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.
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 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.
Kira Allmann is Communications Lead (Media Relations) at Whose Knowledge?. She has years of experience conducting digital ethnographic research on cyberpolitics in the Middle East, and she is a vocal advocate for realizing human rights in both online and offline spaces. Kira holds a DPhil in Oriental Studies (Islamic World) and an MPhil with Distinction in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Before moving to the UK, she received a BA in Government and Linguistics from the College of William and Mary. Kira is also Communications Director at the Oxford Human Rights Hub, a global center for cutting edge analysis of human rights law. Offline, you can often catch her drawing, hiking in the English countryside, binging on podcasts, or attempting to play pop songs on the flute.
Claudia Pozo is Communications Lead (Community Outreach) of Whose Knowledge?. She is a Bolivian ciberfeminist and digital rights activist devoted to bridging tech communities know-how with grassroots movements’ necessities. She holds a BA in Social Communications and a Master’s Degree in Development Management from the University of Agder in Norway. You will usually find her organizing training sessions on digital security, discussion panels on technopolitics, or drinking black tea while datamoshing late at night.
Mariana Fossatti is Coordinator of our 2018 #VisibleWikiWomen Campaign. Mariana is a sociologist, visual artist, and activist in free culture, digital rights, and feminism from Uruguay. She’s involved in projects like the digital cultural center Ártica, the Uruguayan research group Laboratorio Datos y Sociedad (Datysoc), Wikimedia Uruguay (where, among other things, she’s coordinated several edit-a-thons about women), Creative Commons, the free software cooperative Librecoop, and Encuentro de Feministas Diversas.
May Hashem is Coordinator of our 2018 #VisibleWikiWomen Campaign. May has experience in human resources and in human development in Egypt. She has been volunteering with UN Women in launching gender oriented campaigns, and co-founded the HerStory campaign as a partnership between UN Women and Wikipedia, which is now expanding regionally. She’s been organizing the Wikipedia Education Program at Ain Shams University, and started a WikiWomen project initiative in the Middle East to increase content by and about women on Arabic Wikipedia.
Shobha S V is the Events Coordinator of Whose Knowledge?. She is a media professional and a researcher with a combined cross-sectoral experience in journalism, research and digital media for non profits. In the past, she has worked as a program manager at International Center for Journalists — an organization working towards empowering journalists and journalism in various parts of the world. She has also worked with leading media organizations in India as a journalist. Shobha holds a masters in Sociology from Delhi University. She loves the internet and has constantly worked in areas that intersect gender, new media and technology. In her spare time she learns Indian classical music and reminisces about Hindi films of the 90s.
Sailesh Patnaik is the Summer Intern at Whose Knowledge?. He is a Free Knowledge Enthusiast and Activist from Indian state Odisha. He is currently an Engineering student and works as a Community Advocate at the Center for Internet and Society. He has been part of the Wikimedia Movement since 2012 and has helped in organizing various community building projects, content enrichment, and awareness activities. From 2015, He is working on bridging the gender gap on Odia Wikipedia by collaborating with various institutions, media houses and doing edit-a-thons like Women’s History Month and Sambad 100 Women. Sailesh has helped in advising a content relicensing process, where the Government of Odisha decided to release content under Creative Commons licenses.
Current advisors include:
- 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)
Both global networks and local partners are welcome to join the campaign! Our partners and allies include:
- Association for Progressive Communications
- Association for Women’s Rights in Development
- Centre for Internet and Society
- Dalit History Month, Equality Labs and Project Mukti
- Global Feminisms Collaborative
- Global Fund for Women
- O Foundation
- One World Platform
- Open Foundation West Africa
- The Rules
- Internet Archive
- Urgent Action Fund
- WikiAfrica and WikiLovesWomen
- Wikimedia Ghana User Group
- Wikimedia Norway