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Florence Devouard

Florence Devouard
Born 10 September 1968 (1968-09-10) (age 41)
Versailles, France
Occupation Consultant in Internet Communication Strategy, Chair Emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation
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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.[1]

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, she resides in the village of Malintrat, near the city of Clermont-Ferrand in France.

She joined the board of Wikimedia Foundation in June 2004 and was a founder of Wikimedia France in October 2004. On 9 March 2008, she was elected member of the municipal council of Malintrat.[2] 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".[3]

She is married to Bertrand Devouard and has three children, William (born 1996), Anne-Gaëlle (born 1998) and Thomas (born 2006).[4]

Devouard holds an engineering degree in agronomy from ENSAIA. She also holds a DEA in genetics and biotechnologies from INPL.[5][6] 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.[7]

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Preceded by
Jimmy Wales
Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation
October 21, 2006 – July 17, 2008
Succeeded by
Michael Snow

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