Dear fellow Wikimedians,

I am happy to share with you that the Wikimedia Deutschland board has
appointed Helene Hahn and Mirjam Stegherr as additional members to the

*Helene *is a free knowledge enthusiast and a co-founder of Coding Da
Vinci, the first German open cultural data hackathon(1). For the past five
years, she has worked as a project manager for community and technology
projects in the fields of open government, data literacy and open culture
at the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. *Mirjam *is a highly experienced
expert in media and communications. Having worked as a freelance
journalist, consultant, deputy editor-in-chief, press officer, and head of
communications for 20 years, she has extensive experience at all levels of
strategic communications.

Both will be full members of the board until the next board elections at
the general assembly in June 2020 and we are very much looking forward to
working with Helene and Mirjam.

The Wikimedia Deutschland board(2) of consists of up to 9 members. Seven
members are elected by the general assembly for a two-year term. After the
election, the seven board members can appoint up to two additional members
to the board. As the general assembly on 1 December 2018 resulted in the
election of six men and one woman, we decided to consider only applications
from non-male candidates for the appointed seats. Subsequently, we
published a profile with the skills and experiences which we considered to
be most important for our board. We are happy that this approach was very
successful: We received more than 80 recommendations and 16 applications of
highly qualified candidates. Through this process, we have made some
valuable experiences and contacts on which we want to build to further
increase the diversity of candidates in upcoming board elections.

Please join me in welcoming Helene und Mirjam to the Wikiverse!
Kind regards,



Dr. Lukas Mezger
Vorsitzender des Präsidiums / chair of the Supervisory Board

Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 260 – (0151) 268 63 931

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