Global Open Initiative/About us
Who We AreEdit
The Global Open Initiative is a young not-for-profit organization made up of a dedicated group of open advocates who are striving to solve social problems that confront our communities; such as challenges in public services delivery, transparency and democratic control, and availability of educational resources. We are devoted to achieving this by enhancing visibility of open access material, information and data that strengthens the basis for valorization of the knowledge needed to tackle these issues.
Zita Ursula ZageEdit
Zita is an entrepreneur and tech enthusiast. She is passionate about volunteerism and and bridging the digital gender gap . She has a background in Information Technology. She is also a writer, she authored The Road to Discovery. She has very diverse experience in the technology industry and the open movement.
She has facilitated many Wikimedia Foundation training events and workshops which turned out to be a success. She was part of the speakers for the 2018 African Summit on Women and Girls in Technology.
Zita is the co-founder and current Executive Director of the GOI Foundation. She coordinates and facilitates most of the projects run by the GOI foundation.
Sadik is an open advocate and a professional project manager with over 4 years of experience in managing community projects. he studied Information technology and Database Administration at Wisconsin International university college in Ghana and IPMC College of technology respectively. Sadik is a member of PMI and a volunteer chapter lead at PMI Ghana chapter. In 2018, he volunteered as a track co-chair and a member of the 2018 CC Summit Advisory Committee. He is a certified professional at NTEN and currently volunteer in coordinating Wikipedia related projects in Ghana.
He is the co-founder and Communications Manager for the GOI Foundation. As the Communications Manager, he is in charge of community engagement, social media and partnerships.
Harriet Henry BayelEdit
Harriet is an entrepreneur and the Events Manager for the GOI Foundation. She has a background in Geography from the University of Ghana, Legon. She is a long time Wikipedian who has contributed and facilitated successful projects for the Wikimedia Foundation. She is an open advocate who is very passionate about volunteerism and bridging the digital gender gap.
Open Knowledge, women and youth empowerment are matters of great concern to Harriet. She is in charge of managing and providing the logistics for every event. She is also a freelance photographer.
Franklin is a self-taught web developer and tech enthusiast. He graduated in 2016 with a diploma in mechanical engineering and now pursuing a degree in Information technology. He loves to volunteer and teach people about science, technology, engineering and math. He was a volunteer with TechLeads and also a facilitator for the global code in Ghana.
He has helped train people during Wikimedia foundation events in Ghana. Franklin currently works closely with Zita as a facilitator of most of the projects run by the GOI Foundation
Terese is a nurse by profession and a graduate of the University of Ghana and has a keen interest in open data. She volunteers with various not-for-profit organizations, among them are Life from 30, Positive Action for Porter Girls (PAPG-M), Inspiring the Youth through Mentorship(IYM) that make a positive social impact.She is a member of the Wikimedia Ghana User Group and has taken part in numerous workshops and edit a thons organised. She was the winner of the Wikipedia 2016 Election Project.She is a member and also a Wikipedia trainer of the GOI Foundation.
Abdulfatai Mustapha Olasunkanmi is a self taught graphics designer. He's the CEO of Genius_Graphics Nigeria (GGN) and also a student of Madina Institute of Science and Technology, Accra pursuing Civil Engineering.
As a graduate from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Esmeralda majored in Journalism. She currently is undertaking her one year National Contract to the state with the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) where she serves as a Public Relations Assistant at the Company's Headquarters.
Esmeralda enjoys Volunteering and serves as a volunteer to the Senior Citizens Ministry and Ushering Department of the Royalhouse Chapel International. In addition to that, she serves as a Protocol Officer for the church.
Esmeralda is open minded, passionate, resilient, a team player who is open to varying ideas, confident, optimistic and connects easily.
As the Content Manager for GOI Foundation, She looks forward to having a great time with the Team.
Gabriel Joe AmuzuEdit
Gabriel holds a professional diploma in Computer Network Desktop Administrator (NIIT GHANA), Hardware Technician Certificate from Towers Computers Ghana. He is am an educationist, computer hardware technician, a photographer and a business man. Gabriel loves to educate people. Aside all, he also loves taking pictures, He contribute pictures and videos to Wikimedia Commons. He is the current Photographer for GOI Foundation. In his words, Gabriel writes, "I am very happy being part of these group of vibrant young men and women. I am happy to join them in making educating and empowering people my main goal.
Gereon is a translator and interpreter from Ennepetal, Germany. He is also a Wikipedian since 2006, has written more than 1600 Wikipedia articles and has more than 140,000 edits on Wikimedia projects. In the Wikipedia and Wikimedia movement he is administrator, press contact and juror and was also a Community Strategy Coordinator and Liaison for the Wikimedia Foundation. He has been schooling new Wikipedia users in Germany, South Africa, Rwanda, Belarus and North Macedonia – in libraries, on conferences, workshops and writing events.
As an actor he had small roles in 64 movies for cinema and television. As musician and songwriter he has given many concerts. In his voluntary engagement he was lay judge at a district court and is head of an election board.
Although each of the language versions of Wikipedia and its sister projects have their own policies and guidelines, his main focus is on the similarities rather than the differences of the projects. In his outreach he supports all participants of the Open Movement as they are all joined in spreading knowledge and liberating content.
Greg has been a Wikipedian since 2009. Most recently he has advocated for adding an h-feed,webmentions, a badging platform to Wikimedia. He infrequently contributes to articles on educational psychology and literacy.
Greg is an Associate Professor of Education at Southern Connecticut State University. Dr. McVerry, who earned his PhD in Educational Psychology as a Neag Fellow at the New Literacies Research Lab, University of Connecticut, studies the convergence of technology and literacy. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven.
Dr. McVerry is an active member of the IndieWeb community. He was recognized in 2016 by Mozilla Foundation, makers of Firefox, as one of 50 people protecting the Open Web. In 2006 Dr. McVerry was awarded the Connecticut Educator Computer Educator of the Year in 2006 for his work on Mythology and digital texts. He taught students to compare reading from print to pixel, start their own blogs, use threaded discussions, and think about website credibility. In 2015, Dr. McVerry was selected for the Joan Finn Junior Scholar Research Fellowship. Greg built a class called #QuestionTheWeb and also worked with Mozilla to help create and test Thimble.
Maha Bali is an Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo. She is an editor at Hybrid Pedagogy journal, and editorial board member of Teaching in Higher Education, Online Learning Journal, Learning, Media and Technology, International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education and Journal of Pedagogic Development. She has blogged for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Prof Hacker, DMLCentral blogs and Al-Fanar media. Maha, is a co-founder of virtuallyconnecting.org and co-facilitator of Equity Unbound. She is also a former International Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab. Maha was the ninth person interviewed on the Leaders and Legends of Online Learning podcast and she was featured alongside 15 amazing women of the open movement in the UnCommon Women 2018 Coloring Book. Learnaholic, writeaholic and passionate open and connected educator, who tweets a lot pretty somes up the person Maha Bali.
Nate is an evangelist who connects people, ideas, and technologies to make things better. He has worked across a wide variety of public and private institutions, focusing on community development, digital communications, meaningful education, open technologies, and sustainable growth. Nate studied, taught, and researched topics in film, television, and digital media at Brown University, and the history and literature of Latin America at Columbia University.
Mohammed Sadat AbdulaiEdit
Mohammed is co-founder of the Global Open Initiative, who is now serving the Foundation as an Advisory Board member. He has contributed to Wikimedia projects as User:Masssly for the past 9 years, and has been involved in various structure groups of the Wikimedia Foundation, including the Wikimedia Foundation Board Election committee, Project Grants committee, WikidataCon 2017 Program committee, Wikimedia Foundation Communications committee, Small Wiki Toolkits project, co-editor of the Wikimedia Research Newsletter, and member of the Wikimedia Volunteer Response Team.
Mohammed worked as an intern with the Community Resources team of the Wikimedia Foundation between 2015 and 2016. Before that, he participated as lead researcher for the Wikidata Human Gender Indicators project that automated the production and graphing of statistics about gender diversity on the different language Wikipedias. Mohammed is the Technical Editor for WikiJournal User Group. He was the West Africa Regional Ambassador for Art+Feminism from 2017 until joining the campaign as one of its co-leads in 2019.
Mohammed's background is in Statistics and Computer Science. He has worked as a network administrator and taught courses in statistics at the School of Engineering of Madina Institute of Science and Technology. He speaks fluent English, Hausa, Dagbani, Akan and beginner level Arabic, and French.