Affiliations Committee/Candidates/January 2022

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The Affiliations Committee (AffCom) – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing and sustaining Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is seeking new members!

The committee consists of five to fifteen members, selected at least once every year, to serve two-year terms. Requirements and responsibilities for serving on AffCom may be found here. If you would like to be considered for an appointment to the Affiliations Committee during our current recruitment cycle, please post your application below by 31 January 2022.

AffCom’s engagement with affiliates is divided into two sections - the Recognitions subcommittee and the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee. Recognitions deals with the recognition of User Groups, Chapters, & Thematic Organizations. Conflicts Intervention helps resolve conflicts within and between affiliates.

Step 1 Post your application here by 31 January, 2022. Your application must include the following information:

  1. Your full name and Wikimedia username
  2. A statement describing your relevant education, experience, abilities, skills, knowledge, availability, and motivation for joining the committee.

Step 2. Complete the self-assessment survey between January 01, 2022 and January 31, 2022.

  • The privacy statement that applies to the survey can be found here.
  • NOTE: The survey will take 15 mins. Please do not close your browser. If you need a break, you are advised to keep the browser open. In case of losing the link, please reach out to mkaur-ctr(_AT_)wikimedia.org
  • This survey must be completed before Steps 3 & 4, as it will provide more background as to the type of work and expectations of members of AffCom.

Step 3. Answers the following questions:

  • NOTE: Questions 1-3 are required for all candidates.
  • Question 4 & 5 should be answered by those interested in joining the Recognitions subcommittee.
  • Question 6 & 7 should be answered by those interested in joining the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee.
  • If you are willing to nominate yourself for both subcommittees, answer all questions.
  1. What roles have you served across any Wikimedia projects and affiliates that you think have prepared you for this role?
  2. AffCom members need to manage time, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and diverse situations across the global movement. How do you envision managing these?
  3. Members of AffCom serve on one of two subcommittees: Recognitions OR Conflicts Intervention. Which one of these are you most interested in serving on?
  4. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think makes a group of Wikimedians ready to function together as an affiliate?
  5. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think are the benefits and responsibilities of functioning as formal affiliates?
  6. If you are interested in serving on the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee, please describe your experience working with conflicts resolution.
  7. If you are interested in serving on the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee, please describe how you have helped build consensus and support diversity.

Step 4. Once you have completed the above, send an email announcing your application to affcom(_AT_)wikimedia.org before the application deadline.


All Wikimedians are invited to share endorsements and comments about candidates. If it is negative, please cite appropriate evidence; it is not appropriate to simply state a negative opinion. We would like to maintain a friendly space for candidates to state their interest without fear of public ridicule.


Candidates[edit]

Yuri Perohanych, user:Perohanych[edit]

Education

I have a strong background in software engineering, international law and an abiding interest in literature, history and open acces:

  • I am a mathematician and software developer after graduating from a college
  • I am an engineer in Data Processing and economist, after graduating from the Kyiv National Economics University
  • I am a master in law (LLM) after graduating from the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University.
Experience
  • I used to work as a Systems Engineer and Software Developer for IBM/360/370 mainframes
  • For 15 years I am a General Director of the Association of IT Enterprises of Ukraine — a "chamber of commerce" for member companies.
  • I am a scholar of media and I teach Media Law at the "Ukraine University" in Kyiv.
  • I have been in 36 countries.
Participation in the Wikimedia projects
  • I am an initiator and a founder of the Wikimedia Ukraine. I used to serve as its Board Member and Executive Director (since 2009 to 2013), and in its Auditing Committee (in 2015).
  • Successfully negotiated transmission to CC BY licence of the President of Ukraine website (in 2016).
  • One of the most active editors in the history of Ukrainian Wikipedia, made over 110 000 edits, started more than 3400 new articles.
  • I am one of major publishers at WMUA weblog, see http://wikimediaukraine.wordpress.com/, organized several press-conferences, dozens of press-peleases. Monitoring media coverage of the Ukrainian Wikipedia.
  • Negotiated transmission to free licenses several books
  • Launched in 2014 and continue to edit a monthly Wiki Herald with Statistics of Ukrainian Wikipedia and Wikipedia in Ukraine, for example see w:uk:Вікіпедія:Віківісник/2021-12
  • FDC member (2012–2014)
  • Participant of five Wikimanias
  • Author of more than 150 000 edits in Wikimedia projects
The extent and nature of my participation in other free knowledge, free software, collaborative and/or educational initiatives other than the Wikimedia projects.

I am proud of drafting a Statute of Wikimedia Ukraine which allowed the development of the organization, its transparency and strength.

I can fluently speak and write Ukrainian, Russian, English and Polish.

Furthermore, I can afford necessary time for participation in Affiliations Committee, and I am motivated to be an essential part of a Wikimedia Movement for free knowledge to make the Movement more powerful, transparent and with good governance.

Step 3 questions
  1. What roles have you served across any Wikimedia projects and affiliates that you think have prepared you for this role?
    • Initiator of creation, creator of the first draft and organizer of developing the bylaw of Wikimedia Ukraine, co-founder of Wikimedia Ukraine (2009),
    • CEO of Wikimedia Ukraine for 4,5 years (May 2009 — December 2013)
    • Member of the Auditing Committee of Wikimedia Ukraine
    • WMF Funds Dissemination Committee member (2012-2014)
    • Co-inventor and co-organizer of the Wiki Loves Earth photo contest (2013)
  2. AffCom members need to manage time, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and diverse situations across the global movement. How do you envision managing these?
    • I love Wikipedia, Wikimedia Movement so that are my priorities in managing time.
    • I promise to strictly maintain confidentiality.
    • I will always disclose conflicts of interest if they arise
    • I will follow principles of diversity, equity and inclusion
  3. Members of AffCom serve on one of two subcommittees: Recognitions OR Conflicts Intervention. Which one of these are you most interested in serving on?
    • The Subcommittee on Recognition is closer to me, as I have set up a chapter of the WMF myself and I understand well what the bylaw should be in order for the organization to be democratic, transparent and effective.
  4. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think makes a group of Wikimedians ready to function together as an affiliate?
    • They should have a statute (bylaw) in place that sets out their objectives aligned with the mission of Wikimedia Foundation, their structure, decision-making, transparency and accountability. This statute should be drafted through public open discussion.
  5. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think are the benefits and responsibilities of functioning as formal affiliates?
    • The main advantages are the use of well-known and positive Wikimedia brands, as well as worldwide recognition by other affiliates and wikimedians.
    • The main responsibilities are to do as much as possible to achieve the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation, as well as to maintain a positive image of Wikimedia.

--Perohanych (talk) 17:39, 3 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Endorsements[edit]

  1. Support Support Good candidate with lots of experience. I endorsed Perohanych to be AffCom member and wish him the best. Em-mustapha talk 18:32, 25 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Questions for the candidate[edit]

Ross Patrick Azogbonon, user:Ross.Patrick[edit]

My studies

I am an enthusiast of new technologies and I have a perfect mastery of operating systems and various applications. I am an enthusiast of French literature and the French language that I have been teaching for 10 years at the high school level and for 6 years at the university level in Benin:

  • I am a literary scholar and I teach French as a Foreign Language at the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin.
  • I am a trainer and contents producer.
  • I also hold a master's degree from the University of Artois in France.
  • I am very focused on issues related to gender and women and children's rights.
My professional experiences
  • My job has allowed me to travel a lot. I have made several trips outside my native Benin. Experiences that changed me:
  • I have taught at the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the University of Tirana (fakulteti i gjuheve te huaja) and at the University Medical Center of Tirana "Nene Tereza".
  • I have taught in Uganda at the Alliance Française in Kampala
  • I have been to Togo, Ghana and Nigeria.
My involvement in the Foundation's projects
  • I am one of the most active contributors in Benin and Francophone Africa. I have made more than 15,000 contributions to the Foundation's projects with more than 200 articles.
  • I have already organized several local contribution workshops for my students, high school and college students and for women.
  • I have participated in all conversations of the Foundation's global strategy movement.
  • I participated in WikiIndaba 2021.
  • I participated in the Francophone WikiConvention/2021
  • I have participated in other initiatives on free knowledge, free software etc.
My application

I speak very well French, Fongbe, Yoruba. I have a good knowledge of English. And I am very motivated to participate even more in the various projects of the movement via the committee of affiliations to which I will devote my free time in order to make the movement more open, more inclusive and more diversified.

Step 3. Answers to questions
  • NOTE: Questions 1-3 are required for all candidates.
  • Question 4 & 5 should be answered by those interested in joining the Recognitions subcommittee.
  • Question 6 & 7 should be answered by those interested in joining the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee.
  • If you are willing to nominate yourself for both subcommittees, answer all questions.
  1. What roles have you served across any Wikimedia projects and affiliates that you think have prepared you for this role?
  • I have participated in many conferences and activities organized by Wikimediens Users group in Benin and I have carried many contribution projects locally.
  1. AffCom members need to manage time, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and diverse situations across the global movement. How do you envision managing these?
  • I am a teacher, so dealing with conflict is part of my job. So, as I am accustomed to doing, dialogue, neutrality and distance remain my guiding principles.
  1. Members of AffCom serve on one of two subcommittees: Recognitions OR Conflicts Intervention. Which one of these are you most interested in serving on?
  • Conflicts Intervention
  1. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think makes a group of Wikimedians ready to function together as an affiliate?
  2. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think are the benefits and responsibilities of functioning as formal affiliates?
  3. If you are interested in serving on the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee, please describe your experience working with conflicts resolution.

I always prefer dialogue without bias. I remain neutral and I listen to all parties. A problem without a solution is a problem badly posed

  1. If you are interested in serving on the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee, please describe how you have helped build consensus and support diversity.
  • In resolving any conflict, the most important thing is to put the best interests of the movement first

--Ross.Patrick (talk) 19:28, 3 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Endorsements[edit]

Support Support Ross is one of the most hard working man i know. He is one of the most active contributors of the continent. He has organized several contribution activities on wiki projects in Benin and strongly contributes its development. He is also concerned with gender issues. I recommend and give my full support to his candidacy. --Narcisse.Honfo (talk) 13:36, 21 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Strong support Strong support to Ross.Patrick. He is a man who works with rigor and a sharp sense of duty. He shares what he knows with others and is always ready to learn. --Sinzogan (talk) 09:36, 27 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Strong support Strong support to Patrick. I know the man and how he works here to spread his knowledge of the Foundation's projects in the Beninese educational world. --Iyabom (talk) 11:54, 27 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Strong support Strong support to Patrick. Considering his active participation and great track record in the movement, I endorse him. --Saliousoft (talk) 17:49, 29 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Questions for the candidate[edit]

Goodness Ignatius (Username:Olugold)[edit]

Step 1
  1. A statement describing my relevant education, experience, abilities, skills, knowledge, availability, and motivation for joining the committee.
    • I am a Certified Librarian and hold master's and bachelor's degrees in Library and Information Science from Nnamdi Azikiwe University and University of Maiduguri, respectively. I am proficient with the use of computer and digital tools, I easily learn new technological tools. I have good verbal and written communication skills. Furthermore, I have participated as a member or participant in various Wikimedia activities as a student or a facilitator. I was a participant/Scribe during the WikidataCon and participated during the WikiIndaba 2021 conferences. I have worked as a school librarian over the years, In addition, I organise bookfairs, bookclub and craft related activities for teachers,students and interested participants. I'm a Volunteer/founder of Digital Library Forum and Nesky Craft and Decor, I have orgarnized in-person and online trainings for participants. I contribute to English Wikipedia,Igbo Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikiquotes,etc. I speak and write English, Igbo and Hausa languages. My willigness to get involved with Wikimedia Foundation projects motivated me to join the committee.


Step 3. Answers to the following questions
  1. What roles have you served across any Wikimedia projects and affiliates that you think have prepared you for this role?
    • Member and training facilitator for Wikimedia Igbo user group
  2. AffCom members need to manage time, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and diverse situations across the global movement. How do you envision managing these?
    • I can manage these situation with the aid of my interpersonal skills: ability to work as a team and the experiences I have gathered while working with other institutions. To manage time, I will ensure punctuality.To ensure confidentiality, I will adhere to strict secrecy on confidential matters. To manage conflict of interest I will apply openness and declare conflict of interest.
  3. Members of AffCom serve on one of two subcommittees: Recognitions OR Conflicts Intervention. Which one of these are you most interested in serving on?
    • Recognition Subcommittee
  4. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think makes a group of Wikimedians ready to function together as an affiliate?
    • When Wikimedians have agreed to function together, they should have in mind the Wikimedia Foundation mission and vision; willigness to work together through planning, learning, suggestions, implementation, and feedback; they should have their goals and objectives as a group; it is important that they respect each others opinions because of their diversity.
  5. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think are the benefits and responsibilities of functioning as formal affiliates?
    • One of the benefits is a better understanding of how Wikimedia Foundation works; creating room for more contributors to get involved; and a formal affiliate can add information and knowledge by getting involved with projects about their group and making such information accessible through Wikimedia Foundation projects. A formal affiliate should be aware of WMF principles and guidelines, also ensure that affiliate members are doing the right thing.

Olugold (talk) 14:47, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Endorsements[edit]

  1. I highly recommend Olugold. She's been a great addition to the Igbo Wikimedians User Group. She's a good problem solver, willing to assist and highly and capable of working even without being assigned tasks. It would be a good opportunity for her to do this in a global community. Tochiprecious (talk) 16:50, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  2. I hereby support Olugold. She has worked tirelessly to support the work of Igbo Wikimedians User Group while bringing forth an elevated level of community mobilizing to ensure that objectives are met and delivered. She comes complete with the competence, skill, passion and team spirit that is needed to function excellently. Blossom Ozurumba (talk) 05:04, 17 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Goodness is a team leader and community mobilizer with high level of dedication.Oby Ezeilo (talk) 05:20, 17 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  4. I humbly recommend Olugold. She is an expectional problem solver with an innovative solutions, always tackling issues from the grassroots, always willing to assist and has been a great addition to the Igbo Wikimedians User Group. She is a good problem solver, willing to assist and she is a goal getter and a super volunteer. This would be a great privilege for her to replicate globally.Onyinye Onuoha (talk) 7:21, 17 January 2022 (UTC)
  5. Goodness is a team leader and community mobilizer with high level of proficiency in Igbo Language. Template:User Translator 2
  6. Great contributor to the English Wikipedia. I endorse this user. Princess of Ara (talk) 19:48, 28 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Support Support I believe Goodness will be the best fit for this and she will also bring in some diversity Udehb (talk) 08:59, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Support Support Her wealth of knowledge and experience as a Librarian will come handy in discharging her duties and responsibilities as affcon member. Atibrarian (talk) 21:12, 28 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  9. Support Support Goodness has wealth of experience with high sense of responsibilities. She is a good addition to our Wikipedia community in Igbo and English. She is a good candidate for this role. Ngostary2k (talk) 10:55, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Support Support - Olugold is a good candidate for this position. With her enthusiasm and great team spirit, she will innovatively impact the movement and for this, she has my support Obuezie (talk) 18:19, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Support Support - Goodness is a great librarian, tech. savvy with high sense of responsibility. With all the impacts she's made in the Igbo Wikimedia Community, I believe she would be s great addition to AffCom. I trust her to perform and bring in new ideas. Ebuka hero (talk) 11:16, 10 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Support Support - Passion, skill and character, among other amazing skills are what I have seen Goodness display all the while I've known her. She is a member of Igbo Wikimedians User Group whose impact/input has been felt within the Nigerian community and beyond. She is a bona-fide team-player, good with interpersonal relations, technological and administrative skills which are key skills required to fill the position she is applying for. With her in Affcomm, you would confirm these qualities of hers. Ceslause (talk) 12:06, 10 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Support Support - I highly recommend Goodness. She has the skills to make great improvements to AffCom.Glory Chinwendu (talk) 12:27, 10 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  14. Support Support - I strongly recommend Goodness. She has a nice personality and always dedicated to her work. Kindly Accord her the opportunity to serve.Kingsley Nkem (talk) 17:24, 10 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Questions for the candidate[edit]

Mehman Ibragimov (Mehman97)[edit]

Hello, my name is Mehman and I'm from Georgia. I've been an active Wikimedia projects editor since 2016, my home wiki is the Georgian Wikipedia (but I'm also active on Wikidata, Commons, Meta and Wikisource). Since 2017, I have also been active in Wikimedia UG Georgia, together with my Wikipedia colleagues, I registered our UG in Georgia as non-profit in 2019, and we are already an official non-profit organization in Georgia now, which I am very proud of. We actively develop Wikimedia projects in Georgian and popularize them locally to develop Wikimedia projects and movement in Georgia.

I have a BA degree in political science from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. At the moment I am studying at the Faculty of International Relations (MA degree) at Tbilisi Ilia State University. My education in these areas helps me a lot in my work on the Committee.

From the beginning of 2020 to the end of 2021, I was already AffCom member and worked on many difficult and problematic cases. I already have enough experience in the committee (as a member, as well as an Officer). I have good skills in working with different people representing different cultures, as well as I have skills in working with administrative cases. I love helping people and our movement as a whole grow and move forward, which gives me a reason to continue my work on this Committee.

At the moment, I have enough time to work on the committee.

Questions
  1. What roles have you served across any Wikimedia projects and affiliates that you think have prepared you for this role?
As I have already indicated, I have been active in the Wikimedia Movement for 5 years already, for 4 years I have been a Board Member and Chair of Wikimedia UG Georgia, which gives me the opportunity and skills to work in a committee that works closely with Affiliates. In addition, I have already served on this committee for two years.
  1. AffCom members need to manage time, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and diverse situations across the global movement. How do you envision managing these?
I have enough time that I can spend on committee work. I have signed a NDA and understand the risks of confidential information. Conflict of interest is a serious issue, when I know or feel that I have a COI on specific issues or can be unbiased I will of course refuse to work on this case and notify my colleagues about it.
  1. Members of AffCom serve on one of two subcommittees: Recognitions OR Conflicts Intervention. Which one of these are you most interested in serving on?
I want to continue working in Recognitions.
  1. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think makes a group of Wikimedians ready to function together as an affiliate?
The main thing is to have enthusiasm and a desire to develop and promote projects and the Wikimedia movement. People who want to do this will do it voluntarily and without any support (at first stage) and this will result in a long list of activities that they have carried out. This will create a great background for us to evaluate their skills and recognize them as an affiliation. In addition, everyone should be aware of the importance of our mission and goals, which will enable the sustainable development of our movement.
  1. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think are the benefits and responsibilities of functioning as formal affiliates?
Function as an official affiliate, allows you to use the Wikimedia trademark, as well as receive financial support from the WMF. In addition, such entities can play a bridging role between the community and the WMF, and at the local level, affiliates can better help develop the local Wikimedia movement. At the same time, affiliates must be transparent and open to all and must be held accountable for the role and work they perform.

Thanks, --Mehman 97 16:49, 15 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Endorsements[edit]

  1. Mehman is a responsible and punctual person who has made a great contribution to the development of Wikimedia projects and movement in Georgia. I'm sure that he will continue in this spirit in this position, as well. --Jaba1977 (talk) 17:49, 16 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  2. It is a great pleasure for me to endorse Mehman: knowing him for quite a while, having a chance to communicate with him on an almost daily basis, seeing his tremendous hard-work and willingness to strengthen Wikimedia movement in Georgia and beyond makes this endorsement pleasant and easy. As an active member of Wikimedia Group in Georgia, I can assess his outstanding job to strengthen the movement in the country and his commitment to the Global Movement as well. He is always able to fetch global perspective, and is a person with an outstandingly wide worldview. I am more than sure that Mehman's membership of the Affiliations Committee will be a great success as well - he definitely possesses both global and necessary experience and support from his home chapter, and will be an excellent addition to the committee. --George M. (talk) 19:48, 22 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Strong support for Mehman. This person is always listening to others, he takes all the situations seriously and keeps all his promises to the end. And most importantly for me, he makes decisions wisely and honestly. personally, I really want to see him again in the AffCom since he is not a replaceable member of the committee. --Reda Kerbouche (talk) 09:28, 25 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Support Support أعجبني تعلقه بالتعرف على الثقافات الأخرى وتواصله مع المجتمعات المختلفة وهذا ما بجعلني اؤيده في هذه المهمة التي أجده اهلا لها --Nehaoua (talk) 10:17, 25 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Support Support - Mehman enjoys the confidence and respect of the global community with his unblemished record. He deserves to continue providing his expertise to the Committee. -- Maffeth.opiana (talk) 12:42, 25 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Support Support He has an excellent track record. --Filipinayzd (talk) 18:04, 25 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  7. I Support Support Mehman candidacy in the new AffCom board. --Erzianj jurnalist (talk) 21:06, 25 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Support Support, per above. Kaganer (talk) 19:12, 26 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  9. Support Support! Em-mustapha talk 22:50, 28 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Support Support Rarely have I seen such a hardworking and responsible person as Mehman! --Mikheil Talk 16:06, 29 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Support Support, per above and my personal experience of working with Mehman on a number of wiki-initiatives.--Frhdkazan (talk) 19:30, 29 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Support Support I know Mehman from his experience in coordination between different languages and cultures. Effective and reassuring communication skills and his objective position where help can be obtained in all matters will add meaning to this committee membership. Maurice Flesier (talk) 08:39, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Support Support Of course.--HakanIST (talk) 18:14, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  14. Support Support helpful and knowledgeable Mardetanha (talk) 08:40, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  15. Strong support Strong support He has a long experience in Affcom. Sakhalinio (talk) 18:06, 10 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  16. Support Support RamzyM (talk) 17:03, 11 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Questions for the candidate[edit]

Olaniyan Olushola (Olaniyan Olushola)[edit]

Olaniyan Olushola - Olushola is a google certified project manager, financial management expert and consultant to the First Bank of Nigeria on Asset management, a bank founded in 1894 with assets totalling NGN5.9 trillion (USD 153,908,000,000). Shola is the president, Wikimedia User Group Nigeria, and he has served two terms as a member of WMF's Affiliations Committee. He has led and managed over 50 Wikimedia programs/projects that focus on advocacy, community organising, capacity building, partnership-building and volunteers management. in 2019, he served as the Chair of the Working committee to organised Wikiindaba 2019 in Abuja, Nigeria. He is the producer of several Wikimedia advocacy radio shows. The most prominent and longest-running program is the Wiki Women Radio Program produced as part of the Wiki Loves Women project. He has featured in several notable national televisions to promote Wikimedia projects, notably; BBC Channels TV, TVC News & PlusTV Africa. He has attended several Wikimedia conferences and chaired the Wiki Indaba 2019. Olushola is a co-producer of the New Readers Awareness Campaigns promotion videos. This advocacy work earned the team the 2018 African Excellence Awards, and the award ceremony took place in Dublin, Ireland. He's a co-coordinator of the WPWP Campaign, and the project manager of the Visibility Project in which over 200 female journalists in East Africa were trained and mentored on how to contribute to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. in 2021, he project managed the Nigerian Language Oral History Documentation Project of over 500 indigenous languages. He’s a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and holds PGD in Financial management. Looking at my experience as one of the longest-serving members of the committee and the current volume of work in the committee, I strongly feel that I need more terms in the committee.

Questions
  1. What roles have you served across any Wikimedia projects and affiliates that you think have prepared you for this role?
I've been a Wikimedian for more than eight years now, and I have participated in many strategic roles to support Wikipedia and its sister project in Africa. See some of the roles above.
  1. AffCom members need to manage time, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and diverse situations across the global movement. How do you envision managing these?
I understand the need to manage time and responsibility for all assigned tasks. The principle of Confidentiality is one of the pinnacles of my career as an accountant, and I have also worked in many committees ( Affcom inclusive) and organisations where I have served or appointed' and I have never been found wanting. Also, I understand the impact of COI on issues that are very close to me and the need to be unbiased if there is a need to act on any of such tasks ( if demanded by circumstances), but in most cases, I need to declare my COI. to the committee and request to move the task to other members of the committee.


  1. Members of AffCom serve on one of two subcommittees: Recognitions OR Conflicts Intervention. Which one of these are you most interested in serving on?
I wish to continue on Conflicts Intervention subcomittees.
  1. If you are interested in serving on the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee, please describe your experience working with conflicts resolution.
I have worked for more than three years as a member of the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee and community leader in my country. I have therefore helped in the resolution of many community-related conflicts.
  1. If you are interested in serving on the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee, please describe how you have helped build consensus and support diversity.
The following steps are germane to build a consensus and support diversity:
  1. It is important that you and your team have the right skills and experience to handle the case at hand
  2. The issues must be outlined, this could be done by gathering all the necessary information on the case.
  3. There is need to facilitate an open discussion among the parties involved in the disputes
  4. Ensure all the parties involved in the disputes participate in the discussion
  5. After the discussion, you need to come up with a proposal for the group.
  6. Work with the group to choose an option from the proposal and facilitate the development and ratification of the option by the group

Thanks, Olaniyan Olushola (talk) 06:27, 28 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Endorsements[edit]

  • Support Support - Olaniyan Olushola is an experienced member of the Wikimedia movement. He's a cool-headed gentleman that is full of ideas. He's an ideal candidate for the role of an AffComer T CellsTalk 19:21, 28 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Endorse - Olaniyan Olushola has a proven track record of community mobilisation. He will continue to be a valuable addition. Princess of Ara (talk) 19:49, 28 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support His track record of excellence and experience as Wikimedian speaks volumes. He certainly has my support for continuity. Atibrarian (talk) 21:07, 28 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support Looking at Mr Olushola's experience in the movement and as a former member of the AffCom. I wholeheartedly endorse his continuity. Em-mustapha talk 22:42, 28 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strong support Strong support As an experienced member of the wikimedia movement, and former member of the AffCom, I strongly believe this positions him well to lead the role. He's a proven leader and community mobilizer and as such I have no reservations endorsing him for this role Ptinphusmia (talk) 08:09, 29 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support Considering his extensive experience in the movement and former role in the AffCom, I endorse him for this role.Dolphyb (talk) 08:40, 29 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support I support this great person.--Reda Kerbouche (talk) 13:22, 29 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support per above and personal observation of Olushola's on & offwiki contribution into the Movement throughout the years.--Frhdkazan (talk) 19:33, 29 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support an experienced professional in community development and strategic leadership which can be seen in his past roles in the movement. I strongly support this candidate. SuperSwift (talk) 07:05, 30 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support Olushola is indeed experienced as one of the longest servicing AffCom member and a Wikimedia community leader; his experience and leadership is more needed now more than ever. Kaizenify (talk) 09:44, 1 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support Olushola is experienced enough to handle the position. I offer my support. Obuezie (talk) 18:09, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support Armineaghayan ArmAg 20:10, 5 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Questions for the candidate[edit]

Uwayezu Protais, User:Proyezu[edit]

Hello, my name is Uwayezu Protais. I've been an active Wikimedia projects editor since 2020, my home wiki is the Kinyarwanda Wikipedia (but I'm also much more active on English Wikipedia, wikiCommons, and wikidata). Since 2020, I have also been active in Wikimedia User Group Rwanda, together with my Wikipedia colleagues.

  • I am finalist student in Civil Engineering at Rwanda Polytechnic College in Rwanda, I am graduating this year
  • I am an Entrepreneur who focused in Real Estate since 2019
  • I am much more interested in Learning and serving especially about Wikimedia foundation.
  • Since 2021, I regularly give Wikimedia activities my 2 hours everyday as a volunteer
My involvement in the Foundation's projects
  • I am one of the most active contributors from Wikimedia User Group Rwanda. In last 5 months, I have made about 3000 edits on Wikipedia with about 600 articles.
  • In one year of experience of participating in Wikimedia projects I managed to get award prizes 5 times
  • November 2021, I participated in Afrocine Project the month of African Cinema context where I created 530 new articles on Kinyarwanda Wikipedia.
  • I have participated in some conversations of the Foundation's global strategy movement.
  • I participated in WikiIndaba 2021 and Wikimania 2021.

I have a better knowledge of speaking and writing English. And I am very motivated to participate even more in Wikimedia Movement projects through the affiliation committee. I will give required time and skills in serving Affiliation Committee.

Step 3. Answers to questions
  • NOTE: Questions 1-3 are required for all candidates.
  • Question 4 & 5 should be answered by those interested in joining the Recognitions subcommittee.
  • Question 6 & 7 should be answered by those interested in joining the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee.
  • If you are willing to nominate yourself for both subcommittees, answer all questions.
  1. What roles have you served across any Wikimedia projects and affiliates that you think have prepared you for this role?
  • I have participated in many conferences and activities organized by Wikimedia User groups in Rwanda and Africa, and I have been in many Wikimedia projects locally and Internationally, Some I contributed as a participant others as an organizer.
  1. AffCom members need to manage time, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and diverse situations across the global movement. How do you envision managing these?
  • I am an Entrepreneur, so managing time and dealing with conflict are key parts of my career. The time I have been in movement nurtured in me the confidence of dealing with diversity situation of global movement.
  1. Members of AffCom serve on one of two subcommittees: Recognitions OR Conflicts Intervention. Which one of these are you most interested in serving on?
  • Both
  1. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think makes a group of Wikimedians ready to function together as an affiliate?
  • The Wikimedia projects are made for everyone it means we have to involve everyone, so If there are big number of people from one location contributing tirelessly the group can be divided into other small communities, which altogether will be managed as one Affiliate.
  1. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think are the benefits and responsibilities of functioning as formal affiliates?
  • They are many but the main benefits and responsibilities of functioning as formal affiliates are creating Unity Vision and Strategies to achieve that vision.
  1. If you are interested in serving on the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee, please describe your experience working with conflicts resolution.
  • One of the best experience I have learnt is that the good negotiation can solve every kind of disagreement.
  1. If you are interested in serving on the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee, please describe how you have helped build consensus and support diversity.
  • As the movement is open, I learnt to forget my interest and serve by leading, by giving example and support to new participants in movement.

<--Proyezu (talk) -->

Endorsements[edit]

  • Support Support Considering his active participation in the movement, I endorse him for this role. —CaliBen (talk) 11:21, 29 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support He is an active Wikimedian whose wealth of experience could serve in this role. Ptinphusmia (talk) 17:59, 29 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support I endorse him for this position for the fact that he is an active Wikimedian who has lots of experience in editing the Wiki and community engagement. SuperSwift (talk) 10:39, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support I endorse Protais , he has been a quick learner and active member of our local community. RebeccaRwanda (talk) 12:39, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support I endorse Protais for this role because of his contribution in our community —Endikuemmy (talk) 18:31, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support I endorse Protais for this position because he is an active person in all Wikimedia project, he is a good leader, well organised, his experience allow me to endorse him. User:Cnyirahabihirwe123 (talk) Cnyirahabihirwe123 (talk) 05:56, 1 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Strong support Strong support I endorse Protais , he is young Rwanda man serving community of Wikimedia use group Rwanda as passionate with , he has leadership skills and multitalented however he can serve to this committee as well to fullest .UWIMPUHWE Va (talk) 19:48, 1 FEBURY 2022 (UTC)

  • Strong support Strong support He is a perfect fit for this role considering his commitment to the wikimedia movement at large

Ndahiro derrick (talk) 09:20, 6 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Questions for the candidate[edit]

Joy Agyepong, user:Joy Agyepong[edit]

I am Joy Agyepong, a public servant with the local government of Ghana. I have been actively contributing to Wikimedia projects for 6 years now.I am a social entrepreneur and a co-founder of an environmental oriented NGO for the past four years. I am also a Director of a fact checking organisation thus, Fact Lens Gh for the past year now. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a strong focus in Total Quality Management and a Diploma in Management all from the University of Professional Studies, Accra - Ghana. I also have a professional certificate in Social enterprise management, Financial Management Principles from Boston College, Wikimedia Project Management course and Wiki Learn Partnerships Course.

I am a passionate contributor in the Ghanaian communities of Ghana. As an active volunteer with Wikimedia Ghana User Group and was the immediate first female Administrative Executive with Open Foundation West Africa for two year tenure from 2018 - 2020 where I initiated internal coaching groups for community members, Wiki media tour with radio and Tv stations to educate thousands of viewers and listeners about the pros and cons of Wikipedia, Wiki threads on social media, prepared training materials and equipped over 200 youths with Wikimedia knowledge and coordinator for AfroCine project in Ghana.I have helped establish and managed mini hubs and clubs for three years. I am also an active volunteer with the Wiki Women's User Group and Wikimedians for sustainable development user group.

Aside from my leading roles, I have been actively part of these two groups since my years as a wikipedian. Through these experiences, I lead an independent online based group called the Wiki Hour Initiative where ad-hoc newbies are trained in the area of SDG’s. I have successfully organised events such as the Wiki4Climate, Wiki4Humanrights and Wiki4Inclusion campaign under the Wiki Hour Initiate group which has improved wikimedia projects with over 1000 improved and created articles, not forgetting having about 500 audio visuals in wikimedia commons. Over the past 6 years, I have contributed in diverse ways to support wikimedia projects and volunteered in conferences such as trust and safety volunteer for Wikimania 2021 andFacilitator at WikiIndaba. I was the international project coordinator for Wiki Loves Folklore in 2021. Currently, I serve as a committee member with the community grant resource team.

I believe joining this committee will be a great avenue to learn, support, guide and share ideas that will make the wikimedia communities have a positive ripple effect in their geographical area.

Step 3. Answers to questions
  • NOTE: Questions 1-3 are required for all candidates.
  • Question 4 & 5 should be answered by those interested in joining the Recognitions subcommittee.
  • Question 6 & 7 should be answered by those interested in joining the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee.
  • If you are willing to nominate yourself for both subcommittees, answer all questions.
  1. What roles have you served across any Wikimedia projects and affiliates that you think have prepared you for this role?

I have led many projects spanning from Summer Open Schools mini summits, Digital literacy training with USEmbassy Ghana staff and newbies, Wiki Loves projects country organiser for over 3 years also I organised the Wiki Salon in Ghana which was hinged on Capacity building and community development in 2019. I have also run three successful projects thus Wiki4Climate, Wiki4Humanrights and Wiki4Inclusion under the Wiki Hour Initiative since 2020 with a team of 6 at the moment. This has resulted in some community members becoming leaders, organisers and trainers in the community at large.

  1. AffCom members need to manage time, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and diverse situations across the global movement. How do you envision managing these?

Yes indeed time is of essence and with such a committee one has to be up to task in order to meet timely demands. As a manager and organiser, I believe in order to have a strong structure confidentiality dies down any sort of conflicting issues that may arise. It is important to ensure decorum and respect across teams and groups. Affcom is a very important body within the wikimedia group hence all these skillset must be well managed in order to meet its goal and objective. So I believe I will be able to offer 5 hours each month also, I will ensure that wherever there is an issue of conflict of interest, the team will be informed accordingly.

  1. Members of AffCom serve on one of two subcommittees: Recognitions OR Conflicts Intervention. Which one of these are you most interested in serving on?

Recognitions subcommittee

  1. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think makes a group of Wikimedians ready to function together as an affiliate?

I believe as much as the wikimedia community is open, a group can function as an affiliate when they have fully scanned the environment to identify gaps which can be bridged in a given setting or area of interest. By doing so, they have a strong team together with relevant goals and objectives which align with that of the Wikimedia foundation in terms of expansion and growth of communities across the world.

  1. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think are the benefits and responsibilities of functioning as formal affiliates?

An affiliate benefits substantially when it operates independently to grow teams and increase content on Wikimedia project in their home country. Is governed by a well structured constitution, sets its vision and goals. Also has the opportunity to lead, plan and organise series of activities which is backed by the Wikimedia foundation. However, the affiliate must maintain strong financial discipline, accountability, increase collaboration and make available resources to support the movement and also create a good image of Wikimedia in the given community.

Thanks. Joy Agyepong (talk) 08:48, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Endorsements[edit]

  1. Strong support Strong support Based on my experience working and dealing with Joy, she has always shown diligence in working on different kinds of projects. I do think that she is going to bring added value to the work of AffCom thus my strong support. Good luck! --Reda Kerbouche (talk) 09:02, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Strong support Strong support Candidate has a lot of experience in the movement and I strongly support this -- Robertjamal12 ~🔔 09:13, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Strong support Strong support Joy has a culture of excellence as proven in her previous work and engagements in the movement. She will be a valuable addition to this role and thus have my support.Ptinphusmia (talk) 12:19, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Strong support Strong support Joy is an approachable person who is quick to respond to any queries. Her kind, friendly and approachable personality will make a good addition to safcom --Erinamukuta (talk) 14:01, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Strong support Strong support Looking at her stated contributions, I can see that the candidate is suitable to be part of the committee. Kunokuno (talk) 14:22, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Strong support Strong support Having worked with Joy on various projects I know where her heart is and I believe if she joins AFFCOM would add something significant to the team.--Owula kpakpo (talk) 19:25, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Strong support Strong support I have collaborated with Joy in several occasions and think that she would make a perfect candidate for this role. A very dedicated and collaborative person! Definitely a great add to the team! -- Anass Sedrati (talk) 20:53, 1 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Strong support Strong support Joy is dedicated and passionate. Maffeth.opiana (talk) 16:13, 2 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  9. Strong support Strong support I have always been impressed with Joy's work ethic and leadership skills. This is consistently seen with her capabilities in projects she supported. She readily lends a helping hand to colleagues. Her dedication to getting things done efficiently and thoroughly is a great asset. Joy is also a good communicator. Cnii (talk) 07:34, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Strong support Strong support per all above, will be good addition to the team Mardetanha (talk) 08:41, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Benoît Prieur, user:Benoît Prieur[edit]

I'm a Software Engineer (Python, Rust, Machine Learning) and a Computing Books Author from France, involved in the Wikimedia movement for 11 years. I'm graduated in both Sociology (MSc Speciality: "Social vulnerability") and Computing science. I'm mainly active on Wikidata & Wikimedia Commons.


Questions:

1. What roles have you served across any Wikimedia projects and affiliates that you think have prepared you for this role?

I was a board member of WmFrance a few years ago. I also had the opportunity to participate in several Wikimedia events (Wikimania, Wikimedia Conference, local events) where I was able to meet many people and learn many things. I've also been a member of the Wikimania 2018 Program Committee. But it is above all my experience as a contributor to WIkimedia Commons that taught me. Wikimedia Commons is international in nature, where the legal and human cultures are very different.

2. AffCom members need to manage time, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and diverse situations across the global movement. How do you envision managing these?

With difficulty I guess :) It's definitely not easy. First it looks a bit like a side of my professional life (IT project management) that I hope will be useful to me. Above all, I will try to listen to the AffCom people and learn from their experience.

3. Members of AffCom serve on one of two subcommittees: Recognitions OR Conflicts Intervention. Which one of these are you most interested in serving on?

Conflicts Intervention I guess. This is the subject on which I can be the most helpful. Having been involved in (numerous) interpersonal conflicts myself (in the past): I had the lucidity to want to improve myself, to be able to think about the issue (for a long time), accept and get relevant help, support & training and finally improve myself enough to be able to help (a bit) others ones.

Step 4[edit]

Step 4: I got a Mail Delivery Subsystem after sending an email to affcom (at ) wikimedia.org --Benoît Prieur (talk) 12:25, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Endorsements[edit]

  1. Support Support - My support for Benoît Prieur - Виолетова (talk) 10:54, 1 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Strong support Strong support Benoît Prieur, he's a respected Wikimedian with years of experience.- Beko (talk) 14:00, 1 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Support Support I often come accros to Benoît's useful work in Wikicommons and Wikidata ArmAg 20:09, 5 February 2022 (UTC) Armineaghayan

Nyinawumuntu Jeannette Rebecca, user:RebeccaRwanda[edit]

I am Nyinawumuntu Jeannette , I have been a volunteer with Wikimedia since 2019. Am one of the co-founders of the Wikimedia Community Usergroup in Rwanda. I have a passion social wellbeing, advocating for vulnerable people and value the integrity I started participating in wikimedia activities since 2019, where I participated in the regional Wikimedia strategy workshop in Kampala Uganda. I am the co-founder of Rwanda Wikimedia community since 2019, and I am currently responsible for the following activities

  • Build relationships and facilitate effective engagement between the Wikimedia community and the Advancement of local team.
  • Since 2019, I am the lead organizer of Wiki Loves Monuments and Wiki Loves Folklore in Rwanda every year in collaboration with fellow team members
  • I’m responsible for the coordination of local stakeholders to facilitate our local Wikimedia projects and channel the possible feedback to the community members in various channels (facilitated sessions, on-wiki, local projects, etc).
  • I’m responsible for awareness campaigns and developments in the Wikimedia movement and the monitoring of new contributors.

I believe by joining this committee , I will be able to serve to community building in various Wikimedia affiliations and different user group in all the continents .

Step 3. Answers to questions
  • NOTE: Questions 1-3 are required for all candidates.
  • Question 4 & 5 should be answered by those interested in joining the Recognitions subcommittee.
  • Question 6 & 7 should be answered by those interested in joining the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee.
  • If you are willing to nominate yourself for both subcommittees, answer all questions.
  1. What roles have you served across any Wikimedia projects and affiliates that you think have prepared you for this role?

I have led more than 7 projects including wiki loves monuments two times and wikiloves folklore and forged partenships with government and private institutions namely the Institution in charge of culture and language and the women chamber of entrepreneurs in Rwanda have participated in recruitment of more 25 new editors.

  1. AffCom members need to manage time, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and diverse situations across the global movement. How do you envision managing these?

Will maintain confidentiality in all my responsablity and keep in mind the time management building on foundational principles of Wikimedia on diversity and inclusion will be as much as needed impartial on different needs and where conflicts arise.

  1. Members of AffCom serve on one of two subcommittees: Recognitions OR Conflicts Intervention. Which one of these are you most interested in serving on?

Recognitions subcommittee

  1. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think makes a group of Wikimedians ready to function together as an affiliate?

The community which have been tested with time and have contributed actively with tangible impact in projects , new recruits and partnerships would be a good candidate for affiliation status as long as they are bound to the basic principles Wikimedia of diversity , inclusion and equity and resolving to work as a team in financial matters as well as in running projects

  1. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think are the benefits and responsibilities of functioning as formal affiliates?

An affiliate may benefit in easy collaboration and partnership with local organization , this will contribute in impact making projects , the group must be accountable to members and to Wikimedia in general and this increase resources to support the movement growth locally and on a large scale .

Thanks. RebeccaRwanda (talk) 11:51, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Endorsements[edit]

  • Strong support Strong support I endorse Rebecca, she is a great leader as a community coordinator with high level of dedication, she can serve this role perfectly.Proyezu (talk) 14:34, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strong support Strong support The candidate will work closely on the equity, inclusion, and diversity of affiliates and I look forward for her being part of the committee. Kunokuno (talk) 14:28, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strong support Strong support I endorse Rebecca, she is active member, advisor and leader , she can serve this role perfectly.Endikuemmy (talk) 18:38, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strong support Strong support I endorse Rebecca, she is a good community leader , advisor and she solve problems easily , she can serve this role perfectly.Germain92 (talk) 18:38, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strong support Strong support I endorse Nyinawumuntu Rebecca, because she is a good person, well organise , good leader , a good problem solvers , .User:Cnyirahabihirwe123 (talk) Cnyirahabihirwe123 (talk) 08:51, 1 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strong support Strong support I endorse Rebecca , she is young Rwanda women serving community as passionate with , she have leadership skills however she can serve to this committee as well .UWIMPUHWE Va (talk) 19:43, 1 FEBURY 2022 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support I have collaborated with Rebecca in her role as an Election Volunteer. Her commitment and passion is inspiring. She will be a valuable addition to the committee.Celestinesucess (talk) 12:46, 2 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strong support Strong support  : I endorse this vibrant young Woman (Rebecca), she is active, Collaborative and I have worked with in several projects and activities including Movement strategy, I hope she will add value to this committee.Jadnapac (talk) 07:44, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Juan Bautista H. Alegre, user:Buszmail[edit]

My name is Johnny Alegre from the Philippines, a creative writer, musician, composer, IT infrastructure project professional, and Wikipedian. I began my creative journey by osmosis from a very young age –emulating my heroes—and won our country’s most prestigious national literary recognition at the age of 19, back in 1974. The following year, I was awarded a recording contract and started my career in songwriting and professional sound recording, which garnered through the decades all the most coveted musical industry awards (the Awit Award, the Aliw Award) and recognitions (from the World Wildlife Fund, the Philippine Department of Tourism, the Upsilon Sigma Phi, and Superbrands (OPA). I also received a whimsical yet highly regarded comicbook fan award, the No Prize, from the late Marvel Comics creator, Stan Lee. As a fledgling Wikipedian, I made my first copy edit as far back as 16 years, 3 months and 16 days ago (as of this writing). I was a President in 2014 of the now-defunct Philippines affiliate, Wikimedia Philippines (WMPH) and represented the Chapter in the annual Wikimedia Conference in Berlin. I am currently a Manila Coordinator for an affiliate Philippines Usergroup, PhilWiki, and is very much engaged as a participant in ESEAP (East South East Asia Pacific) Hub and SWAN (Strategic Wikimedia Affiliates Network).

I have visited 15 foreign countries and extensively toured 45 cities, not including those of my own home country. I am a Paul Harris Fellow of The Rotary Foundation, and is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Makati Rockwell of Rotary International District 3830. I own at least 90 copyrights of original musical works, globally published under license by Universal Music Publishing of UMG (Universal Music Group). My bio is anthologized in the EPA (Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, ISBN 978-971-85460642), published by the Cultural Center of the Philippines; and among “The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide” ISBN 978-1-61713-0236, a book by the historian Scott Yanow. I am the recipient of travel grants extended by the Philippines NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts) and a 19-year retiree of our country’s largest and oldest corporate institution, the Ayala Group of Companies. Although having not been a very prodigious Wikipedia article creator, I have done countless and, in my view, essential copy edits through the many years in a wide variety of interests and subjects. My best strength as a Wikipedian is my presence to variably stimulate, challenge, call to action and be genuinely involved in the process of our projects as such. The latest initiative by our PhilWiki usergroup is “Wikimedia Loves Folklore”. https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Folklore_2022_in_the_Philippines


• NOTE: Questions 1-3 are required for all candidates. // Question 4 & 5 should be answered by those interested in joining the Recognitions subcommittee. // Question 6 & 7 should be answered by those interested in joining the Conflicts Intervention subcommittee. • If you are willing to nominate yourself for both subcommittees, answer all questions.

1. What roles have you served across any Wikimedia projects and affiliates that you think have prepared you for this role?

I have been a Wikimedia Chapter President. I am also actively engaged with the ESEAP Hub.

2. AffCom members need to manage time, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and diverse situations across the global movement. How do you envision managing these?

I was a corporate manager spanning 19 years until my retirement. I have been trained to handle confidential information.

3. Members of AffCom serve on one of two subcommittees: Recognitions OR Conflicts Intervention. Which one of these are you most interested in serving on?

I would much prefer to work in the Recognitions subcommittee.

4. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think makes a group of Wikimedians ready to function together as an affiliate?

The cases for affiliate recognitions vary from country to country. For example, in politically-repressed areas, we cannot expect a large membership of ten or more. In this instance, a token contingent of less may possibly be worked out. We must deal with Recognition with sensitivity, prudence and clarity of the Wikipedia Movement's objective.

5. If you are interested in serving on the Recognitions subcommittee, what do you think are the benefits and responsibilities of functioning as formal affiliates?

The most obvious advantage for formally recognized affiliates is access to grant applications. Affiliates are also provided an expanding horizon of experience in the Wikimedia Movement.

Thanks. Buszmail (talk) 03:03, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Endorsements[edit]

  • Strong support Strong support Johnny would be a great addition to the Committee. He would bring a new perspective and represent unheard voices from the traditionally underrepresented region of ESEAP. Being a retiree, he has wisdom and the luxury of time in order to perform his tasks well in one of the most relevant committees in the Movement as far as the community is concerned. Commitment to the Movement and perserverance for whatever he does in life are two qualities he possesses which can help him a lot in his new role if ever chosen this time. --Filipinayzd (talk) 15:47, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strong support Strong support to his candidacy! Working with Sir Johnny as a co-member of the PhilWiki Community User Group and fellow professional based in Metro Manila, Philippines, I am sure that he will be a functional member of the Affiliations Committee. His multifaceted character, dedication, and leadership as shown here in the Philippines is a testament on what he can bring to the committee and the movement as a whole. --Ralffralff (talk) 05:18, 1 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strong support Strong support - per above and his addition to the committee will improve its diversity. Maffeth.opiana (talk) 16:09, 2 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support I think Johnny can bring his insights and wisdom from his corporate experience to the movement, especially his knowledge with organizational structure and management (which can be beneficial for AffCom). --- Titopao (talk) 04:49, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support long term strong contributor to ESEAP will bring a lot to table in both knowledge and ideas Gnangarra (talk) 05:24, 6 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support Johnny's experience will be of great advantage to this team Ndahiro derrick (talk) 09:18, 6 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support agreed with the supporters above. —DerHexer (Talk) 21:53, 9 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Strong support Strong support I concur with all the statements of the other supporters. In addition, Johnny will highlight cultural diversity in the organization. Pinay06(User talk:Pinay06)
  • Support Support per above. RamzyM (talk) 17:01, 11 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support Support. Coming from ESEAP region, I trust his expertise and can help the movement. ··· 🌸 Rachmat04 · 10:42, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Stella Sessy Agbley, user:SAgbley[edit]

I hold a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Public Administration and a Diploma in Archives Administration. I was a Kindergarten teacher for the duration of six (6) months after my National service, before receiving my appointment with the Civil Service of Ghana to the Records Class. I am Paper Conservator and currently the Head of the Preservation Unit of PRAAD, in Ghana. Advocacy, capacity building, and community organization through volunteers are all things that fascinate me. I joined the movement in 2015. I'm a coordinator for WikiWomen's User Group, and I've also worked as the operations, events, and logistics coordinator for Open Foundation West Africa. I'm also a member of Wikimedia Ghana User Group and the ad hoc Wiki Hour Initiative. I helped organize several Wikimedia projects, including Wiki Needs Girls, which got me interested in volunteerism and ensuring I helped bridge the gender gap, Wiki Loves Women, Arts and Feminism, Wiki Loves Africa, and a digitization project of the Public Records and Archives Administration Department as part of the GLAM project, Wiki4Humanrights, Wiki4Climate, and Wiki4Inclusion, I was also part of the LOC logistics for WikiIndaba in a Accra, and part of Trust and safety for this Year’s Wiki Indaba and a Facilitator at WikiIndaba. I co-facilitated the conversation on Regional and Thematic Hubs during the Global Conversations and facilitated the Prioritization Events for Wiki Women. I've also attended other Wikimedia conferences, including the Wikimedia Diversity Conference, Wikimania, and the recently concluded Wiki Indaba'21, which was held virtually.

I have had instances where people report certain forms of bias or comments, I first try to calm them down. Listen to their grievances, look at the issues and try to be neutral as possible, this happens on Wiki and off Wiki as well and try to proffer a solution that would be beneficial to both parties. Thank you

Endorsements[edit]

  • Strong support Strong support Stella exudes dynamic qualities which creates a conducive environment for new editors and Wiki members. She has been instrumental in providing personal resources to empower new editors. This makes her a great leader. Uprising Man (talk)
  1. Strong support Strong support Excellent communication skills (both oral and written), improve Stella's proactive nature and work ethic. She has a great ability to anticipate needs and unexpected situations, enabling her to always be prepared to tackle any issues that may arise. Stella has great leadership skills that complement her creativity. Cnii (talk) 07:33, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]