Founders

Anasuya Sengupta and Siko Bouterse

We bring a unique combination of experiences, skills and approaches to this work: critical feminist scholarship and human rights activism, intersecting with a deep knowledge of internet technologies and online community organizing. 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 ideas, people, and institutions. Whose Knowledge? brings together our multiple selves, skills and worlds, in a radical and positive vision for the future.

More about Anasuya Sengupta: Anasuya is co-founder/coordinator of the Whose Knowledge?  global campaign, and has been awarded a 2017 Shuttleworth Fellowship for this work. She has worked in India, across the global South, and internationally for over 20 years, leading initiatives to amplify voices ‘from the margins’ in virtual and real worlds. Her work has supported free knowledge, feminist and social justice movements and communities of practice. Most recently, as Chief Grantmaking Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, she created and headed the Grantmaking department (now Community Engagement), supporting Wikimedia communities worldwide in their efforts to create and enable free and open knowledge. Before that, Anasuya was the Regional Program Director for Asia and the Pacific Islands, at the Global Fund for Women, one of the world’s largest grant-making organisations exclusively for women’s human rights. She has led initiatives challenging violence against women and children, combating religious and cultural fundamentalisms, and supporting sexual and reproductive rights and women’s health. Anasuya’s attempts to combine activism and academia include the Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) publication – Defending Our Dreams: global feminist voices for a new generation (AWID and Zed Books, 2006) – arguably the first international anthology of young feminist analyses and experience. She is currently on the Board of the Nonprofit Quarterly and /The Rules. Anasuya holds an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She also has an undergraduate degree in Economics (Honours) from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.

More about Siko Bouterse: Siko is co-founder/coordinator of the Whose Knowledge? global campaign. She has worked with global online communities for over 10 years with an intent to build bridges and empower people to share knowledge. As Director of Community Resources at the Wikimedia Foundation, she led a team of grantmakers and community organizers to support individuals and organizations around the world in sharing free knowledge on Wikipedia and its sister projects. Women’s presence online is of particular importance to Siko: in 2015 she created the Inspire Campaign to crowdsource new ideas and strategies for addressing Wikipedia’s gender gap. She also co-created the Wikipedia Teahouse, a safe online support space designed particularly for women and other marginalized Wikipedia editors, which has been proven to support new editor retention. Prior to that, Siko has worked in community management and localization at hi5, a global online social network that was most popular in Latin America, and at Meedan, a non-profit aiming to increase dialogue between English and Arabic speakers around the world. Before she became an avid netizen, Siko worked on collections management and digitization of objects at the Phoebe Hearst Museum. Siko has an MA in Middle East History from the American University in Cairo, where her award-winning thesis focused on social history often not captured in traditional historical sources. She also holds a BA in Anthropology from UC Berkeley.

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: