Wikimedia Foundation elections committee

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Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee

Current committee
Past committees

The Wikimedia Foundation elections committee oversees, on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikimedia community, elections to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.


The elections committee has oversight of the following elections:


Members and advisors serve terms of two years and are appointed by the Board Governance Committee, in consultation with sitting members of the Committee and their advisors.

Current members[edit]

As of June 2021, the committee consists of eight community volunteers alongside advisors from the Wikimedia Foundation.[1]

Name Languages Location (time zone)
AbhiSuryawanshi en, hi, mr, pa, bn, bho, ur, kok Various timezones
Carlojoseph14 tl, en-5, es-1, ceb-1 Philippines (UTC+8)
HakanIST tr, en-4, az-3, es-2, de-1 Turkey (UTC+3)
KTC en-N, yue-N London, England (UTC+1)
Mardetanha az-N, fa-N, en-3, tr-2, ar-1, bqi-1, crh-1, glk-1, mzn-1, tk-1 Zanjan, Iran (UTC+4:30)
Masssly en-3, ha-2, ak-1, dag-N Accra, Ghana (UTC±0)
Matanya en, he Israel (UTC+2)
Ruslik0 en-3, ru-5 Moscow, Russia (UTC+3)
Board liaisons
Nataliia Tymkiv
Jimmy Wales

At least two staff members are appointed by the Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director to support the committee and additional advisors (staff or volunteer) can be appointed by the election committee depending on their needs with the support of the Board Governance Committee.

Stephen LaPorte, Wikimedia Foundation Legal
Charles Roslof, Wikimedia Foundation Legal
Joe Sutherland, Wikimedia Foundation Trust and Safety
Greg Varnum, Wikimedia Foundation Communications
Zita Ursula Zage, Movement Strategy and Governance


Prior to 2016, each community election for the Board and FDC resulted in the creation of a temporary elections committee. On 7 November 2015, the Board of Trustees approved the formation of a standing elections committee. The founding members of the standing committee were announced on 20 July 2016.

Past elections committees[edit]


See also[edit]