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Individual Member Profile


Kavit Munshi

Date Joined
July 19, 2012

Aptira From 2013-07-30 (Current)
Statement of Interest

I want to help grow the OpenStack community in India to be the leading user group in APAC and facilitate collaborative sharing with global user groups to benefit all in the community




Kavit is the CTO of Aptira, heads Aptira's Indian operations and has 15 years of experience in designing and deploying Enterprise and Telco solutions.


He is also the founder of the Indian OpenStack User Group and the OpenStack Ambassador for the region. Kavit is also an Individual Director member of the OpenStack Board of Directors.


Kavit has been a driving force behind the Indian OpenStack community and has interwoven  this into Aptira's deep involvement with OpenStack. He has helped organise numerous OpenStack events in India and loves to work with students driving their involvement with OpenStack. As an active OpenStack Ambassador his priorities are to help the OpenStack Community grow in South Asia by increasing the engagement of the burgeoning OpenSource community in academia with the OpenStack project. Kavit also realises the importance of startups to innovation and always looks to promote OpenStack in that space.

Kavit has a vision for India as a Centre of Innovation to develop and commercialise intellectual property rather than an offshoring destination. Kavit has been mentoring students and young entrepreneurs to that end.



Kavit is a candidate in the 2016 Board Election .


What is your relationship to OpenStack, and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to OpenStack's success to date?


I am a Member of the OpenStack Board of Directors, OpenStack Ambassador and the founder and organiser of the Indian OpenStack User Group. I am also the CTO and General Manager of Asia for Aptira, an OpenStack technology company operating from India, Australia, Taiwan and Hungary. I am deeply invested in OpenStack, both as a professional and as an individual member of the Community.


OpenStack’s success is critical for the industry as a whole to prevent monopolies and ensure that the users own their infrastructure and have options. As someone who has always used and backed open source and open standards, OpenStack's success is of paramount importance to me.


As an IT professional and someone who works in the startup space, I have totally backed OpenStack for over 4 years. I have been instrumental in creating one of the largest OpenStack regional communities, the Indian OpenStack User Group and I have also been heavily involved with evangelising OpenStack in emerging markets. I have introduced OpenStack to many companies, young professionals and students. I continue to mentor the members of the Indian community and many others globally.



Describe your experience with other non profits or serving as a board member. How does your experience prepare you for the role of a board member?


I am currently an Individual Director on the OpenStack Board of Directors. I was honoured when the community placed its trust in me and elected me to the Board last year. I also take pride in having been one of the people instrumental in the creation of the Diversity Working Group. The group has had a lot of success in bringing to light the various issues faced by the users in the community. If elected, I will continue to work hard resolving the issues brought forward in this year’s survey.


My experience in working with the Board for the past year has taught me a lot about the need for open and transparent governance. I have also realised there is an unwavering need for inclusivity within the ecosystem.



What do you see as the Board's role in OpenStack's success?


The Board plays a very important role in the OpenStack ecosystem. Apart from providing guidance and direction to the Project at the management level, the Board ensures that the interests of all the different varieties of participants are looked after.

The Board is one of the bodies in the OpenStack world that provides a voice for stakeholders around the world. I aim to keep working on increasing the voice of OpenStack customers, developers and operators worldwide, particularly in Asia and Africa, through my candidacy.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2016?


In 2016, I feel that the Board must solidify the OpenStack brand. But this needs to be done in such a way that it doesn’t stifle innovation or alienate any of the participants in the OpenStack project. The biggest threats to OpenStack are also the biggest opportunities. The Board should find a way to work closely with the various emerging and established open source and closed source technologies the cloud ecosystem to strengthen OpenStack’s strategic position.


I feel the Board needs to make determined efforts to hear and recognise the voice of the users, developers, operators globally. To that end, the Board should should take the feedback from the diversity survey forward and ensure that programs are delivered to improve regional diversity and inclusion. I have done a lot of work on this subject during my tenure in the past year and I wish to continue doing the same with greater vigour.


I will work this year to ensure that there is greater focus on developing the OpenStack ecosystem into less penetrated and developing regions and economies.

I am also determined to bring the OpenStack summit to India in 2018.

Kavit has already been nominated by:

  • Tristan Goode
  • John Dickinson
  • Mark Collier
  • Jack Mac
  • Shane Wang
  • Egle Sigler
  • Syed Armani
  • atul jha
  • Kiran Murari
  • Tom Fifield