Katherine Roberts Maher (born April 18, 1983)  is the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation , a position she HAS Held since June 2016.  Previously She Was chief officer communications.  In addition to a background in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) , Maher has worked in the non-profit and international sectors focusing on the use of technology to empower human rights and international development, Inclusivity and transparency, and deepening participation. 
Early life and education
Maher grew up in Wilton , Connecticut . 
Maher attended Wilton High School .  After high school, in 2003, Maher graduated from the Arabic Language Institute of the Arabic Language Intensive Program (ALIN) of the American University in Cairo , which she said was a formative experience, instilling a deep love of Middle East .  Maher also studied at the French Institute of Arab Studies of Damascus (IFEAD) in Syria . During this period, she also spent time in Lebanon and Tunisia .  
In 2005, Maher received a bachelor’s degree from New York University in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. 
After two internships at the Council on Foreign Relations and Eurasia Group , in 2005 Maher began working at various HSBC locations in London, Germany, and Canada. 
In 2007, Maher moved to New York City from 2007 to 2010 she worked at UNICEF as an innovation and communication officer.  She was one of the founding members of what became known as the innovation team, focusing on technology to improve people’s lives. As part of this position, Maher traveled globally and worked on issues related to maternal health, HIV / AIDS prevention, and youth participation in technology.  One of her first projects at UNICEF involved testing MediaWiki extensions related to accessibility in Ethiopia .  Another project received USAID Development 2. 0 Challenge grant funding to work on mobile phones to monitor nutrition in Malawi . 
From 2010 to 2011, Maher worked at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) as an ICT Program Officer, working in the field of information and communications technology (ICT). 
From 2011 to 2013, Maher worked at the World Bank as an ICT innovation specialist. At the World Bank, Maher was a consultant in technology for international development and democratization, working on ICT for accountability and governance, focusing on the role of mobile phones and other technologies in facilitating civil society and institutional reform, particularly in Middle East and Africa .  She co-authored a chapter on “Making Government Mobile” of a World Bank titled Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile. 
From 2013 to 2014, Maher was advocacy director at the Washington, DC -based Access Now .   As part of this work, she focuses on the impact of cyber security, morality, and defamation of the state that increase state censorship and reduce dissent.  Access was a signatory of the Declaration of Internet Freedom . 
From April 2014 to March 2016, Maher was Chief Communications Officer of the San Francisco, California-based Wikimedia Foundation .    During this time, she gave an interview in The Washington Post on US copyright law . 
In March 2016, Maher became interim executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation following the resignation of Lila Tretikov .   Maher Was appointed executive director in June 2016. The appointment Was annoncé by Jimmy Wales on June 24, 2016 at Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario , Italy, effective June 23, 2016.  
In her role as executive director, Maher focuses on global digital inclusion as a way to improve and protect the rights of people to information through technology.  
- 2012: Maher’s Twitter feed on issues related to the Middle East was notable in its coverage of the Arab Spring  
- 2013: The Diplomatic Courier , Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. “99 Under 33” (world’s top 99 foreign policy leaders under the age of 33)  
- 2011: Youth for Technology Foundation , Member of the Board 
- 2013: Truman National Security Project , Policy Fellow, National Security Fellow, and Research Fellow, Democracy & Human Rights Initiative  
- 2013: Open Technology Fund , Advisory Committee Member 
- 2016: World Economic Forum , Member, Global Network Council on the Future of Human Rights  
Maher is based in San Francisco, California. Besides English she speaks Arabic, French, and German. [ Citation needed ]
Works and publications
- Maher, Katherine (December 2010). “Food Fights” . Bookforum .
- Maher, Katherine (21 March 2011). “SXSW festival takes on board the use of technology for social impact” . The Guardian .
- Maher, Katherine (17 August 2012). “Did the Bounds of Cyber War Just Expand to Banks and Neutral States?” . The Atlantic .
- Raja, Siddhartha; Melhem, Samia; Cruse, Matthew; Goldstein, Joshua; Maher, Katherine; Minges, Michael; Surya, Priya (August 2012). “Chapter 6: Making Government Mobile”. Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile (PDF) . Washington, DC: World Bank. pp. 87-101. ISBN 978-0-8213-8991-1 . OCLC 895048866 . Doi : 10.1596 / 9780821389911_ch06 .
- Maher, Katherine; York, Jillian C. (2013). “Origins of the Tunisian Internet”. In Hussain, Muzammil M .; Howard, Philip N. State Power 2.0: Authoritative Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide . Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-409-45469-4 . OCLC 940726016 .
- Maher, Katherine (25 February 2013). “The New Westphalian Web: The Future of the Internet . Foreign Policy . Archived from the original on 5 March 2015.
- Maher, Katherine (March 19, 2014). “No, the US Is not Giving Up Control of the Internet . ” Politico .
- Maher, Katherine (5 December 2016). “The Sum of All Knowledge” (Video) . Google Talks .
- ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f g Boix, Montserrat; Sefidari, María (3 September 2016). “Maher:” The Fundación necesita reflejar cultura que queremos ver in the comunidad ” ” (Video) . Wikimujeres . Wikimanía Esino Lario 2016.
- ^ Jump up to:a b Lorente, Patricio; Henner, Christophe (June 24, 2016). “Foundation Board appoints Katherine Maher as Executive Director” . Wikimedia Blog .
- ^ Jump up to:a b c d Gardner, Sue (April 15, 2014). “Katherine Maher joins the Wikimedia Foundation as Chief Communications Officer” . Wikimedia Blog .
- Jump up^ “More than half of Wilton High makes honor roll” (PDF) . Wilton Bulletin . 10 May 2001. pp. 3D.
- ^ Jump up to:a b “AUCians Recognized Among Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33” . The American University in Cairo . 8 October 2013.
- Jump up^ Rooney, Ben (28 June 2012). “Web Can Foment Openness as Corrupt Regimes Fall” . The Wall Street Journal . Archived fromthe original on 4 September 2012.
- Jump up^ “2000s” (PDF) . NYU Alumni Magazine (22). Spring 2014. p. 59.
- ^ Jump up to:a b Heather Ann (August 2, 2009). “SXSW 2009 Interview – Katherine Maher and Guarav Mishra” (Video) . AustinLifestyles.com .
- Jump up^ Maher, Katherine (26 June 2016). “Wikimedia 2016 – Q & A with the ED of the Katherine Maher Wikimedia Foundation” (Video) . Wikimania 2016 . Wikimanía Esino Lario 2016.
- Jump up^ “Tech in the Egyptian Revolution” (Video) . Frogdesign Design Mind . 12 March 2011.
- ^ Jump up to:a b Curley, Nina (9 October 2012). “Resisting Internet Censorship: Katherine Maher of Access at SHARE Beirut”(Video) . Wamda .
- Jump up^ Raja, Siddhartha; Melhem, Samia; Cruse, Matthew; Goldstein, Joshua; Maher, Katherine; Minges, Michael; Surya, Priya (August 2012). “Chapter 6: Making Government Mobile”. Information and Communications for Development 2012: Maximizing Mobile(PDF) . Washington, DC: World Bank. pp. 87-101. ISBN 978-0-8213-8991-1 . OCLC 895048866 . Doi : 10.1596 / 9780821389911_ch06 .
- ^ Jump up to:a b Lorente, Patricio (16 March 2016). “Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees welcomes Katherine Maher as Executive Director” . Wikimedia Blog .
- Jump up^ Fletcher, Lisa (8 August 2012). “Predicting crime online and offline” (TV show) . The Stream . Al Jazeera English .
- Jump up^ Fitzsimmons, Michelle (January 16, 2016). “Wikipedia is still disrupting after 15 years” . TechRadar .
- Jump up^ Bradley, Diana (May 15, 2014). “Wikimedia hires Maher to fill chief comms role” . PRWeek .
- Jump up^ Phillip, Abby (6 August 2014). “If a monkey takes a selfie in the forest, who owns the copyright? No one, says Wikimedia.” . The Washington Post .
- Jump up^ Tretikov, Lila (25 February 2016). “[Wikimedia-l] Thank you for our time together” (Mailing list post) . Wikimedia-l . Wikimedia Foundation .
- Jump up^ Maher, Katherine (October 29, 2016). “MozFest Speaker Series: Privacy and Harassment on the Internet” (Video) . Mozfest 2016 .
- Jump up^ York, Jillian (3 April 2012). “A Seat at the Table: A Twitter-ful list of women’s crucial to foreign policy” . Levo League .
- Jump up^ York, Jillian C. (June 20, 2012). “Introducing the FPwomerati: Why Did not Foreign Policy include more women in icts Twitterati list Here’s a list of 100 female tweeters around the world That everyone shoulds follow” . Foreign Policy .
- Jump up^ “Innovators: Katherine Maher” . The Diplomatic Courier . 10 September 2013.
- Jump up^ “People: Katherine Maher” . Youth for Technology Foundation.
- Jump up^ “Team: Katherine Maher” . Truman National Security Project .
- Jump up^ “Politico Magazine: No, the US Is not Giving Up Control of the Internet . Truman National Security Project . March 2014.
- Jump up^ “Advisory Council: Katherine Maher” . Open Technology Fund.
- Jump up^ “People: Katherine Maher” . World Economic Forum .
- Jump up^ “The Future of Human Rights” . World Economic Forum .