Why you are annoying others with these mails. No one is interested to know
who is Bishakha Dutta.


On Sat, Aug 16, 2014 at 7:11 PM, Bishakha Datta <bishakhada...@gmail.com>

> Thanks for this lovely email, Theo. It means a lot. Flashed me straight
> back to all the fun we had together, all of which helped balance out the
> tough debates. :)
> In case people are wondering, my term ends December 2014 - I'll be active
> until then, but am not seeking re-appointment for another two-year term.
> Being on the WMF board is extremely rewarding but a significant time
> commitment - one that I'm finding increasingly hard to fulfil, which is why
> I'm stepping down at the end of the year.
> But I'm going to continue to do other (less time-consuming) stuff in the
> movement after my term ends, so this is nowhere near goodbye.
> Cheers
> Bishakha
> On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 2:04 PM, Theo10011 <de10...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am forwarding this update from the board below, in case this was
>> overlooked. It seems relevant to the Indian community. It's sad to learn
>> that Bishakha will not be seeking re-appointment to the board at the end of
>> the year. The board, the community and the movement at large was always
>> better for having her in it.
>> I want to thank her for a lot of things, but I'm not sure if this is the
>> right time or if I'll be online at the right time. In any case, I want to
>> say I'm so grateful for her years of service and perseverance through many
>> contentious topics. I'm the first to admit that we've certainly had our
>> share of disagreements, and passionate debates over the year, but we also
>> shared more than a few good laughs in person. I still remember when
>> Bishakha was trying to tell me the correct pronunciation of "Entschuldigen
>> sie bitte" over dinner, I'm sure my pronunciation didn't improve but she
>> tried patiently and resiliently for more than an hour. Our disagreements
>> stemmed mostly from relatively professional topics related to the board and
>> the direction things were going, and I'm probably at fault for a lot of
>> negativity during those times - I'm sorry about that Bishakha. She joined
>> the board at a difficult time when the foundation was expanding and going
>> through a lot of big changes, there weren't a lot of female Indian members
>> around the board or the community back then but she always represented the
>> Indian community with a smile, grace and resilience and tried to be as
>> inclusive as possible along the way. I have nothing but the highest opinion
>> of her personally, she was always warm and good-natured in all our personal
>> interactions. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the Indian community who
>> feels the same.
>> Thanks for all the hard-work Bishakha. You will be missed, Ma'am.
>> Warm regards
>> Theo
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Jan-Bart de Vreede <jdevre...@wikimedia.org>
>> Date: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 6:54 PM
>> Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Board Meeting Update
>> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedi...@lists.wikimedia.org>
>> Hello Everyone
>> While the minutes of the Board of Trustees meeting will arrive in due
>> time I wanted to update you on some internal matters at this point because
>> there have been some changes in the board composition.
>> Ana Toni joined our board last year but unfortunately the time demands
>> placed upon a Wikimedia Board member were not compatible with her other
>> commitments. This has given the board something to think about. We aim to
>> be a board that is able to incorporate outside expertise to increase our
>> effectiveness and possible candidates are often not able to commit the time
>> which we currently require.. In the coming period we want to have a look at
>> the time which is demanded of a board member (especially our in person
>> meetings which require a lot of travel) and look at which activities we
>> need to perform as a board. We want to thank Ana for her contributions. The
>> insights gained from her position as Chair of Greenpeace International were
>> especially useful to us as a board. We are sad to see her go, but we hope
>> to keep her in “our space”.
>> Bishakha Datta joined our board in March 2010 and has indicated to us
>> that she is not available for re-appointment after her term runs out in
>> December of this year. We will take the time to properly thank her for her
>> great contributions when her term formally ends in December.
>> While these things are part of of the normal turnover of the composition
>> of the board (and are also an opportunity to attract new fields of
>> expertise as needed) there is a matter of board stability during the first
>> year of the tenure of our new Executive Director. In response to Lila's
>> request for stability the board has decided the following:
>> 1) Alice Wiegand was appointed to finish out Ana's term ending December
>> 2014.  We also appointed Alice to carry out the subsequent term ending
>> December 2016.
>> 2) Last year at Wikimania I was appointed to the board for a two year
>> period, but I tendered my resignation effective the end of this year.  At
>> the Board's request I reconsidered that resignation, and will serve out the
>> rest of my original two year term ending December 2015.
>> This does mean we will start the search process for a new board member
>> for the appointed seat that Bishakha will vacate at the end of this year.
>> And hopefully we will be able to also identify potential candidates to fill
>> the seats of both Stuart West and me, which will become vacant at the end
>> of 2015.
>> Secondly we have appointed the two officer positions as follows for the
>> coming fiscal year
>> Chair - Jan-Bart de Vreede
>> Vice-Chair - Patricio Lorente
>> The foundation has a great opportunity to grow under the guidance of our
>> new Executive Director and realize our ambitions. The board is looking
>> forward to a year of supporting Lila and providing direction for our
>> strategic goals.
>> Jan-Bart de Vreede
>> Chair
>> Board of Trustees
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>> PS: All the relevant resolutions will be published on meta in the coming
>> days
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