I'm not Tim but I can maybe give some insight here. In 2014, Wikimedia
Deutschland conducted a governance review in order to reconsider its
structure in light of the increasing complexity of the organization. One of
the outcomes was a recommendation to have appointed seats on the board in
order to ensure expert knowledge within the board's overall composition.
The board and the members followed that recommendation and replaced three
formerly elected board seats with two appointed seats. That change took
effect last weekend with the election of the new board. One of its tasks
will be to determine which additional expertise is needed and find suitable
candidates to augment the seven elected board members. I expect that
process to start rather soon.
The reduction from 10 to 9 members overall was based both on the reflection
that the last board of 9 worked very well (the 10th board member resigned
one day after the election), that group coordination grows exponentially,
that common wisdom recommends a cut at 8 or 9 before needing to divide in
order to be effective, and a wish to have an odd number of board members to
I hope that helps. Let me know if you have further questions about this
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On Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 7:39 PM, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
> Congratulations to the re-elected and warm welcome to Johanna.
> Tim, correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems like WEDE reduced the size of
> the advisory board. Can you explain why?
> *Regards,Itzik Edri*
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> On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM, Tim Moritz Hector <
> tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de> wrote:
> > Dear fellow Wikimedians,
> > Over the weekend, Wikimedia Deutschland held its General Assembly and
> > elections for the supervisory board as well as for the auditors.
> > The newly elected board consists of seven members:
> > * Tim Moritz Hector (Chair, re-elected)
> > * Sebastian Moleski (Treasurer, re-elected)
> > * Sabria David (re-elected)
> > * Kurt Jansson (re-elected)
> > * Lukas Mezger (re-elected)
> > * Harald Krichel (re-elected)
> > * Johanna Niesyto
> > The board has met for its first meeting on Sunday and elected Sabria
> > and Kurt Jansson as Deputy Chair.
> > Johanna is new to the board, so please join me in welcoming her to the
> > board of WMDE. I would also like to thank our former board members
> > Becker, Jürgen Friedrich and Catrin Schoneville wholeheartedly for the
> > great work and their commitment to Wikimedia Deutschland in the past
> > Lena Stammler and Daniel Baur (re-elected) are our two recently-elected
> > auditors, and I am extending my congratulations to them.
> > At the GA, the board furthermore presented the final report on the
> > WMDE-Governance-Review and how we handled the recommendations of the
> > report. Moreover, the members approved the annual plan for 2017.
> > The board will meet in January to discuss the goals for our term in the
> > next two years and I am very much looking forward to working together
> > this team.
> > Best regards,
> > Tim Moritz Hector
> > --
> > Tim Moritz Hector
> > Chair of the Board
> > Wikimedia Deutschland e. V.
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