Congratulations Subha!


On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 6:17 PM, Hisham <> wrote:

> 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, 
> .
> 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,
> hisham
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