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The operational team behind Wiki In Africa
Wiki In Africa was co-founded by User:Islahaddow, User:Anthere and User:Iopensa in 2016, although official registration took place in March 2017. Since then, the core operations team has been made up of Isla and Florence with the support, collaboration and partnership of many members of the Wikimedia movement to implement Wiki In Africa's programmes across Africa and beyond. Additional staff members joined the team since 2021.
- Isla Haddow-Flood (South Africa), Chair and Co-lead
- A Zimbabwean by birth, and a Capetonian by adoption, Oxford-educated Isla Haddow-Flood is a writer, editor and project strategist who is passionate about harnessing communication technology and media platforms for the advancement of open access to knowledge; specifically, knowledge that relates to and enhances the understanding of Africa via the Open Movement (and especially Wikipedia). Since 2011, Isla has been working to Activate Africa. Working with members of the WikiAfrica movement, she has conceptualised and instigated #OpenAfrica, Kumusha Bus and WikiEntrepreneur. :With Anthere/Florence, she has also been the co-leader of projects related to Wikipedia and Africa, such as Wiki Loves Africa (annual photographic contest), Kumusha Takes Wiki (citizen journalists in Africa collecting freely-licensed content). In 2016, Florence and Isla developed and ran Wiki Loves Women (content liberation project related to African Women), Wikipack Africa (an action kit for Wikipedians across Africa), WikiFundi (an offline editing environment that mimics Wikipedia), WikiAfrica Schools (a pilot schools programme in high schools in South Africa) and WikiChallenge African Schools (that introduces the next generation of editors to Wikipedia).
- Florence Devouard (France) Co-Lead
- A Wikipedian since 2002, a former Chair of Wikimedia Foundation and a founding member of Wikimedia France, Florence Devouard was born in France where she currently lives. Above everything, she loves to share her knowledge of new practices and online communities. She cares for language diversity and multicultural dialogue and is a supporter of the open-source and free knowledge movement.
- Since 2013, Florence is the co-leader on projects related to Wikipedia and Africa, such as Wiki Loves Africa (photographic contest in Africa), Kumusha Takes Wiki (citizen journalism to collect and create freely-licensed content in Africa). She also participated as the Scientific Collaborator at SUSPI to the Wikipedia Primary School SSAJRP research programme (developing and evaluating a system to assess Wikipedia articles for primary education in South Africa). In 2016, Florence and Isla developed and ran Wiki Loves Women (content liberation project related to African Women), Wikipack Africa (an action kit for Wikipedians across Africa), WikiFundi (an offline editing environment that mimics Wikipedia), and WikiChallenge African Schools (that introduces the next generation of editors to Wikipedia).
- Main affiliations
- Co-Executive Director of Wiki in Africa (non affiliated association)
- Wikipedian-in-Residence at World Intellectual Property Rights (WIPO)
- Financial Auditor and member of m:Les sans pagEs UserGroup (contact member for the affiliate)
- Member of Wikimedians for offline wikis UG (contact member for the affiliate)
- Member of the Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network UG
- Former Chair of Wikimedia Foundation
- Co-founder, former Vice-Chair and currently member of Wikimédia France Chapter
- Former treasurer of WikiFranca (hub-to-be for French speaking wikimedia groups)
- Board member of Open Food Facts
- Vice-Chair of Ynternet.org
- Rachel Zadok (South Africa), Communications Manager 2022 + Project Manager, Inspiring Open
- Rachel Zadok is an editor, writer and designer and the author of two novels: Gem Squash Tokoloshe (Pan Macmillan, 2005), shortlisted for The Whitbread First Novel Award and The John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and longlisted for the IMPAC Award; and Sister-sister (Kwela Books, 2013), shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Prize and The Herman Charles Bosman Prize, and longlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Award. She is the managing editor of Short Story Day Africa, a project to promote and develop African writers using the medium of the short story, and as such has published seven anthologies of African short fiction.
- She is also the communications manager for Wiki in Africa and the project manager for Inspiring Open, a podcast series of Wiki Loves Women, a project of Wiki in Africa.
- Ceslause Ogbonnaya (Nigeria), Community Facilitator 2021-2022
- Ceslause Ogbonnaya is an education enthusiast who currently lives in Abuja, Nigeria. Though born in Nigeria, his flair for foreign languages led him to study B.A French (Major), and German (Minor) at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, during which he had his French language immersion at Centre International de Recherche et d’Etude de Langues (CIREL) of Université de Lomé, Togo, the Republic of Bénin, Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal. He was also the Director of Socials for the university’s Modern Languages Association (MLA) during his final year in the university.
- His passion for education led to him co-founding Centre d’Etudes de la Langue Française Shalom (CELF SHALOM) in 2012, an educative excursion outfit, aimed at helping Nigerians attain high proficiency in French language. He joined the Texas based Menes Konsult and the Pretoria based Europlaw Group later in 2016 as a Bilingual French/English Business Specialist in their Nigerian office, and worked with Vera Wang on a social enterprise Miss Fashion Week Africa, aimed at helping African models shoot into the international spotlight.
- He joined the Wikimedia movement in 2018, and has been actively involved in the Igbo Wikimedians User Group. In 2020, he was one of the grantees of Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos (WPWP) annual project grant, and he was also the Project lead for the 2020 Igbo Wikimedians User Group WPWP project. He won the first prize in the Igbo Wikimedians UG for the 2020 Decolonize the Internet Contest. He currently is the Wikimedian-In-Residence for Africa Knowledge Initiative project. He was also part of the WikiIndaba 2022 Conference CoT, and worked under the Sponsorships & Partnerships unit.
- Afek Ben Chahed (Tunisia), Community Facilitator 2022
- Afek Ben Chahed, Tunisian, Librarian and an active member of Wikimedia Tunisia User Group since 2016 after winning the first prize of Wiki Women Tunisia. She co-organised several projects and contests as Wiki Loves Africa in Tunisia, WikiChallenge Ecoles d'Afrique, WikiGap, Art and Feminism, and leaded the expansion project of the ArabCom by creating a new community in Mauritania. She was involved in organising many events as WikiIndaba 2018, Wiki Summit 2019(The visiting Wikimedian), WikiConvention Francophone 2019 and WikiArabia 2019. On 2020, she integrated the board of Wikimedia Tunisia as a vice president. Passionate about heritage, she co-founded Africvs, a youth collective which works on promoting and documenting the Tunisian heritage.
- Nonny Ntlahla (South Africa), Administrative Support 2022
- Nonny Ntlahla is a young Social Dynamics graduate and currently an enthusiastic Health and Fitness student completing their Diploma. Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Nonny is extremely passionate about the integration of Mental Health and Sports/Physical Exercise, and what that can do for social and community development. She is currently working as an Administrative Assistant for the Wiki In Africa Organisation and seeks to develop and learn skills that may be useful in aiding her passion and love for Mental and Physical Health.
- Wilson Oluoha (Nigeria), Community Facilitator 2023
- Wilson is a multi-lingual Information and Media Scientist with a passion for open access to knowledge and building sustainable knowledge communities.
He is a wise amateur photographer, public speaker and budding pro cyclist who joined the Wikimedia movement in 2018 through the Igbo language affiliate in Nigeria. In 2022, he founded IG Wiki Commons Hub - a community of Nigerians committed to contributing content to the open knowledge movement via Wikimedia Commons.
Former staff members
- Candy Tricia Khohliwe (Botswana), Wiki Loves Women Administrative Assistant
Candy Tricia Khohliwe is a long-term editor and member of the Wikimedia Botswana Usergroup. She has led two successful Wiki Loves Africa photo contest and a successful Art and Feminism Editathon and panel discussion. She is the coordinator with Wiki Loves Women Focus Group Members initiative.
- Sadik Shahadu (Ghana), Wiki In Africa Intern 2022
- Sadik is a project manager, researcher and Co-Founder of the Dagbani Wikimedians User Group. He is currently serving as the West African Indigenous Language Coordinator at Art+Feminism, a steering committee member of the Wikimedia Language Diversity Hub, and have previously served as a volunteer on the Wikimedia project grants committee. Outside the Wikimedia community, he is a Mozilla Open Leader X fellow, a MozFest wrangler and ambassador for the Mozilla festival 2022.