Wikimedia Foundation elections/2022/Candidates

The Wikimedia community will vote to fill two seats on the Board in August 2022. This is an opportunity to improve the representation, diversity, and expertise of the Board as a team.

Candidates listEdit

  1. Farah Jack Mustaklem
  2. Mike Peel
  3. Gilbert Ndihokubwayo
  4. Tobechukwu Precious Friday
  5. Lionel Scheepmans
  6. Abakar B
  7. Joris Darlington Quarshie
  8. Egbe Eugene Agbor
  9. Kunal Mehta
  10. Shani Evenstein Sigalov
  11. Gina Bennett
  12. Michał Buczyński

Candidate statementsEdit

The candidates will respond to the following statements on their applications. The candidate statements are limited to the word counts below, which totals 1400 words:

  • Introductory statement / Application summary. (150 words maximum)
  • Contributions to the Wikimedia projects, memberships in Wikimedia organizations or affiliates, activities as a Wikimedia movement organizer, or participation with a Wikimedia movement ally organization. (100 words maximum)
  • Expertise in skill areas identified as needs by the Board. (150 words maximum)
  1. Organizational strategy and management
  2. Enterprise-level platform technology and/or product development
  3. Public policy and the law
  4. Social data science, big data analysis, and machine learning
  • Lived experiences in the world. We are especially interested in reading about lived experiences in the regions of Africa, South Asia, East and South East Asia & Pacific, and Latin America & Caribbean. We believe that experience in these regions could help expand the board’s ability to fulfill the movement strategy goal of more equitable participation, although we recognize that other experiences may also provide important contributions. (250 words maximum)
  • Cultural and linguistic fluency with regions and languages additional to your native region and language. Intercultural awareness helps build bridges in our multicultural community. (250 words maximum)
  • Experience as an advocate for creating safe and collaborative spaces for all and/or experience in situations or contexts of censorship, repression, or other attacks to human rights. (250 words maximum)
  • Experience in relation to (or as a member of, to the extent you choose to share) a group that has faced historical discrimination and underrepresentation in structures of power (including but not limited to caste, race, ethnicity, colour, national origin, nationality, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, language, culture, education, abilities, income and environment). (250 words maximum)

Analysis CommitteeEdit

The Analysis Committee will rate candidates with a gold/silver/bronze framework. This rating will be used to provide input to the affiliate organizations when they plan their vote. The details of the evaluation of each candidate will not be shared.

After the six candidates have been selected during the affiliate organization voting process, the ratings of each selected candidate will be published to inform the community vote. This process aims to find the best balance between sharing useful information and minimizing unnecessary exposure of candidates.

Community QuestionsEdit

Historically candidates have answered questions posed by the community. The community is invited to post their questions mid-July – early August 2022. The Elections Committee will provide details about the community question process in the coming weeks.

Campaign PeriodEdit

The campaign period in the election is a time to prepare to vote. Voters will learn more about candidates by reading their statements in their applications, attending events to hear from the candidates, and reading their answers to community questions.