The candidates on this list have the 10 nominations required to be on the election ballot and have completed the application.
Nominated by: Dan Leyden Samuel Cassiba Kasey Al-Alusi Mark Gloshen Sergio de Carvalho Tom Fifield Adrian Smith Tim Bell Paul McDonnell Sean Roberts
I am currently member of the Board of Directors and I want to continue in this position because I am working very hard in making an impact for the benefit of all developers and users (operators, end users, app developers, etc.). In my very short period as Board Member (lest that six months) I have already proposed changes to the Foundation bylaws and I will continue my work even if I am not elected for the next year because I have passion and love for OpenStack. I need your support because we are already making a difference and I want to keep it that way. I am not the type of member just sitting in a chair drinking coffee, I always speak up and make the difference that we need in our Foundation for our own benefit, better engagement and increase of the community membership.
I am part of the Cloud Operations and Infrastructure team for one of the biggest SaaS providers. My current role as OpenStack consumer is giving me a different opinion about what OpenStack should integrate and how it can be consumed easier and more scalable for both Service Providers and Entreprises. I am planning to provide my experience to the OpenStack Board in order to drive its direction based on the interest of the Operators and Users, never influenced by technology-specific vendors.
Professionally, I have a PhD on Distributed Systems and I have specialized on Cloud Computing, Network Virtualization, Software-defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), OpenFlow and the most important OpenStack. During my last three positions at Cisco, PLUMgrid and Workday I have completed successful OpenStack deployment in heterogeneous and scalable infrastructures, from vendor specific hardware to commodity one. All improvements have been shared and I have created extended experience on configuration languages such as Puppet and Chef.
Nominated by: Christopher MacGown Forrest Carpenter Andrew Kuhlmann Ben Rosenberg Nick Bartos Cimarron Taylor Srinivas Sakhamuri Daniel Corral Matthew Dietz
Forrest Carpenter is the Senior Manager for the Technical Content Strategy and Infrastructure team at Oracle, which is a fancy way of saying he's big on cloud documentation. At Piston and Cisco, he automated enterprise-scale OpenStack clouds in production environments. Previously, he wrote software for the Quality organizations of VMware and Citrix, built dozens of websites during the dot-com boom, and was a sysadmin for the Distributed Systems research labs (way back in the 1990s) at BBN. Outside the office, Forrest collects tattoos and LEGOs and tattoos of LEGOs.
Nominated by: Britt Houser Egle Sigler Mike Dorman Cody Bunch Steve Tegeler Trevor Roberts Jr Tracy Jones Giridhar Jayavelu Sabari Kumar Murugesan Chris Hoge
Mark Voelker is currently the OpenStack Architect with VMware, but generally prefers to think of himself as a breadth-first technologist. In past lives he has worked as a software engineer, engineering manager, and architect designing web applications, automation systems, mobile apps, traffic generators, and more weasely hacks than he can shake a stick at. He also helped design and support the infrastructure supporting his software, including LANs, award-winning SANs, load balancing, and servers. Mark currently works on enterprise cloud architecture, software defined networking, and distributed systems. He's been enamoured of Open Source approximately since his first exposure to the Internet, helped found Cisco's Open Source Conference and was part of the [email protected] team before joining VMware in 2014 where he leads architecture for the VMware Integrated OpenStack R&D team. Mark has been active in the OpenStack community since 2011 when he attended the Diablo Design Summit and has been an attendee and/or speaker at every Summit since. He is OpenStack Foundation member #54 and owns enough OpenStack t-shirts that he can go long stretches without doing laundry. Mark co-founded the Triangle OpenStack Meetup in Research Triangle Park, NC in 2013 and currently leads the group's 830+ members. As an application developer and infrastructure afficionado, Mark is concerned with interoperability of cloud platforms and is the co-chair of the DefCore Committee. He is also a former core reviewer on the Puppet OpenStack project. He has a habit of including vacation photos and Douglas Adams quotes in his presentations and his time can generally be bought with a sufficient quantity of doughnuts. When not holed up within the trail-photo covered walls of his workspace at home near Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, Mark can be found hiking, camping, backpacking, or making sawdust with extreme prejudice. Mark is a proud alumni of the Park Scholarships at NC State University and currently serves as a Regional Selection Leader for the scholarship. You can also find him on Twitter, LinkedIn, SlideShare, or at his occasional blog.
Nominated by: Sean Roberts Stefano Maffulli Rob Hirschfeld Jack Mac Simon Anderson Shamail Tahir Anni Lai Syed Armani Edgar Magana
“I enjoy working with all the different people involved with OpenStack. There is constant state of optimism and a drive to improve. If I had to pick one thing that makes me feel renewed and happy about my work, it would be helping people to improve themselves. I always am humbled when I can help someone find a new job or gain a new skill. This is what keeps me going.”
Nominated by: Sean Roberts Egle Sigler Rochelle Grober Jack Mac Forrest Carpenter Cody Bunch Chris Hoge Tobias Ford David Flanders Shane Wang
I've been involved in OpenStack since the earliest days with a focus on ops and building the infrastructure that powers cloud and storage.
On the board, I've lead the DefCore initative and founded the Product Working Group. I also work to help screen and coach new Gold Members. I am a strong advocate for operators and interoperability.
I believe that the OpenStack community is service by having a clearly defined core. I feel that we need to do a better job defining and building an ecosystem around the project.
I maintain an open balanced perspective and respect other people's points of view.
You can read more about my thoughts and positions regarding OpenStack and Cloud on my blog: http://RobHirschfeld.com.
Nominated by: Rafael Rivero AHMED METWALY Saqib Ghani Shaun Edwards Sean Winn Vibhu Bontala Patrick Butler Monterde Adam Waters Magdy Salem Denis Jannot
His prescient views on the profound disruption caused by cloud computing have made Randy Bias one of the industry’s most influential voices. He is an evangelist who was among the first to articulate the generational transition of IT from mainframe to enterprise computing and then to cloud in addition to popularizing the cloud server "pets vs. cattle" meme.
Randy was an early and vocal supporter of the OpenStack project and Cloudscaling was part the initial OpenStack launch in summer of 2010. He led the teams that deployed the first public OpenStack storage cloud (Swift) outside of Rackspace, and the first public OpenStack compute cloud (Nova). He is a founding Board Member of the OpenStack Foundation. He continues to be a vocal advocate of OpenStack, through his company, his writing and his speaking engagements.
His voice is frequently heard in media outlets such as GigaOm, InformationWeek, The Economist, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, ReadWriteWeb, O’Reilly Radar, Light Reading, and others, in addition to the Cloudscaling blog. He is a regular keynote speaker and panelist at events from the OpenStack Summit to VMworld, Structure, eComm, CloudConnect, Interop, CloudBeat, CloudExpo, The Web Summit, and Gluecon.
Nominated by: Dave Neary Mark McLoughlin Sean Dague Thierry Carrez Jack Mac Alvaro Lopez Garcia Chris Dent Nicolas Barcet Doug Hellmann Stephen Gordon
Russell is a Senior Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat, Inc. He was on the OpenStack Technical Committee from Fall 2012 until Fall 2016 and was elected to serve on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Russell has been contributing to the development of OpenStack since the Fall of 2011. His most significant contributions around OpenStack have been to Nova and most recently Neutron and OVN. Russell is also a project committer for Open vSwitch (OVS) and OVN.
Prior to working for Red Hat, Russell spent 7 years (2004 - 2011) working for Digium on the Asterisk project. In the later years, Russell was the leader of the Asterisk project as well as the Engineering Manager for Asterisk development at Digium.
Russell is also a published author. Russell co-authored "Asterisk: The Definitive Guide" and "Asterisk Cookbook", published by O'Reilly Media. He also contributed a chapter on Asterisk to the book "Architecture of Open Source Applications".
Russell graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering in the Fall of 2006. He currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.
Nominated by: Jonathan Proulx Tom Fifield Jack Mac Kevin Jackson Mark McLoughlin Kavit Munshi Egle Sigler Syed Armani Cody Bunch Giuseppe Paterno'
Tim is responsible for the group at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, which manages the compute infrastructure for 13,000 physicists around the world to support fundamental research. He previously worked as a Unix kernel developer at IBM along with managing large scale Unix production deployments and services for Deutsche Bank in Europe.
His team is running the CERN OpenStack cloud which has been in production since July 2013 and is currently around 300,000 cores. This cloud provides processing power to analyse the data from the Large Hadron Collider and other experiments which produce around 100PB a year. The practical experiences are shared on the blog at http://techblog.web.cern.ch .
Tim has been an elected individual director of the OpenStack management board since 2012 and was a founding member of the OpenStack user committee from 2013-2015.
Nominated by: Jonathan Proulx JJ Asghar Mike Dorman Nell Shamrell-Harrington Tom Fifield Matthew Kassawara Carl Perry Samuel Cassiba Clayton O'Neill Curtis Collicutt
JJ is a Sr. Partner Engineer at Chef, he was also the PTL for the Openstack-Chef project. He lives in Austin, Texas and has been part of the OpenStack community since Diablo’s release. He enjoys a good strong stout, hoppy IPA, and some Dwarf Fortress. He’s a member of the Church of Emacs, and attempts to push people to use Markdown over reStructuredText. He’s a father and husband, if he’s not trying to automate his job away he’s trying to convince his daughters to “let the bot’s do the work for them.”
Nominated by: Tristan Goode John Dickinson Mark Collier Jack Mac Shane Wang Egle Sigler Syed Armani atul jha Kiran Murari Tom Fifield
Kavit is the CTO of Aptira, heads Aptira's Indian operations and has 15 years of experience in designing and deploying Enterprise and Telco solutions.
He is also the founder of the Indian OpenStack User Group and the OpenStack Ambassador for the region. Kavit is also an Individual Director member of the OpenStack Board of Directors.
Kavit has been a driving force behind the Indian OpenStack community and has interwoven this into Aptira's deep involvement with OpenStack. He has helped organise numerous OpenStack events in India and loves to work with students driving their involvement with OpenStack. As an active OpenStack Ambassador his priorities are to help the OpenStack Community grow in South Asia by increasing the engagement of the burgeoning OpenSource community in academia with the OpenStack project. Kavit also realises the importance of startups to innovation and always looks to promote OpenStack in that space.
Kavit has a vision for India as a Centre of Innovation to develop and commercialise intellectual property rather than an offshoring destination. Kavit has been mentoring students and young entrepreneurs to that end.
Nominated by: Matteo Panella Vincenzo Di Somma Stefano Maffulli Fabio Massimo Di Nitto Mariano Cunietti Luca Gibelli Ettore Simone Daniele Caiti Kevin Jackson Mattia Gandolfi
It's hard to define myself, I would say that I'm a consultant. I came from the field and from the early stages of Linux, even if I contributed to many opensource projects.
I now work for SUSE as EMEA Principal Architect, also cooperating with the CTO office.
HP rates me among the global top 30 OpenStack consultant and even mentioned in Forrester Research OpenStack whitepaper “OpenStack is ready, are you?". I’ve been working in the past as an IT Architect and Security Expert for Canonical/Ubuntu, RedHat, Sun Microsystems and IBM and named Visiting Researcher at the University of Dublin Trinity College ad-honorem.
As I’ve spent my last 22+ years in OpenSource, I had the privilege of working with the best people in the industry. This is the reason why I’ve got great relationships with HP, RedHat, SUSE, Ubuntu, Dell, Intel, Fortinet and many many others. I wrote many whitepapers and books and my latest one “OpenStack explained” helped collecting funds to help the population in Nepal after the earthquake.
I’ve been working in super-exciting field projects: creating the standard for J2ME Over-The-Air (OTA) provisioning along with Vodafone, the study of architecture and standards for the delivery of MHP applications for the digital terrestrial television (DTT) on behalf of DTT Lab and implementation of HLR for Vodafone landline services. Not mentioning the most cited OpenStack installations in telco and finance.
My aim is to bring in connection the board of director with the real world of enterprises, service providers, outsourcers and system integrators.
On my private I’m still a geek enjoying testing and being part of the OpenSource world. I’d like to transmit data in any mean, that’s why I’m a radioamateur. I’m also a chef with passion of baking and a leisure pilot on the weekends :-)
Nominated by: Rob Hirschfeld Kavit Munshi Tristan Goode Mark Collier Jack Mac Kevin Jackson Tim Bell Cody Bunch Chris Hoge Tobias Ford
Egle Sigler is a principal architect on Rackspace's OpenStack Private Cloud team and an OpenStack Foundation board member. As part of the board, Egle is co-chair of the Interop Working Group (formerly known as DefCore committee). Egle has co-authored two books, DevOps for VMware Administrators and OpenStack Cloud Computing Cookbook.
Egle wants OpenStack to be regarded as one of the most successful open source projects, with a great community to back it. During the past year, Egle has been co-chair of Interop WG (DefCore committee), where she has seen that the impact interop has on OpenStack is crucial. Interoperability is one of the top OpenStack priorities, and she continues leading the efforts to increase it.
Nominated by: Rob Hirschfeld Tristan Goode Sean Roberts Egle Sigler Catherine C. Diep Shane Wang Jonathan Proulx Anni Lai Tom Fifield Shamail Tahir
I am an industry veteran, with experience spanning computer bring up to AI, networks, mobile compute, and embedded systems. But my attention always seems to return to close to the metal, large infrastructure. Starting out in EE as a systems engineer, I migrated to SW development then on to QA and SW Process. During the journey, I have analysed Space Shuttle launch communications, modelled complex space systems. I have tested compilers, debuggers and visualization tools for a SIMD system and done software bringup for a SPARC based, multiprocessor mainframe. I have managed teams supporting software release, compute farms for chip design, and QA and escalation for mobile embedded compute systems and location based apps on mobile phones. Ensuring all of these were successes is why I am a champion for operations, interoperability, quality, reliability and usability. They all go hand-in-hand in creating success.
As for Open Source, I have been aware and peripherally involved in Open Source since the original creation of Copy Left, but am finally fully immersed in it now, as an OpenStack resource within OpenStack and Huawei. I have learned through my endeavors that my skillset is best applied once a certain level of maturity has been achieved in a project. My abilities are a great fit for where OpennStack is now and where we can take it.
Most importantly, I meld a passion for quality performance with a pragmatism gained in the real world.
Projects/Work Groups: DefCore, Refstack, Product Work Group, Logging Work Group, Women of OpenStack, Diversity Work Group ,and (soon to be) Stable project (plus I hang out in Infra, collaborate with Oslo, follow the TC, Ops and Dev MLs)
Nominated by: Kavit Munshi Mark McLoughlin Todd Moore Sean Dague Thierry Carrez Shamail Tahir James Blair Kyle Mestery Mark McClain Morgan Fainberg
Monty currently leads the team that works on the Zuul project for CI/CD in Red Hat's CTO Office. He's the founder, core member and past PTL of the OpenStack Infra team which runs CI and developer tooling for OpenStack. He's a member of the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors, a Python Fellow and past member the OpenStack Technical Committee. Monty is the PTL of the openstacksdk project and is the maintainer of the Ansible modules for consuming OpenStack. Before his OpenStack days he was a core developer on Drizzle and was a Senior Consultant for MySQL, Inc.
Monty has a degree in Theatre Directing and went to grad school at CalArts in lighting design. The intersection of fields has led him to start more than one business around developing technology for and related to live performance. Recently Monty served as an Adjunct Professor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts teaching a class on programming related to lighting design. If you let him, he'll talk to you WAY too much about Scuba Diving.
Nominated by: Kavit Munshi Jonathan Proulx Kiran Murari David Lyle Anni Lai Jack Mac Tom Fifield Mark Collier Sean Dague Zhenzan Zhou
Shane Wang is an Engineering Director of Cloud Software at Intel's System Software Products. He has participated in or led his team on research and development of open source software projects such as Xen, tboot, Yocto and OpenStack. He has been serving as an Individual Director of OpenStack Foundation Board since 2015, with years of commitment to community development and building. Currently he is focusing on software-defined networking (SDN) and software-defined storage (SDS) technologies, edge computing, and NFV-related domains, including OpenStack, Ceph, SODA (also known as OpenSDS), ONAP, Akraino, StarlingX, OpenDaylight, OPNFV, DPDK, and so forth. He is interested in edge computing much so he is engaged in other open source solutions such as EdgeX, CORD, OpenEdge, KubeEdge, and ioFog. Right now he is also chairing the APAC session of OSF Edge Computing Working Group.
He got his PhD degree on Computer Science from Fudan University at Shanghai in 2004, and joined Intel after graduating from the school.
Nominated by: Kavit Munshi Mark McLoughlin Mark McClain Todd Moore John Zannos Kiran Murari Henrik Rosendahl Egle Sigler Jonathan LaCour Tim Bell
Simon is Chairman of Aptira, the leading OpenStack services company in the Asia-Pacific region. He is the former CEO of DreamHost, and a founding member and Board member of the OpenStack Foundation. Simon has Chaired the Gold Member Committee and been a member of the Finance Committee, DefCore Committee and Product Working Group of the Foundation.
During Simon's tenure as CEO from 2011-2015, DreamHost has been a major contributor of code, governance and community to OpenStack. DreamHost launched DreamCompute, a public cloud computing service powered by OpenStack, Ceph and Astara in 2013.
Simon was co-founder Co-founder and Chair of Akanda, the major developer and supporter of the OpenStack project Astara, a network services orchestration platform for OpenStack clouds.
Simon was Co-founder and Chair of Inktank, the company behind the Ceph storage system, acquired by Red Hat in April 2014.
Nominated by: Srinivas Miriyala Hrishikesh Barua Johnson D Kord Campbell DEEPENDRA SHEKHAWAT Vikas Choudhary narasimha sv Vivek Cherian Prashant Dhage atul jhaView Kiran Murari's full candidate profile and Q&A >>
Nominated by: Rosario Di Somma Ryan Petrello Stefano Maffulli Anni Lai Chris Dent Monty Taylor Mark McClain Kyle Mestery Justin Lund Adam Gandelman
Jonathan has been programming from a young age, finessing his way through many programming languages. After cutting his teeth with several smaller jobs and personal projects, Jonathan joined VertiSoft Corp. in 1997, catapulting him into the culture of "software as a service" well before it became an industry buzzword. Jonathan harnessed his passion for user experience in the computer science program at Georgia Tech by taking courses in psychology, cognitive science, and education. Armed with this interdisciplinary experience, Jonathan is keenly aware of how people learn and solve problems. When combined with his knowledge of technology, Jonathan is uniquely able to anticipate the needs of users and build a truly useful - and useable - interface.
In 2007, Jonathan helped found ShootQ, a web-based studio management solution for professional photographers, where he served as CTO. In 2010, ShootQ was acquired by Pictage, where Jonathan served as the Vice President of Software Products. Jonathan joined DreamHost in 2011 as Vice President of Software Development, bringing with him his experience and knowledge running engineering and product teams. In 2012, Jonathan became DreamHost's Vice President of Product and Development. In 2014, Jonathan took over the Cloud business unit at DreamHost as the Vice President of Cloud, and in late 2016 was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Product and Technology.
When not hunkered down behind his laptop, Jonathan loves spending time with his beautiful and brilliantly creative wife, Lacey, his daughter Colette, his son William, and their two dogs, Winston and Nelson. Beyond his culinary interests, Jonathan spends Saturday afternoons in the fall rooting for his alma mater and the University of Miami and enjoying his favorite southern creation - bourbon.
Nominated by: Jonathan LaCour Jack Mac Giuseppe Paterno' Ryan Petrello Vincenzo Di Somma Rosario Di Somma Victoria Martinez de la Cruz Ivan Jelic Rossella Sblendido
I have built my career around Free Software and open source: from pre-sales engineer and product manager at Italian GNU/Linux distribution MadeInLinux to Italian country director of the Free Software Foundation Europe. Under my watch as community manager at Rackspace and at the OpenStack Foundation, OpenStack became the fastest growing open source project. My daily job as Director of Cloud Marketing and Community at DreamHost keeps me busy growing the community of app developers on the Open Source cloud. In my spare time, I sail small boats in the shark infested, choppy San Francisco Bay.
Nominated by: Shamail Tahir Sean Dague Alexis Lee Arun Kant VM Brasseur Paul Carlton Jack Mac Thierry Carrez Beth Elwell Stefano Maffulli
Allison is a software developer and open source strategist. She is a board member of the OpenStack Foundation, a board member of the Software Freedom Conservancy, a board member of the Perl Foundation, and co-founder of the FLOSS Foundations group for open source leaders. She previously served as President of the Open Source Initiative, President of the Perl Foundation, board member at the Python Software Foundation, Chief Architect of the Parrot virtual machine, Chairman of the Board at the Parrot Foundation, Open Source Evangelist at O'Reilly Media, Conference Chair of OSCON, Technical Architect of Ubuntu, Open Source Advisor at Canonical, Distinguished Technologist and Open Source Strategist at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Distinguished Engineer at SUSE. She participates in the Debian and OpenStack projects, and is currently taking a mid-career research sabbatical to complete a PhD at the University of Cambridge.
Nominated by: Randy Bias Tom Fifield Mark Collier Mark McLoughlin Simon Anderson Anni Lai Jack Mac Alex Freedland Larry Lang Syed Armani
Boris is the co-founder and CMO at Mirantis. Operationally responsible for Mirantis’ marketing strategy, Boris acts as a spokesperson for the company and is Mirantis’ public face in the OpenStack community. Boris' influence was instrumental in Mirantis' current focus on OpenStack.
In his role, Boris works to ensure that Mirantis’ marketing efforts don’t just promote the Mirantis brand, but also help further global awareness of the OpenStack community. To that effect, Mirantis is a regular sponsor of OpenStack summits, promotes OpenStack at unaffiliated trade shows such as Cloud Connect and OSCON, and helps run regional communities in the Bay Area, Russia, and Ukraine.
Boris continuously helps evangelize the OpenStack community by regularly blogging about it (mirantis.com/blog), talking on behalf of the community at various conferences, and engaging in business development activities to attract new member companies and contributors.
During 15 years of his professional career, Boris held several executive positions with technology companies he helped establish. He was a founder and CEO of Selectosa Systems, an IT consulting company which was subsequently acquired in 2006; and is a co-founder and angel investor at AGroup.lv, now a venture-backed enterprise software company headquartered in Europe.
Nominated by: Mandira Mehra Mathieu Gagné Bruno Morel Ahmed Rahal Maxime Belanger Marc Aubry Paul Millette Boris Deschenes Pascal Larivée Cyrille Mertes
Satish Hemachandran is the SVP and General Manager for Internap’s Cloud and Hosting division where he is responsible for the development and growth of its flagship OpenStack-based cloud service targeted at devOps and Enterprise IT organizations.
Prior to Internap, Satish led the development and launch of Cloud platforms at companies like Sungard Availability Services and Cbeyond with a focus on increasing cloud adoption among Enterprise and SMB customers. During his leadership at SunGard AS, Satish also helped define and develop the industry's first Cloud-based Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery service.
Satish has held various roles in product management, engineering, and operations at companies like Sun Microsystems and Netscape where he began his career. He currently resides in Atlanta and was born in Chennai, India.