Sue Gardner's keynotes focus on the values of the Wikimedia Foundation. As its executive director, she defends the website against its many critics, arguing that its content not only provides an unparalleled amount of information, but that people involved in this massive project, are dedicated to making the world a better place.
Gardner, who grew up in Canada, attended Ryerson University where she earned a degree in journalism. She then kick-started her career at CBC in 1990. She worked at CBC for over ten years as a producer, documentary-maker and reporter. 2007 marked the year she joined the Wikimedia Foundation. She has been ranked as the 70th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine.
Sue Gardner's keynotes aim to transform the perception of Wikimedia in the public, encouraging individuals to view it as an educational tool instead of a random collection of data, created by uneducated masses.