Team

Wikitongues is stewarded by leaders in language activism, linguistics, anthropology, and the open source movement. Our Governing Board defines our goals and strategy with the council of our advisory community.

Leadership

Governing Board and Staff

Daniel Bogre Udell

Board Member and Executive Director
New York City, United States
Daniel is a TED Resident and the co-founder of Wikitongues, which grew out of a personal project he began in 2013. He has been working with online initiatives since 2011, when he helped launch the Catalan-language edition of Global Voices. He is an historian and designer by training, having studied at Parsons School of Design and The New School for Social Research in New York City. He speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese.

Freddie Andrade

Board Member
New York City, United States
Frederico is the co-founder of Wikitongues. A seasoned design technologist with a foundation from Parsons School of Design in New York City, he is Head of Product at Elucd, which helps city leaders track every neighborhood feels about trust and safety, and develop strategies for their improvement. He stewards Wikitongues infrastructure for scalable community management and archiving.

Jamie Joyce

Board Member
San Francisco, United States
Jamie Joyce is the founder and executive director of the Society Library, a non-profit digital library of logic, language, and media related to social and political issues in the United States. She previously served as COO of a United Nations affiliated NGO and managed an international micro-granting fund where she oversaw the funding and management of 30 projects in over 20 countries. Jamie will bring her experience working with hyper-local community programs and language preservation to advance the Wikitongues mission.

Richard Chin

Board Member
San Francisco, United States
Richard is the Founder and CEO of KindredBio (NASDAQ:KIN), a biotech developing medicines for pets. Previously, he was CEO of OneWorld Health, a Gates Foundation-funded nonprofit developing drugs for impoverished patients in developing countries. Prior to that, Richard held leadership roles at several biotechs. Richard is a Harvard-trained physician and a Rhodes Scholar. He was named by BusinessWeek in 2006 as one of 99 youngest public company CEOs in the U.S. He has authored several textbooks on drug development and teaches at UCSF Medical School.

Wade Davis

Board Member
Vancouver, Canada
Wade is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Between 1999 and 2013 he served as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and is currently a member of the NGS Explorers Council and Honorary Vice-President of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Kristen Tcherneshoff

Programs Director
Helsinki, Finland
Kristen received a BFA in Photography and Italian from the University of Alabama and holds a Master of Arts in African Studies & Linguistics from Helsinki University. With a background in law and disability rights, her interests lie in language activism and Sign linguistics. She speaks English, Swahili, Finnish, French, and is currently learning Kenyan Sign Language.

Advisory Board

Field experts who lend their knowledge on a volunteer basis

Agustín Panizo

Advisor
Lima, Peru
Agustín is Director of Indigenous Languages at the Ministry of Culture in Peru, where he has been directing the government toward culturally inclusive language policy. Against the backdrop of the UNESCO International Year of Indigenous Languages, he organized Peru's first National Congress of Indigenous Languages, gathering South American language activists and academics in Cusco.

Alolita Sharma

Advisor
San Francisco, United States
Alolita is Board Chair of the Unicode Consortium, which digitizes the world's writing systems, making it possible for people to use their languages online. A veteran of the Wikimedia Movement, she is expanding open source collaboration models around the world. From Twitter to AWS, she has led engineering teams in language localization, natural language processing, and user engagement.

Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla

Advisor
Vancouver, Canada
Candace is an Associate Professor at the First Nations and Endangered Languages Program at the University of British Columbia, where she focuses on the intersection of digital technology, language education, and language revitalization. She was raised in and contributes to the movement to sustain the Hawaiian language and is passionate about Indigenizing the academy today.

Catriona Malau

Advisor
New Castle, Australia
Catriona Malau is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Newcastle in Australia, where she specializes in endangered language documentation. One of the foremost specialists in the languages of Vanuatu, she is the author of a grammatical description of Vanuatu’s North-east Ambae language, as well as the first standard grammar the Vurës language of Vanua Lava Island.

Ghil’ad Zuckermann

Advisor
Adealide, Australia
Ghil’ad is professor of linguistics and endangered languages at the University of Adelaide in Australia, research fellow at the Australian Research Council, and a distinguished Visiting Professor at Shanghai International Studies University. An expert in revival linguistics, he is president of AUSTRALEX and advises language several revitalization efforts in Australia.

Godfrey Musila

Advisor
Washington, D.C., United States
Godfrey is an expert human rights, international humanitarian law, transitional justice. He is a member of the UN Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan and author of Reflections on Africa, a blog of essays about justice, security, and development in Africa.

Laura Welcher

Advisor
San Francisco, United States
Laura is Director of Operations at the Long Now Foundation, where she leads the Long Now Library and the Rosetta Project. She is a linguist who specializes in endangered language documentation, description and revitalization, as well as the growing subdiscipline of computer-assisted linguistics.

Natalie Milbrodt

Advisor
New York City, United States
Natalie is Director of the Queens Memory program, a culture-arching project at the Queens Public Library in New York City. She also manages the Metadata Services division within the library's Technical Services department, overseeing archival digitization and the creation and management of metadata for the library's physical and digital collections.

Subhashish Panigrahi

Advisor
Mumbai, India
Subhashish Panigrahi is an open culture advocate, documentary filmmaker and a community catalyst who has led community development for the Wikimedia Foundation, Internet Society, and Mozilla and Centre for Internet Society. A National Geographic Explorer and MJ Bear Under 30 Fellow, he founded OpenSpeaks, an OFDN project for developing underrepresented languages.

Core Volunteers

Individuals who contribute their skillsets to core projects

Scott Rohrer

Software Developer
Pittsburgh, United States

Gian Pablo Antonetti

Research Assistant
United States

Interns

Students who have completed a semester-long internships for credit

Cara Judkins

Intern
United States

Hannah Heisler

Intern
Pittsburgh, United States

Isabella Mandis

Intern
United States

Lucia Giordano

Intern
Pittsburgh, United States

Michael Long

Intern
Pittsburgh, United States

Gian Pablo Antonetti

Research Assistant
United States

Erik Pagan

Archival Intern
New York City, United States