*passes chocolates* :D Felicitations Subha!

On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 6:23 PM, Pradeep Mohandas <
pradeep.mohan...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Welcome, Subha!
>
> Pradeep
> Handheld
>
> On 22/12/2011, Hisham <his...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> > Hi Folks,
> >
> > As you might be aware, the Consultant, Team Support position is to be
> filled
> > as part of the India Programs team.
> > (
> http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2011-September/004251.html
> .)
> >
> >
> > 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
> > (
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_-_India_Programs#Team_Structure
> )
> > 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,
> >
> > hisham
> >
> >
>
>
> --
> Pradeep Mohandas
> How Pradeep uses email - http://goo.gl/6v1I9
>
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