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Program Committee

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  • Chris Aniszczyk headshot
    Chris Aniszczyk VP, Developer Relations, The Linux Foundation and CTO, CNCF
  • Jono Bacon headshot
    Jono Bacon OSS Event Chair & Founder, Jono Bacon Consulting
  • Lukas Bulwahn headshot
    Lukas Bulwahn Software Safety Key Expert, LF ELISA Project & BMW
  • Donnie Berkholz headshot
    Donnie Berkholz OSS Event Chair & SVP, Product Management, Percona
  • Divya Bhargov headshot
    Divya Bhargov Engineering Director, Greenplum R&D, VMware
  • Dieu Cao headshot
    Dieu Cao Product Lead, Tanzu Application Service, VMware
  • Jerry Cooperstein headshot
    Jerry Cooperstein Director of Training, The Linux Foundation
  • Jonathan Corbet headshot

    Jonathan Corbet is the kernel documentation maintainer, co-founder of, a member of the Linux Foundation’s Technical Advisory Board, and the lead author of Linux Device Drivers, Third Edition.  He lives in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

  • Frédéric Desbiens headshot
    Frédéric Desbiens Program Manager, IoT and Edge Computing, Eclipse Foundation
  • Jake Edge headshot
    Jake Edge Journalist & Editor,
  • Lee Elston headshot
    Lee Elston Instructor / Course Maintainer, The Linux Foundation
  • Neville George headshot
    Neville George Manager, Comcast
  • Kathy Giori headshot

    Kathy Giori has spent her career of more than 30 years working in technology companies in the SF Bay Area. Her current focus to pay that career success forward is to spend much of her time supporting MicroBlocks, as head of Global Partnerships and Outreach. MicroBlocks is a non-profit STEM organization that has developed the first truly “live” open source physical computing tool for programming microcontrollers.

    As part of her industry career she was most recently Director of Product Engineering at ZEDEDA, and held numerous executive and product roles at Mozilla, Arduino, Qualcomm, Etak/Sony, SRI, and four startups, two of which she co-founded and led as CEO. Kathy volunteered as a TechWomen professional mentor for the last 4 years and continues to collaborate with fellows. She has given numerous talks at Linux Foundation and other industry events, has organized technology workshops, and is often promoting the benefits of open hardware and software to industry, since bridging open communities with industry drives faster innovation. She received her bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and her master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford.

  • Ibrahim Haddad headshot

    Dr. Ibrahim Haddad is the Executive Director of the LF AI & Data Foundation . Throughout his career, Haddad has held technology and portfolio management roles at Ericsson Research, the Open Source Development Labs, Motorola, Palm, Hewlett-Packard, the Linux Foundation and Samsung Research. He writes and speaks on topics ranging from legal compliance to using open source as an R&D tool to drive collaboration and innovation. [@IbrahimAtLinux]

  • Darren Hart headshot
    Darren Hart Distinguished Engineer, Ampere Computing
  • Maureen Helm headshot
    Maureen Helm Principal Software Engineer, Intel
  • Dr. Ofer Hermoni headshot
    Dr. Ofer Hermoni Co-Founder, SybarIP & LF AI Technical Advisory Council Chairperson
  • Nicole Huesman headshot
    Nicole Huesman Director of Marketing and Community Outreach, O3DE
  • Starlord headshot
    Starlord Founder, Zilliz
  • Sunil Kamath headshot
    Sunil Kamath Director of Product Management, Microsoft
  • Greg Kroah-Hartman headshot

    Greg is among a distinguished group of software developers who maintain Linux at the kernel level. In his role as Linux Foundation Fellow, he continues his work as the maintainer for the Linux stable kernel branch and a variety of subsystems while working in a fully neutral environment.

  • Shuah Khan headshot
    Shuah Khan OSS Event Chair & Linux Fellow, The Linux Foundation
  • Jessica Kim headshot
    Jessica Kim ED Ecosystem Development/ Lead, Huawei & LF AI Outreach Chair
  • Miranda LeBlanc headshot
    Miranda LeBlanc Solutions Engineer, Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Sasha Levin headshot
    Sasha Levin Sr. Staff Software Engineer, Google
  • Joshua Lock headshot
    Joshua Lock Open Source Software Engineer, VMware
  • Yanjun Ma headshot
    Yanjun Ma Director, Deep Learning Platform, Baidu
  • Dr. Michael Maximilien headshot
    Dr. Michael Maximilien CTO, Cloud Advocacy, IBM
  • Dr. Michael Meskes headshot
    Dr. Michael Meskes CIO, Instaclustr Group & GM, credativ GmbH
  • Ron Minnich headshot
    Ron Minnich Software Engineer, Google
  • Maggie Neterval headshot
    Maggie Neterval Software Engineer, Google
  • Nicole Pappler headshot
    Nicole Pappler CTO & Founder, AlektoMetis
  • Tim Pepper headshot
    Tim Pepper Principal Engineer, VMware
  • Josephene Pynadath headshot
    Josephene Pynadath Product Designer, Pivotal
  • Tameika Reed headshot
    Tameika Reed Founder & CEO, Women in Linux
  • Steven Rostedt headshot
    Steven Rostedt Software Engineer, Google
  • Nithya Ruff headshot

    Nithya A. Ruff is the Head of Amazon’s Open Source Program Office. Open Source has proven
    to be one of the world’s most prolific enablers of innovation and collaboration and Amazon’s
    customers increasingly value open source innovation and the and cloud’s role in helping them
    adopt and run important open source services. She drives open source culture and
    coordination inside of Amazon and engagement with external communities. Prior to Amazon,
    she started and grew Comcast and Western Digital’s Open Source Program Offices. Open
    Source Program Offices are a critical part of a company’s digital transformation and innovation

    Nithya has been director-at-large on the Linux Foundation Board for the last 5 years and in
    2019 was elected to be Chair of the influential Linux Foundation Board. She works actively to
    advance the mission of the Linux Foundation around building sustainable ecosystems that are
    built on open collaboration. She is a passionate advocate and a speaker for opening doors to
    new and diverse people in technology and can often be seen speaking and writing on this topic.
    Nithya graduated with an M.S. in Computer Science from NDSU and an MBA from the
    University of Rochester, Simon Business School and is an aspiring corporate board director and
    governance enthusiast. You can follow her on twitter @nithyaruff and you can find her

  • Shilla Saebi headshot
    Shilla Saebi Sr. Open Source Program Manager, Comcast
  • Laura Santamaria headshot

    As a Lead Developer Advocate at Dell Technologies, Laura Santamaria loves to learn and explain how things work to bridge the gaps in engineering disciplines. She is the curator for A Minute on the Mic, a cohost for The Hallway Track podcast, and the ex-host of Quick Bites of Cloud Engineering on YouTube. As a community member, she co-hosts Austin DevOps and Cloud Austin, taught Python for Women Who Code Austin for many years, organizes DevOpsDays Austin, is a member of the PyTexas Foundation, and has been a returning program committee member for Open Source Summit’s Cloud Open track. Outside of tech, Laura runs, plays with her dogs, throws discs, and watches clouds—the real kind.

  • Timothy Serewicz headshot
    Timothy Serewicz Training Program Director, The Linux Foundation
  • Jason Smith headshot
    Jason Smith Principal Engineer, UL LLC
  • Kate Stewart headshot

    Kate Stewart is a Senior Director of Strategic Programs, responsible for the Open Compliance programs encompassing the SPDX, FOSSology, OpenChain, and other compliance-related projects. Kate was one of the founders of SPDX, and is currently the specification lead. Since joining The Linux Foundation, she has also launched Real-Time Linux and Zephyr Project.

    With almost 30 years of experience in the software industry, she has held a variety of roles and worked as a developer in Canada, Australia, and the US and for the last 20 years has managed software development teams in the US, Canada, UK, India, and China. She received her Master’s in computer science from the University of Waterloo and her Bachelor’s of computer science (co-op program) from the University of Manitoba.

  • Christopher Temple headshot
    Christopher Temple Lead Safety & Reliability Architect, Arm Germany GmbH
  • Theodore Ts’o headshot
    Theodore Ts’o Sr. Staff Engineer, Google
  • Jean-Marie Verdun headshot
    Jean-Marie Verdun Senior Strategist Open Platform, HPE
  • Behan Webster headshot
    Behan Webster Principal Consultant, Converse in Code
  • Dr. Han Xiao headshot
    Dr. Han Xiao Founder & CEO, Jina AI
  • Denise Yu headshot
    Denise Yu Senior Software Engineer, GitHub
  • Elena Zannoni headshot
    Elena Zannoni Sr. Engineering Director, Oracle
  • Zhipeng (Howard) Huang headshot
    Zhipeng (Howard) Huang Principle Engineer, Huawei