Wikimedia Foundation Chief Executive Officer
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The Chief Executive Officer is the senior staff officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, overseeing the operations of the Foundation and its professional staff. The Chief Executive Officer reports to the Board of Trustees. Maryana Iskander began serving as Chief Executive Officer on 3 January 2022.
Maryana Iskander became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Wikimedia Foundation after a decade as the CEO of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, a non-profit social enterprise focused on building African solutions to tackle the global crisis of youth unemployment. She has also served as Chief Operating Officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a volunteer-led social movement.
Maryana was born in Cairo, Egypt, before emigrating with her parents to the United States. Since then, she has lived and studied in the United States and Europe before settling in South Africa.
Her career has been shaped by work that melds people, impact, and technology to break down barriers and increase access to opportunity.
The function of this position is to run the business side of the Wikimedia Foundation so as to provide resources to keep the projects going. For the most part, the Chief Executive Officer will not be involved with how the community operates on individual projects.
To help inform the decision making of the Chief Executive Officer, they often participate in community events, host office hours, and send updates to the communities on their activities and the activities of the Wikimedia Foundation.
As the primary staff representative to the broader public, the Chief Executive Officer is often called upon to participate in, and sometimes speak at, events held by outside organizations.
The position was created in 2006 as the Wikimedia Foundation's workload expanded and required a growing staff to support the volunteer Board of Trustees.