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Governance & Leadership. Information on the Boards member training 2018[edit]


With the help of experienced wikimedians and professional trainers we will discuss the following subjects:

  • The whole cycle of board member transition. Including recruitment, the introduction: search for candidates, onboarding procedures, transfer of tasks and knowledge.
  • Strategy development with special focus on tools: Swot-analysis, Confrontation matrix and Stakeholder analysis
  • How to establish good governance. The difference between an operational board and a governing board. The relation between board and staff.
  • Timely and responsive communication between board members, but also with other stakeholders: staff members, volunteers, partner institutions.
  • Conflict management. How to deal with conflicts, both pro-active (how to prevent) and re-active (how to deal with an existing conflict).


Focus of the training[edit]

  • The objective of this fourth Boards training workshop is to support affiliates by improving the skills and competences of their board members.
  • Knowledge and skills of individual board members and the quality of the board improves which will lead to better understanding of the role of the board and their responsibilities (and vice versa).
  • The Board will work more effectively, which will lead to more informed decision making.
  • Improved network of individual board members (e. g. closer connection between board members from different countries and trustful relationships), establishing constant cross-board relations leading towards more cooperation and knowledge sharing between boards.


The initiative for this training was taken by Tim Moritz Hector (WM Deutschland) and Frans Grijzenhout (WM Nederland). The other members of the project board are Mattias Blomgren (WM Sweden) and Doug Taylor (WM United Kingdom).

Whom are we inviting / subscription[edit]

  • You can register for the workshop via the general registration form for the Wikimedia Conference. Registration is open between November 29 and January 15, 2018.
  • Registrations for the Boards Training Workshop are confirmed, at least, on a regular basis (with a pause between Christmas and New Year’s Eve).
  • Contact if you have any questions.
  • The training will be open for board members of Wikimedia affiliates.

Logistics / Location and costs[edit]

  • The training will be held in the two days preceding the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin and run parallel to the pre-conference. We will use the same venue.
  • There will be a participation fee of € 75 to cover the costs of catering. Travel costs and accommodation must be arranged by the affiliate itself (APG affiliates). For non-APG affiliates travel/accomodation will be booked by WMDE via the regular WMCON registration process.


  • The presentations of the sessions will be made available on the talk page.
  • All materials developed and used for this training will be published for further use. [1]
  • Information about previous trainings in 2014[2] [3], 2016 [4] and 2017[5]


  • The workshop will start at 12:00 (noon) in room "Britz" at the Mercure Hotel Tempelhof Airport which is also the venue for the main conference. There will be signs guiding you to the right room.

Wednesday 18 April 2018[edit]

12:00 – 13:00 introduction

  • Introduction to the training
  • To know each other

13:00 – 13:30 lunch

13:30 – 15:30 session 1:

  • Title: The Board member transition cycle
  • Subjects:
  • Form:
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  • Trainer:

15:30 – 15:45 tea break

15:45 - 17:45 session 2

  • Title: Strategy development
  • Subjects:
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  • Goal:
  • Trainer:

17:45 - 18:00 closing, wrap up

Thursday 19 April 2018[edit]

9:00 – 13:00 session 3 (including coffee break)

  • Title: How to establish good governance
  • Subjects:
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  • Goal:
  • Trainer:

13:00 – 13:30 lunch

13:30 – 15:30 session 4

  • Title: Timely and responsive communication
  • Subjects:
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  • Goal:
  • Trainer:

15:30 – 15:45 tea-break

15:45 – 17:30 session 5

  • Title: Conflict management
  • Subjects:
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  • Goal:
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17:30 – 18:00 closing, evaluation


This is a list of the confirmed participants.

Name Organization Function
Frans Grijzenhout Wikimedia Nederland Chair of the Board
Satdeep Gill Affiliations Committee Member
Rehman Abubakr Wikimedia Community User Group Sri Lanka Founder/President
Habib Mhenni Wikimedia Tunisia User Group Co-founder, Spokesman
Toni Ristovski Shared Knowledge (Macedonia) Board Member, Treasurer
Jorge Gemetto Wikimedia Uruguay Treasurer
Samuel Guebo Wikimedia Community User Group Côte d'Ivoire Vice-chair
Juan Quintero Santacruz Wikimedians of Colombia User Group Culture Coordinator
Xabier Cañas Yarza Basque Wikimedians User Group Secretary
Nahid Soltan Wikimedia Bangladesh Secretary
Douglas Taylor Wiki Project Med Secretary
Abhishek Suryawanshi New England Wikimedians
Shih-Ching Yang Wikimedia Taiwan Board member
Zakaria Mimouni Algeria Wikimedians User Group Media Director
Cheol Ryu Wikimedians of Korea Director
Coenraad Loubser Wikimedia South Africa Board Member


  1. Board Member Support
  2. Boards_training_workshop_March_2014
  3. Boards_training_workshop_August_2014
  4. Boards_training_workshop_April_2016
  5. Wikimedia_Conference_2017/Pre-Conference_Boards_Training