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2020 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 Egle Sigler Mohammed Naser Sean McGinnis Allison Randal ChangBo Guo Graham Hayes Kashinath Gokarn Aeva Black Jochen Heyd

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 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 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. 

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Prakash Ramchandran

Nominated by: Ganesh Hiregoudar Digambar Patil Chengappa MR Madhuri Kumari Sundar Vedaraman DEEPAK Jadiya Trinath Somanchi Sridhar Pothuganti Bin Hu Ruturaj Kadikar

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 2019/2018 (Foucucs on Airship/Medhavi/India OSUG), Sr member IEEE (CS/ComSoc,VTA),IEEE SCW SC Vice Chair 2018, NFIC-2018 Chair, and has been a veteran consultant on NFV/CNTT, 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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Shane Wang

Nominated by: Prakash Ramchandran Fred LI Huifeng Le Cheng Li Ruijing Guo Huang Haibin Liang Fang Ruoyu Ying Wei Hu Tingjie Chen

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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Julia Kreger

Nominated by: Egle Sigler Matias A. Castro. Mark Collier Sean McGinnis Allison Randal Aeva Black ChangBo Guo MARIA JOSE TORRES MALDONADO Eric Fried Graham Hayes

About Julia Kreger

Julia started her career in technology over twenty years ago. It has surely not been an average career, but a career where I've continually learned and evolved to fulfill the need. In a sense, it all started with Linux and answering some questions about installing Linux. This started a journey into computer networking and eventually shifted to a systems engineering focus with a stop-over in data center operations.

The DevOps movement lead Julia more into software development and the operationalization of software due to the need to automate large scale systems deployments. This required bringing an operational perspective while bridging to the requirements, and often required digging deep into the underlying code to solve the problem of the day.

In a sense, Julia found a home in OpenStack in 2014 and the Ironic project in 2015 because of many years spent working with physical hardware in data centers. 

Julia presently work for Red Hat as a Principal Software Engineer, where her upstream focus has been Ironic for the past few years, and her downstream focus has been on helping lead adoption and use of Ironic. 


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Allison Randal

Nominated by: Egle Sigler Mohammed Naser Sean McGinnis Allison Price ChangBo Guo MARIA JOSE TORRES MALDONADO Graham Hayes Aeva Black Stephan Lagerholm Rob Hirschfeld

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 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.

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Sean McGinnis

Nominated by: Egle Sigler Jay Bryant Ahmed Elgendy Mark Collier Allison Randal Eric Fried Graham Hayes Kashinath Gokarn Cheng Yong Zhao ChangBo Guo

About Sean McGinnis

Sean is a Distinguished Engineer in the Dell Technologies Office of the CTO, focusing on programs to support open source usage and involvement across the company.

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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Mohammed Naser

Nominated by: Monty Taylor Sean McGinnis Jonathan Bryce Egle Sigler Mark Collier Allison Randal ChangBo Guo Shamsul Hassan James Penick Cheng Yong Zhao

About Mohammed Naser

Over the past 10 years, I’m happy to have watched the hosting industry transform and be part of the transformation process as it evolved from traditional physical hardware to cloud-native infrastructure, powered by OpenStack.  Since the creation of VEXXHOST, I have had the chance to work with different sorts of customers, ranging from growing small businesses to helping architect solutions for large Fortune 500 companies, based on OpenStack.  I've helped integrate other open infrastructure projects into our commercial offering.

By fostering OpenStack at it’s early days in 2011, it has helped improve the project and our service as a whole. I’ve been a contributor to the project since and I have contributed code to almost every release of OpenStack since then.  I've also served as PTL for Puppet OpenStack, continue to serve as a PTL for OpenStack-Ansible and serve on the technical commitee, chairing tthe commitee for a term.

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Aeva Black

Nominated by: Monty Taylor Egle Sigler Eric Fried Sean McGinnis Graham Hayes Allison Randal Julia Kreger VINOD KUMAR Elliot Nichols Mark Collier

About Aeva Black
Aeva is a veteran open source developer and community leader with 20 years'
experience in the tech sector. They launched OpenStack's Bare Metal program in
2012, enabling performance-sensitive cloud native workloads to run securely
without a hypervisor. After serving on the OpenStack Technical Committee, they
ran the engineering arm of a cloud hosting company for two years before taking
a sabbatical.

Today, Aeva works at Microsoft as the Open Source Program Manager for the Azure
Confidential Computing team. They are also a member of the Kubernetes Code of
Conduct Committee and the Confidential Computing Consortium's Outreach
Committee, and a board member of a Seattle-area non-profit which advocates and
educates for a culture based on consent. Aeva is a lifelong student of the
Dharma, an aspiring writer, and a collector of arcane hobbies.
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ChangBo Guo

Nominated by: Rico Lin Alex Xu Allison Randal Julia Kreger Sean McGinnis pengfei ma Elliot Nichols Fred LI Rong Zhu Jonathan Bryce

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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Amy Marrich

Nominated by: Egle Sigler Dragana Perez Kevin Carter Jay Bryant Julia Kreger Erik McCormick Matthew Thode Dennis DeMarco Arkady Kanevsky John Schofield

About Amy Marrich

Amy Marrich is a Principal Technical Marketing Manager at Red Hat. She previously worked at a small Open Source e-assessment company in Luxembourg where she was the Open Source Community and Global Training Manager.  Previously she was the OpenStack Instructor at Linux Academy and a Linux System Engineer on the Platform Engineering Cloud Operations team at Rackspace. She currently serves on the OpenStack Board, is an active member of the Openstack Ansible project, chair of the OSF Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, and previously the chair of the OpenStack User Committee. Amy spends her free time competing in performance events (agility, FASt Cat, and dock diving) with her Dalmatians and competing in Dressage with her Connemara pony.

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Kurt Garloff

Nominated by: Andreas Falkner Andreas Jaeger Christian Berendt Nils Magnus Vincent Untz Sebastian Wenner Johannes Grassler Johan Christenson Witek Bedyk Artem Goncharov

About Kurt Garloff

I'm currently working on a building a European Cloud initiative - this will be my professional focus starting 2020 after leaving SUSE following their change in direction.

Dec 2018 - Dec 2019, I was responsible for the Cloud and Storage Departments in SUSE R&D.
SUSE builds and maintains the SUSE and Helion OpenStack Cloud Products, is a platinum member of the Foundation and a strong upstream contributor.

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

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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