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The Affiliates Committee comprises volunteers selected for their enthusiasm and their skills in community organising, cross-cultural communication, reviewing bylaws, and providing governance advice for emerging organisations. There are currently ten voting members with terms of two years each; the terms are arranged so that half of the seats are up for election every year.

Voting members of the Committee are helped by an unspecified number of non-voting advisers, either appointed by the Board of Trustees (known as board liaisons) or by the Committee itself. Advisers provide the Committee with on-the-ground experience, language skills, and governance advice, and are able to take part in discussions on an internal wiki and a non-public mailing list.

If you'd like to be a voting member of the Committee, please leave a note on the talk page, and you'll be notified when seats become available. The next selection is scheduled for the end of 2014, with new members joining the Committee in January 2015. (New members and advisers maybe added mid-term, as well.)

Current members[edit]

Voting members
Member Languages Location (time zone) Term end Extra
Carlos Colina es-N, en-5, lad-4, pt-4, de-3, he-3, ca-2, guc-2, af-2, it-2 Israel, Asia (UTC+2/UTC+3) December 31, 2014 Chair
Bence Damokos hu-N, en-3, hr-2, et-1, it-1, sr-1 Hungary, Europe (UTC+1/UTC+2) December 31, 2014 Membership voluntarily suspended from 16 June, 2014
Lodewijk Gelauff nl-N, en-3, de-2, fr-1 The Netherlands, Europe (UTC+1/UTC+2) December 31, 2015
Josh Lim en-N, tl-N, es-2, zh-2, pl-2, ja-1, fr-1 Philippines, Asia (UTC+8) December 31, 2014
Kirill Lokshin en-N, ru-N, fr-2 United States, North America (UTC-5/UTC-4) December 31, 2015
Salvador Alcántar Morán es-N, en-3, de-2 Mexico, North America (UTC-6) December 31, 2014 Treasurer
Tanvir Rahman bn-N, en-3, as-2, bpy-1 Bangladesh, Asia (UTC+6) December 31, 2014
Gregory Varnum en-N United States, North America (UTC-5/UTC-4) December 31, 2014 Vice-Chair
Galileo Vidoni es-N, en-3, fr-2, it-2, pt-1 Argentina, South America (UTC-3) December 31, 2015
Certain Wikimedia Foundation staff members (Asaf Bartov and Stephen LaPorte) are also actively present on the Affiliations Committee's mailing list acting as liaisons and providing insight and advice when needed.


Carlos Colina
Maor X (talk)
Chair

Carlos Colina

Carlos is a member of the Affiliations Committee since 2013 and started contributing in Wikimedia projects in 2005, mainly on the Ladino, Spanish, Portuguese and English-language Wikipedias, as well as in the Wikimedia Incubator with projects in indigenous languages of South America. He is a founding member of Wikimedia Venezuela and currently serves as its Vice-President, while also being a member of Wikimedia Israel since 2013.
Carlos is a computer engineer and currently lives in Jerusalem.

Languages:

es-N, en-5, lad-4, pt-4, de-3, he-3, ca-2, guc-2, af-2, it-2

Location (time zone):

Israel, Asia (UTC+2/UTC+3)

Affiliations Committee term(s):

2013 February 12 - 2014 December 31

Chair (2014 April 01 - 2015 April 01)
Vice-Chair (2013 March 12 - 2014 March 31)

Skills:

Community building, community and inter-community relations, connecting people across the movement, dealing with potential COIs, empowering minorities

Liaison to:

Wikimedia Armenia, Wikimedia Argentina, Wikimedia Bangladesh, Wikimedia Danmark, Wikimedia Eesti, Wikimedia Italia, Wikimedia Macedonia, Wikimedia Macau, Wikimedia Serbia, Wikimedia South Africa, Amical Wikimedia, Wikimedians of Nepal, Esperanto kaj Libera Scio, Wikimedia Community User Group Greece, Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil, Wikimedians of Iceland User Group, Wikimedia Community User Group Pakistan

Bence Damokos
Bdamokos (talk)

Founding member of Wikimedia Hungary, board member and later executive vice-president. Involved in the international community as a member of the Chapters Committee since 2010, taking on the chair position of the (renamed) Affiliations Committee between 2012 and 2014.

Bence holds an MA and BA degree in International Relations and a BA degree in English Studies. Having recently graduated he has worked as customer service rep/community manager, and as a general marketing specialist. More details on [hu.linkedin.com/in/bdamokos/ Linkedin].

Languages:

hu-N, en-3, hr-2, et-0.5, it-2, sr-1.5, ru-0.5

Location (time zone):

Hungary, Europe (UTC+1/UTC+2)

Affiliations Committee term(s):

2010 March 08 - 2014 December 31

Chair (2012 January 01 - 2014 March 31)

Skills:

Community building, community relations, knows "everyone" in Wikimedia, connecting people

Liaison to:

Details coming soon.

Lodewijk Gelauff
Effeietsanders (talk)

Lodewijk Gelauff

Lodewijk is a member of the Affiliations Committee (Chapters Committee) since 2009 and active in the Wikimedia Universe since 2005. He has been involved as editor on the Dutch and English Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and several other sister projects as well as a steward. He was founding member of Wikimedia Nederland and served on its board from 2006 through 2011. He has helped organize Wikimedia events such as Wikimania, national community conferences and international Chapters Meetings.
From 2010 through 2013 he was especially involved with organizing the photography competition Wiki Loves Monuments - first in the Netherlands and later as a member of the international organizing team. From 2011 through 2013 he (co-)presented the 'coolest projects' presentation at Wikimania, giving an overview of possible projects chapters and other affiliates could organize. Lodewijk is a masters' student in Chemistry & Science Based Business.

Languages:

nl-N, en-3, de-2, fr-1

Location (time zone):

The Netherlands, Europe (UTC+1/UTC+2)

Affiliations Committee term(s):

2009 August 18 - 2015 December 31

Skills:

Possible activities to organize for your organization (brainstorming), sharing of best practices, Wikimedia structures and who's the best person to approach with certain questions. Bylaw drafting: what works, what doesn't and what are potential pitfalls.

Liaison to:

Wikimedia Česká republika, Wikimedia Suomi, Wikimédia France, Wikimédia Magyarország, Wikimedia Israel, Wikimedia India, Wikimedia Macedonia, Wikimedia Polska, Wikimedia Russia, Wikimedia Sverige, Amical Wikimedia, Wikimedians of Iceland User Group

Josh Lim
Sky Harbor (talk)

Josh Lim

Josh has served on the Affiliations Committee since 2013, and has been a Wikipedian since April 2005, where he is active on the English, Tagalog, Spanish and Polish Wikipedias, as well as on Wikimedia Commons, Wiktionary and Wikivoyage. He was one of the founding members of Wikimedia Philippines in 2010, and currently sits on its Board of Trustees as a regular member. Having graduated with a BA in Political Science, Josh has also conducted research activities on the social relations of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects.

Languages:

en-N, tl-N, es-2, zh-2, pl-2, ja-1, fr-1

Location (time zone):

Philippines, Asia (UTC+8)

Affiliations Committee term(s):

2013 February 12 - 2014 December 31

Skills:

Community building, navigating cultural and social constructions (particularly in Asia), empowering developing countries, capacity-building

Liaison to:

Wikimedia Armenia, Wikimedia Hong Kong, Wikimedia Indonesia, Wikimedia Macau, Wikimedia Polska, Wikimedia Serbia, Wikimedia Taiwan, Wikimedians in Thailand

Kirill Lokshin
Kirill Lokshin (talk)

Kirill Lokshin

Details coming soon.

Languages:

en-N, ru-N, fr-2

Location (time zone):

United States, North America (UTC-5/UTC-4)

Affiliations Committee term(s):

2014 January 11 - 2015 December 31

Skills:

Details coming soon.

Liaison to:

Wikimedia Australia, Wikimedia Canada, Wikimedia Eesti, Wikimedia Suomi, Wikimédia France, Wikimedia Israel, Wikimedia Norge, Wikimedia Philippines, Wikimedia Russia, Wikimedia Sverige, Wikimedia Ukraine, Wikimedia UK, GLAM-Wiki US Consortium, New England Wikimedians

Salvador Alcántar Morán
salvador_alc (talk)
Treasurer

Salvador Alcántar Morán

Salvador is a member of the Affiliations Committee since 2013. Active in Wikimedia projects since 2006 specially in spanish Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. He is a founding member of Wikimedia Mexico and member of its board since 2011 first as Secretary and currently as Treasurer. On July 2013 was elected Treasurer of the Affiliations Committee. Salvador is a lawyer and private law professor.

Languages:

es-N, en-3, it-1, de-1

Location (time zone):

Mexico, North America (UTC-6)

Affiliations Committee term(s):

2013 February 12 - 2014 December 31
Treasurer (2013 July 18 - 2014 July 18)

Skills:

Legal advice, specially in Latin American and non Common Law systems. Sharing of knowledge and interchange of best practices. Creation of communities inter-affilliates (such as Iberocoop). Social web and communication. Administration. Bylaws drafting. Arbitration.

Liaison to:

Wikimedia Argentina, Wikimedia Österreich, Wikimedia Bangladesh, Wikimedia Chile, Wikimedia España, Wikimedia Indonesia, Wikimedia Philippines, Wikimedia Portugal, Wikimedia Ukraine, Wikimedia District of Columbia, Wikimedia Uruguay, Wikimedia Venezuela, Esperanto kaj Libera Scio, Wikimedia Community User Group Greece, Wikisource Community User Group, The Wikinewsie Group

Tanvir Rahman
Wikitanvir (talk)

Details coming soon.

Languages:

bn-N, en-3, as-2, bpy-1

Location (time zone):

Bangladesh, Asia (UTC+6)

Affiliations Committee term(s):

2013 February 12 - 2014 December 31

Skills:

Details coming soon.

Liaison to:

Wikimedia CH, Wikimedia Deutschland, Wikimedia India, Wikimedia Norge, Wikimedia New York City, Wikimedians of Nepal, New England Wikimedians

Gregory Varnum
Varnent (talk)
Vice-Chair

Gregory Varnum

Gregory has been a member of the Affiliations Committee since 2013 and a member of the Wikimedia community since 2006. He has been involved in MediaWiki development since 2011 and involved with various online and offline Wikimedia outreach projects since 2011. Gregory also has served on the Wikimania Program Committee and as a Wikimania Hackathon Coordinator since 2012. He is also the founder and lead administrator of WikiQueer. Outside of his wiki-related activities, Gregory volunteers for LGBT, youth, free education, and open-source efforts - generally lending his technical skills or nonprofit capacity building services. Professionally, Gregory works as in communications and fundraising for a statewide LGBT political advocacy and victims of crime advocacy organization in the United States.

Languages:

en-N

Location (time zone):

United States, North America (UTC-5/UTC-4)

Affiliations Committee term(s):

2013 February 12 - 2014 December 31

Skills:

Nonprofit capacity building - such as organization structure, strategic planning, fundraising, board/staff management, and other fundamentals of starting or operating a nonprofit style organization. Grant writing, administration, and evaluation. Technical assistance with Meta-Wiki and MediaWiki - including implementation of translation services on Meta-Wiki pages about affiliates. Requests for basic modifications to approved Wikimedia trademarks - such as creation of user group logo based on community logo.

Liaison to:

Wikimedia Australia, Wikimedia Canada, Wikimedia Deutschland, Wikimédia Magyarország, Wikimedia México, Wikimedia Nederland, Wikimedia District of Columbia, Wikimedia New York City, Wikimedia South Africa, GLAM-Wiki US Consortium, Wikisource Community User Group, The Wikinewsie Group, Wikimedia Community User Group Pakistan

Galileo Vidoni
Galio (talk)

Details coming soon.

Languages:

es-N, en-3, fr-2, it-2, pt-1

Location (time zone):

Argentina, South America (UTC-3)

Affiliations Committee term(s):

2012 March 08 - 2015 December 31

Skills:

Details coming soon.

Liaison to:

Wikimedia Chile, Wikimedia España, Wikimedia Italia, Wikimedia México, Wikimedia Portugal, Wikimedia Uruguay, Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil


Former members[edit]

Voting members
Member Period Extra
Nathan Carter 2006–2012 founding member
Łukasz Garczewski 2006–2008 founding member
Austin Hair 2006–2012 founding member, former Chair
Hari Prasad Nadig 2006–2008 founding member
Delphine Ménard 2006–2012 founding member, former Chair, currently a non-voting adviser (see above)
Carlos Barcenilla 2007–2010
Anders Wennersten 2007–2010
Andrew Withworth 2007–2010 former Vice-Chair
Damian Finol 2007–2013
Michael Bimmler 2008–2009 also a non-voting adviser between 2007–2008
Marco Chiesa 2008–2010
Jeromy-Yu Chan 2008–2013
Miloš Rančić 2009–2010 also a non-voting adviser between 2008–2009 and 2010–2012
Vladimir Medeyko 2010–2012 currently a non-voting adviser (see above)
Sebastian Moleski 2010–2013
Ray Saintonge 2010–2013
Bengt Oberger 2012–2013
Tomasz Kozłowski 2012–2013 also a non-voting adviser for a few months in 2013
Maria Sefidari 2012–2013 former Treasurer (2012–2013), currently a board liaison (see above)
Cynthia Ashley-Nelson 2014 former Vice-Chair
Non-voting advisers
Adviser Period Extra
Andrew Lih 2006–2008 founding member
Michael Bimmler 2007–2008 also a voting member between 2008–2009
Frieda Brioschi 2007–2009 Board liaison
Oscar Van Dillen 2007–2008
Miloš Rančić 2008–2009 and 2010–2012 also a voting member between 2009–2010
Privatemusings 2008–2010
Ting Chen 2009–2010 Board liaison
Kat Walsh 2009–2010 Board liaison
Achal Prabhala 2010–2012
Samuel Klein 2010–2012 Board liaison
Bishakha Datta 2010–2013 Board liaison
Tomasz Kozłowski 2013 also a voting member between 2012–2013
Non-voting advisers
Adviser Languages Location (time zone) Term end Extra
Maria Sefidari es-N, en-4, fr-3, pt-1, it-1 Spain, Europe (UTC+1/UTC+2) Board liaison
Patricio Lorente es-N, en-3, it-1 Argentina, South America (UTC-3) Board liaison
Vladimir Medeyko ru-N, ? Russia, Europe (UTC+4) December 31, 2013
Delphine Ménard fr-N, en-4, de-3, it-2, es-2 Germany, Europe (UTC+1/UTC+2) December 31, 2013
Arne Klempert de-N, en-3, fr-1 Germany, Europe (UTC+1/UTC+2) December 31, 2013

Timeline[edit]

User:Raystorm User:Odder User:Drbug User:Notafish User:Aprabhala User:Sj User:Bishdatta User:Mindspillage User:Wing User:Privatemusings User:Millosh User:Oscar User:Frieda User:Mbimmler User:Fuzheado User:Akl User:Kirill Lokshin User:Cindamuse User:Varnent User:Wikitanvir User:Salvador alc User:Sky Harbor User:Maor X User:Galio User:Raystorm User:Boberger User:Odder User:Eclecticology User:Sebmol User:Drbug User:Bdamokos User:Yuyu User:Millosh User:Effeietsanders User:Mbimmler User:Whiteknight User:Anders Wennersten User:Barcex User:DamianFinol User:Notafish User:Austin User:TOR

Legend
    Current voting members marked in green; former in light green.
    Current non-voting advisers marked in gold (yellow-orange); former non-voting advisers in light orange (peach).
    Current Board of Trustees liaisons marked in powder blue; former liaisons in sky (lighter) blue.