Denny Vrandečić

Head of Special Projects at Wikimedia Foundation

Denny Vrandečić is the current Head of Special Projects at Wikimedia Foundation. Denny was previously a Member of the Board of Trustees at the Wikimedia Foundation from January 2015 to December 2016. Before that, they worked as an ontologist at Google from October 2013 to July 2020. Prior to that, they were the project director at Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. from March 2012 to September 2013, working on Wikidata. Vrandečić has also been a visiting researcher at the Information Sciences Institute from January 2010 to December 2010, and a freelancer at Promotion Software AG from June 2004 to July 2008. Denny has also been a scientist at Institut AIFB - Universität Karlsruhe (TH) from January 2004 to December 2012, and a guest researcher at FZI Research Center for Information Technologies from January 2004 to December 2012.

Denny Vrandečić received a diploma in computer science and philosophy from the University of Stuttgart. Denny also has a high school degree from Geschwister Scholl Gymnasium in Stuttgart-Sillenbuch.

Denny Vrandečić reports to Maryana Iskander, CEO. Denny Vrandečić works with Leila Zia - Director, Head of Research, Selena Deckelmann - Chief Product & Technology Officer, and Jaime Villagomez - Chief Financial Officer.


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  • Head of Special Projects

    July, 2020 - present

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