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Individual Member Profile


Ghanshyam Mann

Date Joined
October 14, 2012



Statement of Interest

Loving the OpenSource Software. Keen to contribute in development of OpenStack with new ideas and features.


Ghanshyam is currently serving as a member and Chair of the OpenStack Technical Committee and Core developer in various OpenStack projects. He has worked in different domains like Avionics, Storage, Cloud, and Virtualization, etc. He started his Software career as a software developer in the Avionic domain with C++ for around four years and then started working in OpenStack with NEC in 2012. 

He has also been a frequent speaker in various Open Sources events such as OpenStack, Open Infrastructure, Open conference, and LinuxCon since 2015 on various topics like RESTful API, QA, Cloud Backup, Open Source Community Building, etc. In addition, he has been actively involved in various PoC and solutions designs around OpenStack and other Cloud Native Open Sources.

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),The OpenStack Integration Test Suite (Tempest),The OpenStack RBAC Integration Test Suite (Patrole)

OpenStack Summit Presentations
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
  • Planning & Defining Structure for ‘Help most needed’ list
  • Users / Operators adoption of QA tools / plugins
  • OpenStack QA - Project Onboarding
  • OpenStack QA - Project Update
Berlin Vancouver, BC Sydney Boston Austin Tokyo Vancouver

Speaker Profile:


Ghanshyam 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?


In my 8 years of engagement with OpenStack, I have climbed the ladder from support engineer, developing some operational tooling to the upstream developer and leadership role. Currently, I am serving as a Technical Committee member for over 2 years as well as Core maintainer in various projects like Nova, QA, and served as QA PTL for 2 years. Also serving as a mentor for new contributors in various places like Upstream Institute Trainings, First Contact SIG.


Open Infrastructure Foundation plays an important role in building this healthy community by connecting developers, users, cloud providers, and organizations. It provides an excellent platform for every stakeholder to continue building quality open-source infrastructure software. 



My biggest contribution is to improve software quality by understanding the use case and requirements. Also championing in community-wide goals (common improvement/fix to be done in all the Projects) for OpenStack projects which help in bringing more consistency, improve usability, and maintenance. 


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 not served as board members yet however, attending and engaged in board meetings and Technical member's roles in Joint leadership discussions for the past few years help me to understand its structure. Being an upstream developer for many years, I completely understand the need and gap in the community to build and improve the software closer to the use case and requirements hence, I am confident that I will be able to do the need analysis and work towards filling such gaps.



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


The board plays a vital role in any foundation. For OIF, it is important to provide transparency and openness in the community which helps to attract more and more organizations to become a member of it. Also, supporting and guiding Foundation staff in various planning activities with a wide range of Board's leadership experience is a critical role. 


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


One of the top priorities should be to extend the organization's engagement in Foundation. Board needs to study/discuss the use case of such organizations and encourage them to bring their use case along with any existing solution under OIF umbrella to have more collaboration in the Open Source world.  Also, continuously provide market analysis to the projects team in order to fill the gaps between existing solutions and market requirements.

At the same time, the Board needs to plan for COVID-19 upcoming challenges. Next year could be more challenging and impactful in IT industries so does the number of community contributors. Therefore, continuously monitoring the situation, engaging with contributors and organizations is much-required responsibility. 

Ghanshyam has already been nominated by:

  • Vishal Manchanda
  • Allison Price
  • Rico Lin
  • Jonathan Bryce
  • Mark Collier
  • Prakash Ramchandran
  • Goutham Pacha Ravi
  • Masayuki Igawa
  • Akihiro Motoki
  • Ruturaj Kadikar