Victoria Coleman is the Chief Technology Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation where she merges the Foundation’s technology needs from an infrastructure perspective with the our mission and vision.
A native of Greece, Victoria has more than 20 years of experience in consumer and enterprise technology and is a strong leader with expertise in strategy and development in software engineering, mobile platforms, connected devices, cyber security and web services. She also has been a longtime advocate for innovation in education and the public sector.
Victoria was most recently a Senior Vice President at Technicolor where she served as the CTO of the Connected Home Business. Prior to Technicolor she was Senior Vice President R&D for Harman’s Infotainment Division. Victoria also brings vast knowledge and expertise from her roles as Vice President Engineering, Multi Device UX Platforms at Yahoo!; Vice President, Emerging Platforms at Nokia; Vice President, Software Engineering at HP Palm GBU; Vice President with Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology in charge of the Computer Science Laboratory; and Director for Security Initiatives at Intel’s Corporate Technology Group.
Victoria began her professional career with SRI International in 1998 after 10 years as a tenured professor in the University of London. She herself attended the University of Salford, United Kingdom, where she received her B.Sc and M.Sc in Electronic Computer Systems and Computer Aided Logic Design respectively, as well as the University of Manchester, United Kingdom, where she obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science.
Victoria holds four patents and is the author of more than 60 articles and books. She has worked with teams around the world, including in Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Finland, Germany, India, Israel, Korea, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Victoria is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Library of Science; a member of the Defense Science Board; the Chair of DARPA’s Microsystems Exploratory Council; a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies; a member of Lockheed Martin’s Technology Advisory Group; and a member of Santa Clara University’s Advisory Board for the Department of Computer Engineering. She serves as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society at the University of California, Berkeley.