Me in New York in December 2012, shot by by Victoria Will. CC BY SA.

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Sue Gardner builds organizations that give people access to the information they want and need. Her main areas of interest are technology, media, gender and freedom.

In 100 words

Sue Gardner is a special advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia. From 2007 until 2014 she was its Executive Director. Previously Sue was previously head of CBC.CA, the website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and before that she was a journalist working in multiple media including the internet, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. In 2011 Forbes magazine named Sue one of the world’s 100 most powerful women. Sue serves on boards and advisory committees for a half-dozen global non-profit, educational and grantmaking organizations, primarily related to technology, media, gender and digital freedoms.

In 200 words

Sue Gardner’s work is motivated by the desire to ensure that everybody in the world has access to the information they want and need, so they’re equipped to make the best-possible decisions about their lives.

Sue spent the first decade of her career as a journalist, working in radio, TV, print and online. In 2003 she became head of CBC.CA, the website of one of Canada’s best-loved cultural institutions, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2007 Sue became executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia, the world’s largest and most popular encyclopedia.

Sue has an honorary doctorate of laws from Ryerson University, was named a Technology Pioneer for the World Economic Forum at Davos, has been ranked by Forbes magazine as the world’s 70th most powerful woman, was the inaugural recipient of the Knight Foundation’s Innovation Award, and was once very pleased to be described by a German newspaper as Head of the Nerdprojekt. She serves as an advisor or board member for a variety of non-profit, grantmaking and policy organizations, mostly related to technology, media, gender and digital freedoms.

In 300 words

Sue Gardner has been described as the Mother Teresa of the Internet, a “librarian to the world,” and “the ultimate media game-changer.” Her work is motivated by the desire to ensure that everybody in the world has access to the information they want and need so they’re equipped to make good decisions about their lives. She used to do that directly, as a journalist: now she does it through and with others, by movement-building and organization-building.

Sue spent the first decade of her career writing for newspapers and magazines and making radio documentaries and talk programming. In 2000 she switched focus to the internet, and in 2003 became head of CBC.CA, the website of one of Canada’s best-loved cultural institutions, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2007 Sue became Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates the world’s largest and most popular encyclopedia, Wikipedia. In the years since, Wikipedia’s credibility has increased, readership has doubled, and number of articles has tripled. Revenues at the Wikimedia Foundation have grown from $2MM to $60MM, making it the fastest-growing nonprofit in the United States (as measured by revenue growth), and the organization has earned Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating for excellence in fiscal management and good governance.

Sue has an honorary doctorate of laws from Ryerson University, represented the Wikimedia Foundation as a Technology Pioneer at the 2008 World Economic Forum at Davos, has been ranked by Forbes magazine as the world’s 70th most powerful woman, was the inaugural recipient of the Knight Innovation Award in 2013, and was once very pleased to be described by a German newspaper as Head of the Nerdprojekt. She’s been interviewed hundreds of times by media around the world and has given talks in 15 countries on six continents. She serves as an advisor or board member for a variety of non-profit, grantmaking and policy organizations, mostly related to technology, media, gender and digital freedoms.