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Technical Committee

The OpenStack Technical Committee provides technical leadership for OpenStack as a whole. Responsibilities include enforcing OpenStack ideals (such as Openness, Transparency, Commonality, Integration and Quality), deciding on issues that impact multiple programs, providing an ultimate appeals board for technical decisions and general oversight. It is a fully-elected Committee that represents the contributors to the project, and more details about membership and programs may be found in its charter.


Chris Dent

Company
VMware  
Bio

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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Colleen Murphy

Company
SUSE 
Bio

Colleen works at SUSE as a Cloud Developer. She has been an active OpenStack contributor for three years, working with the Puppet Modules team, the OpenStack Infra team, and the keystone team.


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Davanum Srinivas

Company
Futurewei Technologies Inc., Mirantis 
Bio

Davanum Srinivas (a.k.a Dims) is a Principal Architect with Huawei working on OpenStack Nova, Oslo, KeyStone, Magnum and related projects. Dims is actively helping with Requirements and Release Teams in OpenStack as well.

 Previously at Mirantis, he led a team working on improving KeyStone project and infrastructure components like RabbitMQ, MySQL Galera through Oslo projects like Oslo.Messaging and Oslo.DB. He previously worked on IBM PureApplication product as an Architect and lead a team working on Web Services support in WebSphere. Dims has a long track record in open source projects including Apache Cocoon, Axis2, Geronimo at the Apache Software foundation and co-founded WSO2 based on the open source business model.


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Doug Hellmann

Company
Red Hat, Inc 
Bio

Doug Hellmann is employed by Red Hat to work on OpenStack. He is currently serving on the Release Management and Oslo teams and is a member of the Technical Committee.

He started contributing to OpenStack in 2012, just before the Folsom summit. He is one of the founding members of the Ceilometer project, and a core reviewer for the requirements and unified command line interface projects. Doug served as PTL for the release management team for the Mitaka, Newton, and Ocata release cycles. He is part of the team working on the Python 3 transition, and has contributed to several of the infrastructure projects. He also contributes to the unified command line client and SDK projects. Doug served as the PTL for the Oslo project for the Icehouse, Juno, and Kilo releases and is still active on the core review team.

 


Emilien Macchi

Company
Red Hat 
Bio

Emilien is doing OpenStack Engineering at Red Hat,  and has been contributing to several OpenStack projects but mostly to TripleO where he served as project team lead. When he isn't working to make OpenStack deployement simpler, faster, stronger, he's exploring Canada, the country where he has been living for 4 years.


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Graham Hayes

Company
Verizon Cloud Platform VCP - Verizon Wireless 
Bio

Graham is the PTL of Designate.

Graham worked previously as part of the DNSaaS team in HP Helion, and the DNSaaS team in HP Public Cloud before that. As part of this team he was responsible for operating a publicly accessible deployment of Designate, while working on new features for Designate, and developing a Designate in a box product for private cloud use.

Graham then worked on the Kubernetes HA, Scale and Performance Team at SUSE.

He is now working for Verizon Wireless as a DMTS, working on upstream projects.

He has been working on Designate for over four years, and previously has experience in both startup and enterprise software development.


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Jeremy Stanley

Company
OpenStack Foundation 
Bio

A long-time computer hobbyist and technology generalist, Jeremy's worked as a Unix and GNU/Linux sysadmin for more than two decades focusing on information security, Internet services and data center automation. He's a core member of the OpenStack project infrastructure team and serves on both the technical committee and vulnerability management team. In his spare time he writes free software, hacks on open hardware projects and embedded platforms, restores old video game systems and enjoys articles on math theory and cosmology


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Julia Kreger

Company
Red Hat 
Bio

Julia is not your typical engineer. She started her career in networking and eventually shifted to systems engineering. The DevOps movement lead her into software development and the operationalization of software due to the need to automate large scale systems deployments. She is experienced in conveying an operational perspective while bridging that with requirements, and doesn’t mind getting deep down into code to solve a problem.

She is an active core contributor and leader in OpenStack Ironic project, which is a project she feels passionate about due to many misspent hours in data centers deploying hardware. Prior to OpenStack, Julia contributed to the Shared Learning Infrastructure and worked with large scale litigation database systems.

 


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Mohammed Naser

Company
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.

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.

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.


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Paul Belanger

Company
Red Hat Inc. 
Bio

Paul has been an active contributor to OpenStack since September 2012. Paul is a full time contributor to the OpenStack Infrastructure Project; responsible for of the systems that are used in the day to day operation of the OpenStack project as a whole. Prior to joining Red Hat in April 2015, Paul worked as an Asterisk consultant specializing in call centers and automated deployments. Paul currently resides in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with his lovely wife and 2 daughters.


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Sean McGinnis

Company
Huawei 
Bio

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.


Thierry Carrez

Vice President of Engineering

Company
OpenStack Foundation 
Bio

Thierry Carrez is the Vice-President of Engineering at the OpenStack Foundation, in charge of the long-term health of the open source projects under the Foundation. A long-time elected member of the OpenStack Technical Committee, he has been a Release Manager for the OpenStack project since its inception, coordinating the effort and facilitating collaboration between contributors.

Thierry spoke about OpenStack, open innovation and open source project management at various conferences around the world, including OSCON, LinuxCon, and FOSDEM. A Python Software Foundation fellow, he was previously the Technical lead for Ubuntu Server at Canonical, an operational manager for the Gentoo Linux Security Team, and an IT manager in various companies.


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Zane Bitter

Company
Red Hat 
Bio

As a member of the OpenStack Technical Committee, I am working on building consensus around a common technical direction for OpenStack, with a particular interest in the needs of application developers for a full cloud feature set, not just a better way to launch virtual machines.

I am one of the original developers of the Heat project and still a member of the core team. I served as the Heat PTL for the Juno cycle. I work full time on OpenStack for Red Hat.