The inaugural Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship was awarded today to Majd Al-shihabi, a Palestinian-Syrian engineer and urban planning graduate based in Beirut, Lebanon.
Jay previously led communications at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco, and recently headed up the global communications team at Riot Games in Los Angeles. His 16 years of communications and strategic planning experience span open source and free culture projects, gaming, public broadcasting, academia and the public sector. At the Wikimedia Foundation Jay spearheaded the organization’s debut efforts to increase global awareness of Wikipedia’s vast community of editors, and made strides in transforming the mainstream conversation about Wikipedia’s reliability and sustainability. As Chief of Staff, Jay will be working across CC’s staff to help focus and accelerate our projects and initiatives, build up our product development strategy and pipeline, and enhance our long term sustainability and operational planning. Jay studied Creative Writing at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. He currently resides in Sonoma County, California.