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Individual Member Profile


Grace Lian

Date Joined
June 30, 2016

Statement of Interest

<p>I am interested to open software upstream development, open source technology innovations, using open source software to solve business problems and enable customers, as well as technology promotion and volunteering in open source community. </p><p>I am very passionate in growing people, mentoring people in career development, especially helping diversity people such as technical females to grown in STEM career path. </p>


Grace Lian is a senior director of Cloud Software Engineering team in Intel. She leads a global team to work on open source cloud software technologies, including OpenStack, k8s, Kata containers, Cloud Hypervisor, Envoy, Istio, Ceph, and Akraino etc. She also drives the strategy in the cloud native software domains for Intel.

Grace is an open source veteran. She started to work on open source software from Carrier Grade Linux project back to 2001. She was engineering manager for the first Linux team in Intel China. The team became OTC (Open Source Technology Center) China and has grown many open source talents for the community. She has long time experience leading global engineering teams on open source software development, touching layers of system software (OS, Web/HTML5, virtualization, orchestration, SDN/NFV, SDS, cloud and edge etc.), bringing open source values to business and successfully supporting many customers.

Grace's team started to work on OpenStack since 2012. In the past years, her team has contributed significantly to OpenStack upstream development, actively led, participated and promoted many community activities. Intel is also one of the members who started Kata Container project and StarlingX project, and contributed them to Open Infrastructure Foundation.

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Speaker Profile:


Grace 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?


My team started to work on OpenStack since 2012. In the past several years, Intel team has made great contributions to multiple projects (OpenStack, Kata Containers, StarlingX etc.) under Open Infrastructure Foundation and provided strong support to the foundation growth. Together with many eco-system partners, we built and grew the Open Infrastructure Foundation community. For example, we initiated and held the first OpenStack Hackathon in China with Huawei in 2015. After it was held 10 times by far, the event was expanded to be Open Source Hackathon by embracing more partners and covering broader software projects, which helps OIF to influence the community and stabilize the projects themselves.

Open Infrastructure Foundation success is critical to me and Intel’s business. Through the foundation work, we are working closely with eco-system to incubate new innovations, drive the ongoing advanced cloud and edge technology development, transform the world on clouds, and enrich the lives of everyone, which is critical for Intel’s business and our customers. My team and I are actively working on multiple projects development under the foundation, so the foundation success is closely connected with our daily work.

My biggest contribution to Open Infrastructure foundation’s success to date is to have built a strong engineering team in Intel to support the foundation work in many perspectives: lots of upstream contributions, started new projects (e.g. Kata containers, StarlingX) under Open Infrastructure Foundation, as well as leading and supporting many community activities.


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 don’t have direct experience serving as a board member for non profits. However I am well prepared for the role of a board member, because I have long working experience under a global and diverse environment, deep technical understanding and knowledge in the cloud software domain, as well as our partnership with the ecosystem.

-       I have 23 years working experience in Intel, both in China and US. For many years I’ve led global teams based in many geographies (US, China, India, Mexico, and various countries in Europe etc.) and worked in an environment combined with fast pace of technology development, business strategy and diversity of people. I know how to work with people from different backgrounds with different cultures and understands how to build a respectful, inclusive and collaborative environment.

-       I bring both technical understanding and strategic thinking in the cloud technology domain. I am very close to engineering work and technology development. My participation in the Open Infrastructure Foundation board can bring engineers’ voice and developers’ perspectives to the discussions.

-       My team and I have continuously supported open source community and many ecosystem partners for years. My participation on the board will strengthen such connections and contributions.


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


The board role is to lead the success of our Open Infrastructure Foundation community. We are successful only when the community members are satisfied, when the community projects keeps healthy and active, and when people are happy to see the incredible value of the foundation. The board should build good vision, strategy and priority for the foundation for the next decade.


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


From OpenStack Foundation to Open Infrastructure Foundation, the strong brand as one of the three largest open source communities will continue, while the scope is expanded. The top priority of the board should drive the realization of this bigger scope while strengthen collaboration with other foundations.

2021 our world will gradually recover from COVID-19. Changes are opportunities. The Board should serve the community and the company members, seek more opportunities to embrace new innovative projects in cloud and increase market adoption of the current projects, differentiate our foundation as the home of open infrastructure, and get ready for successful transition to the new foundation.