Dear All Thank you for the welcome.
I'm tremendously motivated by this assignment. Wikimedia's mission is both noble and inspiring. I can't imagine a more exciting time and place to be in. There's been a huge amount that's already been achieved in India by the community - and I am eager to learn from the community how this was done. I also know that there's incredible opportunity to make even more rapid strides, and I look forward to working with the community for this. Warm Regards, hisham On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 10:40 PM, Barry Newstead <bnewst...@wikimedia.org>wrote: > Dear colleagues, (please feel free to cross-post this to local lists > within India) > > I am pleased to announce the appointment of Hisham Mundol as a consultant > to the Wikimedia Foundation to support us in our program initiatives in > India. > > As you know, the Wikimedia Foundation declared India to be a strategic > priority during the strategic planning process . I announced our plans > for the formation of an office in August 2010 and the Wikimedia Foundation > Board of Trustees approved the creation of the Wikimedia India chapter in > June 2010. India is a priority for the Wikimedia movement as it has a strong > and growing community of Wikimedians building the Indic and English language > projects. It is a country where the Wikimedia movement can achieve our > mission and learn important lessons for achieving impact elsewhere. The > engagement of Hisham will enable the Wikimedia Foundation to pilot new > initiatives aimed at accelerating the growth of the community in India. I am > very happy we’ve now reached this point. > > As I have mentioned in the past, we have a lot of momentum in India but we > have a long way to go to achieve our full potential as a movement. Indians > represent 4% of the world’s Internet users today (and this share is > growing), yet they only represent 1.5% of page edits on Wikipedia. We should > be able to rapidly increase this share - across all projects - and expand > readership in a corresponding fashion. > > Hisham’s title will be Consultant, India National Programs. He will report > to me. His role will be to design and implement specific pilot programs > that encourage many more Indians to become contributors to our projects in > Indic languages as well as English. The National Programs initiative will > focus on the following areas in the first year: > > - > > Design and implement an India-wide program to increase Wikimedia’s > footprint on university and college campuses with students and faculty with > the aim of encouraging contributions to Wikimedia projects > - > > Support the launch and implementation of community-initiated programs > that seek to increase the editor base for Wikimedia projects > - > > Engage with the community and chapter to build a strong relationship > among these stakeholder groups and create communications forums that allow > for effective partnerships > > As a newcomer to the Wikimedia movement, Hisham’s first task will be to > deepen his understanding of us: our history, goals, values, culture and > mission. To that end, he will be spending the coming weeks (not months!) in > learning mode: Hisham and I will be meeting with community members in > Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore on Feb 23-25 and then Hisham will join community > meetings across the country as they occur. Hisham will also spend time in > San Francisco with the staff of the Wikimedia Foundation, as well as with > other like-minded individuals and organizations and he will attend the > chapter conference in Berlin. > > Hisham will be creating a workspace on strategy wiki where he will share > what he is learning and develop the core elements of the action plan going > forward. We encourage active community engagement on this wiki. We aim to > move to action quickly and welcome input and guidance from across the > community. > > Hisham was most recently a consultant with the Public Health Foundation of > India (in a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). He > designed and implemented large-scale national programs on HIV/AIDS > prevention. He worked to understand the dynamics of hard-to-reach > communities by conducting in-depth, on-the-ground analysis (ask him to tell > you about his experience talking to drivers while sitting under their > trucks). The programs he designed and implemented sought to convince people > in large numbers - 400 million young people across the nation - to change > very personal behaviours. While we are not tackling issues of such an > intimate nature, we do aim to convince large numbers of people across the > country to contribute their personal time to Wikimedia projects. During > this assignment, Hisham worked closely with public, private and community > groups (local and international) to work through the details of the programs > and build partnerships for implementing them at scale. He did so in a manner > that used persuasion rather than power to build support to move things > forward. We think his experience navigating these varied groups position > him well to work in the Wikimedia community. His earlier career was in > marketing and business development with a number of well-known businesses: > Infosys, Accenture, Cadbury and Unilever. This experience positions him well > to engage with a movement and organization that is global in nature, in > particular to work with a team that is based halfway around the world. > > We have scheduled an IRC chat with Hisham and myself for Thursday, February > 17 at 22:00 India Standard Time (16:30 UTC). > > I want to thank everyone who helped in the selection process that > identified Hisham. It was a five month process in which we made an open call > for consultants (using my visit in September to drum up interest via > conversations with the community and the media) in India and around the > world. We had 197 applicants from a wide range of professional backgrounds. > Egon Zehnder’s India office, part of a leading global executive search > firm, helped screen candidates and manage the process. Egon Zehnder > conducted indepth interviews with 25 candidates based on the inputs from > Bishakha and I who helped shortlist. I interviewed 12 candidates via Skype > in the first round and then I had the help of Bishakha Datta and Achal > Prabhala to interview the top seven in person in Bangalore. Our top two > candidates met with Sue and Erik in Delhi and then Hisham met with the > entire WMF leadership team and a broad group of staff members in San > Francisco. > > We are very happy with the selection of Hisham. We recognize that we did > not manage to hire someone from inside the Wikimedia community or the open > source community. We did look for people with this background and one of > our finalists was a long time open source advocate. We also engaged with a > long time Wikimedian for a role, though he ultimately decided to withdraw > for personal reasons. We are committed to seeing Hisham integrate himself > into the community quickly and to seeing him add people to his team from the > community. We hope that the community will engage actively with him to > bring him into the fold. Hisham will most definitely bring fresh > perspectives to the movement that will help us grow and change for the > better. > > Please join me in welcoming Hisham to the Wikimedia movement. > > Note: An FAQ will follow shortly. > > Best, > Barry >  > *http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Plan/Role_of_the_WMF*<http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Plan/Role_of_the_WMF> >  * > http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2010-August/000850.html > *<http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2010-August/000850.html> > > -- > Barry Newstead > Chief Global Development Officer > Wikimedia Foundation > Tel: +1-415-839-6885 x. 6634 > Skype: barry.wikimedia > Twitter: @bazanews > >
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