Florence Devouard

Florence Devouard

Florence Devouard
Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation
In office
21 October 2006  17 July 2008
Preceded by Jimmy Wales
Succeeded by Michael Snow
Personal details
Born (1968-09-10) 10 September 1968
Versailles, France
Spouse(s) Bertrand Devouard
Children Three
Occupation Consultant in Internet Communication Strategy, Chair Emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation

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.


Devouard holds an engineering degree in agronomy from ENSAIAo 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]

Devouard joined the board of Wikimedia Foundation in June 2004 as Chair of the Board of Trustees, succeeding Jimmy Wales.[3] She was a founder of Wikimedia France in October 2004. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Foundation since July 2008.[4]

Co-founder of Wikimedia France in 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]



  1. Devouard, Florence. "Small biography about Florence Devouard". Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  2. Election results, French Ministry of the Interior
  3. "Board of Trustees". Wikimedia Foundation. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-03-26.
  4. "Wikipedia's initiatives in the developing world. Interview with Florence Devouard". Alliance lab. Retrieved February 18, 2015.
  5. "Assemblée Générale de Décembre 2012 (General Assembly - December 2012)". Wikimédia France official website (in French). 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2014-06-03.
  6. "Decree of May 16, 2008" (in French). Legifrance.gouv.fr. Retrieved 2012-03-26.

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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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