Founders

Whose Knowledge? brings together our multiple selves and skills, in a radical and positive vision for the future. We combine critical feminist scholarship and human rights activism with a deep knowledge of internet technologies, community organizing, and partnerships that center marginalized perspectives. Coming from both the global South and global North (in different ways), we have lived our lives in spaces and places ‘in-between’, and we have a powerful commitment to making connections between communities and the technologies that serve them.

 

Adele Vrana is Co-Director of Whose Knowledge?. Adele has led business development and partnerships initiatives to help build a more plural and diverse communities in her native country of Brazil and globally. She is the former Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Wikimedia Foundation and a 2015 Erasmus Prize laureate on behalf of her work to expand access to Wikipedia in the Global South. Adele holds a BA in International Relations and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Sao Paulo. When not rabble-rousing online, Adele spends most of her time chasing after her mischievous toddler, scouting vegan recipes on YouTube, and creating a human being from scratch.

 

AnasuyaSengupta

Anasuya Sengupta is Co-Director of Whose Knowledge?. She has led initiatives in India and the USA, across the global South, and internationally for over 20 years, to amplify marginalised voices in virtual and physical worlds. She is the former Chief Grantmaking Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation and a 2017 Shuttleworth Fellow. Anasuya holds an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She also has a BA in Economics (Honours) from Delhi University. When not rabble-rousing online, Anasuya builds and breaks pots, takes long walks by the ocean and in the redwoods, and contorts herself into yoga poses.

 

Siko at WikiArabia in TunisiaSiko Bouterse is Co-Director of Whose Knowledge?. She’s organized, localized and imagined a more plural and truly global web for over 10 years. She is former Director of Community Resources at the Wikimedia Foundation. Siko has an MA in Middle East History from the American University in Cairo, where her award-winning thesis focused on social history not captured in traditional historical sources. She also holds a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley where she worked at the Phoebe Hearst Museum. When not rabble-rousing online, Siko is paddleboarding in the ocean, cooking and reading about delicious feasts, making bad mixed-media art, and raising a feminist daughter.

 

Advisors

Current advisors include:

  • Achal Prabhala (Writer and researcher, working on intellectual property and knowledge, India/South Africa/Brazil)
  • Amanda Menking (Feminist scholar at the University of Washington Information School, USA)
  • Bishakha Datta (Founder of Point of View, a feminist media organisation, India)
  • Camille Emefa Acey (Feminist techie and Vice-President, Clubhouse Software)
  • Dumisani Ndubane (Convenor of first WikiIndaba for African Wikimedians, South Africa)
  • Garfield Byrd (Chief Financial Officer, Kipp Foundation, USA)
  • Jac SM Kee (Manager, Women’s Rights Program, Association of Progressive Communications, Malaysia)
  • Karien Bezuidenhout (Director, Shuttleworth Foundation, South Africa)
  • María Sefidari (Professor of Digital Communications, Culture and Citizenship, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, Spain)
  • Mark Graham (Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor, Oxford Internet Institute, UK)
  • Nadine Moawad (APC EROTICS Coordinator, Nasawiya, Lebanon)
  • Oona Castro (Digital rights activist and journalist, Brazil)
  • Sucheta Ghoshal (Open source web developer and human-centered computing researcher at Georgia Tech, USA)
  • Sunil Abraham (Executive Director, Centre for Internet and Society, India)
  • Wendy Hanamura (Director of Partnerships, The Internet Archive, USA)

Partners

Both global networks and local partners are welcome to join the campaign! Our partners and allies include: