People

Photo of Adele Vrana.

Adele Vrana is Co-Director and co-founder 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 re-imagining what the internet of the future would look like and advocating for that online, Adele spends most of her time raising two feminist boys, reading black feminists from the Global South, and spending time with her friends from close and afar. 


Anasuya Sengupta is Co-Director and co-founder 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 the former Regional Program Director at the Global Fund for Women. Anasuya is a 2017 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and received a 2018 Internet and Society award from the Oxford Internet Institute. She is on the Scholars’ Council for UCLA’s Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, and the advisory committee for MIT’s Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS). 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 makes and breaks pots and poems, takes long walks by the water and in the forest, and contorts herself into yoga poses.


Arya Jeipea Karijo

Arya Jeipea Karijo is Communications Co-Lead at Whose Knowledge?. She is a transgender woman from Nairobi, a community organizer with lesbian, bisexual and queer womyxn, as well as with the transgender and gender non-conforming community. She is a user experience researcher by profession, having worked for six years in the Kenyan innovation space. She has in the past worked as a feminist investigative journalist with openDemocracy. She is a volunteer ED for AfroIDEA, a hub for feminist and queer writers, and does communications for UHAI, an Eastern African indigenous funder. Arya is passionate about decolonization as a way to free queer lives in Africa. Her primary occupation in life is being a doting chosen mother to a fantastic feminist lesbian enby human.


Ashima Bhardwaj is the Operations Coordinator for Whose Knowledge?. She has worked, over the last ten years, in various capacities from human resource management to operations management to public outreach. She is experienced in designing and implementing international inclusion and diversity programs, training workshops and public speaking. She strongly believes in the lifelong process of learning, unlearning and relearning; and is passionate about using her skills and experiences to create change in communities around the world. She is the former Director of Operations at The Rules Foundation, and Associate Director of International Programs at UNESCO Center for Peace. Ashima holds an MBA in Human Resource Management from Uttarakhand Technical University, India, as well as a Masters in English Literature from Garhwal University, India. When not tallying accounting spreadsheets, Ashima spends her time with family, cooking up traditional dishes, writing poems and reading books with the kids.


Claudia Pozo is Communications Co-Lead of Whose Knowledge?. She is a Bolivian feminist, graphic designer, podcast producer, web developer, 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.


Maari Zwick-Maitreyi is the new Whose Knowledge? Epistemic Justice Fellow. Informed by her training as a scientist, she has taken the path to becoming a feminist community historian believing in the power of oppressed people to tell their history with autonomy. In these roles, she has worked to co-create many participatory knowledge projects including the Dalit History Month project. She will support marginalization and knowledge gaps research on the team. Maari holds a PhD in Biology and is a recipient of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. When not thinking about what her next project may be, she is usually making digital art or growing vegetables in her balcony garden.


Mariana Fossatti is the #VisibleWikiWomen 2021 campaign coordinator. She is a feminist and a free culture activist. Her background is in sociology and she has a master’s degree in Society and Development from the Universidad de la República, Uruguay. She co-founded the digital cultural centre Ártica in 2011, and co-founded the Uruguayan chapters of Creative Commons and Wikimedia in 2013. She also works in the APC Women Rights Programme, amplyfing women voices in tech on GenderIT blog, and facilitating feminist ways of knowing in the Feminist Internet Research Network. When not sharing knowledge or tech tips and tricks with other feminists, you can find her in front of her collage table, figuring out how to finish several work-in-progress pieces.


Pamela Ofori-Boateng is the #VisibleWikiWomen 2021 Africa campaign coordinator. She is a journalist and a communications person. Pamela has worked with both local and international media houses and is the Founder of Disability News Africa, a news portal dedicated to promoting inclusion and proper representation of Persons Living with Disabilities in Ghana. She has special affinity for the advancement of women and girls in various sectors. When not surfing online for women achievers, Pamela plays with packaged food ideas and tries to regain her lost dance moves by watching YouTube videos.


Priscila Bellini

Priscila Bellini is Communications Co-Lead at Whose Knowledge? and a Brazilian feminist journalist, fact-checker, and researcher. Her work has been published in Rest of World, BBC Brasil, Folha de S. Paulo, Superinteressante, VEJA Saúde, Cosmopolitan, among others. She is an ambassador and country co-manager of Chicas Poderosas, a global network of media professionals. She holds a master’s degree in Gender, Media, and Culture from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as a Chevening scholar. She is also a specialist in Public Policy and Gender Justice (CLACSO – Latin American Council of Social Sciences) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Communications from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, Brazil. As a researcher, she has investigated anti-gender discourses in the far-right as well as gender-based violence in Brazil. In her free time, she binge-listens to podcasts, pop music and heavy metal albums, trains at boxing and pilates at home, and reads feminist writers.


 

Volunteers

Sourav Roy. Since 1998, I’ve seen the Internet knowledgescape change from a verdant forest in Web 1.0 to a walled garden in Web 2.0. Now it’s becoming a castle with mirrored mazes. I want to turn it back into the forest. Am a helpful, hopeful, part-domesticated animal. Into difficult pleasures. Queer.

Radhika Bhardwaj lives in picturesque Dehradun valley and is passionate about making a positive impact with her work globally. She believes in adding her design flair to everything she does, enjoys reading poetry, fiction and philosophy. She has extraordinary culinary skills and is often torn between coffee and chai.

Soizic Pénicaud (she/her) lives in France and is passionate about languages, the Internet, and trying to do her part in fighting against capitalism, the patriarchy and all systems of oppression. When she isn’t doing nerdy things, she enjoys eating, photography, yoga and traveling (preferably by foot, bike or train).


 

Friends

Our friends and allies include:


 

 Advisors

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 (Mother, wife, tech worker, public speaker, podcaster, and an activist/organizer. Founding member of the Collective for Liberation, Ecology, and Technology)
  • 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)
  • Wendy Hanamura (Director of Partnerships, The Internet Archive, USA)

 

Partners

Both global networks and local partners are welcome to join the campaign!

Our partners include: