Former Board of Trustees members
- 1 Angela Beesley
- 2 Michael Davis
- 3 Erik Möller
- 4 Tim Shell
- 5 Oscar van Dillen
- 6 Florence Nibart-Devouard
- 7 Frieda Brioschi
- 8 Domas Mituzas
- 9 Michael Snow
- 10 Arne Klempert
- 11 Phoebe Ayers
- 12 Matt Halprin
- 13 Ting Chen
- 14 Kat Walsh
- 15 Ana Toni
- 16 Bishakha Datta
- 17 Samuel Klein
- 18 Dr. James Heilman
- 19 Jan-Bart de Vreede
- 20 Stu West
- 21 Arnnon Geshuri
- 22 Dr. Denny Vrandečić
- 23 See also
This page lists former Board of Trustees members.
|Term||June 2004 – July 2006|
Involved with Wikimedia projects since February 2003, Angela Beesley was one of the first members of Wikimedia's Board of Trustees, and currently serves on our Advisory Board. A co-founder and Vice President of Community for wiki hosting service "Wikia", she is one of the authors of the book Wikis: Tools for information Work and Collaboration (2006). Prior to her involvement with Wikipedia, Angela was an educational researcher and developer of student assessments. Angela was born in England and has lived in Germany and Australia.
- Angela was on the Board of Trustees until she resigned from the post; her successor was elected 26 September 2006.
- More about Angela: Biography on Wikipedia, Userpage
|Term||2003 – November 2007|
Michael Davis is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Chicago. Before joining Wikimedia, Michael was the CEO of Chicago Options Associates, a futures and options trading firm in Chicago. Michael currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida, as the Chief Operating Officer of community-focused wiki hosting service Wikia, Inc.
|Term||July 2006 – December 2007|
Erik was the Deputy Director of the Wikimedia Foundation until 2015, a position he assumed in January 2008, stepping down from the Board of Trustees. Erik Möller has been an active editor of Wikipedia since 2001 and has also contributed to the underlying software, MediaWiki. Möller developed the proposal for Wikinews, a Wikimedia project, and organized the vote that implemented it. Before joining Wikimedia as an employee, Erik was a freelance journalist and author (Die heimliche Medienrevolution: Wie Weblogs, Wikis und freie Software die Welt verändern), as well as a manager of wiki-related software development projects. He holds a degree in computer science. Beyond Wikimedia, he seeks to promote Free Content, Free Software, and balanced intellectual monopoly rights legislation. Until taking the position at the Wikimedia Foundation, Möller lived in Berlin.
- More about Erik: Userpage
|Term||2003 – November 2006|
Tim Shell is an Internet entrepreneur with an interest in self-organization, and decentralized order, as exemplified by Wikipedia. In 1996 he was pursuing his degree in computer science when he decided to chuck it and go into business, joining up with Jimmy Wales to start Bomis. Tim has lived in Chicago, Florida, and San Diego, and currently resides in Las Vegas. On December 15, 2006, Shell stepped down from the board.
- More about Tim: Userpage
Oscar van Dillen
Oscar van Dillen
|Term||November 2006 – June 2007|
Oscar is an editor and bureaucrat for the Dutch-language Wikipedia and other Dutch Wikimedia projects. He also holds the role of steward since May 2005, helping and advising many projects in many languages. Van Dillen is a member of the Special Projects committee, which helps the Foundation pursue grants, oversee expansion efforts, and encourage partnerships between the Foundation and other organizations. Professionally, Van Dillen is a musician and composer, teaching World music composition as well as music theory in the jazz, pop and world music department at the Conservatory of Rotterdam.
- More about Oscar: Userpage
|Term||June 2004 – July 2008|
Florence was the Chair of the Wikimedia Board from October 2006 until July of 2008. She served as one of the elected representatives to the Board starting June 2004. Florence was born in Versailles (France). She grew up in Grenoble, and has been living since then in several French cities, as well as Antwerpen in Belgium and Tempe in Arizona. She holds two masters, one in Agricultural Sciences (a 5-year degree in agronomical engineering (Diplome d'Ingénieur Grande Ecole) from ENSAIA and the other a postgraduate degree (DEA) in Genetics and Biotechnologies from INPL.She has been working in public research, first in flower plant genetic improvement, and second in microbiology to study the feasibility of polluted soil bioremediation. She was employed until 2005 in a French company, to conceive decision-making tools in sustainable agriculture. She is now a consultant in Internet Communication Strategy. She joined the Wikipedia adventure in February 2002 and is known as a contributor under the pseudonym Anthere. Florence is 39, and lives in Clermont Ferrand with her husband Bertrand and her three children, Anne-Gaëlle aged nine, William eleven and Thomas two.
|Term||July 2007 – September 2008|
Frieda (born in 1976, Italian) joined the Wikimedia Board in July 2007. She has been involved in Wikipedia and other WMF projects since May 2003. In June 2005 she helped found Wikimedia Italia, a local chapter organization associated with Wikimedia, and was president of that organization until September 2007. She currently lives in Milan where she works as a programmer. She resigned from the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees in September 2008 after being re-elected again as board member and president of Wikimedia Italia.
- More about Frieda: Userpage
|Term||February 2008 – July 2009|
Domas joined the Wikimedia Board in February 2008. He has been involved with Wikipedia technology since 2004, and has worked on site performance and operations since then. He also works for MySQL AB (recently acquired by Sun Microsystems) services division. Before that he built network services in Lithuania and other Baltic States. He was born and lives in Vilnius, Lithuania.
- More about Domas: Userpage
|Term||February 2008 – July 2010|
Michael was Chair of the Wikimedia Board from July 2008 until July 2010. He joined the Board in February 2008, after participating in Wikimedia projects since 2003. One of his contributions was the creation of The Wikipedia Signpost, a community newspaper for the English-language Wikipedia. Born in Pfullendorf, Germany, he now lives in the Seattle area. Michael is an attorney and earned his J.D. degree from the University of Washington.
- More abut Michael: Userpage
|Term||May 2009 – July 2012|
Arne Klempert was born in 1972 and studied social sciences at the University of Frankfurt in Germany. He has 15 years of professional experience in traditional and digital communications. He's now working as Director Digital for Fleishman-Hillard Germany.
Arne joined Wikipedia in 2003 as an editing community member. A few months later he became press spokesman of the German Wikipedia (2004-2008). Arne was co-founder and Vice President of Wikimedia Deutschland (2004-2006), co-organizer of the first Wikimania (2005), and the first employee of a Wikimedia chapter - as Wikimedia Deutschland's Executive Director from 2006 to 2008. Following the appointment by the Wikimedia Chapters he joined the Board of Trustees in May 2009 and was reappointed in July 2010.
|Term||July 2010 – July 2012, July 2013 – July 2015|
Phoebe was selected as a trustee by the Wikimedia chapters in 2010, and served a two-year term. She was selected to serve as Board Secretary in 2011. After her term ended in 2012, she ran for a community-elected seat in 2013 and was re-elected for a two-year term. She was elected Vice Chair of the Board in August 2013, serving until August 2014.
Phoebe Ayers is a reference, instruction and collections librarian at the University of California, Davis, specializing in computer science, physics and engineering information resources. Her interests include open access and access to scientific knowledge, the effective use of collaborative tools (such as wikis) within communities, and how trustworthy information and knowledge is created and used both on- and off-line. She has been at UCD since 2005, and has served in UC-wide, regional and national library organizations. She has a BA in English literature and history and a MLIS from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Phoebe has been a Wikimedian since 2003, when she made her first edits on the English Wikipedia. Starting in 2006 she has been heavily involved in the planning of the annual international Wikimania conference, assisting with organization and facilitating the jury that chooses the conference location. She was also a member of the Special Projects Committee in 2006, has been a contributing writer for the English Wikipedia newsletter "The Signpost", has organized local meetups and events, and has given many talks about Wikipedia for library groups and others. She has also been involved in the wiki research community, chairing WikiSym 2010. Most recently she's been involved in efforts to help libraries work effectively with the Wikimedia projects, including founding a mailing list devoted to the topic, planning training workshops, and sitting on the North American Glam-Wiki advisory board. She continues to be an active editor, contributing to the English Wikipedia and other projects.
In 2008, she co-authored a book about the English-language Wikipedia titled "How Wikipedia Works: and How You Can be a Part of It" (No Starch Press). The book covers using, understanding, and contributing to Wikipedia; it is freely licensed and is only the second book in English to be published about the site.
|Term||August 2009 – December 2012|
Matt Halprin is a native of Menlo Park, California in the United States. He has lived in Evanston, Illinois, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Tokyo, Japan. He is married and the father of four children. Halprin graduated with High Distinction as a Baker Scholar from Harvard Business School and holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
He has more than 25 years of business experience and has served on an array of boards of directors, both non-profit and for-profit. He currently serves on the board of Management Leadership for Tomorrow (which supports the next generation of minority leaders in the United States) and on the Advisory Board of Stanford's Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (iRiSS).
Professionally, Halprin was a Partner and Vice President at the Boston Consulting Group, where he worked with technology clients on issues of strategy and corporate development. Subsequently, he spent six years as Vice President, Global Trust and Safety at eBay, where he led a team of 90 statisticians, policy managers, and product managers. Halprin was also Partner at Omidyar Network, the founder of eBay's philanthropic investment firm. There he led the firm's investments in technology platform organizations in Social Media, Marketplaces, and Government Transparency. After Omidyar Network, Halprin returned to an operating role leading Strategy, Corporate Development and Analytics at Ning, which was sold to Glam Media in late 2011. Currently, he leads Business Operations and Analytics at Yelp (NYSE).
Halprin was appointed to the WMF Board in August 2009 and was re-appointed twice.
Halprin worked on the board to promote effective Board Governance and served of Chair of the Board Governance Committee for more than two years. In this capacity, he helped introduce a Trustee peer evaluation process, effective Board Committee processes and transparency in board voting. In addition, he attempted to champion a more independent board and greater user choice via an opt-in image filter to help parents and educators. His term expired in December 2012.
|Term||July 2008 – May 2013|
Ting Chen was born in Shanghai, China in 1968. He grew up in Harbin, in the northeast corner of the country, where he attended elementary school and middle school. In 1989 he went to Braunschweig, Germany and began his study of Electrical engineering. He was especially interested in semiconductors and their physics. He graduated in 1993 with a diploma and now he works as an IT specialist in Mainz, Germany. He can speak Chinese, German, English, French (un peu), and he reads Japanese.
His first experience with a virtual community was during his university time in the German Fido-Net, where he moderated a forum about science and knowledge for many years. He learned of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects through a 2003 news article about a German Wikipedia milestone. From then on Wikipedia became a new hobby. He started on the German Wikipedia and changed soon to Chinese Wikipedia, which was at that time still a young project.
Chen attended the first Wikimania (Wikimania 2005) in Frankfurt, where he took part on a panel discussion and introduced the Chinese community. He also helped organize the third Wikimania (Wikimania 2007) in Taipei. After Wikimania 2007, he and his peers decided to put a Chinese community member up for election to one of the vacant community selected board seats.
Chen was elected as Trustee by the Wikimedia Community on June 26, 2008, with his term officially starting in July 2008. He was re-elected in 2009 and again in 2011, and he was named as Chair of the Wikimedia Board in July 2010. He has served on the Audit Committee since 2010, as well as Board Governance Committee, both as part of his ex oficio duties.
While on the Board, Chen focused his time on the growth of the Wikimedia movement. He is proud that the Wikimedia Foundation and chapters have become so successful in fundraising and that the Foundation has succeeded in meeting its obligations under several financial audits. He also considers the 2012 Recognizing Models of Affiliation resolution to be an important step in embracing the growth and diversity of the Wikimedia movement. Finally, he advocates for openness throughout the community and he is pleased the Board adopted its 2011 Openness resolution.
Chen believes his multicultural and multinational life experience give him a unique perspective within the Wikimedia community. He traveled extensively to visit local and regional Wikimedia communities, where he hoped he made them feel important to the movement and well-represented on the Board.
Chen has user accounts on numerous Wikipedias, including Chinese (95000 edits), German (2600 edits), English (330 edits), French (130 edits) and Dutch (110 edits). He is a bureaucrat on, and serves as an ambassador for, Chinese Wikipedia, and he also contributes to Wikimedia Commons and Meta-Wiki. His first edit was on German Wikipedia on January 21, 2003.
|Term||December 2006 – August 2013|
Kat Walsh is an attorney and Wikimedian in the San Francisco area. Her areas of focus include free content licensing, software freedom, access to knowledge, and freedom of speech. She is currently Legal Counsel at Creative Commons and was previously a technology policy analyst at the American Library Association. She is an alumna of George Mason University School of Law and of Stetson University, and is currently a member of the Virginia State Bar and the US Patent Bar.
Walsh has presented at numerous conferences on topics including privacy, copyright, volunteerism, and online collaboration. She has participated in all but the first Wikimania, and at Computers, Freedom, and Privacy, the Library of Congress, a few universities and government agencies, and the Creative Commons summit. She is also an accomplished bassoonist and violist, performing regularly in orchestras and chamber ensembles.
Walsh first became involved with the Wikimedia Foundation by volunteering on the e-mail response team, where she helped resolve some of the legal issues the Wikimedia Foundation faced. Her efforts here sparked her interest in copyright and Internet policy and led to her interest in Internet law.
Walsh was appointed to a partial term on the Board of Trustees in December of 2006 when the board expanded to seven members. She was then chosen as a community-elected Trustee in June 2007, re-elected in August 2009, and again in 2011. She served on the HR committee, and was the Executive Secretary from 2008 to 2009. In 2012, Walsh was elected Chair of the Board.
Walsh contributes primarily on English Wikipedia, where she has over 11,000 edits, over 70 article creations, and where she serves as a site administrator.
|Term||June 2013 – August 2014|
Ana Toni is currently the CEO for GIP (Public Interest Management), a consultancy firm based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which works for foundations, non-profit organizations and businesses on social and environmental issues. Since 2011, Ana has served as the Board Chair of Greenpeace International. On July 8, 2013, she was named to the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation.
From 2003 until 2011, Ana was the Ford Foundation’s representative in Brazil, during which time she oversaw the Foundation’s work in the areas of human rights, sustainable development, racial and ethical discrimination, sexuality and reproductive health, media democratization and land rights. She was also responsible for coordinating a regional Latin America Initiative on Economics and Globalization, an IBSA initiative (joint work between Brazil, South Africa and India) and the International Initiative on Intellectual Property Rights.
From 1998 to 2002, Ana was ActionAid’s Executive Director in Brazil, working to contribute in the eradication of poverty and inequality through community development projects, as well as public policy advocacy and campaigning at both the national and international levels. Ana also worked for ActionAid UK as Policy Advisor (1990 – 1993), representing the organization at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.
Ana worked for Greenpeace from 1993 to 1997, first as the International Head of the Political Unit based at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, and subsequently as Senior Advisor for Greenpeace Germany. She was responsible for, among other things, the work of Greenpeace on the World Trade Organization (in particular the Committee on Trade and Environment) and she also contributed in the development of Greenpeace’s work in the Amazon region in its early stage.
Ana graduated from Swansea University with a degree in Economic and Social Studies. She holds a masters degree in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and is a candidate for a PhD on Social Politics at the Rio de Janeiro State University. In addition, Ana is a member of the Editorial Board of Le Monde Diplomatique Brazil, and a Board member of the Baobá Fund for Racial Equity and the Forum of Women’s Leaders on Sustainability. Ana was the Board Chair of Greenpeace Brazil from 2000 to 2003 and a Board member of GIFE (the Brazilian Private Social Investment Association). Ana is Brazilian and lives in Rio de Janeiro.
|Term||March 2010 – December 2014|
Bishakha Datta is a non-fiction writer and documentary filmmaker with diverse, international experience. She is dedicated to disseminating women's perspectives through media, art and culture, particularly the perspectives of women who are marginal or invisible. She received a BA in Economics and an MA in English Literature from Mumbai University, as well as an MA in Communications from Stanford University.
Datta is the co-founder and Executive Director of Point of View, a nonprofit organization in Mumbai, India, that promotes women’s points of view through media, art and culture. She is also on the boards of various non-profits from around the world, including Breakthrough, CREA, Dreamcatchers Foundation, and Majlis. Her first book, And Who Will Make the Chapatis?, focused on rural women’s participation in politics, while her first independent documentary film In The Flesh explored the lives of three people in prostitution from their own perspectives. Her latest book 9 Degrees of Justice documents new perspectives on violence on women in India, while her latest film, Taaza Khabar, explores a rural newspaper run by women, many of whom are Dalit or tribal.
Datta joined the Wikimedia Board in March 2010. She was on the controversial content committee and was part of the Movement Roles project and working group, which developed the framework for new models of affiliation within the Wikimedia movement. Datta has been the Chapters Committee liaison for the Board since 2010. She served as the Secretary of the Board from July to October 2012.
She has spent a great deal of time and energy working with the growing Wikimedia movement in India, facilitating connections between Wikipedia editors in the country and the Foundation. Datta considers herself a community-oriented trustee with extensive prior movement experience outside of Wikimedia, which she used to nurture the budding community there. She helped organize the first community meetup in Mumbai and was an advisor to WikiConference India 2011, which had over 600 attendees. She is proud that her first community barnstar resulted from that conference.
Datta considers editor retention and editor growth to be the most significant challenges facing the Board and the Wikimedia Foundation, as well as the greatest opportunity to sustain the Wikimedia movement. In addition to technical solutions like a visual editor, she will continue to encourage the Foundation to focus on the priority geographies of Brazil, India and Arabic language countries, as well as smaller wikis like those in Indic languages. She also plans to continue to focus support at the Board level on work to increase the number of female editors on Wikimedia projects, while linking that work to larger strategic objectives.
Datta lives and works in Mumbai, India and edits on English Wikipedia and on Meta-wiki. Her term on the Board continued until December 2014.
|Term||August 2009 – July 2015|
Sam Klein was elected to the Wikimedia Board in August 2009. He currently lives in Cambridge II, where he is a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He is an advisor for One Laptop per Child and the Digital Public Library of America, as well as a number of education startups. He has been involved in Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects for many years, including work on a multilingual newsletter, translation, and special projects. He founded the Boston-area Wikipedia group, and organized the Wikimania conference there in 2006. He has also worked on offline Wikipedia distribution, including the WikiBrowse project.
Sam studied math and physics, and spent time teaching and developing software for facilitating translation and community-building before focusing on universal education. More information is available on his Wikipedia user page. He can be reached there or by email.
Dr. James Heilman
Dr. James Heilman
|Term||July 2015 – December 2015|
Dr. James Heilman is an emergency physician in Cranbrook, British Columbia, and on the faculty of emergency medicine at the University of British Columbia.
James was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He completed his medical degree in 2003 in Saskatchewan, followed by his residency in British Columbia. James began editing Wikipedia in 2008, after he came across an article needing improvement in the middle of the night. Realizing that he could fix the Internet, he quickly became hooked, and later went on to help found both Wikimedia Canada and Wiki Project Med Foundation.
He has been involved in establishing collaborations to improve Wikipedia’s medical content, with organizations such as Translators Without Borders, the Cochrane Collaboration, the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. He is a frequent speaker at medical schools and conferences to encourage his colleagues to engage with Wikipedia.
James has a background in both distance running and adventure racing, having completed Morocco’s Marathon Des Sables and the Adventure Racing World Championships.
Jan-Bart de Vreede
Jan-Bart de Vreede
|Term||December 2006 – December 2015|
Jan-Bart de Vreede is from Gouda in the Netherlands. He spent most of his childhood in the Netherlands, but he also lived in Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Kenya and the United States. He studied Business Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management. He has three children: Anna (5), Matthias (10) and Ruben (13).
For the past 10 years, Jan-Bart has worked at the Kennisnet Foundation in the Netherlands, a publicly-funded Dutch organization tasked with the promotion of IT use in education to help solve some of the major challenges in the field. At Kennisnet, he is responsible for the Kennisnet communities and Wikiwijs. Most of his time at Kennisnet is spent on the Wikiwijs project within the Netherlands. This is a countrywide initiative aimed at encouraging teachers to develop and share Open Educational Resources by offering them a platform to find, create and share OER materials.
Jan-Bart has been involved with Wikimedia since 2004, through his role as a Board member and his work at Kennisnet, and he has long been involved with the community aspects of the various projects. He has attended every Wikimania (an experience he describes as both exhausting and invigorating). After attending his first Wikimania, he was quickly convinced that this was a special group of people who were doing something extraordinary. When the chance came to be a part of the movement, he jumped at it.
In December 2006, Jan-Bart joined the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. He has served as Vice-chair since August 2011, and he also held the position from January 2007 until July 2010. He was instrumental in hiring the Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director and he considers this process as an important element in transitioning from an operating board in the early days to one that could manage larger meta issues. He also notes that restructuring the Board gave them the opportunity to include chapter-selected board members, which has increased the diversity of the board as a whole.
Jan-Bart was re-elected Vice Chair of the Board in July 2012, and he was elected as Chair of the Board in August 2013. His current term will continue until December 2015.
|Term||April 2008 – December 2015|
|From||United States / United Kingdom|
Stu West joined the Wikimedia Board in April 2008 and served as its Treasurer from April 2008 to October 2012; he also served as Vice-Chair from July 2010 to August 2011. He brings over 18 years of financial experience, including senior executive roles at publicly-traded companies including TiVo, Yahoo!, InfoSpace, and in investment banking at J.P. Morgan. He also worked with the United States Mission to the United Nations. Stu's educational background includes a B.A. in History from Yale University, where he focused on 20th century diplomacy. He is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom, and lives in the San Francisco bay area.
Arnnon Geshuri was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and raised in small towns around the United States, and learned early the value and strength of communities. He currently serves as VP of Human Resources at Tesla Motors.
Arnnon has dedicated his career to building and growing healthy cultures and organizations, leading innovative practices to identify, attract, and retain great people. Prior to his current role at Tesla Motors, he served as Senior Director of HR and Staffing at Google, growing the organization to more than 20,000 people in five years. He has held human resources leadership positions across a range of industries, including VP of People Operations and Director of Global Staffing at E*TRADE Financial and Senior Human Resources Programs Manager at Applied Materials.
Beyond his professional work, Arnnon has a passion for education and community learning, and regularly volunteers his own time and expertise to organizations dedicated to furthering those missions. This includes serving on the Advisory Council for the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at San Jose State University, the Board of the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, and as Board Chair at Yavneh Day School in Los Gatos, California.
Dr. Denny Vrandečić
Dr. Denny Vrandečić
|Term||July 2015 – April 2016|
Dr. Denny Vrandečić is a computer scientist specializing in semantic web and structured data. He is currently an ontologist at Google, where he has helped with the release of several key datasets, including releasing the collaborative curated database Freebase to Wikidata.
Originally from the island of Brač, Croatia, Denny received a degree in computer science and philosophy from the University of Stuttgart and a PhD from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He has written more than 70 publications on ontologies and the semantic web, and has worked at research projects the University of Southern California and the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, and has lectured extensively at universities around the world.
Denny has been a Wikipedian since 2003. He is the co-developer of Semantic MediaWiki and was the first administrator of the Croatian Wikipedia. In 2010, he worked with various Wikimedia stakeholders to develop the first proposal and secure funding for the structured data project Wikidata. In 2012, he became the founding project director for Wikidata, recruiting and leading the first Wikidata team out of Wikimedia Deutschland.
Denny now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, a Wikipedian whom he met at Wikimania, and their baby daughter.