Many thanks for this email, Tinu.
I'm really looking forwarding to meeting the community in Bangalore.
On 2/21/2011 5:36 PM, CherianTinu Abraham wrote:
Hisham Mundol was recently hired  as an consultant to
the Wikimedia Foundation to support the program initiatives in India.
Hisham Mundol will be primarily based in India and will be working
closely with the Wikimedian community in India.
Hisham Mundol is coming to Bangalore to connect with the Wikimedian
community in Bangalore.
Date : *Friday, 25-Feb-2011 6:30 PM IST *
The Centre for Internet and Society
No. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross,
Domlur 2nd Stage
Opposite to Domlur Club
Bangalore 560 071
Do plan to attend and kindly sign up.
About Hisham Mundol :
/Hisham Mundol's role will be to design and implement specific pilot
programs that encourage many more Indians to become contributors to
our projects in Indic languages as well as English. The National
Programs initiative will focus on the following areas in the first year:/
/Design and implement an India-wide program to increase Wikimedia’s
footprint on university and college campuses with students and faculty
with the aim of encouraging contributions to Wikimedia projects/
/Support the launch and implementation of community-initiated programs
that seek to increase the editor base for Wikimedia projects/
/Engage with the community and chapter to build a strong relationship
among these stakeholder groups and create communications forums that
allow for effective partnerships/
/As a newcomer to the Wikimedia movement, Hisham’s first task will be
to deepen his understanding of us: our history, goals, values, culture
and mission. /
/Hisham was most recently a consultant with the Public Health
Foundation of India (in a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation). He designed and implemented large-scale national
programs on HIV/AIDS prevention. He worked to understand the dynamics
of hard-to-reach communities by conducting in-depth, on-the-ground
analysis (ask him to tell you about his experience talking to drivers
while sitting under their trucks). The programs he designed and
implemented sought to convince people in large numbers - 400 million
young people across the nation - to change very personal behaviours.
While we are not tackling issues of such an intimate nature, we do
aim to convince large numbers of people across the country to
contribute their personal time to Wikimedia projects. During this
assignment, Hisham worked closely with public, private and community
groups (local and international) to work through the details of the
programs and build partnerships for implementing them at scale. He did
so in a manner that used persuasion rather than power to build support
to move things forward. We think his experience navigating these
varied groups position him well to work in the Wikimedia community.
His earlier career was in marketing and business development with a
number of well-known businesses: Infosys, Accenture, Cadbury and
Unilever. This experience positions him well to engage with a movement
and organization that is global in nature, in particular to work with
a team that is based halfway around the world. /
( Introduction by Barry Newstead , GCDO , Wikimedia Foundation)