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Rahul Deshmukh


Rahul Deshmukh
President July 2017-

Rahul Deshmukh from IIT Bombay, Powai Mumbai is an active editor on Marathi Wikipedia. He is among the top 10 contributors on Marathi Wikipedia and also working as Admin science 2011. He is founder and first Admin on Marathi Wiki source.

Being an engineer by profession is focus is to applying technological solutions to Wikimedia projects to better utilise editor’s time for intellectual and creative work and minimising the labours work by use of automation.He is advisor to Encyclopaedia board Government of Maharashtra. He is member of Govetnment of Maharashtra, Language Advisory Board’s (Bhasha Sallagar Samiti’s ) policy framing committee for media. He was actively involved in making the Marathi Vishvakosh copyright free for public use.

Some of his major contributions include Porting of Marathi Wikipedia on Android Tablet (Aakash),Development of web font for Marathi Wikipedia,Wikipedia Arm based solution for Net-book and preinstalled it on Govt of India Netbooks distributed to youth in rural India under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan.

Apart from delivering lectures, speeches, interviews and conducting academies he organises many events and activities for Marathi Wikipedia on regular basis.

He was elected to the Wikimedia India Executive Committee in April 2017, and currently serves as President.

Yohann Thomas


Yohann Thomas
President 2015 September - 2017 June Secretary 2017 June -

Yohann Thomas is a Mechanical Engineer, currently working in Hyderabad.

He developed a keen interest in Wikipedia after being amazed on how in 2008 the Mumbai Attack Article constantly evolved as the attack progressed. Since then he has been contributing to English Wikipedia. He had his first exposure to the Pune Community in 2012 at Wikipedia Takes Pune. Currently working in Hyderabad, he is an active Hyderabad Community member. He has been a Chapter Member since 2013.He successfully organized the Wikipedia Workshop Pune in January 2014 which was part of the Wikipedia Anniversary Celebrations.

He is Passionate about building strong local communities, which the very foundation of the India Chapter is built on.

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

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Krishna Chaitanya Velaga

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Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
Member 2017 May-

Krishna is an undergrad Mechanical Engineering student from Andhra Pradesh. He is pursuing graduation from Vasireddy Venkatadri Institute of Technology, Guntur, and is an NCC cadet.

Contributing since December 2014, Krishna has been one of the most active English Wikipedians from India. He predominantly contributes to the Indian military history domain. He holds the credit of several good, A-class, featured content and also the first good topic from Indian military history on en Wiki. He exercises several user rights including as the License reviewer on Wikimedia Commons. He was awarded the title of Military history newcomer of the year for 2016, and was the Featured Wikimedian of the Month for January 2017. His vision is to the strengthen the grass roots of Wikimedia Movement in India by serving with the Chapter and simultaneously spread the concept of free access to knowledge among the educational community.

Apart from Wikimedia, Krishna is an avid photographer, and contributes to various news websites and magazines in scope of warfare and military history. He believes in multidisciplinary approach.

He was elected to the Wikimedia India Executive Committee in April 2017.