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Keynote Speakers

  • Stephen Augustus headshot

    Stephen is a Black engineering director and leader in open source communities.

    He is Cisco’s first Head of Open Source, within the Emerging Technologies & Incubation division.

    For Kubernetes, he has co-founded transformational elements of the project, including the KEP (Kubernetes Enhancements Proposal) process, the Release Engineering subproject, and Working Group Naming. Stephen has also previously served as a chair for both SIG PM and SIG Azure.

    He continues his work in Kubernetes as a Chair for SIG Release, a Lead for WG Naming, and an owner of Enhancements subproject.

    Across the wider CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation) ecosystem, Stephen has the pleasure of being one of the Program Chairs for KubeCon / CloudNativeCon, the cloud native community’s flagship conference, a SIG Contributor Strategy Chair, and a maintainer for the Dex project.

    He is a prolific contributor to CNCF projects, amongst the top 25 (as of writing) code/content committers, all-time.

    In 2020, Stephen co-founded the Inclusive Naming Initiative, a cross-industry group dedicated to helping projects and companies make consistent, responsible choices to remove harmful language across codebases, standards, and documentation. He leads multiple workstreams here and maintains the initiative’s infrastructure.

    He has previously held positions at VMWare (via Heptio), Red Hat, and CoreOS.

    Stephen is based in New York City.

  • Clayton Coleman headshot

    Architect, engineer, and strategic visionary for application platforms in the cloud at Red Hat. Core contributor to OpenShift and Kubernetes, the open source platform as a service and the containerized cluster manager. Has helped set the direction for the evolution of cloud native applications and the platforms that enable them.

  • Aeva Black headshot

    Aeva Black is a queer and non-binary hacker. After nearly twenty five years of contributing to and leading open source projects while working in the private sector, Aeva now leads open source security for the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

  • Lei Zhang headshot

    Lei is a co-maintainer of Kubernetes community, and co-chair of CNCF App Delivery SIG. Lei is co-leading engineering effort in Alibaba including Kubernetes and large-scale cluster management system. Before it, Lei worked for Hyper_ and Microsoft Research (MSR). Lei is a popular speaker in KubeCon.

  • William Morgan headshot

    William Morgan is the CEO of Buoyant. Prior to founding Buoyant, he was an infrastructure engineer at Twitter, where he ran several teams building on product-facing backend infrastructure. He has worked at Powerset, Microsoft, adap.tv, and MITRE Corp, and has been contributing to open source for over 20 years.

  • Liz Rice headshot

    My background and core competence is systems software engineering, but I love the whole process of building products. I’ve been in startups that have succeeded and others that have failed. I enjoy writing code, and understanding how other people will use it.

    I’m Chief Open Source Officer with eBPF pioneers Isovalent, creators of the Cilium project, which provides cloud native networking, observability and security. Prior to that I was VP Open Source Engineering with security specialists Aqua Security. I’m chair of the CNCF’s Technical Oversight Committee, and I co-chaired the KubeCon / CloudNativeCon 2018 events in Copenhagen, Shanghai and Seattle. I’m also an Ambassador for Open UK.

  • Vaibhav Kamra headshot

    Vaibhav Kamra is CTO at Kasten by Veeam, which is tackling Day 2 data management challenges to help enterprises confidently run applications on Kubernetes. Previously, Vaibhav has worked at Dell EMC, Maginatics and Microsoft, where his focus has been on storage, filesystems and databases. He is also one of the contributors to Kanister — an open source framework for application-level data management on Kubernetes and the Data Protection Working Group in Kubernetes.

  • Stefan Prodan headshot

    Stefan is a Developer Experience engineer at Weaveworks and an open source contributor to cloud-native projects like Flagger, FluxCD, Helm Operator, SMI and others. He worked as a software architect and a DevOps consultant, helping companies embrace DevOps and the SRE movement. Stefan has over 15 years of experience with software development and he enjoys programming in Go and writing about distributed.

  • Constance Caramanolis headshot

    Constance is a senior software engineer at Splunk, formerly Omnition, contributing to OpenTelemetry. Previous to Omnition, she worked at Lyft as part of the data platform and server networking teams. While at Lyft, Constance built, deployed, and configured Envoy internally, and maintained the open source project.

  • Thomas Di Giacomo headshot

    Thomas Di Giacomo is Chief Technology and Product Officer for SUSE, where he leads our global Office of the CTO and Product and Solution Management. His team covers SUSE’s entire portfolio of products as well as innovation priorities. He is also responsible for driving and guiding SUSE’s current and future technology and solutions, and for sharing SUSE’s vision with customers, partners, and key industry stakeholders.

  • Carlos Eduardo de Paula headshot

    Carlos is a RISC-V Ambassador and works for Red Hat as a Cloud Architect designing cloud solutions for customers and helping them into the cloud journey. Writes about Kubernetes and containers on alternate architectures like ARM and RISC-V building hybrid architecture clusters and talking at conferences like RISC-V Summit, QCon Brasil.

  • Brenda Chan headshot

    Brenda Chan is an Engineering Director at VMware, focused on the developer experience for Tanzu. Brenda has worked at multiple start ups and joined VMware in 2020 through an acquisition. Brenda was the first external contributor to the Knative project and has been on the Steering Committee and Trademark committee since the committee’s inception, focusing on improving project governance and trademark usage.

  • Bob Killen headshot

    Bob is a Program Manager at the Google Open Source Programs Office with a focus on Cloud Native computing. He serves the Kubernetes project as a member of the Kubernetes Steering Committee, a chair of the Contributor Experience Special Interest Group and has been involved in many other cross-cutting areas of the project. Bob comes from an academic background, spending 15 years at the University of Michigan with a later focus on computational research. As a Cloud Native Computing Foundation Ambassador, Bob has worked towards improving High Performance Computing, Machine Learning, and other research initiatives by integrating them with Cloud Native practices and tooling. He is passionate about Academic Outreach, and is an outspoken advocate of Open Source, Open Science and pets of the furry 4 legged variety.

  • Vijoy Pandey headshot

    Vijoy Pandey is Vice President, Emerging Technologies and Incubation (ET&I) at Cisco. ET&I is chartered to create and drive the next Bold Bets for Cisco in an agile, ambitious, and entrepreneurial manner. Vijoy runs both engineering and a global framework of customer-focused co-innovation labs for these ventures. He is also the CTO for Cloud at Cisco.

    Vijoy has held various strategy and engineering leadership roles and has over 20 years of expertise in planet-scale distributed systems, cloud, operational excellence, and application-first software infrastructures which serve to complement his role as a technical visionary for a software-focused digital future.

    Before joining Cisco, he served as Head of Engineering at Google for the company’s global cloud networks, where he was responsible for developing software systems for intent-driven automation, ML/AI-based data analytics, and application-level awareness. Vijoy has held the CTO role at various companies including IBM Cloud, IBM Systems and Software Group, and Blade Network Technologies. He has also led large geo-diverse, agile engineering teams at Blade Network Technologies, Nortel, Alteon, and Google.

    Vijoy has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis. He currently holds over 80 patents in cloud, networking, and distributed systems.

  • Briana Frank headshot

    Briana Frank is the Director of Product Management at IBM Cloudfocusing on Developer Services. Briana lead the Offering Management and Design team that built the IBM Cloud Kubernetes service in 5 months and now manages 10’s of thousands of clusters worldwide. Briana believes in creating exceptional experiences that enable users to build and innovate using IBM Cloud and builds high performance teams that make data driven decisions. She is an Intrepreneur and a problem solver who translates that energy into building great products.

  • Vuk Gojnic headshot

    Vuk Gojnic is a squad leader for the Kubernetes Engine at Deutsche Telekom. Originally a developer, Vuk discovered open source and has been a convert ever since. At Deutsche Telekom, he’s responsible for Das Schiff their Infrastructure as a Service platform built on Kubernetes and other cloud native tools. The platform allows 1000’s of application owners and vendors to securely deploy workloads and other services on-premise, across multiple sites, clouds and at the edge with the standard GitOps operating model.

  • Daniel Mangum headshot

    Daniel Mangum is a senior software engineer at Upbound where he is a maintainer of Crossplane, an open source CNCF project. He also is a Technical Lead for Kubernetes SIG-Release and is an active contributor to the Kubernetes project and multiple other open source efforts. He hosts a biweekly live stream show, The Binding Status, focused on extending Kubernetes, building Crossplane, and enabling a cloud native future.

  • Cheryl Hung headshot

    Cheryl Hung is the Director of Ecosystem at the CNCF. Her mission is to increase the adoption of Kubernetes and cloud native by growing the community and advocating for end users. She founded and runs the Cloud Native London meetup.

    Previously Cheryl spent five years as a C++ engineer on Google Maps, before moving to a storage startup to lead Product and DevOps. She holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge.

    Cheryl has spoken at many conferences including KubeCon + CloudNativeCon and Red Hat Summit. See oicheryl.com for past talks, podcasts and articles.

  • Jim Haughwout headshot

    Jim Haughwout is the Vice President of Platform at Peloton Interactive. He was previously the Head of Infrastructure & Operations at Spotify. Over the past 25 years, he has held leadership roles at the world’s leading companies for defense, internet, media, biotech, streaming audio, and now connected fitness.

    Jim has been actively involved in the open source community for over a decade, open souring a range of tools across the developer experience, core infrastructure, and devops domains. Most recently, he was responsible for bringing Backstage to the CNCF. A graduate of MIT and Harvard University, Jim also holds several patents in data processing and machine learning.

  • Liam Randall headshot

    Liam lives at the intersection of open source and enterprise and has contributed to dozens of major open-source platforms and standards. A serial entrepreneur, he has built and scaled companies around Bro/Zeek, Kubernetes, OS Query, CNCF Cloud Custodian and, today, WebAssembly (Wasm). He is co-founder of CNCF wasmCloud, CEO of Cosmonic, and currently serves as both co-chair of Wasmcon and Cloud Native WasmDay.

  • Priyanka Sharma headshot

    Priyanka is the General Manager of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. She was previously the director of Cloud Native Alliances at GitLab Inc., where she built the developer evangelism team that participates regularly in the cloud native community.

    Priyanka also serves as an advisor at Heavybit Industries, an accelerator for developer products. She has contributed to several CNCF projects such as Jaeger and Vitess and was a founding team member of the OpenTracing standard. In addition, Priyanka is a leading speaker and subject matter expert on cloud native and observability and has spoken about Kubernetes, Prometheus, Jaeger, OpenTracing, Envoy, Vitess, SPIFFE/SPIRE, and more. She was a startup founder featured at TechCrunch Disrupt and started her career at Google.

  • Ralph Squillace headshot

    Ralph Squillace is a Principal Program Manager for Microsoft, helping the team supporting Helm, Draft, Brigade, CNAB, and the Visual Studio Code Kubernetes extension in the Cloud Compute Team. He’s worked in distributed computing for far too many years, and it shows. He’s presented and visited customers around the world, including at KubeCon 2018 in Copenhagen.

  • Gar Mac Criosta headshot

    Gar is the HSE Lead for the COVID Tracker App www.covidtracker.ie a COVID-19 pandemic response app. Since early 2019 Gar has worked as a Digital Advisor to the CIO/COO/CTO in the HSE developing digital strategies to support SláinteCare initiatives. Gar is the Chair of the Linux Foundation Public Health (LFPH) Advisory Committee.

    Prior to that; Gar is the founder of Business Model Adventures which was created to support organizations experiencing challenges with change and digital or die dilemmas in the areas of business model innovation, digital strategy, architecture, and design across various indus­tries and sectors. Gar is an IASA Distinguished Architect (IASA CITA-D), a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, a LEGO Serious Play Practitioner (LSP) and in the process of becoming a Cynefin® Practitioner. Gar has been an active contributor to IASA Global since 2006, developing & delivering education and certification programs for architects.

  • Zain Asgar headshot

    Zain is GM/GVP – Pixie & Open Source – New Relic.

    Zain is also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark before co-founding Pixie. He has a PhD from Stanford and has helped build at-scale data and AI/ML at Google AI, Trifacta and Nvidia