New Board of Trustees of Wikimedia Spain elected at its last General Assembly 2024

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The XIV Ordinary General Electoral Assembly of Wikimedia Spain was held on 13 April, where the new Board of Trustees was elected for the period 2024-2027. This Assembly was held at the Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía with the presence of 22 members from different parts of Spain.

During the Assembly, the participating group had the opportunity to learn about the state of the association up close and in detail, through the presentation of the financial report and the activity report for the financial year 2023, as well as the budget for 2024.

Likewise, as a farewell, the outgoing Board of Trustees expressed their gratitude for this three-year period of work. Their satisfaction was the learning through the different challenges and objectives achieved, such as the increase of the budget, the growth of the team, the alliances and collaborations obtained, among others.

The outgoing Board of Trustees is made up of: Florencia Claes, as president; Mentxu Ramilo, as vice-president; Ana Porras, as secretary and María Bolado, as treasurer. Finally, as members, Ester Bonet, Pedro Pacheco and Santiago Navarro.

Newly elected Board of Trustees 2024 – 2027

During the Ordinary Electoral General Assembly, with the presence of 22 participants and 10 delegate votes, the new Board of Trustees of Wikimedia Spain for the period 2024-2027 was unanimously elected.

Thus, Florencia Claes was elected again as president of the association. In addition, Ester Bonet remains on the board, this time as vice-president; while Pedro Pacheco now as treasurer; and María Bolado as member. Also joining the board are Ignacio Casares, as secretary, and Israel Salcedo, as member.

The newly elected Board of Trustees has many challenges ahead. They face a new strategic planning that emanates from the 2030 Strategy, where the objective is to enhance the richness of heritage and linguistic diversity. In addition, they will continue to work on the gender gap, technological challenges and diversity education. Its mandate will last for a period of three years, until the General Assembly in 2027 for which elections will be called.

Members of the new Board of Trustees

Below, we share with you the profiles of the new Wikimedia Spain Board of Trustees:

Florencia Claes, second term as president of Wikimedia Spain

Born in 1974 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Florencia has lived in Spain since 2003, holds a PhD in Audiovisual Communication and Advertising, and works as a research professor at the Rey Juan Carlos University. From there, she promotes the improvement of contents in Wikipedia.

She has worked in communication and audiovisual production for 10 years. She joined Wikimedia Spain in 2017. She has a strong commitment to the free knowledge movement.

As president, Florencia will continue to work on the promotion of free knowledge. As well as, explaining to others about how Wikimedia projects work and why it is important to be a Wikimedian.

Ester Bonet, Vice-President

Born in Barcelona in 1950. She has a degree in Physical Education and in Romance languages. A curious mixture that worked wonders for her in coordinating all the terminology work for the 1992 Olympic Games. She is currently retired and holds the position of president of the Catalan Terminology Society of the Institute of Catalan Studies.

She began her career as an editor at the Catalan Wikipedia in 2014. In 2016 she created the Espai ViquidonesUPF at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, where she works to reduce the gender gap. For this reason she closely follows the Recommendations of the Wikimedia Strategy 2030, and participates in the proposals that focus on how to increase the number of female editors in Wikimedia projects.

As vice-president, Ester will continue to work for a diverse and egalitarian Wikipedia, where women continue to grow in number, both in terms of content and editors.

Nacho Casares, Secretary

Born in a village located in the outskirts of Granada, he graduated from the University of Granada and the University of Essex; he also holds a master’s degree in Web Development from the Open University of Catalonia. He has participated since 2018 in Wikimedia projects, carrying out edits especially on topics related to health sciences and LGBT.

In addition to being part of the Wikimedia LGBT+ user group, he devotes much of his time to technical work on Spanish Wikipedia, developing useful tools for users of the encyclopaedia.

Pedro J. Pacheco, Treasurer

Born in Murcia in 1972, he holds a degree in Business Studies from the University of Murcia. He currently works as a tax and accounting consultant, and is a photography enthusiast.

He joined Wikimedia Spain after winning the Spanish edition of Wiki Loves Monuments and attending the award ceremony in Alcalá de Henares. As treasurer he will provide support in the fiscal and accounting management of the association, as well as actively participating in its strategy.

María Bolado, member

Telecommunications Engineer from the University of Cantabria and Technical Engineer in Computer Systems from the UNED. She worked for two years as a contract researcher at the University of Cantabria, developing a microprocessor based on free architecture.

In 2004 she started working as a Technical Teacher of Vocational Training, specialising in Computer Systems and Applications and in 2019 she joined the body of Secondary Education Teachers, specialising in Computer Science. In addition, she works as a technical teaching advisor, trying to bring her students closer to free software and its philosophy.

These concerns led her to become involved in the Wikimedia movement and in the defence of free knowledge. She joined Wikimedia Spain in 2015 and has been a board member since 2017. María brings her technical knowledge, in the field of computer science and free software, helping in the decision-making process related to these aspects in the organisation.

Israel Salcedo González, member

Born in 1990 in Burgos, he holds a degree in Biotechnology and is a student of Social and Cultural Anthropology. He has carried out numerous scientific dissemination activities since his university days, which led him to register as a Wikipedia user in 2014 and to work as a secondary school teacher since 2017.

Further collaboration in editing articles led him to participate in Wikimedia events, such as several editions of Wikipedia for Peace, and to become a member of Wikimedia Spain as a way of promoting free knowledge and access to truthful and contrasted information. From this role as a disseminator, he has given different workshops to attract new editors to the Wikimedia movement and to generate quality content.

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