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2021 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 Allison Randal Mohammed Naser Amy Marrich Egle Sigler Armin Ranjbar Jay Bryant Tristan Goode Ramon Sampang Enea Bionda

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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Allison Randal

Nominated by: Tim Bell Julia Kreger Mohammed Naser Thierry Carrez Jonathan Bryce Egle Sigler Amy Marrich Armin Ranjbar Tristan Goode Ramon Sampang

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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Amy Marrich

Nominated by: Allison Randal Julia Kreger Egle Sigler Michael Daitzman Armin Ranjbar Dennis DeMarco Jason Vervlied Kiran Pola Sean McGinnis Jay Bryant

About Amy Marrich
Amy has been involved in Open Source since its early years as both an Operator and as an Open Source Software Development Manager. She joined the OpenStack community with the Grizzly release in 2013 while operating a private cloud and started contributing patches during the Mitaka release while at Rackspace. Over the years she has become a Core Reviewer on several projects and has held various leadership roles. She currently serves on the Open Infrastructure Foundation Board of Directors and is Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. In addition, she is a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee, chair of the OIF Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, and previously served as the chair of the OpenStack User Committee. Amy is currently employed at Red Hat as an Open Source Evangelist and Principal Technical Marketing Manager while also serving as the Community Architect for the RDO Project.
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Julia Kreger

Nominated by: Allison Randal Thierry Carrez Amy Marrich Egle Sigler Michael Daitzman Armin Ranjbar Jay Bryant Arkady Kanevsky Mohammed Naser Rico Lin

About Julia Kreger

I started my working career in technology close to 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 me 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, I 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. 

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


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Shane Wang

Nominated by: Allison Randal Ruoyu Ying Rico Lin ChangBo Guo Jonathan Bryce Ghanshyam Mann Prakash Ramchandran Horace Li Armin Ranjbar Malini Bhandaru

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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Mohammed Naser

Nominated by: Julia Kreger Thierry Carrez Allison Price Allison Randal Armin Ranjbar Tristan Goode Ahmed Khouder Jay Bryant Arkady Kanevsky Rico Lin

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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Rico Lin

Nominated by: Julia Kreger ChangBo Guo Jonathan Bryce Amy Marrich Ghanshyam Mann Prakash Ramchandran Shane Wang Jimmy McArthur Armin Ranjbar Mark Collier

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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Sean McGinnis

Nominated by: Mohammed Naser Tim Bell Rico Lin Amy Marrich Jimmy McArthur Ghanshyam Mann Armin Ranjbar Allison Price Rajini Karthik Malini Bhandaru

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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Armin Ranjbar

Nominated by: Bahador Baradari Michael Feddema Danial Ghaemi Alireza Hashmi Alex Farhoudi Azad Poursadegh Jimmy McArthur Roland Pieper Paolo Vecchi Reza Afgheh

About Armin Ranjbar

Armin was a Coder before going to school, ran multiple companies, running OpenStack and other opensource platforms for large scale/mission-critical customers across the world, fascinated by the future of the community.

During the past decade, Armin has been Instilling the whole concept of open infrastructures with the highest government and corporate levels in Europe, including Telcos, Banks, Research institutes, federation (Such as GAIA-X), and large corporations, and that experience is something that I can bring to the table.

Hybree has been actively seeking the goal of helping larger scale companies switching to Open Infrastructure by addressing their concerns, helping them with training and hand-holding, as well as providing a robust hybrid cloud alternative.

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Prakash Ramchandran

Nominated by: Digambar Patil Sagar Nangare Chintan Oza Vivek Hariharan Trinath Somanchi Pradip Kadam Krishna M Kumar Vipin Rathi Sanjay Singh Abhishek Kekane

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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Malini Bhandaru

Nominated by: Prakash Ramchandran Ganesh Hiregoudar Trinath Somanchi Ruturaj Kadikar Vipin Rathi Shane Wang Sean McGinnis Rajini Karthik Allison Price Davanum Srinivas

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Ghanshyam Mann

Nominated by: Vishal Manchanda Allison Price Rico Lin Jonathan Bryce Mark Collier Prakash Ramchandran Goutham Pacha Ravi Masayuki Igawa Akihiro Motoki Ruturaj Kadikar

About Ghanshyam Mann
Ghanshyam is currently serving multiple roles in OpenInfra/OpenStack Community. He is the Individual Board of Directors in OpenInfra Foundation, Chair of the OpenStack Technical Committee, Core developer in various OpenStack projects (Nova, QA and a few more), and also served as OpenStack QA project PTL. He started working in OpenStack with NEC in 2012 as a cloud support engineer, and since 2014 he has been involved in upstream development. His main upstream focus is on Nova, QA, API stability, and CI/CD. In addition, he is passionate about bringing more contributors to the Open Infra family and helping them in onboarding in the community via different programs like First Contact SIG, Upstream Institute Trainings, and mentorship. Before OpenStack Upstream, he worked in different domains like Avionics, Storage, Cloud, and Virtualization. Ghanshyam started his career in technology as a C++ software developer to automate the flight management system which reduces flight operating costs as well as the pilot workload. He has also been a frequent speaker in various Open Source events such as OpenStack summit, Open Infra summit, Open source summit, Open Infra Days, and LinuxCon on various topics like RESTful API, QA, Cloud Backup, Open Source Community Building, Open Source Governance. In addition, he has been actively involved in various PoC and solutions designs around Cloud OSS and currently serving as Cloud Consultant in NEC. More Details:
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Rupal Shirpurkar

Nominated by: Rupal Shirpurkar Prashant Mishra Anni Lai Davanum Srinivas Ghanshyam Mann JohnJun Yang Shane Wang Fred LI Zili Tong Jay Bryant

About Rupal Shirpurkar

As a Business Head at Click2Cloud, Rupal is leading the global business relationship in China, Japan, Hongkong, USA & other Asia Pacific Regions. She has collaborated with top Cloud providers (Alibaba, Baidu, Softbank, etc.) with Migration technology, Multi-Cloud Management & Assessment platform.

Her focused area is Go-To-Market Strategy and joint cloud solution/service offerings based on Openstack with Huawei, T-Systems, Telefonica, Orange & Non-Openstack cloud provider includes Alibaba, SoftBank, Ant Financial, Microsoft China, and RedHat.

                 Rupal is a foundation Member at OpenStack since 2016; As OpenStack Foundation member she is helping to achieve the OpenStack Mission through technical contributions and community building efforts. Click2cloud has been part of the development/ support of Open Infrastructure Foundation's though Huawei, which is world class software that is leading organizations to have a clear transition from IaaS to Cloud Native Infrastructure.  

                 She along with her team at Click2Cloud, is building the migration platform to move the workload from on prem to Openstack. They are also running the OpenStack cloud to deploy the products (CloudsBrain + Cloud Intel) which has been in production since July 2017

                 She is passionate about strategies and OpenSource community. She is  one of the earliest SODA foundations (under Linux Foundation) member & active contributor for enterprise adoption and key partnership building with storage vendors /cloud providers.

                 She is Alibaba’s MVP, responsible to manage and grow their Cloud business with click2cloud product & strategy; working with Alibaba leadership & Product Leads for building end to end technology solutions in cloud computing, data platforms and DevOps with key focus on hybrid workloads.

                 She is early member and representative at Centaurus platform for building a unified and scalable distributed cloud infrastructure.

                 She is OC at openGauss community for helping enterprises to migrate the workload from Oracle to OpenGauss/ PGSQL.

                 She is part of Azure Migrate Program (AMP) - Working with Microsoft Data & AI engineering & product management team for building Industry Specific end-to-end use case for field. Also, labs for partners to easily deploy and configure demo on customer’s Azure Subscription. (Azure Migrate private/DMA/DMS/ SSMA)


She has been a speaker in more than 25 technology conferences across the globe; Linux foundation, Google, TiE, Alibaba Submits, Openstack, AWS women leadership, Global Submit, Huawei Connect, Baidu ABC, OpenInfra, Inspire, Student empowerment and many more sharing the stage with full of incredible speakers & leaders.

Personally, she is big promoter of OpenSource ecosystem includes Openstack foundation, OpenSDS, CNCF, Linux Foundation. Apart from my professional career, she along with my team is pushing the boundaries, to make a difference in youth empowerment and women in tech– the upcoming Leaders in India. She is excited and looking forward to challenges and more learning experiences!







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Prashant Mishra

Nominated by: Rupal Shirpurkar Prashant Mishra Anni Lai Davanum Srinivas Ghanshyam Mann JohnJun Yang Shane Wang Fred LI Zili Tong Jay Bryant

About Prashant Mishra

Prashant Mishra is a serial entrepreneur and tech-savvy innovator. His experience includes Opensource Board member, VP of Wells Fargo, EVP at Persistent systems, Development Manager at Microsoft. He has successfully built two progressive companies that were later acquired by Persistent System and HP. He previously worked as a OS developer at Microsoft along with managing large scale production deployments and services for windows licenses.

Currently, he is the CEO at Click2Cloud which is collaborated with 18 Leading Cloud providers (Alibaba, Baidu, Softbank, etc.) mostly from Asia and North America, where click2cloud is helping them with Migration technology, Multi-Cloud Management & Assessment platform.

Prashant has been an elected individual director and management board on Opensource since 2012.

  • Major opensource contributions from Prashant are Red Hat Plugin, Windows Container design for heterogeneous system on Cloud foundry and Linux Foundation projects.
  • He is governing board representative at Centaurus (Open Cloud Infra), an open-source platform for building a unified and scalable distributed cloud infrastructure.
  • Technical Steering Committee (TSC) at SODA Foundation & open Gauss community.
  • He is Alibaba’s MVP for supporting community and in past nominated by Microsoft for similar contributions.

His team is running the OpenStack cloud to deploy the products (CloudsBrain + Cloud Intel) which has been in production since July 2017. His outstanding contribution to multiple opensource communities includes CNCF, SODA Foundation, Manage IQ, open Gauss, Centaurus, Red Hat, HarmonyOS, OpenEuler and many more.

Apart from his active contribution, he has led several speaking session such as SODACON 2020, Kubecon, Microsoft Ignite, IBM Connect, Red Hat partner conference, Alibaba Apsara Conference, Cloud Foundry Summit, Kubernetes Forum, Summit by Huawei and Cloud Native Conf( Europe)by CNCF.

Click2Cloud has two nodes where Opensource OpenStack & Red Hat OpenStack are deployed individually to have almost 60 VMs running in real-time.

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Erik Olof Gunnar Andersson

Nominated by: Sidney Sedlak Jens Harbott Duc Truong Tim Bell Nicolas Bock Allison Price Jimmy McArthur Thierry Carrez Jonathan Bryce Lance Albertson

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Kurt Garloff

Nominated by: Kurt Garloff Christian Berendt Clemens Hardewig Alexander Navratil Tobias Rydberg Thierry Carrez Thore Bahr Colleen Murphy Sean McGinnis Andreas Jaeger

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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