María Sefidari in 2014
1982 (age 37–38)
|Alma mater||Complutense University of Madrid|
|Title||Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees|
|Board member of||Wikimedia Foundation|
María Sefidari Huici (born 1982, Madrid) is the chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. She was re-elected to the position in August 2019. Sefidari was named a Techweek "Women's Leadership Fellow" in 2014. In 2018, an essay she wrote about the upcoming European copyright reform was widely covered, including by Techcrunch and Boing Boing.
Sefidari discovered Wikipedia when her little sister explained that it was a website that anyone can edit. "Everything begins," she said in an interview with online newspaper eldiario.es, "when you start to get involved in a topic and spend many hours improving articles, and you see that there are Wikipedia policies that should be changed." Shortly afterwards, she launched Wikiproyecto:LGBT to give visibility to these groups and improve and organize all the contents related to this topic, taking inspiration from English Wikipedia's WikiProject LGBT studies. She has also worked to close Spanish Wikipedia's gender bias.
Sefidari is also a founding member of Wikimedia España (WMES), the Spanish chapter of the Wikimedia movement, and she served on its Board as its first Vice President. In 2012, she was elected a member of the Chapters' Committee (ChapCom), the Wikimedia community committee entrusted with advising the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees on the approval of new national or subnational chapters. In mid-2012, following a community discussion and a resulting Board of Trustees' resolution, the scope of the Committee was expanded and it transitioned into the Affiliations Committee (AffCom), and now includes thematic organisations and user groups.
In June 2013, Sefidari was elected to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees by the community of Wikipedia editors. Her term expired in June 2015. In 2016 she was appointed to the Board in fill a vacancy. She was re-elected to the position of Chair in August 2019.
Sefidari received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Management and Tourism from Complutense University of Madrid. She has lecturered at King Juan Carlos University on their Digital Communication, Culture and Citizenship program.
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