[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Leaving the Wikimedia Foundation

Barry Newstead bnewstead at wikimedia.org
Tue Aug 7 18:41:46 UTC 2012

Dear Wikimedia friends and colleagues,

It is bittersweet for me to share with all of you that I will be leaving
the Wikimedia Foundation at the end of August to relocate to Australia for
personal reasons.

It is difficult for me to leave Wikimedia and particularly leave the Global
Development team, which I’ve had the pleasure of building and leading over
the past two years. I am proud of what we have accomplished in raising the
priority of much of the globe within the Wikimedia movement, strengthening
our mobile strategy and education program, globalizing communications, and
tackling the difficult movement roles issues that I hope can be put in the
past. It hasn’t been easy or uncontroversial, but I truly believe that we
are heading in the right direction.

One of the great joys of my work has been the opportunity to travel and
meet many amazing Wikipedians and to share the Wikimedia story with the
world. It is so inspiring to hear first hand how much people love our
projects and the amazing things that so many people do in support of the
movement. This is what helped me survive the many long flights and
jetlag-filled nights.  It was an honour representing the Wikimedia
Foundation and often the Wikimedia movement in so many places.

I am confident that the Global Development work will thrive with the team
in place and with all of the dedicated community members who see us as
partners. I look forward to becoming a volunteer member of the movement and
supporting the work in new ways. Sue will share plans for the transition

Many thanks to all who have supported me and our work.

Kind regards,

Barry Newstead
Chief Global Development Officer
Wikimedia Foundation

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