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Individual Member Profile


Clemens Hardewig

Date Joined
February 08, 2016



Statement of Interest

Give Support and help to evolve the Openstack Community to the next stage on the journey towards the digital economy


Clemens is born in Germany and married with three kids, I have a PhD in computer science and worked in the communication industry in different managerial roles in IT.

Working for Deutsche Telekom-T-Systems since 1997,  IT wise Clemens grew up in the **ix space and became excited with Opensource and community work already early in my carrier. Since then, the use and promotion of Opensource Technology in the different stations of my carrier is one of the red lines Clemens always tried to facilitate and develop.

Being with Deutsche Telekom in different managerial roles, Clemens has been involved in depth  in Community Work as eg in the early days of Mobile Internet where I helped to develop the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Community as a accounable representative for DT.

After several years in Mobile Communications and traditional IT as Technical Manager, Clemens took the opportunity and leads since 2014 the Technology team within T-Systems which builds and delivers the Open Telekom Cloud (OTC), a public cloud offering in Europe based on Openstack and being currently accountable for the teams of architects, engineers, operations and consultants.

  • Deutsche Telekom T-Systems - From 2014-01-12 (Current)


I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Dashboard (Horizon),Compute Service (Nova),Networking (Neutron),Container Orchestration Engine Provisioning (Magnum)

OpenStack Summit Presentations


Clemens is a candidate in the January 2022 Board Elections .

Clemens has been nominated enough times to appear on the election ballot. You can read the answers Clemens gave to the election questions below.


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


Being active in the Openstack/Openinfra community since 2015 thereof 3 years as Board member of the foundation I am very proud to be part of one of the largest open source community providing a real global, diverse and open setup for the most successful cloud operation system in the world. Standing in for the values of our community and drive modernisation strategy and their successful implementation towards a real infrastructure community have been my main focus topics in the board work 


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?


Opensource and activity in several communities has been with me my entire professional life since university times. In the late nineties I represented my former employer in the WAP forum community, one of the first communities to drive mobile internet standards. There I learned a lot what is important to transform communities towards fast changing requirements and boundary conditions and enable a successful journey to the future. This experience helped me a lot when the Openstack community was facing similar needs to reach the next level and develop a strategy for that next decade.


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


The board's role has three major focus area to secure long term success of the OpenInfrastructure community

  1. Live the community value system (four open's principles) and promote the community values while facilitating communities with a 'home' for their projects to make them successful
  2. Provide a strategic guidance about role and contributions of the communitiy to future innovations and technical mainstreams in infrastructure
  3. Liaise and collaborate with other communities to evolve a valuable open source ecosystem in the area of cloud, infrastructure and services

What do you think the top priority of the Board should be in 2022?


The year 2022 needs to focus of the operationalisation and execution of the 2021 strategy and redesign of the community objectives to enable a prospering future for the next decade

Clemens has already been nominated by:

  • Christian Kotulek
  • Artem Goncharov
  • Ritesh Paiboina
  • Sebastian Wenner
  • Adam Benesh
  • Jakob Schrettenbrunner
  • Roman Schiller
  • Alexander Navratil
  • Andreas Falkner
  • Nils Magnus


Nominations are open for the 2022 Board Elections.

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