Congrats all, and thank you Patricio. I'll observe that it is interesting
that the Board chose Christophe as Chair on his first day as a member, I
think that is unprecedented in the short history of the WMF Board.

On Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 12:02 PM, Patricio Lorente <> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> I am happy to share that as of today, Christophe Henner and Nataliia
> Tymkiv have formally joined the Board of Trustees as affiliate
> Board-selected members. They both bring deep expertise in the Wikimedia
> community, and in their respective fields. I’m confident they will serve as
> excellent contributors, rooted in the values of our movement. You can learn
> more about them in an announcement we made in May:
> Today the Board also voted to appoint Christophe Henner as Chair, and
> María Sefidari as Vice Chair. Both Christophe and María have a long history
> of involvement in the Wikimedia community, and have held leadership roles
> at Wikimedia France and Wikimedia Spain, respectively.
> More about Christophe, María, and Natallia is below. I hope you will join
> me in congratulating them on their new positions and wish them success in
> their terms ahead.
> I would like to thank my friend Alice for working with me in her role as
> Vice Chair, and many thanks to you all for your support during my time as
> Chair.
> Patricio Lorente
> About Christophe Henner
> Christophe Henner is the former Chair of Wikimedia France and current
> deputy CEO of Webedia <>'s gaming division, the
> international digital media group headquartered in France.
> He has deep and varied experience across the marketing sector, including
> leadership roles at at Webedia and L'Odyssée Interactive.
> Christophe has been an active member of the Wikimedia community for more
> than 12 years. In 2007, he joined the Board of Wikimedia France
> <> and has remained an active Board member in
> various positions for the past ten years. He has served as both Chair and
> Vice Chair of the Board of Wikimedia France. During his time on the
> Board, Christophe helped lead Wikimedia France through a significant period
> of growth. This included leading the development of the chapter’s brand,
> and supporting the development of a clear organizational strategy and
> vision for the chapter.
> About Maria Sefidari
> Maria is a professor in the Digital Communications, Culture and
> Citizenship Master's degree program <> of Rey Juan
> Carlos University
> <> at the
> MediaLab-Prado <>. María
> graduated with a Psychology degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid
> <>, and
> later a Master's degree in Management and Tourism at the Business faculty
> of the same university.
> María started contributing to the Wikimedia projects in 2006, and has
> since served in many different roles across the Wikimedia movement. She was
> a founding member of Wikimedia España
> <> and Wikimujeres
> Grupo de Usuarias <>, and also
> created Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject
> <>. She has served on
> several Wikimedia governance committees, including the Affiliations
> <> and Individual
> Engagement Grants <>
> committees. In her time on the Affiliations committee, María served as the
> first Treasurer of the committee, effectively overseeing and monitoring
> disbursement of the committee's budget. Maria served a prior term on the
> Wikimedia Foundation board from 2013 to 2015.
> About Nataliia Tymkiv
> Nataliia currently serves as Financial Director of the Centre for
> Democracy and Rule of Law, a Ukrainian media policy and human rights
> nonprofit. Nataliia has a Masters degree in Public Administration and a
> Specialist degree in Records Management and Information Activities.
> She has in-depth experience in executive leadership and financial
> management. Prior to her current role as Financial Director, Nataliia
> worked at a manufacturing firm and later, in finance at a construction
> company. Prior to her current role as Financial Director, Nataliia worked
> at a manufacturing firm and later, in finance at a construction company. On
> the Wikimedia projects, she’s been an active contributor since 2011, and
> shortly after became an administrator of Ukrainian Wikipedia
> <Головна_сторінка>. She has also been a
> member of the Wikimedia Ukraine <>
> community for nearly four years, and has served as the chapter’s Board
> Treasurer, Vice Chair, and volunteer Executive Director.
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