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2017 Board Election: Candidate List

Candidates On The Ballot

The candidates on this list have the 10 nominations required to be on the election ballot and have completed the application.



ChangBo Guo

Nominated by: xiaoyong liu Victor Stinner Kenneth Giusti Brant Knudson Oleksii Zamiatin Davanum Srinivas Doug Hellmann Jay Lau Qiming Teng Feilong Wang

About ChangBo Guo

ChangBo Guo serves as Individual Director of OpenStack Foundation in 2017- 2019 and Oslo PTL for Pike and Queens. He worked on Linux and AIX for several years. He is one of the earliest OpenStack contributors in China. He has been working on the OpenStack since 2012, when he worked on the PowerVM driver under Nova to support IBM Power Systems. He is Oslo core reviewer and have been contributing several projects like Nova, Neutron, Ironic, Oslo, etc. He is one of top contributors in China, has submitted 1000+ commits, with more than 45000 LOCs.  As founding engineer of EasyStack, he attended the earliest of large-scale OpenStack adoptions in China, such as Lenovo, Postal Savings Bank of China, China Telecom, State Grid, etc. He was involved in the whole adoption, including platform design,  implementation and solving key issues for these customers.

He is also an active OpenStack evangelists in China. He is organizer of China OpenStack user group, and promote OpenStack technologies in several meet-ups in China including Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Shenzhen, etc. He is honored to be the host of Beijing OpenStack meet-up from November 2016 and on. He is also keen to help others learn how to contribute in upstream and delivered presentation about upstream contribution for several companies. He leads a upstream team to make OpenStack better and more popular. He attended several design summits and delivered presentations. He served as track chair of upstream development in Barcelona, Boston and Sydney design summit.

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Giuseppe Paterno'

Nominated by: Boris Rensen Vincenzo Di Somma Antonio Messina Ettore Simone Nicolas Thomas Paolo Velati Jose Plans Federico Iezzi Bart van den Heuvel

About Giuseppe Paterno'

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 :-)

My website is and @gpaterno on Twitter

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Kavit Munshi

Nominated by: Kiran Murari Tristan Goode Egle Sigler Shubham Kumar Sharma Mark Collier Tim Bell Erwan Gallen Tom Fifield Shane Wang Edgar Magana

About Kavit Munshi
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.
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Allison Randal

Nominated by: Monty Taylor Doug Hellmann Egle Sigler Zane Bitter stephen skinner Britt Houser Richard Fontana Leonard Holling Sumit Sharma Giuseppe Paterno'

About Allison Randal

Allison is an open source software/hardware developer and strategist. She is a board member of the Open Infrastructure Foundation, chair of the board at the Software Freedom Conservancy, a board member of Open Usage Commons, and co-founder of the FLOSS Foundations group for open source leaders. She previously served as chair of the board at the Open Infrastructure Foundation, president of the Open Source Initiative, president and board member of the Perl Foundation, board member at the Python Software Foundation, chief architect of the Parrot virtual machine, chair 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 RISC-V projects.

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Shamail Tahir

Nominated by: Kenneth Hui Tyler Britten John Griffith Rob Hirschfeld Mark Collier Maish Saidel-Keesing Melvin Hillsman Arkady Kanevsky Shane Wang Edgar Magana

About Shamail Tahir



I have been in the OpenStack community since 2013 and I am currently participating in the Product WG, Enterprise WG and I also helped to define the newly created Active User Contributor (AUC) designation in the OpenStack community. At Athenahealth, I am focused on our infrastructure/cloud services strategy, operations, and participate extensively in OpenStack user committee initiatives.  My background includes server/network operations, pre and post-sales engineering, as well as being a technologist focused on cloud and cloud-related eco-systems (Containers, CloudFoundry, Mesos, K8s, FaaS, etc.)

I am passionate about OpenStack and our community, emerging technologies, implications of technology shifts on datacenter architectures, and driving use-case based technology adoption.

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Russell Bryant

Nominated by: Zane Bitter Doug Hellmann Mark Collier Mark McLoughlin Shane Wang ChangBo Guo Richard Fontana Jonathan Bryce Monty Taylor Anni Lai

About Russell Bryant

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.

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Edgar Magana

Nominated by: Tim Bell Dan Leyden Shamail Tahir Egle Sigler Kavit Munshi Tristan Goode Shane Wang John Davidge Carol Barrett Maish Saidel-Keesing

About Edgar Magana

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.

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Rob Hirschfeld

Nominated by: Adriel Cabrera Egle Sigler Anand Shah Shane Wang Vladimir Popovski Mark Smith Terri Schlosser Laurence Brockman Willard Dennis Shamail Tahir

About Rob Hirschfeld

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:

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Jay Etchings

Nominated by: Jay Etchings David Julian Harikrishnan P Jonathan McNally Greg Loughmiller Johnathan Lee Jamie Johnston Roger Lu Parag Mehta Beau Williamson

About Jay Etchings

Jay Etchings - Director of Research Computing | Arizona State University.

BIO: Jay Etchings is a well-known industry professional with 20 years of progressively versatile, cross-platform experience in management of open systems architecture. 

 As an audit contractor for the centers for Medicaid/ Medicare (CMS-RAC) he focused on DISA-STIG compliance and Health Information Management Systems.  Currently, Etchings and his team are deploying campus-wide Research as a Service over SDN-Networks on Internet2 supporting inter-intra-university NSF-funded projects as well as international research efforts such as ICTBIOMED and optimization of the ESNET modeled Science DMZ.

Jay Etchings holds appointments, not only with Arizona State University but within The OpenDaylight Foundation (Linux Foundation), The Open Networking Foundation (ONF), and the OpenFog Consortium. Etchings is an active customer advocate for open source networking with Brocade and a customer advocate for Hortonworks.

The SAS Wiley publication "Strategies in Biomedical Data Science", outlines software defined datacenter practices deployed on OpenStack in research and education. Jay Etchings is the author.

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Tim Bell

Nominated by: Adriel Cabrera Allison Randal Zane Bitter Egle Sigler Richard Fontana Allison Price Tristan Goode Joseph George Mark Collier Shane Wang

About Tim Bell
Tim was 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 . Tim was an elected individual director of the OpenStack and OpenInfra management board from 2012 until 2021 and was a founding member of the OpenStack user committee from 2013-2015.
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Mark Voelker

Nominated by: Britt Houser Tracy Jones Michael Chen Karol Stepniewski Mayan Weiss Dave McCowan Santhosh Sundararaman Egle Sigler Anni Lai Steven Ren

About Mark Voelker

Mark Voelker is currently a Principal Engineer at Auth0, 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 OpenStack@Cisco team before joining VMware in 2014 where he lead architecture for the VMware Integrated OpenStack R&D team. In April 2020, Mark joined Auth0 as a Principal Engineer.  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 former co-chair of the Interop Work Group.  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.

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Steven Dake

Nominated by: Britt Houser Jeffrey Zhang Andreas Jaeger Davanum Srinivas Dave McCowan Carol Barrett Maish Saidel-Keesing Shane Wang Mark Collier Anni Lai

About Steven Dake

Steve has been involved in open source for the entirety of his career. Steve served as an elected member of the board of directions of the OpenStack foundation, invented OpenStack Kolla, invented OpenStack Heat, designed and co-led OpenStack Magnum, invented the Corosync cluster engine, and served as a working group leader within the Istio community.

Steve is now leading the next generation of machine learning tools developed in Rust. He is the creator of the XertAI community and co-inventor of SDAC, or Software Defined Accelerated Compute, project.

Steve is into hi-fidelity analog and digital audio, and his younger self spent every weekend hiking with his wife, daughter, and son while living in beautiful Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Shane Wang

Nominated by: Kavit Munshi Egle Sigler Mark Collier Tom Fifield Edgar Magana Tristan Goode Carol Barrett Jonathan Bryce Anni Lai Rico Lin

About Shane Wang

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.

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Joseph George

Nominated by: Pete Chadwick Alan Clark Ruby Nicholson Cameron Seader Mark Smith Simon Briggs Julien Niedergang Armstrong Foundjem Thore Bahr

About Joseph George

I've been a part of the OpenStack movement since the very beginning - back in 2010, starting at the Omni Hotel event in Austin, Texas.  And I've been honored to have served on the OpenStack Board of Directors in 2013. 

Over the years, I have been a part of excellent teams driving OpenStack at great companies like

- Dell, where I served as the Director of Product Management / Marketing, and we launched the market's first OpenStack solution in 2011

- HP / HP Enterprise, where I served as the Exec Director of Big Data and Storage Solutions, including dense storage servers great for Swift and Ceph

- SUSE, where I served as the VP of Solutions, driving both OpenStack and Ceph-based solutions.

If you get to know me, you'll find that I am extremely passionate about bringing OpenStack to the masses (check out my blog on the topic -  I've worked hard for over 20 years to bring emerging tech solutions to end users in order to help them solve challenges in their IT and application teams, and have been fortunate to work to that end as an engineer, as a strategist, and as an executive. 

I love talking tech, where tech is headed, and how we get it into as many people's hands as possible, so let's be sure to connect on Twitter (@jbgeorge).

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Egle Sigler

Nominated by: Cody Bunch Alan Clark Rob Hirschfeld Matt Dorn Kenny Johnston Allison Price Tristan Goode Giuseppe Paterno' Sathyamoorthy Mani Shane Wang

About Egle Sigler

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.

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Tomoyuki KATO

Nominated by: Cloud Suhartono Alexandra Settle Ian Y. Choi Shintaro Mizuno Lana Brindley Ying Chun Guo Alex Eng Matt Dorn Tom Fifield Matjaz Pancur

About Tomoyuki KATO

I'm working at FUJITSU Cloud Service K5 based on OpenStack.

I've been contributing to OpenStack, mainly I18n and Documentation since 2013. I am one of the coordinators of Japanese translation team, and was I18n Project Team Lead in Newton cycle.

Also, as a Documentation core member, I've been contributing many guides and doc-tools for a few cycles.

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Rico Lin

Nominated by: Rico Lin Shane Wang Mark Collier Allison Price Anni Lai Darren Huang Tzu-Lin Wang Chilung Wang YI-HONG CHU Mac Chiang

About Rico Lin
Rico Lin, Board of Director for OpenInfra Foundation, Heat PTL, char for Multi-arch SIG, OpenStack Cloud Engineer at Vexxhost. Experienced in OpenStack development (infra and app), Cloud architect, Container(docker and k8s), community(contribute and event host), and customer tech consults and supports. Goals in OpenStack: * Improve experiences of Cloud-native application on top of OpenStack(by improving infra and user experiences).* Blending OpenStack with other cloud solutions to make it become one indispensable layer.* Leverage the community differences across global (Include let Asia community get more actively join to others).
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