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Florence Devouard

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Florence Devouard
Devouard in 2023
Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation
In office
21 October 2006 – 17 July 2008
Preceded byJimmy Wales
Succeeded byMichael Snow
Personal details
Born (1968-09-10) 10 September 1968 (age 55)
Versailles, France
SpouseBertrand Devouard
OccupationConsultant in Internet Communication Strategy, Chair Emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation

Florence Jacqueline Sylvie Devouard, (née Nibart; born 10 September 1968) is a French agricultural engineer who served as the chair of the Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees between October 2006 and July 2008.



Devouard holds an engineering degree in agronomy from ENSAIA and a DEA in genetics and biotechnologies from INPL.[1]



On 9 March 2008, Devouard was elected member of the municipal council of Malintrat.[2]

Florence Devouard about the Wikimedia movement

Devouard joined the board of Wikimedia Foundation in June 2004 as chair of the board of trustees, succeeding Jimmy Wales.[3] She has served on the Advisory Board of the Foundation since July 2008.[4]

Co-founder of Wikimedia France in October 2004, she was vice-chair of its board as of 2011 until December 2012.[5]



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".[6]

See also





  1. ^ Devouard, Florence. "Small biography about Florence Devouard". Archived from the original on 11 April 2022. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Election results, French Ministry of the Interior". Archived from the original on 1 January 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Board of Trustees". Wikimedia Foundation. 15 February 2012. Archived from the original on 19 August 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Wikipedia's initiatives in the developing world. Interview with Florence Devouard". Alliance lab. Archived from the original on 1 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Assemblée Générale de Décembre 2012 (General Assembly - December 2012)". Wikimédia France official website (in French). 1 December 2010. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Decree of May 16, 2008" (in French). Legifrance.gouv.fr. Archived from the original on 6 October 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2012.

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