Wikipedia Parent’s New CEO Wants To Make It More Global | Star Tribune

The non-profit that operates Wikipedia, one of many world's hottest web sites, has a brand new CEO, Maryana Iskander (and sure, she has a Wikipedia web page ). She'll take over on the Wikimedia Basis in January and says that her priorities are diversifying Wikipedia's volunteer writers and editors and selling the muse's mission of advocating for entry to info.

Iskander's background spans continents and fields. She has led South African non-profit Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, which focuses on serving to younger Africans discover jobs, since 2013. She has additionally been COO of the Deliberate Parenthood Federation of America, labored at consulting agency McKinsey and clerked for the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals.

She lately talked with The Related Press about her plans for the volunteer-managed on-line encyclopedia, which launched in 2001.

Q: What attracted you to Wikipedia?

A: It is laborious to think about who would not have an interest. The job profile begins with this extraordinarily hanging assertion about the truth that information belongs to all of us. The concept that something belongs to all of us is basically fairly revolutionary. It is like we're residing in a world by which more and more most issues do not feel widespread and do not feel shared. And the possibility to be a part of a corporation that I feel has that as a core worth was vastly interesting and connects to quite a lot of the issues that I've achieved in my profession earlier than.

Q: Wikipedia is famously created and edited by its military of volunteer contributors.

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