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Regional Committees
Candidates

Applicants may apply for Regional Committees using the instructions below. Please review general information about Regional Committees before preparing your application. The deadline to apply for Regional Committees is June 24, 2021.

Applications may be provided in the language of your preference, and English is not required.

Alternatively, applications may be sent to communityresources(_AT_)wikimedia.org for review, and you are not required to post your application on Meta-wiki. Please use the subject line Regional Committee application and your name or username for clarity (for example: Subject: Regional Committee Application - Chris Schilling).

Please note that after receiving you application over email, we will publish your username/full name and the region(s) you want to participate in on Meta. This is done to ensure a more transparent application process.

Instructions[edit]

To apply, please provide a statement with the following information:

  • What country or region are you working in?
  • What regional committee do you want to participate in?
  • Tell us about yourself and why you want to join a Regional Committee. Please consider responding to some of the questions below, but it is not necessary to respond to all of them in your application. Please keep your statement under 500 words.
    • What is your current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem?
    • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working?
    • What would you do to make decision making more participatory?
    • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?
    • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?

Applications may be provided in the language of your preference, and English is not required.

Applications received via email[edit]

Name Region
Harriet Bayel Middle East and Africa
Bhuvana Meenakshi SAARC
Anthony B. Diaz ESEAP
Richard Varela Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean
Carla Salazar Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean
Tochi Precious Middle East and Africa
Ammar Abdulhamid Middle East and Africa
Gbemisola Esho Middle East and Africa
Isaac Oloruntimilehin Middle East and Africa
Jesse Asiedu-Akrofi Middle East and Africa
Cristina Algarra Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean
Ralff Nestor S. Nacor ESEAP
Faisal da Supremo Middle East and Africa
Musa Umar Middle East and Africa

Middle East and Africa[edit]

User:Onyinyeonuoha[edit]

  • Current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem

I am a member of Igbo Wikimedians User Group in Nigeria and also the Coordinator of Igbo Wikimedians User Group, Anambra Hub. I have contributed to Wikipedia, Wiki Commons, Wikitionary and Wikivoyage. I have lead 5 Edit a thons since I joined the organization in 2018.

  • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working

I plan to bring in my experiences over the years as a Project Coordinator of Young African Leaders Initiative, Anambra State Hub, Nigeria. I am also actively involved in Wikipedia and it’s sister projects. I believe that I posses a fair knowledge of the grant disbursement with the experience I gained in applying for Rapid Grants and other grants for community projects in my region and I am confident and believe that I will be of great help towards contributing positively to the committee roles and ways of making Grants to be more accessible to the various communities/ User Groups involved in the Wikimedia movement in my region.

  • What would you do to make decision making more participatory?

Having undergone Wikimedia Education Project Management online training and graduated on April 2020. I plan to step down the training so that the grantees will understand the process of grant application and also encourage more grantees to apply. Through utilization of effective communication between the grantees and the grantors ,communities will be educated on different types of grants and what exactly is expected so that they can write a winning grant.

  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?

I wish to see that collaboration and volunteerism are promoted in Wikimedia Movement. It will be cost-effective, there will be accountability and transparency, well-documentation of all the grants to see that the projects are truly being implemented. Projects and programs will be replicated and adopted in different communities. At the end of each project, projects will be tracked and evaluated with the necessary tools.

  • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?

I am the current coordinator of my community ( Wikimedians User , Anambra Hub). Over the years I have worked as a Project Officer, Project Coordinator and have volunteered to different organizations to see that their goals was achieved. Having undergone Wikimedia Education Project Management online training and graduated on April 2020, with my huge experiences, I believe that I will be a great assets to Wikimedia Movement.

User:Eugene233[edit]

Current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem

Currently a member of the Wikimedians of Cameroon User group, developer and currently community grant assessment personnel for Cameroon grants and projects for all projects, campaigns and workshops.

How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working.

I have been a grantee for quite some time now and I think more Africans need to know how to apply for grants and what purpose each grant will serve to them. Also, there are many regions where people do awesome things related to Free Knowledge and are not aware of Wikimedia's support through its partners.

What would you do to make decision making more participatory?

Inform communities on the different types of grants and what exactly is expected so that their goals are clearly shaped before a grant application is provided.

What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?

Come up with a strategy to sensitize other communities which are similar to Wikimedia partners on how to become partners and how to benefit from these grants.

Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?

Being a grantee over years and seeing community impact for Wikimedia grants, I think would be good to have an inside-out perspective of the partnerships gained by Wikimedia, which is what I intend to propose.

User:Kinvidia[edit]

I work in Ghana and I wish to join the Middle East and Africa regional committee. 

  • What is your current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem?

I begun editing on wikipedia in 2018 and I have created over 300 pages since then. I have also contributed considerably to various pages most of which are Ghanaian. I joined the Global Open Initiative Foundation (an open data community with a vision of making open knowledge easily accessible) in 2019, and together with the team, I have organised and facilitated projects and programmes aimed at teaching new editors how to make edits on Wikimedia platforms such as wikipedia, wikidata and Wikimedia commons, improve content on these aforementioned platforms, and thereby increasing content on these platforms as well. 


  • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working?

I will want to bring my experiences over the years as a team member of a community actively involved in various Wikimedia related projects. With my experience in applying for grants for community projects, I believe I have a fair knowledge of the grant disbursement situation  in my region and I can help contribute positively to CR's goal of making Grant's more accessible to the various communities involved in the Wikimedia movement in my region.


  • What would you do to make decision making more participatory? 

Through effective communication between the grantees and the grantors. Also, training programmes will be held to help grantees understand the process of grant application and also encourage more grantees to apply. 


  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?

If grants are easily accessible and extended to as many communities and stakeholders as possible the impact will be huge. 


  • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?

As an experienced editor and a beneficiary of Wikimedia grants,  I believe I have ample knowledge in the process enough to understand and effectively analyse grants from my region. Kinvidia (talk) 15:26, 27 May 2021 (UTC)

User:Ptinphusmia[edit]

  • What country or region are you working in? Nigeria
  • What regional committee do you want to participate in? Middle East and Africa
  • Current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem
I'm an active member of Wikimedia Nigeria, Igbo Wikimedia Usergroup, and Wikimedians for Sustainable Development. In the moment, I contribute to English Wikipedia, Igbo Wikipedia, wikimedia commons and wikidata. I have been on several juries of wikimedia projects such as Wiki Loves Africa, Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos and Afrocine Project and lead a Wikimedia Hub in the South Eastern part of Nigeria, Owerri Imo State to be specific. Other experiences include organizing Wikimedia projects such as South East Edit-a-thon, Wiki4climate online edit-a-thon,WikiForHumanRights 2021 in Nigeria, facilitatingmovement strategy follow-up discussions for room 2 of Skills and Leadership Development (cluster C) and moderating the two-day strategy discussions for Igbo Wikimedia Usergroup. I'm also an Election Volunteer for Igbo Wikipedia in the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees election Wikimedia Foundation elections 2021 Election Volunteers. In the past, I participated in the wikimedia rapid research sprint, communications insights and was one of the panelists in the Wiki 20 Countdown Africa
  • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working.
I belong to three different user groups and this has afforded me the opportunity to experience and understand the peculiarities, challenges, and differences that exist across communities in my region and country through collaboration on diverse projects. Beyond this, I have been a grantee of wikimedia projects and as such, aware of some underlying concerns that will contribute to the work of the committee.
  • What would you do to make decision-making more participatory?
I will ensure that the voices of diverse communities in the region are heard and considered by creating a platform for them to communicate their challenges and recommendations as regards Wikimedia grants while orienting them on the TORs of wikimedia grants to attain a common goal.
  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?
By launching a strategy that will align priority areas and knowledge gaps specific with each community, with the 2030 movement strategy recommendations. In addition, such a plan should accommodate the differences in the nature of resources considered across regions, countries or communities.
  • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?
There is need to support gender equity in the wikimedia movement and particularly on this committee by ensuring women, especially from the global south are represented on the committee. These women will serve as role models to other such women and propel them to be grantees, which is currently in a smaller percentage specifically in the Nigerian context and Africa at large. I'm a typical woman from the global south who will like to work towards making more women grantees from the aforementioned geography.

User:Yasield[edit]

  • What country or region are you working in?
I come from Côte d'Ivoire
  • What regional committee do you want to participate in?
Middle East and Africa
  • Current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem
I am an active member of the Ivory Coast User Group. I was the vice president from 2019 until May 15, 2021. I would like to use the next two years to focus on my project Wikimousso which means Wiki Women. It is a project focused on reducing the gender gap on Wikipedia in Côte d'Ivoire. With this project we have several activities planned for this year.

I am also an active member and referent of Wikifranca in Côte d'Ivoire. In addition, I am a regional ambassador for Francophone Africa and France of Art+Feminism. I belong to this community for three years.

  • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working.
As an active member of my user group, I have been at the heart of some of the difficulties my community faces or has faced in funding and developing activities. As a Regional Ambassador of Art+Feminism, I have accompanied several users from several French-speaking African countries to organize funded editorial-athon. I have also been confronted with some feedback on grants and the difficulties that communities face in organizing events.

This wealth of experience can be useful in terms of contributions regarding the direction to give or the role to assign to the working group

  • What would you do to make decision-making more participatory?
I will make sure that the voice of my community is heard. Their concerns and proposing solutions that we think are right and can help them better remain active in the greater community.
  • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?
In addition to being a very active member of my community, I also have experience participating in international meetings of the greater Wikimedia community. All my participations and actions have always been beneficial to my community through experience sharing sessions. I think that my community is aware that my participation in this working group will help to bring their voice.
  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?
In order for grantmaking to have a greater impact, there could be advocacy for objective delivery of grants to communities in need. So that they can be more message carriers for the movement. But also that they develop their experiences in contributing to projects and that they are also interested in the life of the Wiki community through the initiation of viable and useful projects.

User:Kahoutoure[edit]

  • What country or region are you working in?
I come from Côte d'Ivoire
  • What regional committee do you want to participate in?
Middle East and Africa
  • Current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem
I am an assistant - GLAM project; WIKIQUOTE and AFROCINE Cote d'ivoire Project Manager and I also participated in the edit-a-thon of several sister projects (Commons, (wiki loves Africa) Wiktionary (wiki Kouman) and 1ref & Lib as well as webinars (Wikidata workshops) and online training (WikiAflibs). I have been an active member since 2017 to Ivory Coast User Group
  • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working?
My experience as a MARATHON DU LIVRE FRANCOPHONE project manager during the VIIIth Francophone Games in Côte d'Ivoire allowed me to acquire the knowledge necessary for the proper execution of tasks under pressure and a good methodology adapted to the events of scope, I am able to respond to unforeseen events independently
  • What would you do to make decision-making more participatory?
I will practice active listening in order to anticipate the needs of my employees, which will allow me to consider them better;

I will remain authentic and respectful, pledge of a healthy relationship; I will be transparent while maintaining the relational thanks to the dialogue, vis-à-vis the objectives which are assigned to us; I will be able to delegate, demonstrate the trust between my collaborators and me.

  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?
I intend to add, reduce or modify the targeted geographic areas or even reconsider the selection of sub-recipients if the reasons for these may include an archive of past performance with the proposed sub-recipient for other funded grants

I also intend to change the proposed key personnel for example, if a proposed person does not have the necessary qualifications and remove, if necessary, items from the budget that are ineligible according to the regulations of the Wikimedia Foundation or others. Which will be considered excessive and finally add strategies that take into account specific considerations from several angles such as gender, environment, etc.

  • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?
My training as a project manager and manager has allowed me to acquire many skills among those you are looking for. I have the assets that will allow me to succeed in the role that you will entrust to me. Motivation, rigor and listening are the key words of my professional behavior.Thanks to my sociable nature, I am able to work in a team and communicate with my collaborators. I think that by teaming up, goals become easier to achieve

Joining your Foundation represents for me a challenge for the future in which my work and my honesty can be fully expressed. I know the products and services offered by the foundation. I am therefore the ideal person for this function.

User:Fjmustak[edit]

My name is Farah Mustaklem, and I’m a Wikip(m)edian from Palestine. I’m applying to participate in the Middle East and Africa regional committee. My involvement with Wikipedia began in 2005, when I started editing the Arabic and then the English Wikipedia. I’m a founding member of the Wikimedians of the Levant User Group and a member of the newly formed Arabic Wikimedians User Group. I also served on the Affiliations Committee for two years. I was also involved in kickstarting the Wikipedia Education Program in Palestine.

In my capacity as treasurer of the Wikimedians of the Levant User Group, I oversaw the grant process from initial request to reporting. Our group has applied for various rapid grants, and is currently on a simple APG. My experience in the grants process, as well as the nuanced knowledge of the region and of the affiliate ecosystem, the good relations with my fellow Wikimedians, and my command of both Arabic and English as native languages are qualities I believe will benefit the committee in building its role and sustaining it.

I believe the regional committee should be more involved in understanding the projects and in helping the grantees make the best use of the funds, as well as help gauge the feasibility and impact of a grant proposal.

User :xibitgh[edit]

What country or region are you working in? Ghana

What regional committee do you want to participate in? Middle East and Africa

What is your current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem?

I am currently a volunteering as a training associate for the Open Foundation West Africa.I have over the years trained editors in the various projects under Wikimedia Foundation.I am also into membership recruitment for open movement and strategic planning on development of editors into the movement.I also piloted the kiwix in 2019 to promote the use of wikipedia and wiktionary to supplement the use of textbooks in senior high schools.The use kiwix an offline platform to access information increased the awareness of the use of wikipedia.I am a virtual tutor for Educational Technology and professional associate for Ghana Society of Education Technology and have used that as a leeway to introduce open Education to Student teachers and other professionals.As an open advocate,i am a member of the creative commons Ghana community in promoting open licencing for creators and educators.I am currently a committee member of Creative Commons Summit 2021. As part of the course structure of Educational Technology,Wikipedia in Education has been integrated into the postgraduate course at the distance education for Education to help teachers to use kiwix (offline) and Online to teach in the classroom and also to allow them to contribute to Wikimedia projects.I am also on the Outreach Wiki Expert Organizing committee.I am also training young girls in Senior High Schools in translating articles to Akan, this is to onboard students studying Akan as elective subject to contribute immensely on various projects.


How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working?

I believe my volunteering experiences over the years in diverse roles have position me to take up roles and work to achieve desired results.I am goal oriented,problem solver meeting deadlines on clarity of instructions.My contributions would be effectively working with other independently and also with teams creating an enabling environment.I am very inclusive and diversify my work roles.

What would you do to make decision making more participatory?

By the use of the 21st framework ; communication effectively,Critical thinking through systematic process,integrating creativity and problem solving and working collaboratively.

What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?

To meet deadlines and collaborate effectively with team work.I would effectively work to achieve the desired outcomes towards the goal.Opportunities would be shared within my network of knowledge managers to understand the holistic process of grantmaking.I would inspire and execute innovative approaches towards grantmaking.Working with the code of conduct and demonstrating ethical leadership.

Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?

I have the ability to communicate organisational goals and goal oriented.I am also very accomodating and works within the friendly policy.I am a forward thinker and astute volunteer.I have developed a social capital of integrity,accountability,loyalty and trust over the years of working as a volunteer with diverse group without any form of discrimination.I am goal oriented.

User:Didierwiki[edit]

  • What country or region are you working in?
I come from Côte d'Ivoire
  • What regional committee do you want to participate in?
Middle East and Africa
  • Current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem

I am a member of the Wikimedia-civ, GLAM-CIV user group and General Secretary of Wikimedia Côte d'Ivoire. I contributed to Wikipedia, Wiki Commons, Wiktionary (wiki Kouman), 1ref & Lib. I am a Glam-Wiki project manager, I have been a Wikipedia trainer, I have participated in several edits since I joined the organization in 2015

  • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working?

I plan to bring my experiences over the years as an active member of the Ivory Coast Wikimedia Association, Wikipedia trainer and Glam-Wiki project manager. I am also actively involved in Wikipedia and its sister projects. I will wish to bring my experiences over the years as a member of a community actively involved in various projects related to Wikimedia. With my experience in applying for grants for community projects, I think I have a good knowledge of the situation of grant disbursements in my region and I can positively contribute to CR's goal of making grants more accessible to the different communities involved. in the Wikimedia movement in my area.

  • What would you do to make decision-making more participatory?

Inform communities about the different types of grants and what exactly is expected so that their goals are clearly defined before a grant application is submitted.

  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?

I want collaboration and volunteering to be promoted in Wikimedia. There will be accountability and transparency, good documentation of all grants to see that the projects are really implemented. This will be of great benefit to the community.

  • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?

I am general secretary, Glam-Wiki project manager and current trainer of my community (Wikimedia-civ user group, GLAM-WIKI). Over the years, I have worked as an ordinary member, active member, Glam-wiki project assistant, GLAM project manager and Secretary General of Wikimedia Côte d'Ivoire today. Motivation, rigor and listening are the key words of my modest person. With my background and my experiences, I believe that my application will hold your attention.

User:Farajiibrahim[edit]

  • What country or region are you working in?

Morocco

  • What regional committee do you want to participate in?

Middle East and Africa

  • Tell us about yourself and why you want to join a Regional Committee
    • Current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem

Coordinator of Education Programs for Wikimedia MA User Group, Local Coordinator of Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom project and Coordinator of the Moroccan User Group in WikiFranca, plus contributor in many projects as Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves Africa and Wiki Loves Earth..

  • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working?

by the motivation to succeed in this challenge in order to make this role an added value for the work of the communities and for the free knowledge in our region.

by learning and applying new skills

by the spirit of analysis, teamwork, and openness to all possible solutions in order to optimize the work in this role.

  • What would you do to make decision making more participatory?

by exploiting the communication channels already used by the communities of the region and subsequently developing, through collective and constructive reflection, the most reliable means to make the decision more participatory, while respecting the policies and principles of Friendly space expectations, Universal Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Guidelines

  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?

try to measure the impact of the project for the community and free knowledge

try to optimize spending and processing procedures

try to do a post evaluation and share experiences

  • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?

I believe that the committee needs any motivated person for this very nice initiative which will give added value to the work of the communities, and my candidacy comes to present my motivation for this challenge, and I think that Morocco can represent the whole region cause it's an African, Berber country which belongs to the Arab world.

User:Anasskoko[edit]

  • What country or region are you working in?
Nigeria
  • What regional committee do you want to participate in?
Middle East and Africa
  • Current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem
I have been an admin in Hausa Wikipedia since 2019, I edit English Wikipedia, Wikidata, Hausa Wikiqoute and Wikimedia Commons, I have contribution in this Wikimedia Sister project, I have engaged myself in providing a friendly space for Hausa Wikipedian editors, were I train and guide so many users on how to edit wikipedia especially English Wikipedia, Hausa Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons by creating video tutorials, also by helping users with skills they have desire both on wiki and off wiki. On March 2020 I updated the main page of Hausa Wikipedia to a better one.
Also a Co-founder of Nigerian Commons Photographers User Group, and a member of Hausa Wikimedians User Group where we carry out so many successful projects, I have successfully complete a course in Wikimedia movements WikiLearn Identifying and Addressing Harassment Online course, were I obtain a certificate in the course.
A part from many articles and pages I created, I have participate in so many contest were I was declared a one of the winners, contest like WikiLoves folklore,WikiGap online challenge and WPWP.
  • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working.
Right from day I believe in sharing, releasing and providing help in Wikimedia sister projects and its movement at large, I do believe that I posses a free will to be of help in depthbly in Wikimedia movements, having this opportunity will make me work actively and interlectually, to make sure Wikimedia Grants are easily accessible and responded very quickly as required and plan by the Wikimedia Foundation and to the various individuals, User Groups and thermatic organization involved in the Wikimedia movement in my region
  • What would you do to make decision-making more participatory?

I believe in sharing opinion, listening to others, to look things from their perspective, because no matter how good we are at times we make mistakes, it's through this that we obtain neutral point of view, neutral point of view makes decisions flow, flowing of decisions makes decisions more participatory.

  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?
  • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?
Well, I do believe every single candidate who applied for this position can withstand it, the fact that all us have been helping, and are willing to be of help in here, I have a set of plan which I'm intending to make Wikimedia movements rapidly grow by 2030, from my side I do believe I have pretty much experience regarding Wikimedian movements and Wikimedia grants strategies, which this very committee might like.

Add yourself

SAARC region[edit]

Note: Includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

User:Mahir256[edit]

I have been contributing to Wikimedia projects in earnest since 2015, and have been an admin on Wikidata and the Bengali Wikisource since 2018. I frequently collaborate with individuals from Wikimedia Bangladesh and the West Bengal Wikimedians User Group, and through the latter with individuals associated with CIS-A2K, in a number of areas, largely relating to the two projects I administer, if not regarding efforts concerning regions of South Asia in general.

I believe that the committee for this region can play a role in better tying the stated means behind funded initiatives to the various ends, conceived of by both grant applicants and members of related groups, that are effected by them. To support this, I would encourage, in addition to the usual endorsement process, direct solicitation of feedback by the committee from communities affected by proposals, so that there is greater assurance that the views and considerations of those communities are expressed rather than implied for a particular proposal prior to taking action on it. I would also encourage grant applicants to elaborate—perhaps through itemization—on the potential outcomes per community of their proposals (these outcomes attached to specific aspects of their applications), given that no two communities will necessarily benefit in exactly the same ways from the same effort.

Although I am a natural-born United States citizen having been based in that country my whole life, I interact more frequently in the course of my on-wiki activities with people from this region, so I am submitting myself as a candidate for it. I think having someone who takes a particular interest in a region and is aware through sociocultural connections of issues specific to it, but is also sufficiently separated from it, may lead to positive and balanced outcomes for that region.

User:Abhinavgarule[edit]

What is your current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem? I started my Wikimedia journey as novice editor back 2009 when I was research about Pi value 3.14 to submit an essay in my college. But became an editor around 2013. After that I have been involved in different projects with different capacity as editor and community advocate with the centre for internet and society. I have created e-learning content in Marathi Language, got many books under free license. I am translator and language coordinator for translating subtitles in Indian Languages with TED and Mozilla.

How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working? Currently, I am a practising designer. And as a part of my day to day work empathy plays important role. I am curious to apply the design principles in bridging communities. This will be challenging but exciting opportunity to work with regional committees.

What would you do to make decision making more participatory? Building empathy- will play an important role in it. When you speak with community members, you relive experience in story format you relive emotions, what they feel? and how they feel? this will help me understand their motivation.

What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact? When I was working with CIS I developed grant plan for 2 years with my community.


Why do you think the committee needs someone like you? I can bring diversity to the committee and will help designing community programs from different perspective. --Abhinavgarule (talk) 15:58, 4 June 2021 (UTC)

User:Atudu[edit]

  • What country or region are you working in?

India

  • What regional committee do you want to participate in?

SAARC region

  • What is your current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem?

I have been connected with the Wikimedia movement since 2015 and also a representative member of West Bengal Wikimedians User Group since 2019. I have been leading and maintaining a scientifically based butterfly documentation project namely Wiki Loves Butterfly(WLB) successfully for the last 4 years with the WMF fund. Currently the project has entered into its fifth year. I am also an organizing member of the Wiki Loves Monuments in India photo-competition for the last 3 years. This year, I took the initiative and successfully co-organized a national level photo competition namely Wiki Loves Food in India.

To say of my involvement in totality in the Wikimedia movement I have so far contributed on a regular basis to Bengali Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, Bengali Wikisource and Meta Wiki.

  • What would you do to make decision making more participatory?

SAARC is a unity of diverse communities. The committee is to be a well communicating, understanding and transparent, open body aiming at assisting and improving the grant application and evaluate the same in a proper way. I think it will give positive results towards the solution of regional challenges through communication and sharing experiences with each other within the committee and with the communities, previous grantees, mentors and new applicants.

  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?

I have practical experience and estimation about the true value of a grant coming from donation money and the required aims, goals and motivation to make a grant project successful, as a result of my successfully handling five consecutive granted project phases of WLB project. We will identify the potential community, who have not applied for the grant yet or lack proper knowledge or awareness regarding the grant or previously faced some huddles to apply for grant. We can make office hours on a regular basis with them, so that they can get a clear vision and proper guidelines and resolve the problem, by which we can increase the impact of grantmaking. I would also encourage the applicant to take part in office hours to share their experience, difficulties with their communities etc so that other community members will inspire and move forward with different projects, topics or innovative ideas.--Atudu (talk) 12:14, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

Add yourself

East, Southeast Asia, and Pacific (ESEAP)[edit]

User:Filipinayzd[edit]

What country or region are you working in? Philippines

What regional committee do you want to participate in? ESEAP region

What is your current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem?

Contributing to Bikol Wikipedia, Meta, Incubator, and Wikimedia Commons, and previously to Wikimapia, Mozilla interface localization, TranslateWiki, among others. Being an advocate of marginalized languages, I have devouted practically half of my life to building accessible knowledge on the internet. Prior to becoming Board Treasurer of PhilWiki Community, I served as the user group's President from 2018 until 2021. I have been involved in the Movement since 2007 and have tried different roles from a contributor, which I still am, to a community outreach organizer inspite of my busy life as an educator, and a community organizer.

How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working?

Being a grantee of several rapid grants as well as having several rejected proposals, I have somehow learnt the difficulties faced by a grantee and how it should be addressed by the regional committee. The Committee should know the context of each project as culture play a great part. The Committee should also take in mind that grantees or proponents are not created equal.

What would you do to make decision making more participatory?

Community discussion does not always help so is gathering support from anyone in the movement. Some people are polite not to make a comment about the proposal on the other hand some people use it as a platform to attack the proponent for some reasons. Some reasons why people would not participate in helping the proponent improve or make a comment about the project proposal, specially if the proponent is a "somebody" or has managed to perfect the "art of grant application", are intimidation, retaliation, among others. Blind-reading or reviewing is one process that I would suggest. There is no need to rush in approving or rejecting a proposal only because the starting date of a project is too soon.

What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?

To see to it that projects and programs promote collaboration and volunteerism, proposed in good faith, cost-effective and transparent, well-documented in a sense that the projects are truly being implemented, and they make great impact not necessarily outright to the goals of Wikimedia and free knowledge in general. Projects and programs can be replicated and adopted in different communities. An independent Wikipedian or validator can help the project organizer in the analysis and evaluation of the project.

User:Chipmunkdavis[edit]

  • What country or region are you working in?

East and Southeast Asia.

  • What regional committee do you want to participate in?

The East, Southeast Asia, and Pacific (ESEAP) region.

  • What is your current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem?

I have been editing English Wikipedia for over a decade, as well as making some contributions to Commons. I have previously participated in training courses with Wikimedia UK, and was able to help out with an edit-a-thon at one point. However, I have not had the opportunity to participate further since moving from the UK, and thus am interested in pursuing this opportunity to contribute further.

  • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working?

I have experience with a number of countries within the ESEAP region, and believe I would bring a useful regional perspective to the committee. Part of my professional work is related to developing collaboration between different organisations from countries throughout the ESEAP region. This builds upon prior personal connections to a number of countries in the region.

  • What would you do to make decision making more participatory?

The ESEAP is an extremely diverse and heterogeneous region, with unique national and regional challenges. Wikimedia projects serve an important role in making information accessible, but in turn, there is great scope for the region to contribute more to Wikimedia. It will be important to get perspectives from across the region’s different communities. As such, I would seek input from Wikimedia groups throughout the region, and hopefully identify gaps where communities are underrepresented, as well as take action to begin to remedy this.

  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?

I believe a significant and measurable impact can be achieved from discrete and easily achievable goals, even if the grants involved are quite small. It would be important for grants to be tailored and assessed based on the needs and capacities of each individual country or community.

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Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean[edit]

User:Felipe da Fonseca[edit]

From my Userpage

About me
I have a degree in law and philosophy, a master's in philosophy, and a doctorate in philosophy in a binational doctorate (Brazil and Germany), with a thesis written and defended in German on the application of Practical Philosophy to Law. I have a post-doctoral internship in Philosophy and am currently researching topics in Philosophy of Globalization. I am an amateur triathlete and an amateur water marathoner. As a triathlete I focus on 70.3 races and as a water marathoner I have just created and completed a 16km race in my region.
My work
Currently my work within the wikimedia movement consists of three fronts:
a) administration of pt.wiki, which I center on blocking issues, both in judging concrete cases and in restructuring our current blocking policy;
b) development of Wikisul, a user group that aims to bring Wikimedia closer to universities;
c) create a more effective bridge of communication and work between Meta and WMF on the one hand and pt.wiki on the other.

Some questions:

Q: What would you do to make decision making more participatory?
A: The mesh design I have proposed will certainly be very useful.
Q: Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?
A: Because one out of three of the actions I have proposed since my return to Wikimedia is to strengthen the WMF/Meta relationship with pt.wiki, and bringing the community closer to important decisions like the financial ones is an important step towards that.

User:Mike Peel[edit]

I am an old hand in the Wikimedia movement. I have been editing the English Wikipedia since 2005; Commons since 2006; and Wikidata since 2013, with over 350k edits combined (as well as operating Pi bot with over 7 million edits). I authored the multilingual Wikidata infobox used in over 3 million Commons categories, have uploaded 40k+ of my own photos, and co-originated the term ‘editathon’ with the first event at the British Library in 2011. I co-founded Wikimedia UK and was a trustee of it for 5 years, and served on the Funds Dissemination Committee for four years in 2012-17. By day I am a radio astronomer, and have lived in the UK and Brazil; I am currently working in Spain.

I would like to bring expertise from my past involvement on the FDC, and experience with Wikimedia affiliates (both Wikimedia UK and Wiki Movimento Brasil), to these new committees to help ensure they are fully functional from the start and don’t have to re-learn experiences from past funding committees. I would bring experience with evaluating grant requests from $100 to >$1 million within the Wikimedia movement. Personally, I am highly collaborative, and pay attention to the details (I have served as secretary for both WMUK and the FDC). I would aim to encourage as much community review of applications as possible, and encourage Wikimedia organisations to grow professionally according to best practices.

I have applied both for N/W Europe and LATAM, as I have experience of the cultures of both of these areas (if only one is allowed, I would prefer LATAM as there are more people with similar expertise to me in Europe). I have been learning Portuguese and Spanish, but prefer to communicate in English (although I am happy to receive emails/texts in pt/es and translate them!). I’m happy to answer any questions that anyone might have. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 15:35, 21 May 2021 (UTC)

User:Hedestad[edit]

I am mostly active on the portuguese Wikipedia, where I contribute as a rollbacker, also creating and improving content about the humanities, mainly history. I am also active on Wikimedia Commons, where I contribute mostly uploading the educational videos and images related to História na Wiki, a project I run with two other wikimedians in Brazil. Recently, we have been granted for two edit-a-thons, one on Wikipedia and the other on Wikimedia Commons, where more than 28 articles were improved and more than 58 pictures were uploaded to Wikimedia commons. Those events were part of the Festa da Wiki-Lusofinia, the lusophone Wikipedia 20 party. The Wikimedia Commons uploads were made in partnership with the #VisibleWikiWomen 2021 campaign. História na Wiki has also organized the Festa da Wiki-Lusofonia's main events, working with 7 other lusophone groups such as Art+Feminism, Creative Commons Brazil, Wiki Editoras LX, Wikimedia Portugal, Wiki Movimento Brasil and the GLAM for the libraries of the University of São Paulo.

As a historian, I've been working on research about the Wikimedia projects, mainly the portuguese Wikipedia, since 2018. So, besides my volunteer activites, I am also involved with the Wikimedia platforms as a researcher. In this sense, I believe my participation in the committee could be positive because of my experience as a recent global south grantee, a researcher and an active wikimedian. If I become part of this committee, I wish to contribute on accounting the latin american reality in the discussions, bringing the criticity of a researcher and the practices of a brazilian wikimedian who volunteerly works for the improvement and the propagation of the Wikimedia platforms. Best wishes, Hedestad (talk) 19:50, 21 May 2021 (UTC)

User:TMorata[edit]

I have been editing Wikipedia in English (mostly) and Portuguese and Commons since 2015. I have been editing Wikipedia on a variety of subjects mostly related to occupational health and hearing loss prevention in the workplace. My first edits were under username User:SiSreach, and I also edit as User:TCMorata. I contribute as co-instructor to several University classes, to examine how we can use the help of the Wiki Edu platform to improve coverage of public health, occupational safety and health, acoustics and audiology articles. I enjoy this mechanism to disseminate high-quality, peer reviewed research to improve coverage of occupational safety and health content. I am a member of Ohio Wikimedians User Group, Wiki Movimento Brasil, WikiProject Medicine, and WikiProject Occupational Safety and Health. I helped expand the strategies for Wikipedia's collaborations with Cochrane and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Q: How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working? A: I would work towards establishing and maintaining group processes that promote equitable participation, trust, and respect among participants.

Q: What would you do to make decision making more participatory? A: I would work to identify desired constituencies on the basis of their expertise, access to resources, influence, interest, and ability to represent intended users, and beneficiaries.

Q: What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact? A: Improving communication of the funding mechanisms, narrowing the scope of some funding opportunities, making the application process simple and accessible, consolidating and expanding the youtube videos on Wikipedia Project Grants, having a track for grants in every Wikimania, examine possibility of making the information on grants more visible in Wikipedia's main space.

Q: Why do you think the committee needs someone like you? A: I have experience in applying for grants within academia as well as helping develop and run funding processes for intramural grants in a government agency. TMorata (talk) 19:32, 28 May 2021 (UTC)

User:Flávia Varella[edit]

  • What country or region are you working in?

Brasil

  • What regional committee do you want to participate in?

Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean

  • What is your current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem?

Comecei a editar na Wikipédia em 2015 como parte de minhas funções pedagógicas enquanto professora universitária na Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina editando verbetes na área de História da Antiguidade Ocidental. Permaneci nesse projeto até 2017, quando em 2018 iniciei o Teoria na História da Wikipédia, um projeto extensão também desenvolvido na Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. Junto dessas minhas atividades, também atuo como editora criando e traduzindo conteúdo para a Wikipédia lusófona. Pensando de forma mais abrangente sobre conhecimento livre, também tenho bastante experiência como editora de periódico científico que trabalha em amplo diálogo com a ciência aberta.

  • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working?

O diálogo é um dos pilares essenciais para um trabalho colher bons frutos. Ser capaz de escutar e acolher, acredito, é fundamental nessa iniciativa de ficar mais próximo da comunidade. Creio que posso contribuir com isso e também com as minhas habilidades acadêmicas de gerenciamento. Já fiz e faço parte de associações científicas e estou habituada a rotina de trabalho que envolvem atividades de engajamento.

  • What would you do to make decision making more participatory?

Estar presente no dia a dia das pessoas é fundamental. A presença pode ser nas mais diversas instâncias: um fundo de tela no computador, um adesivo no carro ou na bicicleta, uma camisa ou mochila para ir passear, trabalhar ou estudar. O importante é sempre se fazer presente para que o sentimento de comunidade esteja em constante renovação. Esse, acredito, é o primeiro passo para os usuários quererem participar. Depois, tem que haver uma escuta atenta e um retorno sobre essa escuta, contando o que foi possível ser solucionado, o que está em andamento e os entraves. A falta de retorno desmotiva as pessoas a participarem uma segunda vez. Esses dois ciclos, na minha visão, são essenciais para que as decisões possam ser compartilhadas de forma participativa.

  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?

Primeiro há de se entender o que é impacto. Só assim será possível melhorá-lo. Atualmente, ao menos nos grants rápidos, o impacto é medido numericamente, com número de participantes ou número de bytes adicionados. Se a política seguir nessa direção, talvez o estabelecimento de critérios mínimos de desempenho seja um caminho a ser trilhado. De qualquer forma, é necessário entender mais profundamente as diversas nuances do impacto esperado pela Wikimedia.

  • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?

Eu sou uma apaixonada pela Wikipédia e pelo ideal de conhecimento livre dos projetos Wikimedia. Sou uma educadora, igualmente apaixonada por aprender. Gosto muito de trabalhar em equipe e poder partilhar experiências e construir projetos coletivos. Acredito também que, por ser mulher e mãe, posso contribuir com algumas ações de engajamento nesse setor. --Flávia Varella (talk) 18:58, 5 June 2021 (UTC)


User:Alexandrabello[edit]

  • What country or region are you working in?
Venezuela - LATAM
  • What regional committee do you want to participate in?
Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean
  • What is your current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem?
Right now I edit for wikivoyage, sometimes wikinews both in Spanish, I really enjoy to give an analysis about some news of the Latin American area, and make travel guides in wikivoyage for people that will need help in the places they travel to.
  • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working?
I'm very creative, and good at organizing and scheduling, I think my contribution for the committees would be my excellent productivity and time management. Also, my project management skill and creativity to make good activities for the Foundation.
  • What would you do to make decision making more participatory?
I think it's important that all the people in the committee is interested about the project, If they like the project they would take part of it. And the decision making could be a votation from every member of the committee.
  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?
We have to reach to more people, in the different regions and countries, this is important. We have to do interesting and creative activities, so more people would feel curious and interested in Wikimedia movement. I would try to organize and management activities for every type of age, trying to reach to all sectors and ages. It's important to make people know that everyone can be part if they are willing to help with free-knowledge.
  • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?
I think the committee need someone like me because like I said before I'm excellent at time management and project management, I think this would be a helpful factor about budgets, timing and scheduling. Also, making better strategies for the Wikimedia free knowledge.

User:Lilian Viana[edit]

  • What country or region are you working in?

Brasil

  • What regional committee do you want to participate in?

América Latina (LATAM) e Caribe

  • What is your current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem?

Profissionalmente atuo como bibliotecária. Em 2020, junto a outras bibliotecárias, atuei na criação do GLAM Bibliotecas da USP e coordeno ações no escopo da biblioteca em que atuo, tendo realizado ações em parceria com disciplinas de graduação envolvendo Wikipédia e atividades na Wikipédia e Wikidata com bibliotecárias. Atuei na exportação de dados de docentes da instituição em que trabalho para o Wikidata, tendo como próximos passos exportar dados da produção acadêmica e trabalhar com imagens no Wikicommons. Na Wikipédia editamos verbetes de docentes da universidade. Colaborei com a Festa da Wikilusofonia, acompanho as oficinas do Wikimedia & Educação, a partir da oficina Capacitação de usuárias Wikimedia, me engajei nas ações do Women in Red. Na Wikipédia edito sobre temas que me mobilizam.

  • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working?

Estou habituada a organizar e documentar informações, como bibliotecária tenho experiência com atendimento, voltada a escutar e compreender demandas. Meu trajeto de formação também pode contribuir para pensar função e fazeres do comitê.

  • What would you do to make decision making more participatory?

Um processo participativo implica diálogo, seria importante criar instâncias de comunicação pautadas na troca. Ou seja, ambas as instâncias (membros do comitê/fundação e aqueles que desejam submeter projetos) ocupando posição de aprender/ensinar, escutar/falar. Assim, investigaria a viabilidade de criar uma esfera que contribua para que as pessoas compreendam e integrem dinâmicas da Wikimedia, o desenvolvimento de projetos, e que essa esfera tenha abertura a negociações. Para que os procedimentos da Wikimedia sejam avaliados e reelaborados, é preciso escutar o que os demais têm a dizer.

  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?

A noção de impacto não está clara somente com essa pergunta. Tendo clareza do que se busca impactar, um passo seria definir critérios para conceder financiamentos. Supondo que se busca ampliar os usos das ferramentas Wikimedia para diferentes esferas, seria importante comunicar o universo Wikimedia, criando condições à participação de mais pessoas na proposição de projetos. O diálogo com grupos organizados poderia ser um caminho.

  • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?

Ter acesso a informações de qualidade é essencial à uma democracia, isso motiva meu interesse no movimento Wikimedia, que não segue lógicas do capital. Entendo que democratizar acesso é insuficiente a transformações socioculturais mais amplas e assumo o conhecimento como processo que pertence a todos. Acredito que um ecossistema de conhecimento democrático culturalmente demanda que as condições à produção de informações sejam pautadas na consideração de diferenças e desigualdades; há aí um desafio a ser encarado. Sou mulher, atuo como bibliotecária em universidade pública brasileira. Fiz mestrado e doutorado em Ciência da informação, na linha de pesquisa apropriação social da informação, pesquisando bibliotecas e considerando a realidade brasileira. Meu trajeto demonstra interesse em atuar em torno da informação em perspectiva democrática, tenho desejo de aprender, de pensar e contribuir com a questão no universo Wikimedia dada sua dimensão livre, colaborativa e, pelo que percebo, a intenção de que sejam criadas alternativas à participação mais ampla das pessoas em sua produção.Lilian Viana (talk) 20:13, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

User:TiagoLubiana[edit]

  • What country or region are you working in?

Brazil

  • What regional committee do you want to participate in?

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • What is your current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem?

I have been active on Portuguese Wikipedia since 2015 and with Wikidata since 2018. I am currently studying in my PhD how biological information can be better represented in Wikidata, thus Wikimedia is a core part of my daily activities. I've dedicated myself to the Wikidata Wikiproject COVID-19 over 2020, working with improving communication between editors. I am also a member of Wiki Movimento Brasil (WMB), and I host a weekly Wiki-editing series alongside different Portuguese-speaking scientists each week.

  • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working?

I believe I can contribute with developing the interactions with the scientific community. In my professional life, I have worked with friends and collaborators throughout Latin America (LA), and got to know about the practices of academia across the region. I can contribute most, thus, in the Wikimedia-Academia interface, taking into account the intricacies of LA researchers. Also, as someone very involved with Wikimedia, but who has not actually dealt with Wikimedia Grants in the past, I believe I might provide points of view that come from a different background, enriching the discussion and perhaps fostering innovative ways for adapting the grant strategy to LA and the Caribbean.

  • What would you do to make decision making more participatory?

That is indeed an open challenge. I believe that many contributors are not aware of the decision-making processes, or even of the grant structures, and do not have the time or the initial stamina to get involved with those directions. Maybe one way to improve participation is the development of training materials, making more editors aware of the grant possibilities and, at the same time, providing clearer guidelines on how to get involved. Another way is to have volunteers (from the Committee or not) with the clear role of aiding in participations, to make it easier for editors seeking help as to how to participate.

  • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?

I believe that the impact of any grantmaking system is bound to the community it serves to. One way to improve impact is to improve awareness of the grant processes themselves; by fostering more grant applications, we increase the likelihood of improving the diversity of Wikimedia. For example, calls for grant applications can be tailored towards relatively new editors, getting more people involved in the project. TiagoLubiana (talk) 14:51, 17 June 2021 (UTC)

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User:Slowking4[edit]

  • --Slowking4 (talk) 11:03, 21 May 2021 (UTC)
    • Current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem
      • Wikimedia DC
    • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working.
      • I have some experience in non profit financial management
    • What would you do to make decision making more participatory?
      • need to train grantees, and be more responsive both on and off wiki
    • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?
      • increase grantmaking, starting with reviewing past grant requests.
    • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?
      • better to have people inside the tent, rather than implementing grants outside.

Effeietsanders[edit]

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    • Current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem
      • I have been active in the Wikimedia movement for a long time, in the past years primarily as part of the Wiki Loves Monuments international team. I have currently a minor role in the SF Bay Area meetups (if those ever revive after Covid) and am part of the Wikimania Core Organizing Team.
    • How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working.
      • I have seen many different parts of the movement, and like to think I have a good feeling for how our movement 'works'. I would love to contribute to a better support for the North American affiliate (and non-affiliate) infrastructure with hopefully minimal bureaucracy.
    • What would you do to make decision making more participatory?
      • I currently don't have a good feeling for what the bounds are to work within. Whatever method we choose, should mostly scale across countries/committees, to ensure that we don't end up with a maze of rules for different regions. The best participatory effect would be peer review (applicants of a similar portfolio giving feedback before the final version)
      • I think there is a lot of potential especially in the US to better support groups to organize activities. A more succinct answer as to how that should happen, requires more in-depth research, but I think it's essential to engage the existing chapters in this process.
    • What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact?
      • The most important is that experimentation gets space to develop. I prefer to take a bit more risk every now and then if the requested resources are low, because it also brings the benefit of supporting new groups more easily.
    • Why do you think the committee needs someone like you?
      • I like to think about good processes that scale and are sustainable. Let's have a conversation about this!

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Northern and Western Europe[edit]

User:Mike Peel[edit]

I am an old hand in the Wikimedia movement. I have been editing the English Wikipedia since 2005; Commons since 2006; and Wikidata since 2013, with over 350k edits combined (as well as operating Pi bot with over 7 million edits). I authored the multilingual Wikidata infobox used in over 3 million Commons categories, have uploaded 40k+ of my own photos, and co-originated the term ‘editathon’ with the first event at the British Library in 2011. I co-founded Wikimedia UK and was a trustee of it for 5 years, and served on the Funds Dissemination Committee for four years in 2012-17. By day I am a radio astronomer, and have lived in the UK and Brazil; I am currently working in Spain.

I would like to bring expertise from my past involvement on the FDC, and experience with Wikimedia affiliates (both Wikimedia UK and Wiki Movimento Brasil), to these new committees to help ensure they are fully functional from the start and don’t have to re-learn experiences from past funding committees. I would bring experience with evaluating grant requests from $100 to >$1 million within the Wikimedia movement. Personally, I am highly collaborative, and pay attention to the details (I have served as secretary for both WMUK and the FDC). I would aim to encourage as much community review of applications as possible, and encourage Wikimedia organisations to grow professionally according to best practices.

I have applied both for N/W Europe and LATAM, as I have experience of the cultures of both of these areas (if only one is allowed, I would prefer LATAM as there are more people with similar expertise to me in Europe). I have been learning Portuguese and Spanish, but prefer to communicate in English (although I am happy to receive emails/texts in pt/es and translate them!). I’m happy to answer any questions that anyone might have. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 15:35, 21 May 2021 (UTC)

User:NickK[edit]

My main application is going to the #Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region as that's where I am most active. However, being based in Western Europe at the moment, I think my expertise might be also useful for the Northern and Western Europe committee. As we also discussed in the CEE that having links with committees from neighbouring regions would be useful to ensure we are all on the same page, I may help building such a link.

I am a current member of the Project grants committee, treasurer of Wikimedia Ukraine and a member of Wikimédia France. Other than that I am a Wikipedian since 2008, active on Ukrainian Wikipedia (sysop and checkuser), Wikidata, Commons and some other projects (notably in English and French).

Serving on the Project grants committee, I enjoyed supporting affiliates, groups of volunteers and individual Wikimedians in their projects and initiatives improving our movement. With an evolution of the grant committee system, I am willing to continue this by supporting initiatives on the regional committee.

I intend to bring my experience as an experienced Wikimedian to support the committee and help it become stronger and bring more added value to applicants. As I have been evaluating projects in the Wikimedia movement for almost 10 years (as a chapter board member looking at impact of our projects, as a grants committee member evaluating projects of other applicants), this experience should be useful for the committee. As I also happen to know context and challenges of many communities in the Northern/Western European region (particularly from Affiliate Chairpersons meetings), I would be able to better understand needs and reasons behind each request.

NickK (talk) 11:29, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

User:Camelia.boban[edit]

Graduated as economist but working as developer, I'm a Wikimedian since 2007 based in Rome, Italy. As Wikimedia Diversity Ambassador I'm engaged in activities related to filing the gender gap and increasing content and participation of women, minorities and underrepresented groups. Founder of WikiDonne project in Italian Wikipedia and co-founder of WikiDonne User Group, I serve as member of AffCom since 2017 and I was it's treasurer for two mandates in the past years. I lead the Diversity Working Group for the Strategy 2030 and the Diversity Space at Wikimania 2019.

Born in Romania, I have experience with both Western and Eastern Europe cultures and languages. Working on the diversity, I observed the gaps - inside the projects and the movements - and the needs the community has to grow. With both positive and negative responses, I applied for a few Rapid and Projects grants, so I know the work behind applying for one of them. As AffCom's former treasurer I know the importance to have resources to grow and carry on activities, but also the importance to design processes and have best practices.

As by 2030 we aim to "become the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge, and anyone who shares our vision will be able to join us", for the selection of the applications, I think that the gaze must extend to the entire ecosystem of free knowledge, not only wiki. --Camelia (talk) 21:48, 13 June 2021 (UTC)

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Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)[edit]

User:Красный[edit]

I'm founder of a North-West Russia Wiki-Historians User Group. I'm in Wikimedia projects since 2009, in movement since 2015. Q: What is your current participation in the Wikimedia movement or the Free Knowledge Ecosystem? A: Currently 90% of my activity goes with the User group I was founder of. I'm not a big participator in global community mostly because of a large amount of anticipation of it that is very common in CEE and, especially in Russian community where I'm active in.

As a member of Grant Committee I hope I can help CEE and Russian communities I belong to get as much support as any other community in the world and with that to solve at least a part of this anticipation between them and global one. Q: What would you do so grantmaking can have a greater impact? A: I believe that to have a better impact on a free knowledge movement grant decision making should be based not only on a current plans of applicants and a good faith but also on their previous impact, on their role in community and other notable parameters. Q: How do you think you could contribute towards building the committees’ role and ways of working? A: I want the Grant Committee to have the better understanding to whom they give money and whos application gets rejected. And i hope that in the nearest future we will have no good idea lacking for money and no money sent to nowhere. Q: Why do you think the committee needs someone like you? A: I think last few years Russian and some other communities of CEE separated from the global movement and I hope I can give that side view for the committee. Красныйwanna talk? 15:54, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

Melberg[edit]

Hello. I'm George Melashvili from Georgia, currently I'm a Board member of Wikimedia UG Georgia. Based on my knowledge and regional representation, I would like to be a member of the committee for CEE.

I'm an active editor of Wikimedia projects since 2008. I'm mostly active on my home Wikipedia, Georgian. Also active on other Wikimedia projects. In addition, in 2015, I became one of the founders of Wikimedia UG Georgia, which is the only Wikimedia affiliation in Georgia. As part of Wikimedia UG Georgia, I actively try to contribute to the development of Wikimedia projects in Georgian, and to build a strong Wikimedia movement in Georgia.

My vision for the committee to be a transparent, open body aiming to assist and make work of Wikimedia Affiliates smooth and able to react to solutions to the national, regional, and global challenges. Besides reaction, I believe that Wikimedia Affiliates should have an opportunity to become thought-leaders in their countries, nations and regions, promoting free knowledge and assisting countries where we can have maximum impact by creating access to world's knowledge.

Transparency and involvement of Wikimedia Affiliates in development of procedures, as well as decision-making, is the most crucial part. The pandemics forced us to actively use online communication methods, thus decreasing the necessity of permanent travel. I believe that we should utilize this new reality and increase communication with affiliates even more. Moreover, I believe that in-person communication, working together with the affiliates to identify issues and topics interesting to specific communities, is the key to success an increased participation - people tend to participate actively if they believe their voice will be heard, and one of my aims will be to give voice to the people.

We should work together with Wikimedia Affiliates to identify issues specific to their communities, and be ready and flexible to respond to problems that we might not have seen coming. Flexibility and working hard with affiliates is the most important way the committee should develop. I also strongly believe in cross-wiki cooperation and the necessity to increase visibility of small communities, and I envision the committee to support more cross-community initiatives in the future.

Besides being active in Wikimedia movement, my career path includes being chairman of the Initiative project - an attempt of the President of Georgia to increase youth involvement in civil life. As the head of the project, I was responsible for hundreds of micro-grant funded projects, for their financial oversight and additional activities. The project turned out to be a great success, with more than 500 small projects changing lives of people in their communities, and increasing youth interest in civil life, as well as their ability to make a change.

I am tremendously happy and eager to use my experience in non-profit sector for the sake of the committee, and if, the community finds my application interesting enough, I will be more than happy to contribute all my knowledge, experience and energy.--George M. (talk) 19:32, 4 June 2021 (UTC)

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I am a current member of the Project grants committee, treasurer of Wikimedia Ukraine and a member of Wikimédia France, actively involved in Wikimedia Central and Eastern Europe hub initiatives. Other than that I am a Wikipedian since 2008, active on Ukrainian Wikipedia (sysop and checkuser), Wikidata, Commons and some other projects.

Serving on the Project grants committee, I enjoyed supporting affiliates, groups of volunteers and individual Wikimedians in their projects and initiatives improving our movement. With an evolution of the grant committee system, I am willing to continue this by supporting initiatives in the CEE region.

I intend to bring my experience as an experienced Wikimedian to support the committee and help it become stronger and bring more added value to applicants. As I have been evaluating projects in the Wikimedia movement for almost 10 years (as a chapter board member looking at impact of our projects, as a grants committee member evaluating projects of other applicants), this experience should be useful for the committee. As I also happen to know context and challenges of many communities in the CEE region (particularly by being a part of organising teams of two CEE Meetings, 2014 in Kyiv and 2018 in Lviv), I would be able to better understand needs and reasons behind each request. And of course, the more expertise from different CEE countries we get, the stronger the committee will be.

NickK (talk) 11:20, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

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