San Francisco, California/Esino Lario, Italy: Today the Wikimedia Foundation confirmed two additions to its Board of Trustees: Nataliia Tymkiv and Christophe Henner. Christophe has also been chosen as Chair, and Board member María Sefidari has been chosen as Vice Chair. The announcement was made at the 2016 Wikimania conference, the annual celebration for the Wikimedia community, held this year in the northern Italian village of Esino Lario.
The Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia Foundation and its work, and serves as the organization’s ultimate corporate authority. The new Trustees were elected by 40 Wikimedia chapters and thematic organizations, independent organizations that support movement work globally. The affiliate-selected seats were created in 2008 to ensure that movement organizations are able to directly influence the governance of the Wikimedia Foundation.
As incoming trustees, Christophe and Nataliia will each serve for three-year terms. In the Chair and Vice Chair roles, Christophe and María will serve as officers for one-year terms.
Christophe, Nataliia, and María bring deep community experience and passion for Wikimedia values and the projects. They have each built extensive leadership experience in the Wikimedia movement, having served in a number of roles at Wikimedia France, Wikimedia Ukraine, and Wikimedia Spain, respectively.
Christophe Henner has been a leader in the Wikimedia community for more than 12 years. Most recently, he served as Board Chair of Wikimedia France, and has served as a member of the chapter’s Board since 2007. During this time, he spent nearly three years in Vice Chair and Chair positions. Christophe is currently the deputy CEO of the gaming division of Webedia, an international digital media group headquartered in France. At Webedia, Christophe has helped lead the division through organizational transitions and execute a clear strategic vision.
Nataliia Tymkiv has been an active contributor on Ukrainian Wikipedia since 2011, and administrator since 2012. She currently serves as Financial Director of the Centre for Democracy and Rule of Law, the Ukrainian media policy and human rights nonprofit. Nataliia has held a number of leadership roles in Wikimedia Ukraine since 2012, serving as Vice Chair and Treasurer of the Board in 2015, and as volunteer Executive Director in 2013. Nataliia first joined the Board of Wikimedia Ukraine in 2012 as Treasurer. In this role, she built the financial model for the chapter from the ground up, including detailed financial reporting, accounting, and grant-making activities for the organization.
María Sefidari Huici has been involved in the Wikimedia movement since 2006, and previously served on the Wikimedia Foundation Board from 2013 to 2015. She is a founding member of Wikimedia Spain and Wikimujeres Grupo de Usuarias, and created Spanish Wikipedia’s LGBT Wikiproject. María is a professor in the Digital Communications, Culture and Citizenship Master’s degree program of Rey Juan Carlos University at the MediaLab-Prado. She has served on several Wikimedia governance committees, including the Affiliations Committee, where she was the group’s first Treasurer, and on the Individual Engagement Grants Committee. María previously served on the Wikimedia Foundation Board from 2013-2015.
The affiliate-selected Board members will be replacing outgoing Board members Frieda Brioschi and Patricio Lorente. Patricio served two terms of two years as an affiliate-selected Board seat, including one year as the Board Chair. Frieda was elected as an affiliate-selected Board seat in 2014 and served for a two-year term.
Other seats on the Board include one seat for Wikipedia’s founder Jimmy Wales, three seats selected by the Wikimedia community, and four seats appointed by the Board for specific expertise and other needs.
The Wikimedia Foundation and Board of Trustees are excited to welcome the new Board members and look forward to the leadership our newly appointed Chair and Vice Chair will provide the Foundation.
Terms for these newly appointed roles and members start today, June 23, 2016, and will continue for three years. The new members join Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, new Vice Chair María Sefidari, and Board members Kelly Battles, Dariusz Jemielniak, Guy Kawasaki, and Alice Wiegand.
The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
Christophe Henner, Board Chair
María Sefidari, Vice Chair
Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia Founder
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