Welcome and congratulations Noopur! You are indeed very inspiring! :)

Best Wishes,
Pratik Lahoti

On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM, Hisham <his...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Dear All,
> I am pleased to announce that Noopur Raval 
> ([User:Noopur28<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Noopur28>]
> has been selected as Consultant to the Wikimedia 
> Foundation<http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>,
> and will support Communications for India 
> Program<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Program>.
> This position will perform 4 key functions.  Firstly, it will support
> communications with our community.  This involves a regular set of updates
> (such as newsletters) as well as specific communication projects such as
> story-telling of local community initiatives (to document experiences,
> celebrate successes and cross-pollinate ideas.)  This is *not* for
> day-to-day program communications - which is a core part of each of our
> responsibilities in the India Program team.  Second will be to support
> media & PR for local community initiatives.  The single biggest challenge
> here will to be get more Indic language media coverage to support community
> building efforts. This will be done directly with community members and
> also in co-ordination with the India Chapter <http://wikimedia.in/>'s 
> Communications
> Media & PR team <http://members.wikimedia.in/Communications>.  The third
> aspect is to build and expand existing community social networks (such as
> WikimediaIndia <http://www.facebook.com/WikimediaIndia> on facebook) and
> to help with the use of social networks to support community building.
>  Lastly, there is untapped potential of using digital outreach - to augment
> existing physical outreach efforts.  We need to (very, very carefully)
> explore if we can reach out to our large and growing reader base and
> inform, encourage and enable them to become editors using online channels
> and resources.
> Noopur is a community member and has supported outreach activities (in
> Ahmedabad<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Takes_Ahmedabad>
>  & Delhi <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Delhi/Delhi6>),
> is a member of Delhi 
> SIG<http://members.wikimedia.in/City_and_Language_Special_Interest_Groups> of
> the Chapter, has participated in community collaborations like Collaboration
> of the Month <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:INCOTM> and has been
> actively trying to start GLAM<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Glam> in
> India.
> Noopur is from Gandhinagar <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gandhinagar> and
> is graduating from 
> JNU<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jawaharlal_Nehru_University> with
> a Master's in Arts & Aesthetics.  She has a triple honors Bachelor's
> in Media Studies, Literature and Psychology from Christ College, 
> Bangalore<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_College,_Bangalore>.
>  She has interned with Radio Mirchi, Times of India and the Centre for
> Internet & Society (amongst others) - as well as done some teaching
> assignments.  She is an active blogger (including for the India Art Summit,
> 2011.) She has published a novella and co-authored an anthology of poems,
> plays & short stories and has co-presented a paper on "Wikiwars" with
> [User:Srikeit.]  She is also an amateur photographer and has contributed to
> Commons <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Noopur28> as
> well as other platforms.
> The Communications position has taken a long time to fill.  The initial
> call for selection was in 
> September<http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2011-September/004252.html>.
>  I reported back to the community in 
> December<http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2011-December/006055.html>
>  that
> I had failed to find the right candidate and hence the delay.  There were a
> number of deserving candidates and this selection has taken time because of
> the need to find the most suitable profile for a complex role.  This role
> requires the right mix of an academic foundation in communications, domain
> expertise as well as adequate familiarity with our community.  It also
> requires adaptability and strong learning skills - because so much of what
> we are trying to do is pioneering.  I am confident that she brings the
> right level of experience and competencies  - and I'm very excited by the
> opportunity of making a step jump in the impact of communications for our
> community.
> Do join me in welcoming Noopur.  She will start on March 12 and will be
> based in New Delhi.
> Best
> hisham
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