Wikimedia Foundation elections/2017/Funds Dissemination Committee Ombudsperson/Candidates

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Kirill Lokshin (Kirill Lokshin)

Kirill Lokshin (talk meta edits global user summary CA  AE)

Candidate details
Presenting at WikiConference North America 2016 in San Diego
  • Personal:
    • Name: Kirill Lokshin
    • Age: 33
    • Location: Washington, DC, United States
    • Languages: en-N, ru-N, fr-1
  • Editorial:
    • Wikimedian since: 2005
    • Active wikis: en.wp, meta
Statement Having served as the FDC Ombudsperson for the past two years—and having worked with numerous Wikimedia movement annual plan grants as both an evaluator and a grantee—I have the skills and experience to effectively address complaints about the FDC process.
Compulsory questions 1. What experiences of yours do you think will enhance the work and recommendation process of the FDC?
1.1. Around directing and/or evaluating annual plans and programs?
I've worked with annual plans—and annual plan grants—from both sides of the table. In my role on the board of Wikimedia DC, I've worked extensively with our chapter's annual planning process, preparing annual plans and associated grant applications, as well as directing programs as part of executing those plans. At the same time, I have served on the Simple Annual Plan Grants Committee, where I've had the opportunity to evaluate numerous Wikimedia organizations' annual plans.
1.2. Around grantmaking?
I am a long-time participant in the Wikimedia grantmaking world, having served on the Grant Advisory Committee, the Individual Engagement Grants Committee, the Simple Annual Plan Grants Committee, and the Project Grants Committee. As a result, I'm very familiar with movement grantmaking processes, participant expectations, and best practices.

2. What do you understand to be the Ombudsperson's role?

The Ombudsperson receives and documents complaints and other feedback about the FDC process from participants and others. In addition, the Ombudsperson is available to assist the Board and the FDC in investigating formal complaints when an independent evaluation is requested.

3. What are some potential complaints about the FDC process that you believe could be documented with the Ombudsperson, and how might you deal with them?

In the two years that I've served as the FDC Ombudsperson, I have not actually received any complaints; while this has obviously made my term rather unexciting, I think it speaks highly of the professionalism of everyone involved in the process, including the members of the FDC, the WMF staff who support them, and the many grantees around the world. However, as more organizations enter the FDC process in the coming years, there is always the possibility that a complaint will be raised, either as a result of confusion or miscommunication among the various stakeholders, or of some more serious matter. The role of the Ombudsperson is to prepare for the eventuality that such a scenario occurs, and to respond quickly and effectively if it does.
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