Explore the value of containers within an OpenStack infrastructure      Read now

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 2015 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 an OpenStack Ambassador and the founder and organiser of the Indian OpenStack User Group, and CTO of Aptira, an OpenStack technology company operating from India, Australia and Taiwan. 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. I have been instrumental in creating the third largest OpenStack regional community. I have also been heavily involved with evangelising OpenStack in the emerging markets. I have introduced OpenStack to many companies, young professionals and students. I continue to mentor the members of the Indian and the global community and look forward to helping OpenStack really spread across the world.


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?


While I don’t have experience at other non-profits or at a board level, my work with the OpenStack user group has provided me with insight into the many needs of the community and great experience working with disparate groups with disparate opinions. I have also assisted our CEO, Tristan Goode, in his position as a Director of the OpenStack Foundation, to prepare for the various activities of the Board.

As an Ambassador, I have worked and collaborated with many communities across the globe. This experience has prepared me for this position. I have also become aware of the issues faced by the community and the project globally and I feel confident in representing the Individual members on the board.

I look forward to the challenge of working to reconcile these for the good of the project, Foundation and the global community.


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 increase the voice of OpenStack customers, developers and operators worldwide, particularly in Asia, through my candidacy.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2014?


In 2015, I feel that the Board must resolve the issues around defining what is and isn’t OpenStack. 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. There needs to be a concerted effort around product management strategies to make sure that this happens.

I feel that the voice of the users, developers, operators from outside of the North American region needs to be heard on the Board. To that end, the Board should take steps to ensure regional diversity is also reflected in the governance and the vision of the project.

Kavit has already been nominated by:

  • Kiran Murari
  • Randy Bias
  • Syed Armani
  • Sajid Akhtar
  • Stefano Maffulli
  • Paramjot Singh
  • Tejas Barot
  • Michael Chapman
  • Tom Fifield