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2014 Board Election: Candidate List

Candidates On The Ballot

The candidates on this list have the 10 nominations required to be on the election ballot and have completed the application.

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Tim Bell

Nominated by: Jonathan Bryce Mark Collier Tom Fifield Mark McLoughlin Tristan Goode Joseph George Troy Toman Russell Bryant Monty Taylor Flavio Percoco

About Tim

I'm  responsible for the group at CERN which manages the operating system and infrastructure services. I previously worked as a Unix kernel developer at IBM along with managing large scale Unix production deployments and services for Deutsche Bank in Europe.

My team is running the CERN OpenStack cloud which has been in production since July 2013 and is currently around 40,000 cores. This cloud provides processing power for the physicists working on the Large Hadron Collider and its experiments, producing around 35PB a year.


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Hui Cheng

Nominated by: Mark Collier Jianing YANG Tristan Goode Bruce Lok Jonathan Bryce David Wang yan heven Tom Fifield Shikang Xiao Jason Yang

About Hui

Hui is the CEO & Founder of UnitedStack Inc., an OpenStack start-up with targeting on Great China and Asia open cloud market. As a new enterprenour who has deep engineering background in open source and cloud technologies, Hui gathered a group of powerful and talented OpenStack developers and top engineers from China and U.S., and founded this cloud company to build an open and commoditized cloud OS based on OpenStack as well as some other open source softwares in February 2013. 

Hui’s dream is to build a cloud software company to overthrow the traditional enterprise IT industry, as well as a respectable open source company that could be heaven for technical engineers.

Prior to starting his own business, Hui was the technical leader of the OpenStack team in Sina, where he initiated the first OpenStack based on public Iaas cloud in China, while leading his team to become the No.1 corporate contributor in China.

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Rob Hirschfeld

Nominated by: Randy Perryman Colin McNamara Mark Collier Mike Veitch Joseph George Tristan Goode Adriel Cabrera Joshua McKenty Troy Toman Jack mac

About Rob

Currently on the Board, I've been driving the Core Definition Process.

I have been involved in Cloud for over 14 years and launched some of the earliest Cloud companies.  My educational background (Duke and LSU) is in computer science and systems engineering with a focus on distributed systems.  I have always found deployment to be vitally important in developments - that lead me to found a SaaS start-up in 1999 and had made me a DevOps advocate.  In addition to core cloud technologies, I am an Agile/Lean/TDD process evangelist who strongly believes that how you build and deliver is just as important as what you deliver.

Professionally, I am a Sr Distinguished Engineer at Dell leading our OpenStack Cloud project ( and also a founder of the Crowbar project (  In that role, I am in constant contact with OpenStack users, ecosystem developers and vendors world-wide; consequently, I have a very broad perspective on use and technical needs for OpenStack and related Cloud technologies.

You can get a much better perspective on me and my position on OpenStack by visiting

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Kyle Mestery

Nominated by: Mark Collier Colin McNamara Shannon McFarland Lance Haig Jeff Pazahanick Troy Toman Henry Gessau Madhura Sharangpani Anthony Chow Ed Horley

About Kyle

I am a Neutron Core Team member. I'm heavily involved with OpenDaylight, looking to ensure the integration between OpenDaylight and OpenStack Neutron goes smoothly. I'm a passionate open source developer. I've worked on libvirt, Open vSwitch, and OpenStack, as well as other platforms. I've used Linux since the late 90s, and FreeBSD/NetBSD before that. I am the Founder of the Minnesota OpenStack Meetup. I believe in the power of open source, but even more so I believe in the power of community. Ultimately this is what OpenStack is: It's a community.

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Mark McLoughlin

Nominated by: Matt Wagner Troy Toman Tristan Goode Russell Bryant Tim Bell Julie Pichon Jonathan Bryce Mark Collier Sean Dague Joe Gordon

About Mark

Mark McLoughlin is a consulting engineer at Red Hat and has spent over a decade contributing to and leading open source projects like GNOME, Fedora, KVM, qemu, libvirt, oVirt and, of course, OpenStack.

Mark is a member of OpenStack's technical committee and the OpenStack Foundation board of directors. He contributes mostly to Oslo, Nova and TripleO but will happily dive in to any project.

Mark is responsible for Red Hat's OpenStack technical direction from the CTO office.

To find out more about Mark, see his keynote from the Icehouse Summit:

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Monty Taylor

Nominated by: Mark Atwood Troy Toman Mark McLoughlin Jack mac Russell Bryant Tim Bell Gabe Westmaas Flavio Percoco Sean Kerner Joe Gordon

About Monty

I currently work full-time on OpenStack for HP. I lead a team that works on running the Developer Infrastructure systems for the project, as well as teams working on OpenStack Deployment (TripleO) and OpenStack Bare Metal (Ironic). I am past PTL of the OpenStack Infra Program and set up the original project gating infrastructure. I currently sit on the Technical Committee. Previously, I was a core developer on Drizzle and was a Senior Consultant for MySQL, Inc. I've been a Python hacker by choice since 2000, and am currently a member of the Python Software Foundation.

I have a degree in Theatre Directing and went to grad school at CalArts in lighting design. The intersection of fields has led me to start more than one business around developing technology for and related to live performance. I continue to work in the theatre, and over the past year have lit shows in New York, Seattle and Austin.

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Joseph George

Nominated by: Mike Veitch Adriel Cabrera Nick (Nicolas) Barcet Brent Doncaster Paul Webster Jack Sanghera Scott Depta Seth Fox Herve Gory Paul Czarkowski

About Joseph

Joseph B George (@jbgeorge) is an active director on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors, as the representative from Dell.  He is also the Director of Cloud and Big Data Solutions at Dell, the team is responsible for developing innovative open source solutions such as the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution, the Dell Apache Hadoop Solution, and the Dell Crowbar software framework.

Joseph has held key strategy, product management, and technical roles at companies like HP, BMC Software, and Halliburton. Covering areas such as enterprise management software, virtual desktops infrastructure (VDI), scale out computing, and transaction management, Joseph has spent over 16 years in the areas of enterprise software, virtualization, and cloud technology. 

Joseph holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, as well as a master’s in business administration (MBA), both from the University of Houston. He’s a tried and true Texan, and currently resides in Austin with his wife and two children.

You can catch Joseph’s thoughts and opinions regularly at the JBGeorge Tech Blog ( and he can often be found talking tech on Twitter (@jbgeorge).

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Colin McNamara

Nominated by: Tristan Goode Jesse Proudman Steve Rogers Mark Collier Sajid Akhtar Shannon McFarland Cody Bunch Tyler Britten Mike Outland Nermina Miller

About Colin

My name is Colin McNamara. I work  as the Chief Cloud Architect for a Nexus IS, a systems integrator based in Silicon Valley I manage our Cloud and SDN development teams, as well as Open Source contributions from an engineering organization of more then 300 engineers.

I have been been involved with Open Source since 1998 when I switched all of my web servers at my former ISP to Linux. Since then I have been involved with, evengelized and/or contributed to many open source projects including Netsaint/Nagios, Cacti, Ubuntu, Golden Cheetah and more.

It is my belief that Open Source platforms, and the people that create / use them have been the fuel that the fire os Silicon Valley is based on. Support and growth of these people and platforms are key to the future of the Valley, the products we create, and the people that create them.

Much of the discussion is about what  I can do and want to do for OpenStack. But it is important to consider what I have been doing. Over the past year or so I have been doing the following -

Right now I am an OpenStack Ambassador, as wel as an active member of the community. I wish to contribute more. I believe that Open Software and Standards are key to our technology industry being successful in the long run. The success of OpenStack and the OpenStack Foundation is key to making that happen.

I am doing what I can as an individual member of the foundation, as well as a leader in my own business to make this happen.

My thoughts on this and many other things can be found at

I can be found on twitter at @colinmcnamara

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Troy Toman

Nominated by: Mark Collier Mark McLoughlin Rhett Dillingham Gabe Westmaas Russell Bryant Josh Kearney Monty Taylor Tim Bell Sean Kerner Christina Weaver

About Troy

I am currently part of the public cloud team at Rackspace.  I lead Rackspace's OpenStack strategy and work with teams on our overall open source efforts. Prior to this role, I led the engineering teams responsible for the Rackspace Public Cloud services including those deploying and contributing to OpenStack Nova, Swift, Cinder, Glance and Neutron. I have been at Rackspace since 2006 and served in a number of development and operations functions across the company. I am also a member of the advisory council of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University.

I have a bachelor's degree in computer science from Texas A&M. My first role was at IBM as a staff engineer. After eight years of holding multiple development and managerial positions at IBM, I moved on to senior leadership roles at Sun Microsystems, Inktomi Corporation, Kazeon and Veritas Software. 
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Jaesuk Ahn

Nominated by: Tom Fifield Sungjin Kang MyoungHwan Yoo nalee jang yongjoon kong Stephen Spector Kenneth Pepple Randy Bias Seth Fox Stephen Ahn

About Jaesuk

Past Three Years of My Life = OpenStack

 I have been involved in OpenStack from July 2010 when it is publically announced. At that time, I was leading a newly created research project team at KT R&D department focusing on Cloud. Since then, my life has been all about OpenStack. I established OpenStack Korea Community early 2011, since then, I have been a "representative" of openstack in Korea. I have been doing many talks and presentation introduciing OpensStack. 

Along the line, I have been experiencing very interesting stuffs: devops, chef, automation, test, ruby, python, cloud, and more importantly people around openstack community. 

Here is a summary list of my activities regarding OpenStack:

Community Activity History

   - established Korea OpenStack Community early 2011, and has been a leader of the community since then.  

    - did many talks and presentations introducing OpenStack in Korea, including academia, industry (companies), goverment agency, reasearch firm. 

OpenStack Activity

   - initial R&D work regarding openstack at KT R&D department since 2010

   - involved at swift commercialization effort at KT

   - leading a project team doing openstack based private and public cloud development and deployment at KT. 

 Small Story: Frankly speaking, the sole reason I was so interested in OpenStack from the first time was simple. It was not any insight, it was a word of "AUSTIN". yes, I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and I love the city of Austin. :)  

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Doug Hellmann

Nominated by: Mark McLoughlin Nick (Nicolas) Barcet Simon Anderson Rosario Di Somma vincenzo di somma Sean Dague Thierry Carrez Justin Lund Jeremy Stanley Justin Knierim

About Doug

Doug Hellmann is currently employed by HP to work on OpenStack. He has been programming in Python since version 1.4, and has worked on a variety of Unix and non-Unix platforms for projects in fields such as mapping, medical news publishing, banking, and data center automation. Doug is a member of the Python Software Foundation, and served as its Communications Director from 2010-2012. After a year as a regular columnist for Python Magazine, he served as Editor-in-Chief from 2008-2009. Between 2007 and 2011, Doug published the popular "Python Module of the Week" series on his blog, and that material served as the basis for his book "The Python Standard Library By Example". He lives in Athens, Georgia.

Doug started contributing to OpenStack in 2012, just before the Folsom summit. He is a core reviewer and one of the founding members of the Ceilometer project, and a core reviewer for the requirements and unified command line interface projects. He is on the stable release maintenance team, part of the team working on the Python 3 transition, and has contributed to several of the infrastructure projects. He has served as the PTL for the Oslo project for the Icehouse and Juno releases. 

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Nick (Nicolas) Barcet

Nominated by: Joseph George Jack mac David Cahill John Griffith Rob Hirschfeld Bruno Seznec Gary Butler Yujie Du Emmet Hikory Alexis Monville

About Nick (Nicolas)

Nick has joined eNovance, an OpenStack Foundation Gold member, in december 2012 as VP of Products. He was elected by the college of Gold members members to represent them on Board of Directors in 2013.

Nick founded the Ceilometer project at the Folsom summit in April 2012 to handle centralized metering on OpenStack, and has been project leading it for its first year and until it was integrated by OpenStack's technical comitee.  To see more about his thoughts and involvement: 

- Blog in Wired with wishes for OpenStack in 2014:

- "A view from the Board" slides:

Nick has been involved in Open Source since 2000 working with Novell, Intel and Canonical in various technical and product management roles.

Nick is a french citizen residing in Paris, France and is 45 years old.

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Yujie Du

Nominated by: Jack mac shake chen yan heven Tom Fifield Nick (Nicolas) Barcet Jonathan Bryce Kiran Murari Rohan Kanade Ray Nugent Mark Collier

About Yujie

Ben is a long-time open source and community activist, OpenStack evangelist in China. He is co-founder of COSUG(China OpenStack User Group). He continuously evangelizes the OpenStack community through his weibo, speaking at conferences, and business development activities to attract new member companies and contributors.

Yujie is the key organizer for the largest OpenStack test platform in China. And now it growns to be a big alliance, where users, companies, and developers in the value chain all contributed to the community. In addition, has invited industry leaders from China and around the world to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, know how, and business opportunities.

Follow him on Twitter: @ben_duyujie or Weibo:@ben_杜玉杰 and learn more on

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Kenneth Pepple

Nominated by: Jack mac John Stanford Seth Fox David Cahill John Griffith Robert Cathey Brad Vaughan Azmir Mohamed Jaesuk Ahn Francesco Paola

About Kenneth

Ken is the co-founder and CTO of Solinea, a leading software and services provider enabling enterprises and service providers to accelerate the adoption of OpenStack clouds. Prior to Solinea, Ken was Cloud Technology Partners’ (CloudTP) Vice President for their OpenStack Practice, where he led the company’s cloud infrastructure consulting efforts. Before that, Ken was Director of Cloud Development at Internap Network Services. Under his leadership, Internap developed and introduced a portfolio of public cloud services, including the world’s first public compute service based on OpenStack.


Ken and the Solinea team have worked on some of the largest OpenStack deployments worldwide. These solutions, have  included deployment of all OpenStack components, Nova, Swift, keystone, etc. In addition these projects included integration with OSS / BSS systems as well, not OpenStack in isolation. This diverse set of projects have provided Ken a wide ranging view of many solutions in the OpenStack ecosystem. From the OpenStack distributions to the add on tools, Ken’s real world customer centric experience will be a great asset to his time working for the foundation.


Prior to joining the OpenStack community, Ken spent thirteen years at Sun Microsystems where he served in a variety of diverse roles including Principal Engineer for their Asia Pacific Professional Services organization and Technical Director for its Global Servers and Storage line of business. This diverse experience is what lead Ken to OpenStack when the project started in 2010. Ken’s technical contributions to the OpenStack project speak for themselves, from code commits to Summit speaking engagements. Ken has been and continues to be a vocal supporter of the entire community.


In addition to Ken’s project work, he has also authored or co-authored several books. His latest is “Deploying OpenStack” (O’Reilly Media, Inc., 2013). Ken also maintains a blog at on cloud computing technology.

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Joe Arnold

Nominated by: Jack mac Gary Butler John Griffith David Cahill John Dickinson paul luse Nick (Nicolas) Barcet Jaesuk Ahn Seth Fox Yujie Du

About Joe

Since the Austin Summit, I have been heavily involved building the OpenStack user base though successful production deployments, meetups, design summits and conferences. I am a founder of SwiftStack, a company dedicated to the development of OpenStack Object Storage.

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Vishvananda Ishaya

Nominated by: Tom Fifield Chet Burgess Jasdeep Hundal Ronald Pagani, Jr. Joseph Heck Morgan Fainberg Bryan Payne Russell Bryant Gary Kevorkian Tara Turk

About Vishvananda

Vish Ishaya is the Chief Technology Officer at Nebula, Inc. Prior to joining Nebula, he was a Principal Engineer with Rackspace Cloud Builders. He was also a Senior Systems Engineer with Anso Labs and NASA Nebula Technical Lead during the creation of Nova, one of the founding OpenStack projects.

He is a highly prolific developer who has been one of the top contributors to OpenStack. He has been a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee since its inception, and was recently elected to the OpenStack Board, which along with other prominent community members helps guide the vision of the OpenStack project.

Vish was elected to four consecutive terms as the OpenStack Compute Project Technical Lead. In addition to his excellent programming and systems skills, Vish has spent over a decade teaching, most recently classes in object oriented analysis and design.

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John Griffith

Nominated by: Jack mac Jonathan Bryce David Cahill Mark Collier Ben Cherian Sean Cohen Nick (Nicolas) Barcet Ricardo Antuna Manzoor Brar Ken NAKAGAMA

About John

John Griffith, Senior Software Engineer at SolidFire, helped to create the Cinder project in OpenStack.  His primary responsibility at SolidFire is technical contributor to OpenStack, and he currently aslo serves as elected Project Lead for Cinder and holds an elected seat on the OpenStack Technical Committee.

John has over fifteen years of engineering experience in both hardware and software engineering.  He’s been an active user and contributor to open source for close to a decade, and has been focused on OpenStack since January of 2011.

In addition to his technical contributions, John also spends a lot of his time talking to people who are interested in learning about OpenStack as well as gathering feedback from current users.

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Kyle MacDonald

Nominated by: Chad Arimura Evan Shaw Ray Nugent Brian Jawalka Gary Butler Shari Mahrdt Bradford Stephens Jaesuk Ahn kevin Huang Yujie Du

About Kyle

I have worked and supported OpenStack for almost 4 years (being at the original design summit in Austin) across a number of different companies and organizations including / Nibula and Canonical. In my last role as Vice President of Cloud at Ubuntu / Canonical I focused exclusively on helping Carriers & Telco's grow implemetations on OpenStack from POC to Production Implementations. 


Prior to my roles in Canonical I spent time as a VP & Chief Evangelist for, Director of the Cloud/Web2.0 & Next Generation Service Provider group at Sun Microsystems and in the Office of the CTO at AMD.


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Das Kamhout

Nominated by: Jonathan Bryce Todd Morey Troy Toman Joshua McKenty Geronimo Orozco Boris Renski Joseph George Ruchi Bhargava Bret Piatt Pankaj Fichadia

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Mark McLaughlin

Nominated by: Joseph George Dan Hushon Xing Yang Edgar StPierre Michael Werner Michael Waite Gabe Westmaas Yoram Heller Bhuvan Arumugam Jay Cuthrell

About Mark

I work in the EMC Office of the CTO. I am active in coordinating our day-to-day support of all OpenStack related activities, as well as program managing many of our strategic and innovative cross-functional programs.

I am a 20-year veteran of EMC, and have held many roles, including Product Management, Product Marketing, and Corporate IT. One of my most recent roles was that of Sr. Director of Business Development for Emerging Partners. This role exposed me to many companies in the OpenStack ecosystem, and allowed me to fully appreciate the complicated business environment related to OpenStack. I am excited by the intersection of open source, cloud computing, and emerging partners all while striving to leverage the install base and impact of the top enterprise IT vendors.

My educational background includes a BS in Engineering Physics from Miami University, and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

My "platform" that I plan to make a priority is how can the Foundation do a better job fostering an environment where enterprise vendors feel more comfortable that their differentiated value-add will not be eliminated by participating in OpenStack.  There is a massive amount of innovation opportunity if we can establish such an environment.




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David Wang

Nominated by: Mark Collier shake chen liu jiwei york deng Rob Hirschfeld jeff xie jing fan Haoxin Zhou Tom Caulfield Hui Cheng

About David

As ICT industry veterans in China David quickly embraced Openstack after his meeting with Jim Curry in Rackspace back in June, 2011 and took the mission to co-found China Openstack User Group community and to setup the first Openstack summit in Shanghai later the year.

David has also operated the Community website since July 2011 which has about 5,200 registered members today. David also maintain the largest mailing list in China for Openstack Chinese users which attracted over 1,000 members from mainland China as well as Chinese from Hong Kong, Taiwan etc.. ( ).David have been  in touch with Chinese Openstack users daily through 4  most popular online chat QQ groups in China with a total participation of more than 2,500 members which David setup and hosted since 2011.

David is also the CEO of Intelligent Cloud Technology, a Chinese company, which provides cost effective cloud appliance with Openstack and Opencompute technology and developed inter-cloud management tools in China. David graduated from the Huazhong University of Science & Technology in China and obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He did his earlier teaching and research at the Rockefeller University and NYU for many years before he started his own ICT business in China.

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Benjamin H. Graham (bman)

Nominated by: Benjamin H. Graham (bman) Sisirkumar K Wiley Bennett Tabitha Edwards Erik Adelson Dustin Miller Garrett Eastham Courtney Dibrell Morgan Dibrell Christi Lang

About Benjamin H.
With a career spanning 18 years, Benjamin has deep experience building, managing, and designing Internet services. Has has architected and managed solutions for Linux systems administration, automation, VOIP, software development, network engineering, software testing and quality assurance at Acxiom, Google, TD Ameritrade and Rackspace. He began his career developing for and promoting Linux in 1994, and created one of a handful of early businesses using Linux professionally. He went on to found 3 Internet start-ups.
At Compare Metrics, Benjamin serves as VP of Technical Operations and is responsible for Architecture, QA, Deployments and Monitoring to ensure reliability, scale and redundancy across the company. In addition, Benjamin serves as the Chief Cultural Officer to promote and expand on company culture.
Benjamin is passionate about Free and Open Source software and is an Invited Expert to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), guiding future Internet standards in the social networking realm.
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Kavit Munshi

Nominated by: Sina Sadeghi Sajid Akhtar ritesh nanda Himanshu Dwivedi Mohit Sethi Syed Armani rakshith hp Satya Routray Romil Gupta

About Kavit

Kavit is the CTO of Aptira and heads Aptira's Indian operations and with 15 years of experience in designing and deploying enterprise solutions, Kavit provides the team with a wealth of experience. Kavit spent the better part of the last decade in Australia, working with several corporates and start ups there, before migrating back to India. Kavit is experienced in working with teams spanning multiple countries and cultural backgrounds.

He has been a key member of teams that have successfully delivered cutting edge solutions to various Australian Telcos and corporations. He has also been the driving force behind several start-ups, helping them develop and innovate novel solutions and products. Kavit specialises in virtualisation and cloud. Kavit has also been the driving force behind the Indian OpenStack community and Aptira's involvement with OpenStack. Kavit has helped organise OpenStack events in India and loves to work with students and driving their involvement with OpenStack. Kavit was recently appointed a OpenStack Ambassador for his region to better help the OpenStack Community grow in South Asia. Kavit aims to bring the OpenStack Design Summit to India if elected to the OpenStack Board of Directors. Kavit wants to increase the engagement of the burgeoning OpenSource community in the Indian academia with the OpenStack project. 

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Andrew Clay Shafer

Nominated by: Sina Sadeghi Tristan Goode Paul Czarkowski Michael Ducy Lorin Hochstein Joshua McKenty Pete Cheslock George Reese Eric Windisch Jesse Proudman

About Andrew Clay

I was born. I tried. Things happened.


I wrote a few things I believe about OpenStack.


I wrote a few more things about campaigning for the OpenStack board.


I'm here to help if you want me to.

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Andy (termie) Smith

Nominated by: Sina Sadeghi Tristan Goode Joshua McKenty David Lenwell Christopher MacGown Jesse Proudman Pete Cheslock Troy Toman Nathanael Burton Forrest Carpenter

About Andy (termie)

Hi, I'm Termie, you may remember me from the early days of Nova (now Nova, Cinder, Neutron...), OpenStack-Dashboard (now Horizon), Keystone-Lite (now Keystone). I'm one of the guys who helped start this Openstack thing. 

I'm a programmer with a bunch of experience in a bunch of areas. I am well-respected for my opinions on most things technical, though sometimes you may get tired of hearing them. I am generally outspoken.

I've had a string of successes based on my work (and obviously the work of others), of which OpenStack is the latest, and I want to see it through to ever more greatness.

I am a radical stickler for code quality, I've introduced code review to many teams and projects, driven test framework usage and development, and I believe a clean and well-organized codebase is a prerequisite for longevity of a project.

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Jarrod Wageman

Nominated by: mike worlund Pablo Beltran Ivar Lazzaro Jon Beck Pierluigi Rolando Usha Kodali Marco Chirico Sid Bunga Paul Dul Arthur Chang

About Jarrod

With more than 10 years of experience in virtualization, systems administration and data engineering Jarrod has worked in some of the largest and busiest environments in the world. At Embrane his primary role is guiding the development, implementation and testing of the heleos Openstack Neutron plugin. He has overseen the deployment of more than 15 large scale Openstack deployments going as far back as the Cactus release. His passion for open source is only trumped by his passion for life and when he is not building Openstack environments, he enjoys powerlifting, sailing and living.

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Pete Chadwick

Nominated by: Pete Chadwick Frank Rego Phillip Cockrell Patrick Quairoli Todd Finch Joe Gerkman Bryan Gartner Nathan Barney Andreas Jaeger

About Pete

Pete Chadwick is senior product manager of Cloud Infrastructure solutions for SUSE. Chadwick has more than 20 years of experience at global technology organizations such as IBM, US Robotics, 3Com and Novell. At SUSE, his responsibilities include comprehensive market and business analysis required to deliver go-to-market strategies for one of SUSE’s priority business areas – cloud. Chadwick is responsible for bringing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to Amazon EC2. Most recently he championed the company’s work with and significant contributions to OpenStack, an open source cloud computing project. Chadwick has presented on OpenStack at many industry events including Gartner Data Center, LinuxCon, CloudOpen, Brainshare, SUSEcon, Open Source Business Conference and Cloud Computing Expo. He is a published author including the 2012 Forbes article “Why Cloud Computing Needs To – And Will – Go Open Source”.

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Alex Freedland

Nominated by: Joe Gordon Monty Taylor Boris Renski Randy Bias Dan Wendlandt Georgy Okrokvertskhov Boris Pavlovic Simon Anderson Yujie Du Eugene Nikanorov

About Alex

My name is Alex Freedland, I am the co-founder and Chairman of Mirantis. Together with my partners, we bet our company on the success of OpenStack and are currently the largest independent company focusing on delivering lock-in-free and agnostic OpenStack to the customers worldwide.

Prior to starting Mirantis, I have co-founded several other businesses, some of which are operating today and some have successfully exited. 

I reside in the SF Bay Area and have two children, one in college and one in high school.

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Sathish Kumar Ramadas

Nominated by: Sathish Kumar Ramadas Vasudev Narayanan Murali Eswaran Vikram Narayanan Julie Sangeetha kavin V Johan Sebastain Rajesh Narayanan Senthil kumar Abdul Mohamed Khalif

About Sathish Kumar

I have been contributing to IT industry for past 13 years. One of the components of virtuous circle of Business lifecycle is Learning & Development, which I research and contribute. As a CEO, I carry the vision to be the preferred Learning partner for Enterprises, Academia, and for Individuals. My organization focuses in elevating knowledge of an individual, thereby increasing the net worth of the organization.

As a Technical evangelist and advisor to my Clients, I help them build their roadmap for Learning & Development strategies. Building Skills and promoting various technologies within and external to the organization helps many understand the employment trend.

I plan to be committed in promoting OpenStack by providing consistent Education delivery, thereby increasing brand awareness, validate proficiency and mastering the technology. The result will be increased employability.



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Alex Aizman

Nominated by: Michael Letschin Jim Fitzgerald Robert Novak Kris Tsao Mikhail Khodos Victor Rodionov Alex Deiter Anton Fischer Derek Glover Anton Skriptsov

About Alex

CTO & Founder, Nexenta Systems. I'm running both Cinder and Swift projects at Nexenta. On the object storage side, we're implementing and keep supporting the latest Swift on top of ZFS local filesystem. Also, gradually but surely moving forward a number of inventions that will make it more effective, as far as performance and deduplication (search for CCOW and Replicast).

On legacy file and block storage side, we'd first implemented the entire; second, at the latest Hong Kong OpenStack 2013 summit suggested (backup/replication) CRESS improvements - codename that stands for Cinder Replication Extensions for Stateless Snapshots. The idea is to implement CRESS first as an Nexenta extension, and then work with the community to propagate it into core API.

For more details, see my linkedin and pages..

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Michael Letschin

Nominated by: Michael Letschin Jim Fitzgerald Alex Aizman Robert Novak Kris Tsao Julie Herd bridget warwick Darren Bury Ken Huynh hanxi chen

About Michael

Michael has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, ranging from Systems Engineer through IT director.  Most recently a Sales Engineer and now Product Marketing/Management Manager for Nexenta Systems.  He holds an MBA from Mt. St Mary's University and technical certifications from multiple storage and virtualization vendors.  His work on his blog(, on social media (@mletschin) and in the IT community as a whole have resulted in numerous accolades.

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