Hisham ,
Welcome to the world of Wikimedia / Wikipedia ! Looking forward to closely
working with you.
Best wishes !

Tinu Cherian

On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 6:43 AM, Arjuna Rao Chavala <
arjunar...@googlemail.com> wrote:

> Hi Hisham,
> A warm welcome and best wishes.
> Cheers
> Arjuna Rao Chavala
> President, Wikimedia Chapter, India
> 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 [1]. 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
>> [1] 
>> *http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Plan/Role_of_the_WMF*<http://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Plan/Role_of_the_WMF>
>> [2] *
>> 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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