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Individual Member Profile


Johan Christenson

Date Joined
December 02, 2014

Statement of Interest

Public- and Private cloud. Giving choice of open infrastructure to the masses.


Johan Christenson is an entrepreneur whom has successfully exited multiple companies he founded. After receiving a graduate degree in Engineering, from Florida Institute of Technology, his focus turned to the digital space.

Johan is the founder and CEO of City Network (a part of Iver), which offers a global public cloud as well as private clouds for enterprises - all based on OpenStack. City Networks mission is to enable innovation and focuses on enterprises with regulatory challenges.

Johan sees OpenStack and open infrastructure as critical for all enterprises in order to provide options and create competition in an ever more centralized infrastructure world. He, and the team at City, empower new types of industries and markets to use the power of OpenStack, to enable and increase innovation in their organizations.

  • City Network International AB - From 2020-03-24 (Current)
  • City Network Hosting AB - From 2009-01-01 (Current)

OpenStack Summit Presentations
Virtual Open Infrastructure Summit Berlin
  • Public cloud: The opportunity and challenges - and why open is key!


Johan is a candidate in the January 2021 Board Elections .


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


OIF is fundamentally critical in my opinion. Our world has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. From a democratic Internet only a few now dominate various layers of our digital world. OIF is choice to me. OIF might be the only foundation with with the possibility to make sure the world has access to solid software that can allow all countries to have long term innovation in all layers of the stack. With out the relentless work of the OIF i think we are in trouble. OIF also does not only stand for fundamentally important values to me - it also lives them. Something that is incredibly rare today. I want to continue make sure we further those. values and engage as many as possible to carry them forward.

A lot of my work has been focused on getting Europe more engaged in open source in general and open infrastructure in partucular. By having City Network join the foundation a number of years back as a gold member we have learned and passed on the knowledge by educating others. We have traveled the journey from little to significant contribution - both technically as well as business wise. That journey continues today ever more important.

At City Network we continue to drive public cloud foward where OpenStack is the foundation for an ever increasing number of public cloud operators. I believe OpenStack and OIF in a broader sense has much to win by continuing to grow in not just private solutions but to become the standard for public clouds.

Through my years at the board of the Open infrastructure foundation I have both had a chance to learn a ton from very smart people - but also to use that knowledge to forward the foundations needs for success - mostly in Europe.


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 have been on numerous company boards where most often it has been my combination between technical knowledge and business sense that has been the attraction. I have a habit of challenging status quo and experience in digital business which has proven to be very helpful.

I am also on the board of the Nordix Foundation where we work to further open source development and investment in the Nordic region.

In general I think my experience has proven valuable to the OIF but even more now when I think Europe needs to step up and take a bigger responsibility in keeping our projects healthy.


What do you see as the Board's role in Open Infrastructure Foundation's success?


In the most basic way it comes down to the traditional guidance and strategic leadership. However going forward i think the board. needs to engage more heavily than we have in the past. There needs to be more heavy lifting to make sure we both fully go through our own transformation as well as be able to drive value in multiple projects.


What do you think the top priority of the Board should be over the next year?


There are a number of aspects we need to get right - as much as it would be nice to focus on one thing.

We need to continue to push through the transformation that started in 2020. It means from fostering new projects and partners as well as continue to adhere and live our core values. However it. also means we need to drive practical pieces such as health of projects and community strength in general which also includes financials.