Three years ago, we announced our search for a person to take over our ever-growing community’s operations and repository projects. Today we are happy to announce that we have finally found that person, and he began his work on June 20th. Please join us in welcoming Emilio Velis as our new Executive Director.
About Emilio Velis
Emilio developed his previous professional career over the past ten years on volunteer management and fundraising, most recently at Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. Emilio supported the design and improvement of service-learning and ethical volunteerism programs and other areas such as innovation and social resiliency.
At the same time, he founded and developed Red de Acción Comunitaria, a technological initiative of sensors and communications to empower rural communities in areas vulnerable to natural disasters. More recently, Emilio has focused on design and community engagement as the basis for collaborating in research for a wide variety of subjects such as citizen science, education, and violence prevention.
For the past few years, Emilio has participated on different networks that focus on openness and collaboration, such as Internet Society, the Fab Lab Network, and Creative Commons through local and international projects and governance. His work has opened the doors for him to collaborate on many different projects to explore the use of technologies for solving social problems in North and South America.
Our Board of Directors was very impressed with Emilio after seeing his experience, dedication, and track record on how technology and communities can build sustainability through well-focused programs of design and participation.
He has also shown his commitment to not only making open works more accessible to people who need them but also to learning how to best provide communities with the tools to make and share as equals and co-participants of the commons. Now that we have met him, we are very hopeful for the future of Appropedia and unanimously and confidently appointed him.
What will he bring to the table in this new role?
As the new Executive Director, Emilio is eager to work closely with the community to learn what motivates individuals and communities to document their local projects and find avenues on which these initiatives take life through replication and growth. As Appropedia grows and develops new ideas, he is committed to creating an open space for different groups that benefit from the thousands of articles and many experiences created by the community.
We believe that having a new Executive Director dedicated to the site’s operations and the execution of the many ideas that Appropedia has built over the years will open the possibility for the community to grow even more. He will base his work in San Salvador, from which he will find new opportunities for social change through the Appropedia Foundation.
The Board of Directors and the community warmly welcomes Emilio into Appropedia.