Warm welcome on behalf of the Wikimedia Odia!
On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 6:16 PM, Hisham <hisham(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
I normally send such notices first to the India mailing list, but I feel
it's only right that I send it to the Odia community one first!
As you might be aware, the Consultant, Team Support position is to be
filled as part of the India Programs team. (
I am really pleased and excited to announce that Subhashish Panigrahi has
agreed to join as Consultant, Community & Program Support.
Most of you probably know Subhashish (or Subha as he's also called.) He is
all of 23 and a wonderful Wikimedian from Odisha. He has a BE in
Biotechnology from Sapthagiri College of Engineering, Bangalore. He has
worked for about 1 1/2 years in business development and is currently based
in Bangalore. He's been an active Wikimedian since a friend of his
attended a Wikipedia 10th event in Bangalore in January and told Subha
about Wikipedia. Subha then spent considerable time - quite a bit of it in
Shiju Alex's living room apparently :-) - learning about Wikipedia. Since
then, he's been on fire! He's helped the Bangalore community organise the
monthly meet-ups, been a central figure in building community & momentum
for Odia Wikipedia and has conducted outreach programs for Odia projects
back home in Odisha as well as in Bangalore. He's also been helping out
other projects and communities; a couple of weekends ago he was in Chennai
conducting a WikiAcademy there. He is a fantastically inspiring example of
a complete outsider being welcomed into the family, having his hand held in
his growth as a newbie, charging forward taking responsibility & ownership
and then spreading his skills & knowledge to others. He is also one of the
sweetest human beings I have ever met. He is a perfect example of the
His interests (outside of Wikimedia) are cooking, graphic design and
handwriting analysis. (I bet most of you who know Subha don't know that
last bit about him. So the next time you see him, show him your writing
and get him to reveal your deep dark secrets!) He has also been involved
with campaigns for social work during the floods and cholera outbreak in
Odisha and been involved with a Odisha community organisation,
Originally, the Consultant, Team Support position (
to manage the back-end aspects of India Programs (basic accounting, basic
personnel management, office administration, travel support, expense
statement management, logistics support for the community, etc.) I have
been looking at the actual work load involved and I do not think this is a
full time role. The functions listed are essential and need to be done -
but there is an opportunity to improve the richness of the position and
it's value to the community. I'm therefore proposing that the Consultant,
Team Support be redesignated to Consultant, Community & Program Support.
I envisage this position to have about 1/3 of time spent on the back-end
work listed above but 2/3 of time can be very productively utilised
supporting community efforts - such as helping community building &
outreach and supporting community-led initiatives. An important
consideration I have for this redesignation is after looking at the
specific skills that Subha brings to the table; I want to make sure that he
has the required space to realise his potential and to support the
community and movement.
Subha will of course continue to pursue his personal voluntary work for
and as part of the Wikimedia community. The one question that he
emphasized during the selection process was whether he would retain the
flexibility to continue to pursue his personal passions on Wikimedia; the
answer he got was a loud Y-E-S!!! :-) I'm delighted to have another
community member joining the team.
He'll formally start in Delhi on January 9th 2012.
Do join me in welcoming him.
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Thanks & Regards,
Mail ID - odiawiki(a)gmail.com