Member Profile: Yana Welinder

Yana Welinder

Yana Welinder

BASF member Yana Welinder is Legal Director at Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization that operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top ten internet property.

Yana is a graduate of the University of Southern California Law School and also received her L.L.M. from Harvard Law School.

Let’s find out more about Yana:


Tough question. I was born in Samara, Russia, but grew up in Malmö, Sweden.

Something We Might Not Know:

Before college, I worked as a fairy princess with a crew of clowns in Ireland.

Favorite Song:

I’m Alive by Michael Franti

Favorite Food:

Swedish crayfish and PizzaHacker pizza

Guilty Pleasure:

Sweet potato fries

Favorite Vacation Spot:

Amsterdam on the first day of spring

Favorite Law School Class:

“Ideas for a Better Internet” with Jonathan Zittrain

Pet Peeve:

Long or legalistic writing. My coworkers even refer to the process of simplifying text as “Yanafying.”