[Wikimediaindia-l] Announcing Hisham Mundol as WMF consultant for National Programs, India

BalaSundaraRaman sundarbecse at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 16 03:54:20 UTC 2011

Welcome to the Wikiverse, Hisham. Hope that your participation will help advance 
the movement goals in India.
Wish you all the best.

- Sundar
 "That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for 
the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture

>From: Barry Newstead <bnewstead at wikimedia.org>
>To: India list <wikimediaindia-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
>Cc: hisham <hisham.mundol at gmail.com>
>Sent: Tue, February 15, 2011 10:40:13 PM
>Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Announcing Hisham Mundol as WMF consultant for 
>National Programs, India
>Dear colleagues, (please feel free to                   cross-post this to local 
>lists within India)
>I am pleased to                   announce the appointment of Hisham Mundol as a                   
>consultant to the Wikimedia Foundation to support us                   in our 
>program initiatives in India.
>As you know, the                   Wikimedia Foundation declared India to be a 
>strategic                   priority during the strategic planning process [1]. 
>I                   announced our plans for the formation of an office in                   
>August 2010 and the Wikimedia Foundation Board of                   Trustees 
>approved the creation of the Wikimedia India                   chapter in June 
>2010. India is a priority for the                   Wikimedia movement as it has 
>a strong and growing                   community of Wikimedians building the 
>Indic and                   English language projects. It is a country where the                   
>Wikimedia movement can achieve our mission and learn                   important 
>lessons for achieving impact elsewhere. The                   engagement of 
>Hisham will enable the Wikimedia                   Foundation to pilot new 
>initiatives aimed at                   accelerating the growth of the community 
>in India. I                   am very happy we’ve now reached this point.
>As I have mentioned                   in the past, we have a lot of momentum in 
>India but we                   have a long way to go to achieve our full 
>potential as                   a movement.  Indians represent 4% of the world’s                   
>Internet users today (and this share is growing), yet                   they 
>only represent 1.5% of page edits on Wikipedia.                   We should be 
>able to rapidly increase this share -                   across all projects - 
>and expand readership in a                   corresponding fashion. 
>Hisham’s title will                   be Consultant, India National Programs. 
> He will                   report to me.  His 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. To that end, he will be                     
>spending the coming weeks (not months!) in learning                     mode: 
>Hisham and I will be meeting with community                     members in 
>Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore on Feb 23-25                     and then Hisham will 
>join community meetings across                     the country as they occur. 
>Hisham will also spend                     time in San Francisco with the staff 
>of the                     Wikimedia Foundation, as well as with other                     
>like-minded individuals and organizations and he                     will attend 
>the chapter conference in Berlin.  
>Hisham will be creating a workspace on                     strategy wiki where 
>he will share what he is                     learning and develop the core 
>elements of the action                     plan going forward. We encourage 
>active community                     engagement on this wiki. We aim to move to 
>action                     quickly and welcome input and guidance from across                     
>the community.
>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. 
>We have scheduled an IRC chat with                     Hisham and myself for 
>Thursday, February 17 at 22:00                     India Standard Time (16:30 
>I want to thank everyone who helped in                     the selection process 
>that identified Hisham. It was                     a five month process in which 
>we made an open call                     for consultants (using my visit in 
>September to drum                     up interest via conversations with the 
>community and                     the media) in India and around the world.  We 
>had                     197 applicants from a wide range of professional                     
>backgrounds.  Egon Zehnder’s India office, part of a                     leading 
>global executive search firm, helped screen                     candidates and 
>manage the process. Egon Zehnder                     conducted indepth 
>interviews with 25 candidates                     based on the inputs from 
>Bishakha and I who helped                     shortlist.  I interviewed 12 
>candidates via Skype in                     the first round and then I had the 
>help of Bishakha                     Datta and Achal Prabhala to interview the 
>top seven                     in person in Bangalore.  Our top two candidates 
>met                     with Sue and Erik in Delhi and then Hisham met with                     
>the entire WMF leadership team and a broad group of                     staff 
>members in San Francisco.  
>We are very happy with the selection                     of Hisham. We recognize 
>that we did not manage to                     hire someone from inside the 
>Wikimedia community or                     the open source community.  We did 
>look for people                     with this background and one of our 
>finalists was a                     long time open source advocate. We also 
>engaged with                     a long time Wikimedian for a role, though he                     
>ultimately decided to withdraw for personal reasons.                      We are 
>committed to seeing Hisham integrate himself                     into the 
>community quickly and to seeing him add                     people to his team 
>from the community.  We hope that                     the community will engage 
>actively with him to bring                     him into the fold. Hisham will 
>most definitely bring                     fresh perspectives to the movement 
>that will help us                     grow and change for the better.
>Please join me in welcoming Hisham to                     the Wikimedia 
>Note: An FAQ will follow shortly.
>[1] http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Plan/Role_of_the_WMF
>--  Barry Newstead Chief Global Development Officer Wikimedia Foundation Tel: 
>+1-415-839-6885 x. 6634 Skype: barry.wikimedia Twitter: @bazanews 
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