Welcome, Subha! Super news.

Thank you.



On 22 December 2011 18:23, 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
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