Welcome, Esra'a. Thank you for taking the time to serve. I look forward to
your contribution.
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On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 12:59 PM, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> With the appointment of Raju to the Board of Trustees a couple of months
> ago, we were left with a remaining open vacancy to fill. I am thrilled to
> share that after several months of searching and discussions, we have made
> another important appointment. At our November Board Retreat, the Board
> appointed and welcomed Esra’a Al Shafei to fill our vacant expert seat.
>
> Esra'a is a prominent international human rights activist and social
> entrepreneur. She founded and directs Majal, a nonprofit which utilizes
> digital media to amplify under-reported and marginalized voices throughout
> the Middle East and North Africa. For those of you that heard her keynote
> presentation at this year's Wikimania, I think you will agree she will make
> a very valuable addition to the Board and brings an important perspective
> and skillset to the Board's efforts.
>
> Below (and on the Wikimedia Blog) you will find the official announcement
> about Esra’a Al Shafei. Please join me in warmly welcoming her to the
> Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees and to the Wikimedia movement!
>
> Christophe
> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
>
> P.S. Due to the nature of Esra’a’s work, sharing photos or videos of Esra’a
> may endanger her safety or the safety of others. To help ensure the privacy
> and safety of Esra’a and her colleagues, we are not sharing any photographs
> or videos of Esra'a. We ask that you please join us in supporting this
> important safety consideration.
>
>
> Press release
>
> Header: Esra'a Al Shafei joins Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
>
> Subheader: Bahraini human rights activist and social entrepreneur brings to
> the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees more than a decade of experience
> in applying creative solutions to challenges faced by underserved and
> underrepresented communities.
>
> Image: https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Esraa.png[a]
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> San Francisco, California, 1 December 2017 — The Wikimedia Foundation today
> announced the appointment of Esra'a Al Shafei, a prominent human rights
> activist and a passionate defender of free expression, to the Wikimedia
> Foundation Board of Trustees.
>
> A native of Bahrain, Esra'a’s work aims to increase and protect free
> speech, promote expression for youth and underrepresented voices, and
> improve the lives of LGBTQ people in the Middle East and North Africa. She
> founded and directs Majal, a network of online platforms that
> amplify under-reported and marginalized voices.
>
> “Esra'a shares Wikimedia's foundational belief that shared knowledge can
> facilitate shared understanding,” said Wikimedia Foundation Executive
> Director, Katherine Maher. "Her achievements exemplify how intentional
> community building can be a powerful tool for positive change, while
> her passion
> for beautiful and engaging user experiences will only elevate our work. We
> are so fortunate to have her perspective in support of our global Wikimedia
> communities."
>
> Esra'a founded Majal in 2006 as Mideast Youth, at the time a series of
> blogs bringing a voice to marginalized and underrepresented young
> people across the Middle East. Today, the organization's team helps build
> communities that celebrate, protect, and promote diversity and social
> justice. Their endeavors include CrowdVoice.org, which curates crowdsourced
> media to contextualize social movements throughout the world; Mideast
> Tunes, the largest web and mobile app showcasing underground musicians in
> the Middle East and North Africa who use music as a tool for social change;
> and Ahwaa.org, an open discussion platform for Arab LGBTQ individuals that
> uses game mechanics to protect and engage its community.
>
>
> “When I first encountered Wikipedia shortly after obtaining an internet
> connection in the early 2000s, I felt that the true purpose of the internet
> was realized. With Wikipedia, I accessed research regarding persecuted
> communities in my home country and the wider region: ethnic and religious
> minorities whom we were discouraged from learning about, and whose
> histories and beliefs were dictated to us from a singular government
> perspective. Wikipedia’s open source and crowdsourcing practices would
> inspire the platforms I built to advocate for underrepresented communities,
> and the internet would shape my life’s work in advocating for freedom of
> expression and identity around the world,” said Esra'a.
>
> Esra'a received the Berkman Award for Internet Innovation from the Berkman
> Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School in 2008 for
> "outstanding contributions to the internet and its impact on society." The
> World Economic Forum listed her as one of "15 Women Changing the World in
> 2015." She has won the "Most Courageous Media" Prize from Free Press
> Unlimited, and the Monaco Media Prize, which acknowledges innovative uses
> of media for the betterment of humanity.
>
> She has been featured in Fast Company as one of the "100 Most Creative
> People in Business;" in The Daily Beast as one of the 17 bravest bloggers
> worldwide; and in Forbes' "30 Under 30" list of social entrepreneurs making
> an impact in the world.
>
> Esra'a was a keynote speaker at Wikimania 2017 in Montreal, the annual
> conference centered on the Wikimedia projects.
>
> “Esra'a brings tech expertise and a valuable perspective to the Board -
> coming from a region where access to information is not taken for granted.
> I was impressed by her talk during Wikimania 2017 on 'Experiences from the
> Middle East: Overcoming Challenges and Serving Communities'. I think her
> experience in that region will be important to our efforts around the
> globe,” said Nataliia Tymkiv, Governance Chair for the Board.
>
> Esra'a is a senior TED Fellow, an Echoing Green fellow, and a Director’s
> Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. She received a Shuttleworth Foundation
> Fellowship in 2012 for her work on CrowdVoice.org.
>
> Esra'a joins nine other Foundation Trustees
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> who
> collectively bring expertise in the Wikimedia community, financial
> oversight, governance, and organizational development; and a commitment to
> advancing Wikimedia’s mission of free knowledge for all.
>
> She was approved unanimously by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.
> Her term is effective December 2017 and will continue for three years.
> Please see the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
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> for
> complete biographies.
>
> About the Wikimedia Foundation
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and
> operates Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects. Wikipedia is the
> world’s free knowledge resource, spanning more than 45 million articles
> across nearly 300 languages. Every month, more than 200,000 people edit
> Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, collectively creating and improving
> knowledge that is accessed by more than 1 billion unique devices every
> month. This all makes Wikipedia one of the most popular web properties in
> the world. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is
> a 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.
>
> Esra’a Al Shafei profile
>
> Esra'a Al Shafei is a human rights activist and the founder and director of
> Majal, a nonprofit which helps build communities that celebrate, protect,
> and promote diversity, and social justice.
>
> A native of Bahrain, Esra'a works avidly to increase and protect free
> speech, promote expression for youth and underrepresented voices, and
> improve the lives of LGBTQ people in the Middle East and North Africa. She
> founded Majal in 2006 as Mideast Youth. The organization has built online
> platforms that creatively facilitate the struggle for social change in the
> Middle East and North Africa.
>
> Esra'a received the Berkman Award for Internet Innovation from Berkman
> Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School in 2008 for
> "outstanding contributions to the internet and its impact on society." The
> World Economic Forum listed her as one of "15 Women Changing the World in
> 2015."
>
> She has won the "Most Courageous Media" Prize from Free Press Unlimited,
> and the Monaco Media Prize, which acknowledges innovative uses of media for
> the betterment of humanity.
>
> Esra'a is a senior TED Fellow, an Echoing Green fellow, and a Director’s
> Fellow at the MIT Media Lab. She received a Shuttleworth Foundation
> Fellowship in 2012 for her work on CrowdVoice.org. She lives in the Middle
> East and North Africa region.
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