After five months without a holder, the Wikimedia foundation, which hosts and finances Wikipedia and associated projects (the Wikimedia Commons media library in particular), announces that it has chosen its new general manager (Chief Executive Officer in original version).
Maryana Iskander, American of Egyptian origin, was born in Cairo and emigrated to the United States with her family when she was four years old, indicates the article of… Wikipedia – in sixteen languages - which is devoted to her.
She will take up her post as head of the Wikimedia Foundation from January 5, 2022.
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A graduate in sociology and then law at Yale, Maryana Iskander was, among other things, a partner at the consulting firm McKinsey and was the New York director of Planned Parenthood, a family planning organization where she spent half a decade. She has been running Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator in South Africa since 2013. This non-profit organization helps young people find employment.
Over 280,000 volunteer contributors
The Wikimedia Foundation has 500 employees worldwide, with an annual budget of over $ 100 million – or 85 million euros (from July 2019 to June 2020, the foundation received $ 129 million and spent $ 112 million , and for the first nine months of 2020-2021, it received 142 million dollars) -, matched by donations, from individuals – on average, 15 dollars per donation, indicates the foundation -, from associations and companies .
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The organization, headquartered in San Francisco, is thus a lightweight in terms of staff and resources for one of the most visited groups of websites in the world (18 billion page views per month), the only non-commercial among these. last. Its collaborative Wikipedia encyclopedia has over 280,000 volunteer contributors (and a handful of mercenaries that volunteers constantly fight) per month for all of its releases. Launched in 2001, it now exceeds 57 million articles in 320 languages, including 2.36 million in French.
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Since 2009, the foundation has always had a woman as general manager: the Canadian Sue Gardner from 2009 to 2014, the American-Russian Lila Tretikov from 2014 to 2016 – left after only two years in a context of internal crisis, and 2016 to March 2021, the American Katherine Maher.