Yana Welinder


Yana Welinder is a Senior Legal Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she manages copyright strategy, public policy, and the trademark portfolio, as well as the legal and policy work for partnerships. Her work includes building a global trademark portfolio and an open trademark policy to support Wikimedia's decentralized online community. She developed this policy through a public consultation with Wikimedia's community and an information design workshop at Stanford d.school to visualize the legal terms. She is also co-creator of CollabMark, a free culture guide to trademarks.

Before joining Wikimedia, Yana was a Visiting Assistant Professor at California Western School of Law, where she taught E-Commerce Law and Information Privacy Law. She has also worked as a Google Policy Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Academic Fellow at Harvard Law School, and spent several years in private practice. She holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a J.D. from University of Southern California, and an LL.B. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her recent publications include A Face Tells More than a Thousand Posts: Developing Face Recognition Privacy in Social Networks, 26 Harvard J. L. & T. 165 (2012) and Facing Real-Time Identification in Mobile Apps & Wearable Computers, 30 Santa Clara Computer & High Tech. L.J. 89 (2014), which was selected as a top ten policy paper in 2013 and included in a digest for Members of Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission.

Yana loves art, design, architecture, and travel. She is bilingual in Swedish and Russian and has lived in Sweden, Russia, Ireland, the UK, and various cities on both coasts of the U.S. before settling down in beautiful San Francisco.