first stage.
I am a sysop on the Yoruba Wikipedia, a member of the Wiki Indaba Steering
Committee (WISCOM), and a former member of the Individual Engagement Grant
Committee and Project Grant Committee.
I am from an underrepresented community and one of the questions that often
come to my mind is "why are Africans not always included in leadership
roles within the movement?" WMF does a better job of including Africans but
it's often very difficult. Perhaps we usually do not make input on policy
discussions or participle in related discussions. Africans are part of the
movement, we should strive to participate in decision-making discussions as
much as possible. The Wikimedia movement is growing at a very fast rate and
leadership development is pivotal to our mission. This is my intrinsic
motivation for joining the leadership working group.
Goodness Ignatius (Olugold <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Olugold>
My name is Goodness Ignatius (she/her) from Nigeria and my username across
all wikis is Olugold. I'm a member of the Igbo Wikimedians User Group
(IWUG). I am glad to be a part of this group and I'm here to collaborate
with other team members to support the group's mission.
Iván Martínez (ProtoplasmaKid
I'm Ivan (User:ProtoplasmaKid), from Mexico, Wikimedian more than a decade
ago and Spanish Wikipedia editor since 2006 and admin since 2016. Former
2021 BoT candidate. Human Rights Defender and Activist. I would love to be
able to contribute to a better movement with shared knowledge in order to
enrich what we collectively know about leadership.
Rocío Consales (La_Mantis
I am Rocío Consales and I have been participating in different instances of
the Wikimedia movement for more than 17 years. I was director, vice
president and president of the board of Wikimedia Chile.
I joined the working group to contribute from my experience with the
various lessons I have learned over the years.
I have a degree in Philosophy from the University of Chile and a Master's
Degree in Publishing (Publisher) from the Pompeu Fabra University from 2020
to 2021. I am a publisher, specialized in small format books. I currently
live in Luxembourg.
Donia Domiaty (دنيا
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” Warren
Bennis. In any community, if we are ambitious to develop it, I think the
first step is to build leaders!
This is Donia Domiaty. an Egyptian medical student. I joined Arabic
Wikipedia for the first time in February 2019. By the end of 2019, I had
created more than 100 articles; more of them were in medicine. I
participated in the virtual Wikimania 2021 by 2 sessions; one of them was a
solo session. I am a member of many user groups, a winner of many
competitions, and an organizer of many edit-a-thons and photo competitions
whether local in Egypt or throughout the whole Arabic community.
Despite being a 21-year-old medical student, I have 3-year-experience of
leading groups, inside and outside wikiprojects.
For what is inside wiki projects, I founded and managed Wikipedian Editor
Project, a project that reaches all Arab countries through online workshops
and edit-a-thons to encourage more volunteers to participate and edit on
Arabic Wikipedia and learn more about sister projects, during the previous
2 years, I led my project and tried to make some participants leaders for
initiatives and events related to the project. On the other side, in many
communities other than the Wikimedia community, I was nominated to be head
of HR in many projects inside or outside my university. Being an HR manager
for a long time made me deal with many leaders in many fields, which helped
me improve my leadership and negotiation skills this is what inspired me
that Leadership is an acquired skill and anyone can acquire it by working
A leader has good communication skills, inspiration, creativity,
decision-making skills, and many other skills. And we need Leader
characters in all Wikimedia communities.
Nada Alfarra (Nada kareem22
I am Nada Alfarra, I am an intern doctor from Palestine. I am a member of
Wikimedia Levant. Being a member of such active group enhances my eagerness
to upgrade my leadership skills and experience. I have organized workshops
to document Levantine authors' works on Arabic Wikipedia and co-organized
an online Interwiki Women Collaboration 2020 workshop. I have also guided
few newcomers in Wikimedia Levant to members to use Photoshop for editing
photos and uploading to Wikimedia Commons. This is the outcome of my
experience as an online project coordinator for a project to enrich the
digital Arabic content for children with 100 stories translated from
English to Arabic. I am a long-life learner and I believe that Leadership
Development Working Group will guide my journey to influence people to be
more proactive, cooperative and decision makers and this group will connect
me with mutual minds where I can learn better and have our collective
endeavors be more effective.
Wikimedian since 2006, creator of Commons Quality Images and what has been
adopted as basic image requirements. Admin on Commons, retired in good
standing as an admin on en.Wikipedia after 13 years service. Two years as
President of Wikimedia Australia, and 4 as Vice President. Various terms on
VRT, part of the development of ESEAP and COT for the cancelled 2020
Wikimania, then on the COT for Wikimania 2021 created the scholarship
process for that. Lead the development of Nyungar Wikipedia, ran multiple
workshops given many talks including to on National Radio and Television
shows. My goal now is to pass on my knowledge, encourage new leaders to
step up and take the movement into the future.
Imelda Brazal (brazal.dang
Hi! I am Imelda, a volunteer Wikimedian from the Philippines. I joined this
group to be able to share my experiences, both as an organizer and editor
of different Wikiprojects, in developing a shared understanding of what
leadership is and how we can leverage this shared definition to improve
editing and organizing experience of every volunteer around the Movement,
especially of those communities around the East and Southeast Asian
Jan Lukas Hobrock (Jan Lukas Hobrock
Hi everyone, my name's Jan! I live in Germany, where I currently study
Biochemistry. I have been a soft skills trainer for a couple of student
NGOs for a little over a year; right now, I'm aiming at professionalising
this hobby of mine and get some of my ideas implemented. So when I read
about the Leadership Development working group, I immediately applied as I
see huge potential in leadership training for the movement. I'm excited to
start developing thoughts about the way the we might provide capacity
Dmitry Erokhin (Erokhin <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Erokhin>)
Erokhin has been a member of the Wikimedia Movement for over 12 years. He
was a member of Wikimedia Russia for 5 years. As one of the members of
Wikimedia RU, I have organized and conducted several wiki expeditions and
wiki tours in Russia and other countries. I have interacted with different
bodies of state power, local government, commercial and non-commercial
organizations, and private persons to transfer their resources to free
licenses, and increase their integration into Wikipedia. First and
foremost, I work on Wikimedia projects in Russian, and in languages of the
peoples of Russia and the former Soviet Union. There is a desire and time
to develop the Wikimedia movement in North Asia and Central Asia, and the
rest will follow. I am motivated by the opportunity to improve and develop
my skills and competencies for better participation in the Wikimedia
Movement, to be more useful and more effective to the community and the
Nitesh Gill (Nitesh Gill
I am Nitesh and my user name is Nitesh Gill. I belong to Punjab, India. I
am pursuing my PhD in Punjabi Literature. I am active editor of Punjabi
Wikipedia since 2015. I am a contact person of Punjabi Wikimedians User
Group and admin on Punjabi Wikipedia. I have participated and conducted
many activities. I am also leading and coordinating a few projects in
volunteer capacity. Nowadays, I am trying to focus that others who are long
time Wikimedians come forward and take a lead on their own. The same thing
I am doing in my community. When I came to know about this working group I
read about it and I want to be becoming a part of it. The group has
potential to encourage people to take initiative for their own communities
or people. I believe I will be play a good part in this group.
M. Rafiul Bahar Rafi (Mrb Rafi
From the experience of several years of fieldwork in the Wikimedia Movement
in South Asia, I can feel the urge to unify the process of creating and
nurturing leadership in the movement. This is very much needed to secure
the sustainability of the movement; especially for the underrepresented
communities, this can be a game-changer. The process of leadership
development may vary due to the social and geographical context of any
target Wikimedia community, I’m very much interested to learn about
different Wikimedia communities from all over the world and working with
them closely to identify the scopes and processes to develop leadership
there and for the same reason, I considered joining the Leadership
Development Working Group.
A big welcome to the members of the Leadership Development Working Group!
The members of the group will have a 1-year term and begin meeting at the
end of May 2022. The group will be supported by a facilitator, Jyotsna Sara
George <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:JGeorge-WMF>, who will work
closely with the group to support their collaboration and process. We look
forward to sharing more information once the group begins their work
Community Development Team
 The 8 regions are: Middle East and North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa;
East, Southeast Asia, and Pacific (ESEAP); South Asian Association for
Regional Cooperation (SAARC); Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Central
Asia; Northern and Western Europe; United States and Canada; Latin America
(LATAM) and the Caribbean
Program Support Associate