Congrats Subhashish, all the best in your new post.

Warm regards,

Ashwin Baindur

On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 10:17 PM, RadhaKrishna Arvapally <> wrote:

> Congratulations Subha!
> -RadhaKrishna
> 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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