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Individual Member Profile


Ghanshyam Mann

Date Joined
October 14, 2012



Statement of Interest

Loving the Open Source community. Trying my best to contribute to the development of Open Source software and communities.

Ghanshyam is currently serving multiple roles in OpenInfra/OpenStack Community. He is the Individual Board of Directors in OpenInfra Foundation, Chair of the OpenStack Technical Committee, Core developer in various OpenStack projects (Nova, QA and a few more), and also served as OpenStack QA project PTL. He started working in OpenStack with NEC in 2012 as a cloud support engineer, and since 2014 he has been involved in upstream development. His main upstream focus is on Nova, QA, API stability, and CI/CD. In addition, he is passionate about bringing more contributors to the Open Infra family and helping them in onboarding in the community via different programs like First Contact SIG, Upstream Institute Trainings, and mentorship. Before OpenStack Upstream, he worked in different domains like Avionics, Storage, Cloud, and Virtualization. Ghanshyam started his career in technology as a C++ software developer to automate the flight management system which reduces flight operating costs as well as the pilot workload. He has also been a frequent speaker in various Open Source events such as OpenStack summit, Open Infra summit, Open source summit, Open Infra Days, and LinuxCon on various topics like RESTful API, QA, Cloud Backup, Open Source Community Building, Open Source Governance. In addition, he has been actively involved in various PoC and solutions designs around Cloud OSS and currently serving as Cloud Consultant in NEC. More Details:
  • NEC - From 2011-10-24 (Current)


I'm involved in the following OpenStack projects: Compute Service (Nova),Identity service (Keystone),Block Storage (Cinder),Placement service (Placement),The OpenStack Integration Test Suite (Tempest),The OpenStack RBAC Integration Test Suite (Patrole),Nova,Patrole,Keystone,Tempest

OpenStack Summit Presentations
OpenInfra Summit Vancouver 2023
  • The OpenStack Technical Committee + Community Leaders interaction
  • OpenStack RBAC: updates & operators feedback
  • My Open Source Experience: Balancing Contributing Upstream with Daily Business Activities
Virtual Open Infrastructure Summit
  • Consistent and Secure Default Policies in OpenStack
  • Users / Operators adoption of QA tools / plugins
  • Ussuri cycle community-wide goals discussion
  • OpenStack Quality Assurance - Project Update - November 2019
  • OpenStack QA - Project Update
  • Planning & Defining Structure for ‘Help most needed’ list
  • Users / Operators adoption of QA tools / plugins
  • OpenStack QA - Project Onboarding
Berlin Vancouver, BC Sydney Boston Austin Tokyo Vancouver

Speaker Profile:


Ghanshyam is a candidate in the January 2023 Board Elections .


What is your relationship to OpenStack Foundation (OSF), and why is its success important to you? What would you say is your biggest contribution to the OSF and the success of its projects to date?


 My engagement in OpenStack started in 2012 as a support engineer and developing operational tools. In 2014, I started working as a full-time upstream developer in OpenStack, and it has been a great opportunity for me since then. Currently, I am serving as an Individual Board of Directors in OpenInfra Foundation, Chair of the OpenStack Technical Committee, and Core developer in various projects like Nova, QA, and a few more projects. Also served as PTL for QA projects for 2 years. Also, I am helping with onboarding the new contributors via various forums like Upstream Institute Trainings, and First Contact SIG.

Open Infrastructure Foundation plays a vital role in building this healthy community by connecting developers, users, providers, and organizations. In addition, it provides an excellent platform for every stakeholder to work on open-source software for infrastructure building. To summarize, OpenInfra is a vital pillar to add business value to the Cloud Ecosystem.

My most significant contribution is to serve as an upstream developer since 2014 to improve the software quality by understanding the use case and requirements. Also leading in community-wide goals (common improvement in all the OpenStack Projects) for OpenStack projects, which help bring more consistency and improve usability and maintenance. I have also provided help in onboarding new contributors in the community via First Contact SIG, and Upstream institute training across the globe. 


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 serving as an Individual Board of Directors in OpenInfra Foundation for the 2022 year. I have attended and engaged in board meetings and Technical members' roles in Joint leadership discussions for a few years now, which helped me understand its structure. 

When Joint leadership discussions were not happening due to the pandemic or various other reasons, I initiated the idea of  "Project Interaction with Board" which has/will help to fill the communication gap between the OpenInfra project's community and Board. Also, it helps to build a bridge where OpenInfra projects community can reach out to Board about the challenges they are facing and get some help/direction from Board.

Also, serving as a member of the Board Finance committee group and try to help as much as I can.


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


 The board plays a vital role in any foundation. For OIF, it is also important to provide transparency and openness in the community, which helps attract more and more organizations to become members and help involve new contributors. It also supports and guides the OpenInfra foundation in various planning and activities with a wide range of experience and expertise, which provides a centric mission and motivation to be engaged together to build open-source software. 


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


OpenInfra is growing continuously and attracting business globally. Therefore, the board will constantly be playing an important role, and a few of the top priorities can be:
Keep Driving the strategic planning for the foundation and community. It involves engaging and attracting more new members in the OpenInfra family and keeping track of all things/resources required by all the Open Infra projects like OpenStack, Kata Containers, Airship, Zuul, and StarlingX. Maintaining a healthy community is the overall goal and success for everyone. Nowadays, we need more contributors to help in the community, especially in OpenStack, not just in the projects used at production but also in the basic maintenance of the community in support projects like CI/CD, QA, and release. Therefore, strategic planning can be helpful to solve the current issues faced by OpenInfra projects.

Collaborating around the adjacent technology and communities is much needed to build and grow together. Kubernetes is a good example of it. Having such communities more closure in governance and community work can help both communities solve their issues. One good example of this collaboration technically is OpenStack Technical Committee and Kunertes Steering Committee meeting frequently and sharing their experiences. 

Ghanshyam has already been nominated by:

  • Allison Randal
  • Jean-Philippe Evrard
  • Arne Wiebalck
  • Belmiro Moreira
  • Jonathan Bryce
  • Josh Lohse
  • Mark Collier
  • Wes Wilson
  • Melanie Witt
  • Rico Lin