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User Committee

As the number of production OpenStack deployments increase and more ecosystem partners add support for OpenStack clouds, it becomes increasingly important that the communities building services around OpenStack guide and influence the product evolution. The OpenStack User Committee mission is to:

If you are an OpenStack user, please take the OpenStack User Survey and join the mailing list to help the User Committee better define user requirements and serve the community. If you are interested in volunteering to help with User Committee efforts, please email the mailing list.

The user committee is led by a core group five individuals, who provide oversight and guidance to a number of working groups that target specific areas for improvement.


Amy Marrich

Type of Director
Individual Representative 

Red Hat


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. 


Belmiro Moreira



Belmiro Moreira is an enthusiastic software engineer passionate about the challenges and complexities of architecting and deploying Cloud Infrastructures in very large-scale environments. He works at CERN and during the last four years his main role was to design, develop and build the CERN Cloud Infrastructure based on Openstack. Previously he worked in different virtualization projects to improve the large batch farm at CERN. Belmiro also holds a degree in Mathematics.


Jaesuk Ahn

SKT, SK Telecom


Jaesuk Ahn have received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Texas at Austin, in 2004 and 2009, respectively, all in Software Engineering. Upon the graduation, he joined Korea Telecom from Sept. 2009, where he started to work on Open Source Cloud Technologies, especially on OpenStack Project. he had led a development team to architect, develop, and deploy opoenstack-based cloud platform for KT's internal private cloud till 2014. He joined a venture company called cloud4u at 2014 working at developing cloud tool chain to design, orechestrate, provision, monitor systems on cloud environment. He also worked as a main architect to develop open paas platform for the government. He is currently working at SK Telecom on the research project related to Software Defined Data Center as well as production openstack deployment and operation. Especially, he is currently working on putting OpenStack on Kubernetes leveraging Kolla and OpenStack-Helm Project.  

He has also been involved in openstack community from early stage. he founded OpenStack Korea User group at 2011, since then, he has been doing various activities to promote OpenStack in Korea. In addition, He has been working as one of main organizers of OpenStack Day in Korea event since 2014. 


John Studarus

JHL Consulting


John leads the OpenStack San Diego official user group getting the community excited about OpenStack! He runs an OpenStack cloud for the community so user group members can try out the things they learn at the monthly meetings.


He got involved with OpenStack after being involved security cloud environments for one of his clients. He loves the flexibility of OpenStack and being able to get his hands dirty tinkering with cloud environments.

For the last twenty years, John has been providing technical risk management services evaluating complex distributed systems for potential operational and security risk. Consulting for the telecommunications, pharmaceutical, and financial services industries, he performs audits and assessments of internal systems and external vendor platforms to identify compliance and security risks. He’s a graduate of the University of California, San Diego and Carnegie Mellon University.

John provides cloud and technical risk management services with JHL Consulting. He got involved with OpenStack while rolling out cloud security products for AT&T and Leidos into public and private clouds. As part of giving back to the OpenStack community, John runs the San Diego OpenStack Meetup group providing technical workshops and speaker presentations.


Mohamed Elsakhawy

SHARCNET, Compute Canada


Mohamed received his M.Sc . in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Western University, Canada and his B.Sc. from Alexandria University, Egypt. He currently works for SHARCNET Supercomputing Consortium and is the Operational Lead of the Compute Canada National Cloud team. The team is responsible for architecting, deploying and operating Openstack clouds that support very unique workloads, including ATLAS Tier-2 and the New-Horizons space probe big-data indexing platform. 

Mohamed became involved with Openstack in early 2015 and has been a frequent speaker/attendee of the Openstack summits. In 2017, he started the Southwestern Ontario User Group  to get the Openstack user-base in the region to meet, share knowledge and have fun!  Over the last few years, he has been involved in the Openstack community in multiple capacities including serving on the summit programming committee, forum selection committee and in the UC elections.