Hi Folks, 

As you might be aware, the Consultant, Team Support position is to be filled as 
part of the India Programs team.  

I am really pleased and excited to announce that Subhashish Panigrahi has 
agreed to join as Consultant, Community & Program Support.  

Some of you might know Subhashish (or Subha as he's also called.) He is all of 
23 and a wonderful Wikimedian from Odisha.  He has a BE in Biotechnology from 
Sapthagiri College of Engineering, Bangalore.  He has worked for about 1 1/2 
years in business development and is currently based in Bangalore.  He's been 
an active Wikimedian since a friend of his attended a Wikipedia 10th event in 
Bangalore in January and told Subha about Wikipedia.  Subha then spent 
considerable time - quite a bit of it in Shiju Alex's living room apparently 
:-) - learning about Wikipedia.  Since then, he's been on fire!  He's helped 
the Bangalore community organise the monthly meet-ups, been a central figure in 
building community & momentum for Odia Wikipedia and has conducted outreach 
programs for Odia projects back home in Odisha as well as in Bangalore. He's 
also been helping out other projects and communities; a couple of weekends ago 
he was in Chennai conducting a WikiAcademy there.  He is a fantastically 
inspiring example of a complete outsider being welcomed into the family, having 
his hand held in his growth as a newbie, charging forward taking responsibility 
& ownership and then spreading his skills & knowledge to others. He is also one 
of the sweetest human beings I have ever met. He is a perfect example of the 
Wikimedia Dream. 

His interests (outside of Wikimedia) are cooking, graphic design and 
handwriting analysis.  (I bet most of you who know Subha don't know that last 
bit about him.  So the next time you see him, show him your writing and get him 
to reveal your deep dark secrets!)  He has also been involved with campaigns 
for social work during the floods and cholera outbreak in Odisha and been 
involved with a Odisha community organisation, eOdissa.com.

Originally, the Consultant, Team Support position 
 was to manage the back-end aspects of India Programs (basic accounting, basic 
personnel management, office administration, travel support, expense statement 
management, logistics support for the community, etc.) I have been looking at 
the actual work load involved and I do not think this is a full time role.  The 
functions listed are essential and need to be done - but there is an 
opportunity to improve the richness of the position and it's value to the 
community.  I'm therefore proposing that the Consultant, Team Support be 
redesignated to Consultant, Community & Program Support.   I envisage this 
position to have about 1/3 of time spent on the back-end work listed above but 
2/3 of time can be very productively utilised supporting community efforts - 
such as helping community building & outreach and supporting community-led 
initiatives.  An important consideration I have for this redesignation is after 
looking at the specific skills that Subha brings to the table; I want to make 
sure that he has the required space to realise his potential and to support the 
community and movement.

Subha will of course continue to pursue his personal voluntary work for and as 
part of the Wikimedia community.  The one question that he emphasized during 
the selection process was whether he would retain the flexibility to continue 
to pursue his personal passions on Wikimedia; the answer he got was a loud 
Y-E-S!!!  :-)  I'm delighted to have another community member joining the team.

He'll formally start in Delhi on January 9th 2012.

Do join me in welcoming him.

Warmest Regards,


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