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Wikipedia chief, US government adviser and now Web Summit chief executive – who is Katherine Maher?

Web Summit’s new boss was appointed on Monday after co-founder Paddy Cosgrave resigned as chief executive amid backlash over comments he made about the Israel-Hamas conflict

Katherine Maher, the new Web Summit chief executive, at Web Summit’s premises on October 30, 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. Picture: Horacio Villalobos, Corbis/Getty Images

When Katherine Maher, Web Summit’s newly appointed chief executive, was departing her previous role as Wikipedia boss two years ago, she said one of the hardest tasks was being honest about what needed to change.

Referring to the culture, policies, and experience of Wikipedia, Maher said part of her job involved identifying gaps in how it engaged with users.

“What do we need to change about ourselves?” she asked in an appearance on Trevor Noah’s ...