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]

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]

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.


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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]

Questions for the candidate[edit]