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2019 Board Elections: 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.



Tim Bell

Nominated by: Jonathan Bryce Melvin Hillsman Egle Sigler ChangBo Guo Christophe Sauthier Tom Fifield Allison Randal Artem Sidorenko Elliot Nichols Shane Wang

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 320,000 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 .

Tim has been an elected individual director of the OpenStack management board since 2012 and was a member of the OpenStack user committee from 2013-2015. 

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Allison Randal

Nominated by: Jonathan Bryce Melvin Hillsman Egle Sigler ChangBo Guo Tom Fifield Shane Wang Steven Dake Prakash Ramchandran Giuseppe Paterno' Allison Price

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, 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.

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Shane Wang

Nominated by: Jonathan Bryce Fred LI Egle Sigler Prakash Ramchandran Malini Bhandaru Mark Collier Kurt Garloff David Lyle ChangBo Guo Anni Lai

About Shane Wang

Shane Wang has been an individual board member of OpenStack Foundation since 2015 and an engineering manager in Networking and Storage 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, ONAP and an edge computing project called StarlingX. He used to be 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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Monty Taylor

Nominated by: Allison Randal Igor Yozhikov Steven Dake Thierry Carrez Jonathan Bryce Julia Kreger Chris Dent Clark Boylan Mark Collier Ghanshyam Mann

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 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.

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Egle Sigler

Nominated by: Allison Randal ChangBo Guo Jonathan Bryce Shane Wang Sean McGinnis Steven Dake Prakash Ramchandran Giuseppe Paterno' Mark Collier Kurt Garloff

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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Christophe Sauthier

Nominated by: Alexis Aurin Julien Lavesque Maxime Cottret Sebastien Boyron Julien Senon Cristiano Bellucci Prakash Ramchandran Jean-Philippe Evrard Andreas Jaeger Thierry Carrez

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 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.

I am CEO of a small french service company that I have funded almost 10 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 am in the OpenStack community since almost day-1.

I also was 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.


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Matt McEuen

Nominated by: Roman Gorshunov Hemachandra Reddy Bryan Strassner Roy Tang Doug Aaser vikranth kongara Darren DeJaeger Jess Egler Aaron Sheffield John Wheeler

About Matt McEuen

Matt is a cloud engineer living in Saint Louis, Missouri.  He's participated in a number of OpenStack-related efforts in the community, and integrates this work within AT&T as part of its Network Cloud platform.    He has been working in the OpenStack community for about two and a half years; first in a supervisory capacity for AT&T -- onboarding, mentoring, and guiding engineers as they get involved in open development for the first time; and more recently, hands-on as an engineer and core reviewer of the OpenStack-Helm and Airship projects.  He is a former PTL of OpenStack-Helm.

Matt has a diverse engineering background prior to getting involved in open infrastructure, including DevOps coaching, data science / statistical analysis, mobile development, technician dispatch and scheduling software, VoIP provisioning, and integration with legacy terminal applications.


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Sean McGinnis

Nominated by: Chris Dent Jay Bryant Amy Marrich Chris Morgan Erik McCormick Melvin Hillsman Fred LI Egle Sigler Andreas Jaeger ChangBo Guo

About Sean McGinnis

Sean is a Distinguished Engineer in the Dell EMC Office of the CTO involved in Cloud related open source projects with a focus on storage related integration. 

Sean is currently a community representative on the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors. He has served on the OpenStack Technical Committee (TC), was the Project Team Lead (PTL) for the Cinder block storage project and the Release Management team, and is currently a core reviewer in a number of OpenStack projects.

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ChangBo Guo

Nominated by: Fred LI Lingxian Kong Feilong Wang Xiaonan Jin Li Guannan Hongbin Lu Rico Lin Egle Sigler Jonathan Bryce Shane Wang

About ChangBo Guo

 ChangBo Guo serves as Individual Director of OpenStack Foundation in 2017/2018 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: Leopoldo Ceccarelli Marco Napolitano Vincenzo Di Somma Stefano Maffulli Shane Wang ChangBo Guo Cristiano Bellucci Rosario Di Somma Prakash Ramchandran Rossella Sblendido

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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Prakash Ramchandran

Nominated by: Gnanavelkandan Kathirvel Ruturaj Kadikar Malini Bhandaru Shashi Bhushan Madhuri Kumari JAYANTHI GOKHALE Bin Hu Gael Rehault David Paterson Rajini Karthik

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 Vice Chair, NFIC-2018 Chair, and has been a veteran consultant on NFV, MANO, VIM, Virtualization, Conatainerization, Microservices, 5G Core/Edge/Access, Network Slicing and Vertical Industry solutions. The companies he has served for include Micronic Devices, IDM, Microdata Consultants, Intelligent System, Tandem, WinVision, AT&T Mobility,,, 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 ecosystems. He has been a regular attendee of OpenStack, OPNFV, 3GPP NFV/MEC,IEEE forums over the last several years in the Bay Area as well as globally in US, China & India.

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Melvin Hillsman

Nominated by: Steven Dake Prakash Ramchandran Allison Randal Kurt Garloff Egle Sigler John Studarus David Lyle James Denton ChangBo Guo Nicolas Bock

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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Sajid Akhtar

Nominated by: Kiran Murari Md Reza Deepanshu Bhatia Vaibhav Tripathi Shivani Devshali Asad Hussain Abhimanyu Bhatter Arif Khan Shubham Dang Mohd Alishan Khan

About Sajid Akhtar

I’m an OpenStack Ambassador & experienced professional in Strategic Consulting, Evangelism, Cloud Computing (IaaS, PaaS ) strong in Infrastructure space, 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 Pubic Cloud initiatives and driving customer engagements for solution architectures, use case definition, PoC, Cloud strategy, GTM & 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. I’m 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 & community engagement through Pod-Cast and coffee brewing - roasting activities.

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Kurt Garloff

Nominated by: Kurt Garloff Abel Navarro Egle Sigler Robert Simai Thomas Bechtold Jean-Philippe Evrard Andreas Jaeger Masayuki Igawa Vincent Untz Rossella Sblendido

About Kurt Garloff

Since Dec 2018, I'm responsible for the Cloud and Storage Departments in SUSE R&D.
We build and maintain the SUSE and Helion OpenStack Cloud Products, are a platinum member of the Foundation and a strong upstream contributor.

I was leading the architecture, community and consulting teams in Deutsche Telekom's Open Telekom Cloud Team before.

DT has been a vocal supporter of OpenStack since I joined in early 2012 -- we have been able to run several OpenStack projects. We have participated in most OpenStack Summits and are active in a few working groups. I personally support the InterOp Workig Group, a key area for OpenStack's success given the centrifugal forces in such a large project. DT has become gold member of the OpenStack Foundation in 2016 and has been headline sponsor for a few summits (Barcelona, Boston, Berlin). I was serving in the board in most of 2018 until I handed over to Clemens Hardewig.

Before joining DT end of 2011 I was a long-time contributor to the Linux kernel, which also gave me the privilege of building up and leading SUSE Labs and work with a number of great engineers in- and outside my company, contributing to the success of the Open Source technology.

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