Dear Members and Community,
At the outset, on behalf of Wikimedia India Executive Committee for
2011-12, I would like to thank you all for the support for the Chapter
during the past year, as we strived hard to complete the boot strapping
phase of the Chapter. I am glad to report that the boot strapping phase is
now complete, as the Chapter is financially healthy, staffed and has
conducted AGM and Elections for EC vacancies successfully, apart from
spearheading Wiki Academy events and partnerships with various
stakeholders. I would like to place on record my thanks to all co-founders
and EC team members,volunteers from members and community, Achal, Bishakha,
WMF staff,WMF board members, Manuel Schneider and partners and consultants
for all the contributions and support towards reaching this important
Recently we had inducted the newly elected EC members with an EC induction
program at Bangalore. As part of it, we have completed the office bearer
elections for the 2012-13. I would like to introduce the new team that has
[image: Sudhanwa Jogalekar] <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/File:Sudhanwa1.JPG>
Sudhanwa Jogalekar is an IT professional with expertise in Information
security, system administration, IT infrastructure management etc with over
27 years experience in the industry. He is an Electrical Engineer from
College Of Engineering, Pune with 2 additional management degrees and a
professional certification of ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. He has done many
projects for corporates, SMEs and Academic Institutions for IT
infrastructure, Information Security, E-learning etc.
He is a well known FOSS evangelist in India and has been promoting FOSS for
the last 13 years. He has been co-ordinating PLUG (Pune GNU/Linux Users
Group) for many years and conducting workshops, seminars, trainings
in/around Pune and other places across India. He has contributed to Indic
computing activities (Marathi/Devanagari). He has released a Marathi font
family for free.
He is active on various technical and non-technical groups and helped
promote Wikimedia projects. He has organised a complete track on Wikipedia
activites in GNUNIFY 2011. Apart from organising various events and
activities related to Wikimedia(like launch of Marathi Wikisource,
participating in CMDA expo etc.), he also co-ordinates regular meetups of
Wikipedians in Pune (WikiPuneri).
Being a photographer he is involved with various photographers groups and
is active in Photographic society of Pune.
He is elected to the Executive Committee in September 2011 and served as
Chair of City/Language SIGs till Oct 2012. He is elected as *President* in
- More details available on his website http://www.sudhanwa.com
- Email: sudhanwa [at] wikimedia.in
- Wikimedia username: sudhanwa
- Twitter: @sudhanwa <http://twitter.com/sudhanwa>
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sudhanwa.jogalekar
[image: Karthik Nadar] <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/File:Karthik.jpg>
Karthik Nadar is a final year B.Com student from Mumbai, specializing in
Banking, financing, accounting and insurance. He started his contributions
to English Wikipedia in mid 2010 and became very active from the following
year. In English Wikipedia, Karthik has more than 18K edits and so far has
contributed for 10 Good articles. Started working on Indian film related
articles, he later on ventured on into political, India and Mumbai related
articles. Karthik is autoreviewer, rollbacker and filemover on the English
Wikipedia. He also serves as coordinator for WikiProject Mumbai. Karthik is
also active on Wikimedia Commons, where he has uploaded hundreds of images
and has an edit count of 1,250. He has fixed some small templates and
layout issues on Tamil Wikipedia and contributed few articles in Hindi
In 2011, he was featured on Wikimedia Fundraising
Subsequently he became active in Wikipedia Mumbai community and contributed
towards organizing second Photo-thon in Mumbai and few other events. He
volunteered to be part of core team for organising "Wiki Loves Monuments
2012 in India" and played a key role along with Naveen Francis in making it
He is elected to the Executive Committee during September 2012 and current
serves as the *Secretary*.
Apart from his contributions to Wikimedia Movement, he is an aspiring photo
journalist and a passionate drummer.
- Wikimedia username: Karthikndr
- Email: Karthikndr[image: at ]wikimedia.in
- Twitter: @Karthikndr <http://twitter.com/karthikndr>
- Facebook: fb.com/karthikndr
Anirudh Singh Bhati
[image: Anirudh Singh Bhati] <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/File:Anirudh.png>
Anirudh Singh Bhati is a technology lawyer based in Ahmedabad.
He is a contributor to Wikimedia projects since January 2006 and is mostly
active on the English Wikipedia project where he is also an administrator.
He is one of the founding members of Wikimedia Chapter (India).
He currently serves as the *Treasurer*.
- Wikimedia: Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington
- Facebook: http://en-gb.facebook.com/bhati
- LinkedIN: http://in.linkedin.com/in/anirudhbhati
- Email: anirudh[image: at ]wikimedia.in
[image: Nikita Belavate] <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/File:Nikita.jpg>
Nikita Belavate is a pre-final year student of 5 year M-tech Integrated
degree in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. She is based in Mumbai.
She attended 'Wiki-Conference India' held in Nov-2011, which gave her the
exposure to Wikipedia Community at large. She was inspired by the event and
became active English Wikipedian in December 2011. She helped conduct
meetups, photo-walks and outreach sessions in Mumbai. Her interests include
encouraging and improving women participation in Wikipedia and other
She is elected to the Executive committee in Sep 2012 and is the first
female Executive Committee Member to serve on board of 'Wikimedia India'.
She currently serves as *Member*
- Wikimedia User Handle: Nikita
- Email: nikita.sb[at]wikimedia[dot]in
- Facebook: nikitabelavate <http://en-gb.facebook.com/nikitabelavate>
[image: Pranav] <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/File:Pranav.jpg>
Pranav is a Consultant in the field of Marketing Management based in Mumbai
and currently works with a Social Media firm.. He has been associated with
the Wikimedia Movement since 2006 as an editor and image contributor. He
holds a B.Com degree from the University of Mumbai and an MBA from
Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow. Pranav served as the Chairman of the
Organising Committee for WikiConference India 2011 (WCI) organised jointly
by Wikimedia Mumbai Community and Wikimedia India, with active involvment
of 11 teams consisting of over 50 volunteers. He was granted a Fellowship
from the Wikimedia Foundation for this task. Apart from WCI, Pranav has
been one of the few Wikipedians instrumental in hosting of several
community Meetups, Photowalks, Workshops and Academies in Mumbai.
He is the first person to sign up as a member of Wikimedia Chapter using
electronic funds transfer of membership fees. In September 2012, Pranav was
elected to the Executive Committee of Wikimedia chapter and currently
serves as *Member*. In addition to this he devotes time to other
charitable/philanthropic activities as well,serving as a Member of the
Board of Trustees of four Mumbai based Public Charitable Trusts which
operate in Health, Education and other functional areas.
Email: pranav [at] wikimedia [dot] in
[image: Srikanth Ramakrishnan] <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/File:SrikanthR.jpg>
Srikanth Ramakrishnan is a 20-year old student based out of Coimbatore,
Chennai and Bangalore. He has been a contributor to the English Wikipedia
since 2005 and has been a regular at Bangalore meetups since 2009. He has
also held various outreach sessions across Tamil Nadu. On Wikipedia, his
primary interests include editing transport, Indian economy, JAVA
programming area articles.
He is elected to Wikimedia India Executive Committee in Sep 2012 and
currently serves as a *Member*.
- Wikimedia: User:Rsrikanth05, en-wiki User
- Email: srik.ramk[image: at ]wikimedia.in
[image: Viswa Prabha] <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/File:Viswa.jpg>
Viswanathan Prabhakaran is an engineer, project manager and technology
consultant by profession. After acquiring his B.Tech. in Electrical
Engineering from the Government Engineering college, Thrissur in 1986, he
initiated his career in computer industry. Keeping pace with the rapid
evolution of technology, he has aligned his career path with industrial
automation, communications, laboratory science etc. finally culminating
into advanced biomedical engineering.
He has travelled extensively both within and outside India and has lived
and worked with a vast mixture of cultures and communities. He is elected
to Wikimedia India EC in Sep 2012 and currently serves as a *Member*
At present, he is living in his home town in Kerala, occasionally
travelling, spending most of his time voluntarily for social causes and the
- E-Mail: viswaprabha [at] wikimedia.in
- Wikipedia+: User: ViswaPrabha
We are confident that under the new EC's leadership Wikimedia Movement and
Chapter in India will grow to greater heights in the year to come. We
request you all to extend the support and actively engage with Wikimedia
India to achieve the vision of sharing free knowledge with every one for
building a Knowledge Society.
Please join me in wishing the new team all success.
Arjuna Rao Chavala
Jan 2011 - Oct 2012
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