Roan Kattouw

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Roan Kattouw
Roan Kattouw
Senior Software Engineer, Wikimedia Foundation

About me

I started as a volunteer developer for MediaWiki in 2007, and wrote the edit modules for the MediaWiki API. Later in 2007, I took over as the maintainer of the API, and kept doing that until I was hired by the Foundation in 2009.

I have a Bachelor's in Computer Science from the University of Groningen (2008-2011), and a Master's in Computer Science from Stanford University (2012-2014).

My work

I started at the Foundation as a contractor in 2009, and became an employee in 2012 after moving from the Netherlands to San Francisco. I was on the usability team originally, which was dissolved in 2010 and merged into the features engineering team. In 2010 and 2011, I wrote ResourceLoader with Trevor Parscal. Currently, I am on the VisualEditor team, working on the data model component. Ever since I was hired, I have also been working on lots of other things, mostly related to MediaWiki core and the MediaWiki deployment on the WMF servers.

Disclaimer: I work for the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I intend to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, so edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation.

Contact me

  • E-mail:
  • IRC: RoanKattouw in #mediawiki-visualeditor , #wikimedia-dev and some other channels
  • Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Usual working hours: 10am-6pm Pacific Time