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Arjuna Rao Chavala

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Arjuna Rao Chavala
President 2011 Jan -2012 Oct

Arjuna Rao Chavala has over 25 years of experience with exposure to Automation, Aerospace and Edutainment domains in government and private companies. He performed various roles in his long career. He worked as Program Management Group Leader and Software Excellence Practice leader in the recent full time assignments. He is currently an Independent Software Technologist. He is a Senior member of IEEE and Technology management Council of IEEE, Associate Member of Computer Society of India, PMP and Six sigma Blackbelt(Honeywell). He has served on IEEE Bangalore Section Executive committee during 1999-2003 in various roles.

He has developed deep interest in Telugu/indic Computing and Wikipedia. He has been using and contributing to Free and Open Source Software for over a decade. He contributed to development of Keyboard maps for Telugu, Firefox localization, fixes to indic rendering bugs, packaging of wordlists for spell check and improvements to Debian and Libreoffice Telugu localisation. He is an admin on Telugu Wikipedia. He has conceptualized Wiki academy for Telugu language and has conducted 5 events during 2009 and 2010. He participated in Wikimania 2010 and presented a paper on deploying Project management practices in Wikiprojects. He is a founder member of Wikimedia India and served as its first President from 2011 Jan -2012 Oct.

Anirudh Singh Bhati

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Anirudh Singh Bhati
Treasurer Jan 2011 - Jan 2013

Anirudh is a lawyer by profession and is currently based in Southeast Asia. He has been a contributor to Wikimedia projects since January 2006. He is an active editor and administrator on the English Wikipedia where he has amassed over 17,000 edits over a wide-range of topics. He is one of the founding members of the Wikimedia Chapter (India) and has served the organization in the capacity of Treasurer. He became the first member of the Executive Committee to serve full term from January 2011 until January 2013.

Arun Ramarathnam

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Arun Ramarathnam
Executive Committee

Arun Ramarathnam is an IT professional based in Bangalore.

He started his contributions to Wikipedia in the year 2004. He experienced the power of collaboration on the Wikipedia platform during the Indian Ocean Earthquake (2004), when hundreds of wikipedians collaborated to build the article about the disaster as the events were folding out. He has contributed to the English Wikipedia and started some of the early India initiatives like Indian Collaboration of the Week, Indian portal and Category adoption. He is primarily focused on community efforts and is one of the key wikipedians responsible for the periodic monthly Wikipedia meetups in Bangalore. He participated in the Chapters committee meeting in Berlin in 2010 as India Chapter delegate. He contributed actively to the Developing nation’s task force during that meeting.

He is passionate about building volunteer communities focussed on specific goals. He has been key part of core teams that organized many Barcamp events in Bangalore. He founded the Bangalore Palm User Group - an enthusiast group of gadget lovers focused on Palm OS based devices. He has been a member of Executive Committee of PMI Bangalore chapter (a not for profit society focused on Project Management) between 2006 and 2010 and served as its Vice President during that tenure.

He is a founder member of Wikimedia Chapter (India) and currently served as a member of the Executive Committee (2011-2012).

  • Wikimedia: User:Arunram
  • Twitter: @arunram
  • Email: arunram at wikimedia.in

Srinivas Gunta

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Srinivas Gunta
Executive Committee

Srinivas Gunta is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the area of Strategic Management at the Indian Institute of Management Indore.

He had defended his dissertation in the area of Corporate Strategy & Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore in March 2010. His current research work is in the broad area of understanding organizational routines and investigating trajectories of exemplar Indian software service firms through the dynamic capabilities view. He developed interest in Wikipedia as an organizational scholar with research interests in modes of organizing and started editing it in 2005 to gain an understanding of how it works. He is an administrator on English Wikipedia and among the top 100 editors on Telugu Wikipedia. He is a founder member of Wikimedia Chapter (India) and served as a member on the Executive Committee (2011-2012).

  • Email: srinivas at wikimedia.in

Hari Prasad Nadig

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Hari Prasad Nadig
Secretary - Resigned March 2011

Hari Prasad Nadig presently works as the lead (development) in a start-up that he founded.

He has contributed as a developer to Evolution project of GNOME. He has actively contributed to Kannada Localization project for GNU/Linux. In 2005, he started Sampada, a community portal for Kannada speaking people which is presently one of the largest Kannada portals on the Internet. Through Sampada, he has led the team that organized GNU/Linux Habba (GNU/Linux festivals) around Karnataka state - an event themed to create awareness about free software, language tools on GNU/Linux. He also led the 'Nira Nishchinte' series of events that aimed to spread awareness about the potential of new media technologies in campaigns for people working on water at the grass root level.

He is a sysop and bureaucrat on Kannada Wikipedia, and has worked on it from its initial version in September 2004. He has served on the Chapters committee of Wikimedia Foundation. He is also a sysop on most other Kannada projects of Wikimedia and on Sanskrit Wikipedia. He had organized with the help of some of his friends, an event for Kannada Wikipedia during April 2006 in Bangalore, which was one of the first Wikipedia related outreach programs in India. He was also involved in various prior attempts to form an Indian chapter. A photography enthusiast, he also contributes photos to Wikimedia Commons. He has organized Wiki Academies and meetups in several cities of Karnataka state.

Gautam K John

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Gautam K John
Founding Member. Resigned September 2011

Gautam used to be a lawyer with a focus on copyright laws and has also been an entrepreneur. He is passionate about education, equality and equity and focuses on 'access' as a way to achieve these. Gautam was a TED India Fellow in 2009 and is a Creative Commons supporter. He works with the Akshara Foundation where he manages the Karnataka Learning Partnership project, is an advisor to Pratham Books and was an advisor to Inclusive Planet. He is a founder member of Wikimedia Chapter (India) and served as Secretary on the Executive Committee from March 2011 to September 2011.

BalaSundaraRaman Lakshmanan

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BalaSundaraRaman Lakshmanan
Founding Member Resigned June 2011

Sundar has over seven years of research and engineering experience mostly around information extraction as applied in Internet and mobile search. A quintessential collaborator with diverse interests, he has bootstrapped and participated in several volunteer projects including Wikipedia.

Sundar has been an editor of Wikipedia since 2004. He has made significant contributions to English Wikipedia and Tamil Wikipedia, while editing Tamil Wiktionary, Commons, meta, outreach, and strategy wikis infrequently.[1] Apart from editing, he engages in outreach activities, localisation, and writing bots for wiki projects. He was a facilitator to Yahoo's biggest donation of hosting support for Wikimedia in 2005. He has presented a paper titled “Tamil Wikipedia: a case study” in Wikimania 2009. He has published papers in the fields of computational linguistics in Tamil with respect to metrical prosody, graph data retrieval, and social networks.[2] He works on Indic computing-related projects once in a while and is happy that Indichat, conceived and prototyped by him, is used by more than a million people.