Sue Gardner - Participant

In June 2014, Sue Gardner transitioned to a Special Advisor role, but from 2008 to 2014, she served as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization which operates Wikipedia – the world's largest and most popular encyclopedia, which is free to use and free of advertising. Wikipedia contains more than 24 million volunteer-authored articles in over 280 languages, and is visited by more than 516 million people each month, making it the fifth most popular website in the world.

Gardner, a seasoned journalist, was formerly head of, the website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, one of Canada's most prominent and best-loved cultural institutions. Under her leadership, won many international awards for excellence, and grew to become Canada's most popular news site. Gardner started her career in 1990 as a producer with CBC's As It Happens, an internationally-recognized, groundbreaking news and current events radio program. She has worked across multiple media platforms, including: radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and online. In 2012, Forbes Magazine named her one of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women.



Wikimedia Foundation


Former Executive Director and Special Advisor

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