|Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation|
21 October 2006 – 17 July 2008
|Preceded by||Jimmy Wales|
|Succeeded by||Michael Snow|
10 September 1968 |
|Occupation||Consultant in Internet Communication Strategy, Chair Emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation|
Florence Jacqueline Sylvie Devouard, née Nibart (born 10 September 1968) was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation between October 2006 and July 2008, succeeding Jimmy Wales.
Devouard was born in Versailles, France. She grew up in Grenoble and studied in Nancy, and later lived in Antwerp in Belgium and in Arizona in the United States. As of 2008[update], she resides in the village of Malintrat, near the city of Clermont-Ferrand in France. She had a master's degree in agronomy.
Devouard became active on Wikipedia when she was a housewife and taking care of two children. She joined the board of Wikimedia Foundation in June 2004 and was a founder of Wikimedia France in October 2004. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Foundation since July 2008. On 9 March 2008, she was elected member of the municipal council of Malintrat. On 16 May 2008, she was made a knight in the French National Order of Merit, proposed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as "chair of an international foundation".
She is married to Bertrand Devouard and has three children.
Devouard holds an engineering degree in agronomy from ENSAIA. She also holds a DEA in genetics and biotechnologies from INPL. She worked in public research, first in flower plant genetic improvement, and second in microbiology to study the feasibility of polluted soil bioremediation. She was employed until 2005 in a French firm to design decision-making tools in sustainable agriculture and now is a consultant in Internet Communication Strategy. At times, she has disagreed with the notion of "verifiability, not truth" as the basis for building consensus via collaboration.[unreliable source?]
Co-founder of Wikimedia France in 2004, she is vice-chair of its board as of 2011.
- Lih, Andrew. The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World's Greatest Encyclopedia. Hyperion, New York City. 2009. First Edition. ISBN 978-1-4013-0371-6 (alkaline paper).
- "Board of Trustees". Wikimedia Foundation. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
- Lih, p. 3.
- Election results, French Ministry of the Interior
- "Decree of May 16, 2008" (in (French)). Legifrance.gouv.fr. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
- Follain, John (2007-07-08). "A Life In The Day: Florence Devouard". Sunday Times (London). Retrieved 2007-07-09.
- "l'INPL - Nancy : formation d'Ingénieurs et de docteurs". Inpl-nancy.fr. 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
- Institut national polytechnique de Lorraine
- Wikimedia head: Wikipedia "policy "verifiability, not truth" is stupid" 2008-02-10
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- Anthere Consulting website
- Personal blog
- Wikimedia Foundation and sustainability
- 2005 Board candidacy presentation
- Video-Interview on 10 February 2007 at the Lift07 conference in Geneva
- "What the future holds for Wikipedia". Swissinfo. 2008-01-25. Interview with Florence Devouard.
- 'Madame Wikipedia' runs web giant from village HQ 2007 AFP article
- A Life in the Day: Florence Devouard 2007 Times article
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|Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation
October 21, 2006 – July 17, 2008