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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors provides strategic and financial oversight of Foundation resources and staff.


Alan Clark

Type of Director
Platinum Representative 

SUSE

Bio

Experienced industry leader, open source advocate, a member of the SUSE leadership team, and SUSE strategy adviser for new industry initiatives and open source.

 

Allison Randal

Type of Director
Individual Representative 

Software Freedom Conservancy, Eigenstate Ltd, Ericsson Software Technology, The Perl Foundation, Onyx Neon, Inc.

Bio

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.

 

Amy Marrich

Type of Director
Individual Representative 

O.A.T

Bio

Amy Marrich is the Open Source Community and Global Training Manager at O.A.T and previously was the OpenStack Instructor at Linux Academy, a Linux System Engineer on the Platform Engineering Cloud Operations team at Rackspace. She is an active member of the Openstack Ansible project and currently serves as the chair both the User Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. She has been working in various positions in the IT world for over 20 years, her experience ranges from management and engineering in regards to software development, linux operations, and cloud computing. She lives in New Braunfels, TX with her spouse, three dogs, and two horses. 

 

Arkady Kanevsky

Type of Director
Gold Representative 

Dell EMC

Bio

Arkady has been a member of OpenStack since Grizzly. He is director of engineering leading a team of developers responsible for development of DellEMC OpenStack solutions.  Arkady has PhD. in CS from UIUC.  He straddled academic, research, architect, developer, and product owner roles.  Arkady roles included  but not limited to, research publications and Program committee member for various conferences like FAST (https://www.usenix.org/legacy/events/fast11/organizers.html), Chair or board member  of several standard activities, like DAT (http://www.datcollaborative.org),  OpenFabric (https://www.openfabrics.org/index.php) and MPI-RT (http://www.cse.msstate.edu/~yogi/dandass-mpirt-2004.pdf) to product delivery, like EMC Atmos, Dell OpenStack solutions among others.

Arkady represents Dell Technologies at OpenStack, including Dell EMC, VMware, Pivotal, VirtuStream.

 

Christopher Price

Type of Director
Platinum Representative 

Ericsson AB, Ericsson Software Technology

Bio

I am focused on, and passionate about, open source technologies for next generation networks.  Primarily a developer my career has been focused on building and deploying networking technologies for global and carrier networks, more recently my attention has turned to open source community and technology advancement. 

A strong believer in collaborative development and open technology ecosystem enablement I am fully invested in exposing technology through open source for global adoption and advancement.

 

Clemens Hardewig

Type of Director
Gold Representative 

Deutsche Telekom T-Systems

Bio

Clemens is born in Germany and married with three kids, I have a PhD in computer science and worked in the communication industry in different managerial roles in IT.

Working for Deutsche Telekom-T-Systems since 1997,  IT wise Clemens grew up in the **ix space and became excited with Opensource and community work already early in my carrier. Since then, the use and promotion of Opensource Technology in the different stations of my carrier is one of the red lines Clemens always tried to facilitate and develop.

Being with Deutsche Telekom in different managerial roles, Clemens has been involved in depth  in Community Work as eg in the early days of Mobile Internet where I helped to develop the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Community as a accounable representative for DT.

After several years in Mobile Communications and traditional IT as Technical Manager, Clemens took the opportunity and leads since 2014 the Technology team within T-Systems which builds and delivers the Open Telekom Cloud (OTC), a public cloud offering in Europe based on Openstack and being currently accountable for the teams of architects, engineers, operations and consultants.

 

Daniel Becker

Type of Director
Platinum Representative 

Red Hat


Fred LI

Type of Director
Platinum Representative 

Huawei

Bio

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.

 

Johan Christenson

Type of Director
Gold Representative 

City Network Hosting AB

Bio

Johan Christenson is a serial entrepreneur whom has successfully exited multiple companies he founded. After receiving a graduate degree in Engineering, from Florida Institute of Technology, his focus turned to the digital space. He has raised money both in the US and Europe from venture capical firms such as Benchmark Capital and Balderton Capital.

Johan is the founder and CEO of City Network, which offers a global public cloud as well as private clouds for enterprises - all based on OpenStack. City Networks mission is to enable innovation and focuses on enterprises with regulatory challenges such as banks and insurance companies.

Johan sees OpenStack as critical for all enterprises in order to provide options and create competition in an ever more centralized infrastructure world. He, and the team at City, empower new types of industries and markets to use the power of OpenStack, to enable and increase innovation in their organizations.

Johan is based in Sweden.

 

Julia Kreger

Type of Director
Individual Representative 

Red Hat

Bio

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. 

 

 

junwei liu

Type of Director
Gold Representative 

China Mobile Suzhou Software Technology Co., Ltd - China Mobile Suzhou Research Center, China Mobile Research Institute, China Mobile Research Institute

Bio

JunWei Liu serves as Director Of OpenStack Foundation in 2017. He works at China Mobile for eight years and he is the vice General Manager of Cloud Product Deparment,China Mobile SuZhou R&D Center. Over the last 8+ years,he has worked on developing and building China Mobile's cloud products-"Big Cloud",which is an fully cloud software stack including computing,storage,network,security and cloud management platform. As the cheif architect of Big Cloud, Junwei leads a team more than 400 people to construct China Mobile's public cloud (It‘s one of the biggest public cloud based openstack including 4000 physical nodes) and private cloud (It's one of the biggest private cloud based openstack including 24000 physical nodes,20000 baremetal nodes base ironic). So junwei has rich experience in cloud R&D and operation, especially for openstack. His team won OpenStack SuperUser in 2016 and they give back their experience to OpenStack Community all the time, for example telecom demand about availability and scalability, real demand for end-user, deep customization for workload. 

JunWei Liu is also very active for OpenStack's promotion and landing in China. For example, he is an organizer of  China OpenStack Hackathon and Meet-up in SuZhou. He always comes up some unique idea for OpenStack based the demand of China Mobile's customers. He often leads his team to share their experience for China OpenStack users and make OpenStack more mature cooperating China Mobile's partners.

 

Kurt Garloff

Type of Director
Individual Representative 

None

Bio

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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Li Kai

Type of Director
Gold Representative 

99cloud

Bio

I am Kai and am the CSO/Co-founder from 99CLOUD. I had been devoting myself for OpenStack for more than 7 years from 2012. 99CLOUD is  the NO.3 code committer. We believe with Open Infra tech, we can some how change the world and help client better in their IT and bussiness transformation. Prior to 99CLOUD, I worked for Intel from 2006~2012 as a SW engineer and Accenture 2012~2014 as Cloud Manager.  

 

Mohammed Naser

Type of Director
Individual Representative 

VEXXHOST, Inc.

Bio

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.

 

Prakash Ramchandran

Type of Director
Individual Representative 

Dell

Bio

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, 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 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.

 

Ruan HE

Type of Director
Platinum Representative 

Tencent

Bio

Dr. Ruan HE is currently chief architect Tencent Cloud TStack and has more than 9 years working experiences in cloud computing and cybersecurity.

 

Ryan Beisner

Type of Director
Gold Representative 

OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors, Ceph Foundation, Canonical Ltd.

Bio

As the Engineering Manager at Canonical, Ryan leads a global team of open-source software developers who focus on delivering upgradable, supportable distribution methodologies and lifecycle automation tooling surrounding OpenStack, Ceph, and other open-source software infrastructure projects.  He and his team produce and maintain the Ubuntu Cloud Archive, one of the long-standing primary vehicles for OpenStack consumption.  His team's efforts ensure that OpenStack is a first-class citizen in the widely popular Ubuntu Linux distribution.

Ryan is an active member of the Board of Directors of the OpenStack Foundation.  He serves on the board’s finance committee, placing a strong personal focus on the areas of community and commercial sustainability.  He is a core reviewer in the OpenStack Charms project and a contributor to various other open-source projects, both within and adjacent to the OpenStack communities.

In 2018, he helped form the Ceph Foundation, bringing together Ubuntu, Canonical, the Ceph community, and many other organizations to support the ongoing needs of the Ceph project which is an important open-source distributed storage component in many OpenStack and Kubernetes distributions.

His background is in network engineering, software development, and open-source system integration.  His managed services business was acquired by a regional US-based ISP/telecom in 2009, after 9 years of successful operations.  He served as Director of Operations at the telecom, leading its private cloud infrastructure engineering and deployment efforts before shifting gears to focus on OpenStack and Ubuntu in 2014.

 

Ryan van Wyk

Type of Director
Platinum Representative 

AT&T

Bio

Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Network Cloud Engineering. 21 years of experience in Information Technology Management, Software Architecture, Project/Program Management, Development, Open Source and Systems Integration of Emerging Technologies. Currently leading the development of world’s largest network function virtualization cloud. Received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management Information Systems (M.I.S.) & Engineering Management from Saint Louis University, and a MBA from Washington University - Olin Business School.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanvanwyk

 

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Shane Wang

Type of Director
Individual Representative 

Intel

Bio

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.

 

Tim Bell

Type of Director
Individual Representative 

CERN

Bio

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 http://techblog.web.cern.ch .

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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Vijoy Pandey

Type of Director
Gold Representative 

Cisco

Bio

Vijoy is the VP and CTO of Cloud at Cisco, having joined Cisco in August 2018.

Vijoy was previously at Google where he has held various leadership roles in the architecture, engineering and operations of Google's global data center networking footprint, Cloud networking, and their two global WAN networks. He also led the development of software and systems for intent-driven zero-touch automation, diagnostic telemetry, data analytics and ML/AI and application-level awareness in the infrastructure.

Prior to Google, Vijoy served in numerous CTO capacities including CTO of Networking at IBM Cloud and at IBM Systems and Software Group; CTO of Blade Network Technologies, and has led global Engineering teams at Blade Network Technologies, Nortel and Alteon.

Vijoy has led the industry’s automation and data analytics efforts for cloud-scale networks, and was instrumental in delivering many industry firsts – including the first intent-driven e2e automation framework at Cloud scale, the first Open Source SDN controller; the first VM-aware switch, and the first low-latency HFT/HPC switch.

He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science, and holds over 60 patents in distributed systems & networking.

 

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Xin Zhong

Type of Director
Gold Representative 

China Unicom Wo Cloud

Bio

Xin Zhong got his Master Degree from Tsinghua University in 2003. He has nearly 20 years of open source related experience. He is an expert in Linux OS, distributed storage and cloud computing. He has been involved in development and operation of several large-scale internet and enterprise cloud platform as technical director or chief architect.Currently, he is the CTO of Wo Cloud for China Unicom.He is in charge of the development team with nearly 200 engineers who are working for public cloud, private cloud and multi-cloud management products.