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2018 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.

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Tim Bell

Nominated by: Jonathan Bryce Christopher Hale Isiaka Mosudi Elliot Nichols John Devereaux Robin Dekens Brian Munke Stephan Fabel erick jiang Mahesh Balumuri

About Tim Bell

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 280,000 cores. This cloud provides processing power to analyse the data from the Large Hadron Collider and other experiments which produce around 60PB a year. The practical experiences are shared on the blog at http://openstack-in-production.blogspot.fr/

 

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Steven Dake

Nominated by: Davanum Srinivas Jeremy Stanley Naveen Nayak Venkat Mangudi Magnus Lööf Sanjay Upadhyay Donna De La Haye Kevin Fox Richard Fontana Monty Taylor

About Steven Dake

Steven Dake currently serves as an elected Individual Director of the OpenStack Foundation.  Steve is focused on making multicloud computing a reality.  Steve is also actively involved in bridging communities between the OpenStack community and adjacent communities.

Steve currently serves as a reviewer of some parts of Istio, in addition to contributing significant portions of the Istio multicloud implementation.

Steve currently serves as a core reviewer of OpenStack Kolla.  Steve previously served as Kolla PTL for Newton, Mitaka, Liberty, Kilo and Juno cycles.  Steve was also a Magnum core reviewer at the same time as serving the Kolla community as PTL, and contributed to the definition and implementation of the initial Magnum architecture.

Prior to gaining an interest in container technology, Steve initiated and served as PTL of OpenStack Heat with a small development team while at Red Hat, Inc.  During this period, Steve served as Heat PTL for Essex, Folsom, and Grizzly.

Prior to Steve's involvement in OpenStack, Steve was primarily focused on the development of open source high availability technology leading the design and implementation of Corosync, a group communication system, which combined with Pacemaker is the de-facto standard high availability stack for Linux.  During this period of his career, Steve also served as a technical community leader for the modern Linux high availability stack.

Steve enjoys Hi-Fidelity analog tube audio, electric RC car racing, and hiking with his wife, daughter, and son.

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Melvin Hillsman

Nominated by: Tim Bell Sean McGinnis Chris Dent ChangBo Guo Joshua White Saverio Proto Steven Dake Edgar Magana Allison Randal Krish Raghuram

About Melvin Hillsman

Melvin Hillsman is an open source community operations manager at Huawei. Melvin is passionate about user and developer collaboration and cross-community interaction and communication. His current focus is OpenLab, where he works closely with members of the Kubernetes, OpenStack, OpenCi, CNCF, CloudFoundry, and OPNFV communities for integration and validation of cloud ecosystem tooling and support of hybrid and multicloud validation. He is the current chair for the OpenStack user committee and on the governance board for OpenLab.

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Rob Hirschfeld

Nominated by: Mike Veitch Egle Sigler Rob Hirschfeld Bikalpa Timilsina Kenneth Hui Prakash Ramchandran Jim Meyer Willard Dennis Shane Wang Jun Choi

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: http://RobHirschfeld.com.

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Allison Randal

Nominated by: Tim Bell Richard Fontana Monty Taylor Egle Sigler Thierry Carrez Steven Dake Prakash Ramchandran Shane Wang ChangBo Guo Jonathan Bryce

About Allison Randal

Allison is a software developer and open source strategist. She is a board member of the OpenStack Foundation, a board member of the Open Source Initiative, 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, Chief Architect of the Parrot virtual machine, Open Source Evangelist and OSCON Conference Chair at O'Reilly Media, Chairman of the Board at the Parrot Foundation, board member at the Python Software Foundation, Technical Architect of Ubuntu and Open Source Advisor at Canonical, Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett-Packard, and Distinguished Engineer at SUSE. She participates in the Debian and OpenStack projects, and is currently a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, researching edge computing and hypervisor optimization.

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Egle Sigler

Nominated by: Tim Bell Paul Sims Charles Farquhar Monty Taylor Giuseppe Paterno' Steven Dake Mark Collier Nataraju Kothuru Shane Wang Sebastian Posner

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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Giuseppe Paterno'

Nominated by: Achim Dreyer Egle Sigler Saverio Proto Matteo Panella Nataraju Kothuru Vincenzo Di Somma Rosario Di Somma Shane Wang Anton Aksola Simone Zanotti

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.

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 http://www.gpaterno.com and @gpaterno on Twitter

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Prakash Ramchandran

Nominated by: Shashi Bhushan Ramasamy Panchavarnam Nataraju Kothuru Ulrich Kleber Bin Hu Shane Wang Ulas Kozat Joseph Wang Prem Sankar Gopannan Satya Kada

About Prakash Ramchandran

Prakash has 35+ years of Telco/ICT experience with MSEE from IIT Bombay. He is a current Board of Director for Openstack 2018, IEEE SCW SC Vicechair, NFIC-2018 Chair, and has been a veteran consultant on NFV, MANO, VIM, Virtualization, Conatainerization, Microervcies, 5g Core/Edge/Access, Network Slicing and Verical Industry solutions. The companies he has served for include Micronic Devices, IDM, Microdata Consulatnts, Intelligent System, Tandem, WinVision, AT&T Mobility, seven.com, coverity.com, AT&T Labs, Futurewei/Huawei Technologies and currently at Dell. He was also part of Valley start-ups and other IT /Internet Data Center ventures in late 90's and early 2000. He brought to table the experience building Platform PoCs using OpenStack eco system .Has been a regular attendee of OpenStack, OPNFV, 3GPP NFV/MEC,IEEE forums over last several years in Bay area as well globally in US, China & India.

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Sajid Akhtar

Nominated by: Vaidyanath Manogaran Kavit Munshi Alok Kumar BalaGopalaKrishna Ramanadam Tristan Goode Himanshu Dwivedi Sayali Lunkad Sanjay Upadhyay Ritesh Sarraf vibhor sharma

About Sajid Akhtar

Experienced professional in Strategic Consulting, Evangelism, Cloud Computing (IaaS, SaaS, DRaaS, Storage-a-a-S, Backup-a-a-S) Infrastructure, OpenSource, Pre-Sales, Business Development and Datacenter Consolidation. I've strong record of innovation, thought leadership and publishing white papers. Worked closely with Product Management as well as Product and Solutions Engineering on the company's current and future strategies related to OpenStack. Driving Cloud competency,alliance, leading multiple Cloud initiatives and driving customer engagements for solution architectures, use case definition,PoC, Cloud strategy, solutions, and rollout. Also, providing technology consultancy to various external and internal teams and CTOs, CIOs, and other executive leadership teams. Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Silicon Institute of Technology.and very passionate about Open source cloud technologies ,involved in hosting OpenStack India meet ups across India and regular speaker at various technical conferences about happenings in the Openstack world.My hobbies includes Terrace barbeque, travelling ,skating & brewing Coffee.

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Christophe Sauthier

Nominated by: Julien Senon Julien Lavesque ARINZE IZUKANNE Thierry Carrez Bhujay Kumar Bhatta Cristiano Bellucci Julien Danjou Shane Wang Chris Dent Luis Ramirez Viejo

About Christophe Sauthier

My Name is Christophe Sauthier, a french guy living in the nice city of Toulouse. Living with my wife and father of 2 beautiful small guys (of course).

I am the PTL (and co-father) for Cloudkitty, the rating component of OpenStack which I think is the thing I am the most proud of : being able to create a project from  an idea, and get it adopted by many clouds around the world. All that in the respect of the OpenStack standards. I gave many talks related to Cloudkitty and OpenStack to various events.

I am also CEO of a small french service company that I have funded 8 years ago : Objectif Libre. We only deals with Open Source Infrastructure (OpenStack/Docker/K8s/...). I have been really involved in the Ubuntu community then my life I crossed OpenStack..

 

I think that OpenStack shouldn't only focussed on big companies / deployments / projects but also take into considerations smaller one... I'd like to be that voice.

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Monty Taylor

Nominated by: Russell Bryant Steven Dake Emilien Macchi Egle Sigler Doug Hellmann Mark Collier Flavio Percoco Shane Wang Thierry Carrez Richard Fontana

About Monty Taylor

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 past member of both the OpenStack Technical Committee and the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors. Monty is the PTL of the shade/python-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.

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Shane Wang

Nominated by: Dr Yih Leong Sun Egle Sigler Udo Seidel Travis Broughton Prakash Ramchandran Trinath Somanchi Jun Feng yongsheng gong ChangBo Guo Jonathan Bryce

About Shane Wang

Shane Wang has been an individual board member of OpenStack Foundation since 2015 and an engineering manager in Datacenter System Software (DSS) team at the Open Source Technology Center (OTC), Intel. Shane joined Intel in 2004 after he graduated from Fudan University and got his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, and since 2007 has been working on open source technologies, spanning low-level Virtualization Technology (VT) in Xen and KVM, maintaining tboot - an open source trusted boot solution, Yocto, and managing embedded solutions. Since 2012 Shane has focused on OpenStack, with his team working on Nova, Ironic, TripleO, Magnum, Congress, Watcher, Horizon, Keystone, Neutron, Ceilometer, Cinder, Glance, and the 3rd party CIs.  Right now, besides OpenStack, he is focusing on storage and network technologies, such as Ceph, ODL, OPNFV and ONAP. He is also the PTL of Stor4NFV project under OPNFV. He also led the team and co-authored two books OpenStack Design and Implementation in 2015 and System Virtualization in 2009. Shane is based in Shanghai, China.

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Yong Sheng Gong

Nominated by: Jun Feng Jeffrey Zhang shake chen Shane Wang ChangBo Guo Eduardo Gonzalez Gutierrez Marcin Juszkiewicz Michał Jastrzębski Phuoc Hoang Cong Jonathan Bryce

About Yong Sheng Gong

Open source is a great way to promote oneself and providing businesses with many opportunities.  Recognizing this, after graduating from East China Normal university with a computer science degree, I got my first job in Lenovo group to do R&D on Linux, where I distributed a Linux OS. Before I joined OpenStack community, I had also worked on apache Java & J2EE projects. Come to OpenStack, attracted by its four Open principles, I am involved lots into many OpenStack Projects. In 2012, I started to work on Neutron project, and become a CORE reviewer, and I deployed first OpenStack public cloud service with full support Neutron models. And now I am working with Tacker project team as its PTL.

OpenStack is becoming NFVI management system, many upper layer systems, such ONAP, OpenCORD are using it as default infrastructure resource management system. OpenStack skill is awesome for my involvement in these systems. I am working as CTO of 99cloud, which is providing OpenStack services to customers.  So I will and have to continue my efforts and do my best to get involved in it.

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Saverio Proto

Nominated by: Fabio Farina Paco Bernabé Pellicer Valery Tschopp Cristiano Bellucci Giuseppe Paterno' Anton Aksola Edgar Magana Harald Staub Tim Bell Matteo Panella

About Saverio Proto

Saverio Proto is a Openstack Cloud Engineer at SWITCH. He works in NRENs since 2011, first in Italy and then in Switzerland. He has significant experience in running critical infrastructures using Open Source software. At SWITCH he works together with the Infrastructure & Data team, to deliver an Openstack based cloud to the Swiss Universities.

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ChangBo Guo

Nominated by: Kenneth Giusti Hongbin Lu Jay Bryant Feilong Wang Fred LI Zhenguo Niu Yupeng Hu Ethan Lynn Shane Wang Rico Lin

About ChangBo Guo

 ChangBo Guo serves as Individual Director of OpenStack Foundation in 2017 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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Sean McGinnis

Nominated by: Chris Dent Emilien Macchi John Griffith Dean Troyer Melanie Witt Brian Rosmaita Davanum Srinivas Shane Wang ChangBo Guo Ivan Kolodyazhny

About Sean McGinnis

Sean McGinnis is a principal architect with Huawei in the cloud computing group. Sean was elected to the Technical Commitee in the spring of 2017. He was the Cinder block storage project Project Team Lead from the Mitaka through Pike releases, and is the current Release Management PTL.

Sean has 20 years experience working in various areas of technology across telecom, general IT, and most recently within the exciting world of storage.

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Chris Dent

Nominated by: Mark Voelker Sean McGinnis Julien Danjou Emilien Macchi Mehdi Abaakouk Dean Troyer Monty Taylor Joshua Harlow gordon chung ChangBo Guo

About Chris Dent

Chris has been working with and developing various forms of distributed systems for around 25 years. When he landed in the world of OpenStack, Chris started with the Telemetry project and has since moved into improving the scheduler in Nova and helping to create the new Placement service. Chris is primarily interested in the ways groups of people use networked technology to collaborate, exploring the problem space of information sharing and reuse. He hopes to help make himself and everyone else less dumb. He is a member of the Technical Committee, a core reviewer in the API working group, and is the author of Gabbi, an HTTP testing tool, and a large suite of diverse experiments for enhancing asynchronous collaboration on the internet. In OpenStack, Chris is striving to bring about some semblance of maturity, composability and accessibility to the services while also increasing the degree of communication and transparency among the many people and organizations involved with OpenStack.

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Fred LI

Nominated by: Shane Wang ChangBo Guo Alex Xu Xiaoqian Cao Lingxian Kong Zhipeng Huang JF Ding Rui Chen Zhenyu Zheng wang hao

About Fred LI

I am leading OpenStack upstream development team in Huawei, one of the Platinum member of OpenStack. 

Since joining OpenStack community in 2015, I have been working to connect customers to OpenStack cumminty, by introducing customers requirements to community, implementing in upstream and helping downstream team to deliver product to customers.

I am also one of the organizers in China Bug Smash events, which happen every 6 months to cooperate with all the developers in China and some outside of China to improve OpenStack software quality by fixing bugs.

I had the opportunity to work as a volunteer in OpenStack Days China, which has more then 2000 attendees. 

With my experience of enginneering and management, under support from my team and employer, I am happy to work with all the memebers to improve and promote OpenStack.

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Mark Baker

Nominated by: Mark Shuttleworth Tytus Kurek Chris MacNaughton Adam Collard Uros Jovanovic Mihaela Andronic Nobuto Murata Shakeb Teymuri Szilard Cserey Jeffrey Lane

About Mark Baker

I am responsible for OpenStack at Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. Involved OpenStack since 2011, I've helping design and release Canonical's OpenStack distribution since that time. Prior to Canonical I worked with MySQL and Red Hat so have a good background in Open Source infrastructure technology and a rounded view of differing models, communities and the challenges of each. My min focus right now is to engage with OpenStack users understanding their needs for a future OpenStack and relaying that both back into the Foundation as well as Canonical's roadmap for Ubuntu.

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Joseph Sandoval

Nominated by: Nicolas Brousse Tony Gosselin Pinda Ndaki Mike Tougeron Aravind kota Hariharan Subramanian Manasi Limbachiya Pierre GRANDIN Lachlan Evenson Joseph Sandoval

About Joseph Sandoval

I've been involved with Openstack with the Essex/Folsom release cycles. Currently running production 150k cores of  Openstack at Adobe Advertising Cloud. 

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