Ismael ZNIBER is a Moroccan volunteer editor on Wikipedia since 2012 and co-founder of Wikimedia Morocco in 2015.
Ismael is graduated in law from Panthéon-Assas University and in history from Sorbonne University. He is also an associative actor, president of the association Assas Monde Arabe from 2017 to 2019, president of L'Alliance the federation of the associations of Panthéon-Assas University from 2019 to 2020 and member and speaker at the moroccan association Rabat-Salé Mémoire for the protection of heritage. Ismael is also a debater and a member of the Fédération francophone de débat, in which he has won several debates and participated in several championships, trials and pleadings. He has also been an editor for the Huffington Post, the online magazine Artisthick and for the think tank ArabsThink.com. Ismael also studied at Lycée Descartes of Rabat.
Ismael joined Wikimedia Projects in 2012, his primary motivation was to enrich Wikipedia which is still very lacunar about the heritage of Morocco. He wrote several articles on Wikipedia in french linked to moroccan history mainly, but also about various subjects such as monuments in UK and Spain, diverse historical events and figures, etc.
In april 2014, Ismael was mentionned by the article «Web. Le Maroc selon Wikipédia», published by the weekly moroccan magazine TelQuel, wich talked about his contributions to the encyclopedia.
In april 2015, Ismael is invited to participate in the Wikimedia Arab World meeting WikiArabia Monastir in Tunisia. With Anass Sedrati and Reda Benkhadra, his is among the founding members of the Wikimedia MA User Group in september 2015.
In january 2016, the Huffington Post publishes a portrait of Ismael on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Wikipedia in which he tells how he discovered the encyclopedia and how he wrote his first article.
On February 14, 2016, a TV report broadcast on the national Moroccan channel 2M, is dedicated to his work on Wikipedia.
In october 2017, he took part in the WikiConvention Francophone 2017 in Strasbourg, where he represented Morocco. He also took part in the 4th edition of WikiArabia in Marrakech in 2019.
Ismael is active on a number of other Wikimedia projects, which means that he has multiple user pages. The main ones are:
- Ismael ZNIBER on Wikipedia.fr - his official and french user page for his contributions on Wikipedia.fr.
- Ismael ZNIBER on Wikimedia Commons - his user page for his photographic contributions to the Wikicommons bank of images.
- Wikimedia username: Ismael zniber
- Twitter: @ZniberIsmael
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