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Nikhil Kawale

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Nikhil Kawale
Member 2014 Sept- 2016 Nov ; Secretary 2016 Dec - 2017 July

Nikhil Kawale is a young and aspiring Computer Engineer, currently pursuing MBA from Welingkar, Bangalore.

A prominent representative of the student Wikimedia community from Pune, he developed a keen interest in Wikipedia by contributing his photography skills on Wikimedia Commons,since 2009 he is contributing for the same.His vision is to create awareness about Wikimedia related projects by expanding Wikimedia India.

Outside of Wikimedia, Mr. Nikhil is a passionate photographer and has done freelancing as a Fashion photographer. He is currently into social media marketing and strategizing how social media can help in achieving the vision and mission of Wikimedia India.

He was elected to the Wikimedia India Executive Committee in September 2014 , and currently serves as Secretary.

  • Email: nikhil.kawale[at]wikimedia[dot]in
  • Wikimedia: Nikhil Kawale

Priyanka Tiwari


Priyanka Tiwari
Member 2014 Sept-

Priyanka Tiwari is a software engineer by profession. Maintaining equilibrium with different technical fields, she has aligned her fields of interests with cloud security, communications etc. finally culminating into advanced technical business automations.

She has lived in various parts of India with a vast mixture of cultures and communities. She has been actively involved in outreach programs including Wikipedia Summit 2013 and helps to conduct meetups and various awareness programs in Pune. Her interests include increasing women participation in Wikipedia and GLAM projects.


Abhinav Srivastava

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Abhinav Srivastava
Member Nov 2015 - Nov 2016

Abhinav is an independent freelancer. He writes on sports, politics and national interest.

His Wikipedia journey began in 2007 at a time when Indian cricket team where knocked out from the World Cup. Since then, Cricket in general and sports in particular, he loves making wiki edits as the game of sports progresses. As he says on his talk page, "Providing facts about people like Rahul Dravid, V.V.S. Laxman is the way I serve my cricketing lords." Abhinav is also a frequent editor on Wikinews. He is an open access supporter and plans to bring more academicians into Wikipedia. Abhinav has been part of several international photography competition such as Wiki Loves Earth, Wiki Loves Monuments.


Jayanta Nath

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Jayanta Nath
President May 2014 - December 2014;Secretary December 2014 - November 2015

Jayanta Nath is a Civil Engineering professional based in Kolkata. He started his contributions to Wikimedia / Wikimedia in 2006 as an anonymous editor and registered his username in 2007. Active contributor and Administrator in Bengali Wikimedia projects. Actively involved in Wikipedia activities based out of Kolkata. He have been active in running Kolkata meetups every month for wikipedians along with a core team of wikipedians.

His interest is in organising Wikipedian efforts and in outreach. There is a whole lot of outreach work to be done for Indian language wikipedias. In other hand he co-activist of Foss movement in West Bengal through Free Software Foundation and Free Software Foundation of India and West Bengal Free Software Mancha. He was elected to the Wikimedia India Executive Committee in September 2013 , and currently serves as Secretary.

  • Email: jayanta at
  • Wikimedia: User:jayantanth


October 2014

RadhaKrishna Arvapally


RadhaKrishna Arvapally
Secretary Sept 2014 - Nov 2014

RadhaKrishna is a software professional, living in Bangalore. He started contributing to Telugu/English WikiMedia Projects from 2006. He is former Wikimedia Bangalore SIG chair. He was co-opted to the Wikimedia India Executive Committee in September 2014 , and currently serves as Secretary.

Viswa Prabha


Viswa Prabha
Treasurer Sept 2014

Viswanathan Prabhakaran is an engineer, project manager and technology consultant by profession. After acquiring his B.Tech. in Electrical Engineering from Government Engineering college, Thrissur in 1986, he initiated his career in computer industry. Keeping pace with the rapid evolution of technology, he has aligned his career path with industrial and business automation, communications, laboratory science etc. finally culminating into advanced biomedical engineering.

He has traveled extensively both within and outside India and has lived and worked with a vast mixture of cultures and communities. He is elected to Wikimedia India EC in September 2012. He currently serves the Executive Committee as the Treasurer

At present, he is living in his hometown in Thrissur, Kerala, occasionally traveling, spending most of his time voluntarily for social causes and the Wikipedia movement. He is one of the earliest Wikipedians among Indian language communities.

  • E-Mail: viswaprabha [at]
  • Wikipedia+: User: ViswaPrabha

Karthik Nadar


Karthik Nadar
Member Oct 2012 - Sept 2014

Karthik Nadar is a final year B.Com student from Mumbai, specializing in Banking, financing, accounting and insurance. He started his contributions to English Wikipedia in mid 2010 and became very active from the following year. In English Wikipedia, Karthik has more than 18K edits and so far has contributed for 10 Good articles. Started working on Indian film related articles, he later on ventured on into political, India and Mumbai related articles. Karthik is autoreviewer, rollbacker and filemover on the English Wikipedia. He also serves as coordinator for WikiProject Mumbai. Karthik is also active on Wikimedia Commons, where he has uploaded hundreds of images and has an edit count of 1,250. He has fixed some small templates and layout issues on Tamil Wikipedia and contributed few articles in Hindi Wikipedia.

In 2011, he was featured on Wikimedia Fundraising banners. Subsequently he became active in Wikipedia Mumbai community and contributed towards organizing second Photo-thon in Mumbai and few other events. He volunteered to be part of core team for organising "Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 in India" and played a key role along with Naveen Francis in making it a success.

He is elected to the Executive Committee during September 2012 and serves as the Secretary up to August 2014.

Apart from his contributions to Wikimedia Movement, he is an aspiring photo journalist and a passionate drummer.

Nikita Belavate


Nikita Belavate
Member 2012 Oct -2014 Sept

Nikita Belavate is an active wikipedian and contributes to the English Wikipedia. She is the first ever elected female Executive Committee Member of the Wikimedia India chapter. She attended 'Wiki-Conference India' held in Nov 2011 and was inspired by the event to start contributing to English Wikipedian since December 2011.

She is active in Mumbai outreach programs and has helped conduct meetups and photo-walks in Mumbai. Her outreach interests include encouraging and improving women participation in Wikipedia and GLAM projects.

Her other professional interests include Biotechnology and Bioinformatics.

September 2014

Srikanth Ramakrishnan


Srikanth Ramakrishnan
Member Oct 2012 - Resign August 2014

Srikanth Ramakrishnan is a 20-something year old student of India. He has been a contributor to the English Wikipedia since 2005, Wikidata since 2012 and has been a regular at various meetups since 2009. He has also held various outreach sessions across several parts of India. On Wikipedia, his primary interests include transport and the Indian economy.

He was elected to the Wikimedia India Executive Committee in September 2012 and currently serves as Treasurer.

Moksh Juneja

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Moksh Juneja
President 2013 Oct - Resign August 2014

Moksh Juneja, is the founder of digital media marketing firm, Avignyata Inc., which is into website development, mobile application development and social media marketing.

Moksh was Secretary of WikiConference India in 2011, which was the most successful Wikipedia in India at a National Level. Moksh has been editing articles on the English Wikipedia since 2006. Was part of the team organizing team Wikipedia Women Workshop in Mumbai where we had more than 100+ participants. He has been active with the Wikipedia Mumbai community. He has been active in the organizing Blog Camps, Tweet Ups with the vision of bridging the online and offline media.

At his personal time, Moksh believes in knowledge sharing and is a visiting faculty at colleges in Mumbai University and SNDT University. He also conducts workshops and takes sessions on digital marketing.

He is elected to the Executive Committee during September 2013 and current serves as the President. Wikimedia username: Mokshjuneja

  • Email: moksh at
  • Twitter: @mokshjuneja
  • Facebook:
  • Website:

Pranav Curumsey


Pranav Curumsey
Member Oct 2012 - Resign August 2014

Pranav is a Consultant in the field of Marketing Management based in Mumbai and currently works with a Social Media firm.. He has been associated with the Wikimedia Movement since 2006 as an editor and image contributor. He holds a B.Com degree from the University of Mumbai and an MBA from Strathclyde Business School, Glasgow. Pranav served as the Chairman of the Organising Committee for WikiConference India 2011 (WCI) organised jointly by Wikimedia Mumbai Community and Wikimedia India, with active involvment of 11 teams consisting of over 50 volunteers. He was granted a Fellowship from the Wikimedia Foundation for this task. Apart from WCI, Pranav has been one of the few Wikipedians instrumental in hosting of several community Meetups, Photowalks, Workshops and Academies in Mumbai.

He is the first person to sign up as a member of Wikimedia Chapter using electronic funds transfer of membership fees. In September 2012, Pranav was elected to the Executive Committee of Wikimedia chapter and currently serves as Member. In addition to this he devotes time to other charitable/philanthropic activities as well,serving as a Member of the Board of Trustees of four Mumbai based Public Charitable Trusts which operate in Health, Education and other functional areas.

Twitter: @Curumsey

Email: pranav [at] wikimedia [dot] in


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Bala Jeyaraman
Member 2012 Oct -2013 Sept

Balasubramanian Jeyaraman is a fellow at Teach for India. He teaches third standard at a corporation school in North Chennai. He has been a contributor to English and Tamil Wikipedias, Tamil Wiktionary and Wikmedia Commons since 2009. He is currently an administrator in Tamil Wikipedia and Wiktionary.

He was co-opted by the EC, and serves as Member.

Email: bala.jeyaraman at
Wikimedia: User:Sodabottle

Sudhanwa Jogalekar


Sudhanwa Jogalekar
President 2012 Oct -2013 Sept

Sudhanwa Jogalekar is an IT professional with expertise in Information security, system administration, IT infrastructure management etc with over 27 years experience in the industry. He is an Electrical Engineer from College Of Engineering, Pune with 2 additional management degrees and a professional certification of ISO 27001 Lead Auditor. He has done many projects for corporates, SMEs and Academic Institutions for IT infrastructure, Information Security, E-learning etc.

He is a well known FOSS evangelist in India and has been promoting FOSS for the last 13 years. He has been co-ordinating PLUG (Pune GNU/Linux Users Group) for many years and conducting workshops, seminars, trainings in/around Pune and other places across India. He has contributed to Indic computing activities (Marathi/Devanagari). He has released a Marathi font family for free.

He is active on various technical and non-technical groups and helped promote Wikimedia projects. He has organised a complete track on Wikipedia activites in GNUNIFY 2011. Apart from organising various events and activities related to Wikimedia(like launch of Marathi Wikisource, participating in CMDA expo etc.), he also co-ordinates regular meetups of Wikipedians in Pune (WikiPuneri).

Being a photographer he is involved with various photographers groups and is active in Photographic society of Pune.

He is elected to the Executive Committee in September 2011 and served as Chair of City/Language SIGs till Oct 2012. He is elected as President in Oct 2012.

Anirudh Singh Bhati


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.


Arjuna Rao Chavala


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.

Naveen Francis


Naveen Francis

Naveen Francis is a software test engineer based in Bangalore. He started editing English Wikipedia from 2007. He is mainly interested in contributing and collaborating with the activities of Indian Education, Transportation, Railways and Roads Wikiproject groups in English Wikipedia. He is interested in Wikimedia Outreach programs. He is a wikiGnome in Malaylam Wikipedia and Wikisource. He has interest in working with Openstreetmap contributors for 'Collaboration with Openstreetmap and Wikipedia in India'

He was a volunteer for National Service Scheme in college days and was a Scout in school days.

He was elected to the Executive Committee in September 2011 and served as the Secretary from Oct 2011 to Oct 2012.

  • Wikimedia user id : naveenpf
  • Email: naveenpf at

Arun Ramarathnam


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

Srinivas Gunta


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

Tinu Cherian

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Tinu Cherian
Executive Committee

Cherian Tinu Abraham is a software professional based in Bangalore. He started his contributions to Wikimedia / Wikimedia in 2005 as an anonymous editor and registered his username in 2006.

He is one of the most active Wikipedians in India and one of top 5 Indian editors on English Wikipedia by number of edits. He is an administrator on English Wikipedia, with over 53,000 edits and 2000+ articles. He is also active on Wikimedia Commons and uploaded 100s of freely licensed images. He also contributes to Malayalam Wikipedia occasionally. He is very passionate of building Wiki communities in India and successful in in starting various Wikimeetups and Academies all around the country. He is also a member of Wikimedia Foundation Communication Committee and have been working as a volunteer for Media relations/PR for Wikimedia for more than four years and has been successful in creating media interest in literally every aspect of Wikimedia in India, the result of which is a consistent and supportive press coverage.

He can be reached on Twitter @Tinucherian

He was elected to the Executive Committee of the chapter in September 2011 and served as a member until 2012. He also served as Head of Communications, PR & Media Relations for the chapter until Sept 2012.

Wikimedia username : User:Tinucherian

Email: tinucherian at or press at ( for Press Enquiries)


Hari Prasad Nadig


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


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


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.

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