My best wishes to the new team to meet the challenges and the totally
changed environment. May you have great success in all that you do. Stay
straight & true. Be wise. Be frugal. And most of all, lets still be a
community of friends when your time is done.

Ashwin Baindur
Your friendly neighbourhood Wikipedian (now in Kolkata)

On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 6:48 PM, Arjuna Rao Chavala <>wrote:
>> Dear Members and Community,
>> At the outset, on behalf of Wikimedia India Executive Committee for
>> 2011-12, I would like to thank you all for the support for the Chapter
>> during the past year, as we strived hard to complete the boot strapping
>> phase of the Chapter. I am glad to report that the boot strapping phase is
>> now complete, as the Chapter is financially healthy, staffed and has
>> conducted AGM and Elections for EC vacancies successfully, apart from
>> spearheading Wiki Academy events and partnerships with various
>> stakeholders. I would like to place on record my thanks to all co-founders
>> and EC team members,volunteers from members and community, Achal, Bishakha,
>> WMF staff,WMF board members, Manuel Schneider and partners and consultants
>> for all the contributions and support towards reaching this important
>> milestone.
>> Recently we had inducted the newly elected EC members with an EC
>> induction program at Bangalore. As part of it, we have completed the office
>> bearer elections for the 2012-13. I would like to introduce the new team
>> that has taken charge.
>>  Sudhanwa Jogalekar
>> [image: Sudhanwa Jogalekar] <>
>> Sudhanwa Jogalekar is an IT professional with expertise in Information
>> security, system administration, IT infrastructure management etc with over
>> 27 years experience in the industry. He is an Electrical Engineer from
>> College Of Engineering, Pune with 2 additional management degrees and a
>> professional certification of ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. He has done many
>> projects for corporates, SMEs and Academic Institutions for IT
>> infrastructure, Information Security, E-learning etc.
>> He is a well known FOSS evangelist in India and has been promoting FOSS
>> for the last 13 years. He has been co-ordinating PLUG (Pune GNU/Linux Users
>> Group) for many years and conducting workshops, seminars, trainings
>> in/around Pune and other places across India. He has contributed to Indic
>> computing activities (Marathi/Devanagari). He has released a Marathi font
>> family for free.
>> He is active on various technical and non-technical groups and helped
>> promote Wikimedia projects. He has organised a complete track on Wikipedia
>> activites in GNUNIFY 2011. Apart from organising various events and
>> activities related to Wikimedia(like launch of Marathi Wikisource,
>> participating in CMDA expo etc.), he also co-ordinates regular meetups of
>> Wikipedians in Pune (WikiPuneri).
>> Being a photographer he is involved with various photographers groups and
>> is active in Photographic society of Pune.
>> He is elected to the Executive Committee in September 2011 and served as
>> Chair of City/Language SIGs till Oct 2012. He is elected as *President*in 
>> Oct 2012.
>>    - More details available on his website
>>    - Email: sudhanwa [at]
>>    - Wikimedia username: sudhanwa
>>    - Twitter: @sudhanwa <>
>>    - Facebook:
>>  Karthik Nadar
>> [image: Karthik Nadar] <>
>> Karthik Nadar is a final year B.Com student from Mumbai, specializing in
>> Banking, financing, accounting and insurance. He started his contributions
>> to English Wikipedia in mid 2010 and became very active from the following
>> year. In English Wikipedia, Karthik has more than 18K edits and so far has
>> contributed for 10 Good articles. Started working on Indian film related
>> articles, he later on ventured on into political, India and Mumbai related
>> articles. Karthik is autoreviewer, rollbacker and filemover on the English
>> Wikipedia. He also serves as coordinator for WikiProject Mumbai. Karthik is
>> also active on Wikimedia Commons, where he has uploaded hundreds of images
>> and has an edit count of 1,250. He has fixed some small templates and
>> layout issues on Tamil Wikipedia and contributed few articles in Hindi
>> Wikipedia.
>> In 2011, he was featured on Wikimedia Fundraising 
>> banners<>.
>> Subsequently he became active in Wikipedia Mumbai community and contributed
>> towards organizing second Photo-thon in Mumbai and few other events. He
>> volunteered to be part of core team for organising "Wiki Loves Monuments
>> 2012 in India" and played a key role along with Naveen Francis in making it
>> a success.
>> He is elected to the Executive Committee during September 2012 and
>> current serves as the *Secretary*.
>> Apart from his contributions to Wikimedia Movement, he is an aspiring
>> photo journalist and a passionate drummer.
>>    - Wikimedia username: Karthikndr
>>    - Email: Karthikndr[image:  at ]
>>    - Twitter: @Karthikndr <>
>>    - Facebook:
>>  Anirudh Singh Bhati
>> [image: Anirudh Singh Bhati] <>
>> Anirudh Singh Bhati is a technology lawyer based in Ahmedabad.
>> He is a contributor to Wikimedia projects since January 2006 and is
>> mostly active on the English Wikipedia project where he is also an
>> administrator. He is one of the founding members of Wikimedia Chapter
>> (India).
>> He currently serves as the *Treasurer*.
>>    - Wikimedia: Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington
>>    - Facebook:
>>    - LinkedIN:
>>    - Email: anirudh[image:  at ]
>>  Nikita Belavate
>> [image: Nikita Belavate] <>
>> Nikita Belavate is a pre-final year student of 5 year M-tech Integrated
>> degree in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. She is based in Mumbai.
>> She attended 'Wiki-Conference India' held in Nov-2011, which gave her the
>> exposure to Wikipedia Community at large. She was inspired by the event and
>> became active English Wikipedian in December 2011. She helped conduct
>> meetups, photo-walks and outreach sessions in Mumbai. Her interests include
>> encouraging and improving women participation in Wikipedia and other
>> projects.
>> She is elected to the Executive committee in Sep 2012 and is the first
>> female Executive Committee Member to serve on board of 'Wikimedia India'.
>> She currently serves as *Member*
>>    - Wikimedia User Handle: Nikita
>>    - Email:[at]wikimedia[dot]in
>>    - Facebook: nikitabelavate <>
>>  Pranav
>> [image: Pranav] <>
>> Pranav is a Consultant in the field of Marketing Management based in
>> Mumbai and currently works with a Social Media firm.. He has been
>> associated with the Wikimedia Movement since 2006 as an editor and image
>> contributor. He holds a B.Com degree from the University of Mumbai and
>> an MBA from Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow. Pranav served as the
>> Chairman of the Organising Committee for WikiConference India 2011 (WCI)
>> organised jointly by Wikimedia Mumbai Community and Wikimedia India, with
>> active involvment of 11 teams consisting of over 50 volunteers. He was
>> granted a Fellowship from the Wikimedia Foundation for this task. Apart
>> from WCI, Pranav has been one of the few Wikipedians instrumental in
>> hosting of several community Meetups, Photowalks, Workshops and Academies
>> in Mumbai.
>> He is the first person to sign up as a member of Wikimedia Chapter using
>> electronic funds transfer of membership fees. In September 2012, Pranav was
>> elected to the Executive Committee of Wikimedia chapter and currently
>> serves as *Member*. In addition to this he devotes time to other
>> charitable/philanthropic activities as well,serving as a Member of the
>> Board of Trustees of four Mumbai based Public Charitable Trusts which
>> operate in Health, Education and other functional areas.
>> Twitter: @Curumsey
>> Email: pranav [at] wikimedia [dot] in
>>  Srikanth Ramakrishnan
>> [image: Srikanth Ramakrishnan]<>
>> Srikanth Ramakrishnan is a 20-year old student based out of Coimbatore,
>> Chennai and Bangalore. He has been a contributor to the English Wikipedia
>> since 2005 and has been a regular at Bangalore meetups since 2009. He has
>> also held various outreach sessions across Tamil Nadu. On Wikipedia, his
>> primary interests include editing transport, Indian economy, JAVA
>> programming area articles.
>> He is elected to Wikimedia India Executive Committee in Sep 2012 and
>> currently serves as a *Member*.
>>    - Wikimedia: User:Rsrikanth05, en-wiki User 
>> page<>
>>    - Email: srik.ramk[image:  at ]
>>  Viswa Prabha
>> [image: Viswa Prabha] <>
>> Viswanathan Prabhakaran is an engineer, project manager and technology
>> consultant by profession. After acquiring his B.Tech. in Electrical
>> Engineering from the Government Engineering college, Thrissur in 1986, he
>> initiated his career in computer industry. Keeping pace with the rapid
>> evolution of technology, he has aligned his career path with industrial
>> automation, communications, laboratory science etc. finally culminating
>> into advanced biomedical engineering.
>> He has travelled extensively both within and outside India and has lived
>> and worked with a vast mixture of cultures and communities. He is elected
>> to Wikimedia India EC in Sep 2012 and currently serves as a *Member*
>> At present, he is living in his home town in Kerala, occasionally
>> travelling, spending most of his time voluntarily for social causes and the
>> Wikipedia movement.
>>    - E-Mail: viswaprabha [at]
>>    - Wikipedia+: User: ViswaPrabha
>> We are confident that under the new EC's leadership Wikimedia Movement
>> and Chapter in India will grow to greater heights in the year to come. We
>> request you all to extend the support and actively engage with Wikimedia
>> India to achieve the vision of sharing free knowledge with every one for
>> building a Knowledge Society.
>> Please join me in wishing the new team all success.
>> Cheers
>> Arjuna Rao Chavala
>> President,Wikimedia India
>> Jan 2011 - Oct 2012
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