I am surprised to hear the news. I am pretty sure you will do an amazing
job wherever you end up in you next venture. But Wikimedia will miss your
good services. That is also the reason why you and your work will not be

I enjoyed working with you during our fellowship project. I can't agree
more how your continuous guidance and collaboration taught me to productive
and eventually led me and my project to a success. I also won't forget your
support during my hard times. I learned a lot from you.

I hope we will be in touch.

Tanvir Rahman

On 12 February 2016 at 02:24, Siko Bouterse <> wrote:

> Dear friends and colleagues,
> I’ve had the amazing privilege of serving this movement in a staff capacity
> for the past 4 ½ years, but I’ve now decided to move on from my role at the
> Wikimedia Foundation.
> Transparency, integrity, community and free knowledge remain deeply
> important to me, and I believe I will be better placed to represent those
> values in a volunteer capacity at this time. I am and will always remain a
> Wikimedian, so you'll still see me around the projects (User:Seeeko),
> hopefully with renewed energy and joy in volunteering.
> This movement has become my home in so many unexpected ways, and I’m truly
> honored to have learned from so many of you. It was an amazing experience
> to have partnered with smart, bold, and dedicated community folks to
> experiment with projects like Teahouse, IdeaLab, Inspire, Individual
> Engagement Grants, and Reimagining Grants. I’ve seen you create some really
> incredible content, ideas, tools, programs, processes, committees and
> organizations, all in the service of free knowledge.
> I expect my last day to be Thursday, February 25th. I have full confidence
> in Maggie Dennis's abilities to lead the Community Engagement Department,
> and I trust that my team will remain available to support the community’s
> needs for grants and other resources throughout this time of transition.
> Much love,
> Siko
> --
> Siko Bouterse
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