I am happy to share that as of today, Christophe Henner and Nataliia Tymkiv
have formally joined the Board of Trustees as affiliate Board-selected
members. They both bring deep expertise in the Wikimedia community, and in
their respective fields. I’m confident they will serve as excellent
contributors, rooted in the values of our movement. You can learn more
about them in an announcement we made in May:
Today the Board also voted to appoint Christophe Henner as Chair, and María
Sefidari as Vice Chair. Both Christophe and María have a long history of
involvement in the Wikimedia community, and have held leadership roles at
Wikimedia France and Wikimedia Spain, respectively.
More about Christophe, María, and Natallia is below. I hope you will join
me in congratulating them on their new positions and wish them success in
their terms ahead.
I would like to thank my friend Alice for working with me in her role as
Vice Chair, and many thanks to you all for your support during my time as
About Christophe Henner
Christophe Henner is the former Chair of Wikimedia France and current
deputy CEO of Webedia <http://www.webedia.com>'s gaming division, the
international digital media group headquartered in France.
He has deep and varied experience across the marketing sector, including
leadership roles at at Webedia and L'Odyssée Interactive.
Christophe has been an active member of the Wikimedia community for more
than 12 years. In 2007, he joined the Board of Wikimedia France
<http://www.wikimedia.fr/> and has remained an active Board member in
various positions for the past ten years. He has served as both Chair and
Vice Chair of the Board of Wikimedia France. During his time on the Board,
Christophe helped lead Wikimedia France through a significant period of
growth. This included leading the development of the chapter’s brand, and
supporting the development of a clear organizational strategy and vision
for the chapter.
About Maria Sefidari
Maria is a professor in the Digital Communications, Culture and Citizenship
Master's degree program <http://cccd.es/wp/> of Rey Juan Carlos University
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Juan_Carlos_University> at the
MediaLab-Prado <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/es:MediaLab-Prado>. María
graduated with a Psychology degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Complutense_University_of_Madrid>, and later
a Master's degree in Management and Tourism at the Business faculty of the
María started contributing to the Wikimedia projects in 2006, and has since
served in many different roles across the Wikimedia movement. She was a
founding member of Wikimedia España
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Espa%C3%B1a> and Wikimujeres
Grupo de Usuarias <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimujeres>, and also
created Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/es:Wikiproyecto:LGBT>. She has served on
several Wikimedia governance committees, including the Affiliations
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee> and Individual
Engagement Grants <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG> committees.
In her time on the Affiliations committee, María served as the first
Treasurer of the committee, effectively overseeing and monitoring
disbursement of the committee's budget. Maria served a prior term on the
Wikimedia Foundation board from 2013 to 2015.
About Nataliia Tymkiv
Nataliia currently serves as Financial Director of the Centre for Democracy
and Rule of Law, a Ukrainian media policy and human rights nonprofit.
Nataliia has a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Specialist
degree in Records Management and Information Activities.
She has in-depth experience in executive leadership and financial
management. Prior to her current role as Financial Director, Nataliia
worked at a manufacturing firm and later, in finance at a construction
company. Prior to her current role as Financial Director, Nataliia worked
at a manufacturing firm and later, in finance at a construction company. On
the Wikimedia projects, she’s been an active contributor since 2011, and
shortly after became an administrator of Ukrainian Wikipedia
<https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/Головна_сторінка>. She has also been a
member of the Wikimedia Ukraine <https://ua.wikimedia.org/wiki/> community
for nearly four years, and has served as the chapter’s Board Treasurer,
Vice Chair, and volunteer Executive Director.