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Supervisory Board


The minutes of the general assemblies are available under About us.

The Supervisory Board is the body of volunteers that leads and monitors the association. The Board is elected by the association’s members and currently has ten members: the chair, two deputy chairs, treasurer and six ordinary members. The fourth Supervisory Board is currently in office and was elected at the 15th general assembly, which took place on November 29, 2014.

As set out in the association’s charter and policy, the Supervisory Board has the following main responsibilities:

  • Representing the association on behalf of its members and convening the general assemblies
  • Appointing/dismissing the full-time Executive Director
  • Developing the association’s strategic direction, formulating targets for the Executive Director and approving changes to the budget throughout the year
  • Monitoring and supervising the Executive Director
  • Laying down the policies of the association, granting prior consent to certain legal transactions, and representing the association in bodies that the association belongs to

All resolutions adopted so far by the Supervisory Board of Wikimedia Deutschland (until 2011 as a voluntary body) can be examined in the overview of resolutions on the right. More extensive information on the tasks of the Supervisory Board and information on member candidacy can be found in the FAQs. Information on upcoming dates and the minutes of all meetings and teleconferences can be found in the association’s forum (registration required).


Current Members

Tim Moritz Hector (Chair)

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Tim Moritz Hector studies political science and German philology and has been an active Wikipedian since 2007. He is dedicated to making the Wikimedia world easy to understand and approach for everyone.


Sabria David (Deputy Chair)

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Sabria David does research and consulting on the effects and potentials of digital change. She is fascinated by Wikipedia as an open system and discoursive creation, as a model for a future culture of writing. She is a co-founder of the Slow Media Institute and a co-author of the Slow Media Manifest and the Declaration of Liquid Culture.


Kurt Jansson (Deputy Chair)

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Kurt Jansson is one of Wikimedia Deutschland’s founding members and was chair for five years. He has been active in Wikipedia since 2001 and also was the projects spokesperson for many years. He works as a data driven journalist for the German magazine “Der Spiegel”.


Sebastian Moleski (Treasurer)

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Sebastian Moleski has been an active Wikipedian since 2004 and he was Wikimedia Deutschland’s chair from 2009 till 2012. The economist has years of experience as a consultant and as the executive and technical director of small and medium-sized businesses.


Harald Krichel (At-large)

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Harald Krichel studied German philology as well as historical science. He has been an active author, photographer and administrator for Wikipedia for eleven years and used to be a member of the Supervisory Board from 2009 till 2011.


Lukas Mezger (At-large)

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Lukas Mezger is an attorney in Hamburg, currently completing his doctoral degree in copyright law at Kiel University. He has worked with the legal department of the Wikimedia Foundation and has been a contributor to Wikipedia since 2005. Lukas is especially interested in legal questions regarding the Wikimedia projects, as well as efforts to promote positive and productive communication in the editing community.


Johanna Niesyto (At-large)

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Johanna Niesyto studied Media Planning, Development and Consulting in Siegen, where she has been working as a research associate for the DFG research College "Medienumbrüche" at the University of Siegen. Johanna has engaged academically with Wikipedia for many years and researched political knowledge cultures in English and German Wikipedia. Since 2011 she has been working at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung where she is head of the department for Media Policy.


Peter Dewald (coopted)

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Peter Dewald has 35 years of expertise as managing director at different international IT-companies, was member of the board of Germany’s digital association Bitkom and has a lot of experience in volunteer work. He likes to be part of Wikimedia Deutschland’s board because he thinks our association has become the basis for free access to an incredible amount of Knowledge of millions of people within only a few years.


Dr. Gabriele Theren (coopted)

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Dr. Gabriele Theren wants to help getting free access to knowledge to everybody interested – independent of social backgrounds, education, salary, gender, or other external factors. She is a trained lawyer, mediator and serves as department head in the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in the German federal state of Saxony-Anhalt, bringing in her expertise’s with public authorities, NGO’s and other entities.


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