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Program Committee

A very special thank you to our Open Source Summit 2021 Program Committee!

  • Chris Aniszczyk VP, Developer Relations, The Linux Foundation and CTO, CNCF
  • Greg Back Sr. Software Engineer, Elastic
  • Jono Bacon OSS Event Chair & Founder, Jono Bacon Consulting
  • Dr. Youakim Badr Professor, Penn State
  • Donnie Berkholz OSS Event Chair & SVP, Product Management, Percona
  • Divya Bhargov Engineering Director, Greenplum R&D, VMware
  • Peter Brink Principal Software Engineer, kVA by UL
  • Jerry Cooperstein Director of Training, The Linux Foundation
  • Jonathan Corbet Executive Editor, LWN.net
  • Frédéric Desbiens Program Manager, IoT and Edge Computing, Eclipse Foundation
  • Clare Dillon Executive Director, InnerSource Commons
  • Arpana Durgaprasad Manager, Power User Technologies and Lab, IBM
  • Jake Edge Journalist & Editor, LWN.net
  • Lee Elston Instructor / Course Maintainer, The Linux Foundation
  • Kathy Giori Director, Product Engineering, ZEDEDA
  • Jun Gu Partner & Chief Evangelist, Zilliz
  • 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 Distinguished Engineer, Ampere Computing
  • Maureen Helm Principal Software Engineer, Intel
  • Nicole Huesman Community & Developer Advocate, Intel Corporation
  • Stephen Jacobs Professor, School of Interactive Games and Media, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Ana Jiménez Santamaría OSS Event Chair & TODO Group OSPO Program Manager, The Linux Foundation
  • Sunil Kamath Director of Product Management, Microsoft
  • Shuah Khan OSS Event Chair & Linux Fellow, The Linux Foundation
  • 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.

  • Jussi Kukkonen Open Source Software Engineer, VMware
  • Jonathan Le Lous Field CTO, Cloud Native Infrastructure Tribe, Capgemini CIS
  • Sasha Levin Sr. Staff Software Engineer, Google
  • Georg Link Director of Sales, Bitergia
  • Lauren Maffeo Civic Tech Service Designer, Steampunk
  • Susan Malaika Senior Technical Staff, Open Technologies, IBM
  • Amy Marrich Principal Technical Marketing Manager, Red Hat
  • Dr. Michael Meskes CIO, Instaclustr Group & GM, credativ GmbH
  • Ron Minnich Software Engineer, Google
  • Diane Mueller Director, Community Development, Red Hat
  • Anas Nashif Principal Software Engineer, Intel
  • Craig Northway Senior Director of Engineering, Qualcomm Technologies Inc
  • Duane O’Brien Head of Open Source, Indeed.com
  • Gabriele Paoloni Sr. PE | Open Source Community Technical Leader, Red Hat (Functional Safety)
  • Nicole Pappler CTO & Founder, AlektoMetis
  • Willem Pienaar Principal Engineer, Tecton
  • Haris Pozidis Principal Scientist, BM Research
  • Justin Rackliffe Director, Open Source Governance, Fidelity Investments
  • Fabio Rapposelli Sr. Staff Engineer, VMware
  • Tameika Reed Founder & CEO, Women in Linux
  • Steven Rostedt Software Engineer, Google
  • Nithya A. Ruff recently joined Amazon as 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 journey.  

    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 on https://www.linkedin.com/in/nithyaruff/ 

  • Shilla Saebi Sr. Open Source Program Manager, Comcast
  • Laura Santamaria OSS Event Chair & Developer Advocate, Pulumi Corporation
  • Timothy Serewicz Training Program Director, The Linux Foundation
  • A S M Shamim Reza Deputy Manager, Link3 Technologies Ltd.
  • Jim Spohrer Board of Directors, International Society of Service Innovation Professionals (ISSIP)
  • Stefano Stabellini Principal Engineer, AMD
  • 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.

  • Theodore Ts’o Sr. Staff Engineer, Google
  • Ketan Umare Founder, Stealth Startup
  • John Mark Walker Director, Open Source Program Office, Fannie Mae
  • Behan Webster Principal Consultant, Converse in Code
  • Ashley Wolf Open Source Program Manager, GitHub
  • Henri Yandell Principal, Open Source, AWS
  • Elena Zannoni Sr. Engineering Director, Oracle
  • Dr. Malini Bhandaru is an Intel Sr. Principal Engineer working as a Cloud Native Architect. She has been involved with Open Source for over a decade as a developer, lead, and user on projects such as Kubeflow, Kubernetes, EdgeX Foundry, OpenStack, and OpenDaylight. She has worked on technologies spanning the Cloud, IoT/Edge, Machine Learning, Big Data, and Monitoring and Management to deliver solutions for autonomous driving, health care, telco, and early online systems. Her Intel career began with designing Xeon server power and performance features. Over her multi-decade career she has worked at startups and large corporations such as VMware, Nuance/Microsoft, eDocs/Oracle and GTE Labs/Verizon. She served as an EdgeX Foundry Security Work Group co-chair, serves on the Kubeflow 1.4 release team and co-authored the first edition of the OpenStack Security Guide. Malini holds over 20 patents, is a frequent conference speaker, and has served on the program committees of Open Source Summit and ONES. She has a Ph.D. in Machine Learning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. Malini is a STEM coach, a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion proponent, and a child advocacy volunteer. She enjoys gardening, travel, and movies. 

And an additional thank you to our Embedded Linux Conference 2021 Program Committee!

  • Tim Bird is a Principal Software Engineer for Sony Corporation, where he helps Sony improve the Linux kernel for use in Sony’s products. Tim is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Linux Foundation. Tim is active in technical projects related to embedded Linux testing and standards, and is the maintainer of the Fuego test system.  He created the Embedded Linux Conference, and has been working with Linux for over 25 years.

  • Frank Rowand ELC Chair & Senior Software Engineer, Sony
  • Marta Rybczynska has a network security background and 15 years of experience in embedded development. She has been working with embedded operating systems like Linux and various real-time ones, system libraries and frameworks up to user interfaces. Her specialties are architecture-specific parts of the Linux kernel. In the past, Marta has served as Vice-President and treasurer for KDE e.V. She is the founder of Syslinbit, an Open Source focused company. Apart from that, she is involved in various Open Source projects. She is also contributing kernel-related guest articles for LWN.net. In addition to technical work, she is a public speaking trainer. She has experience with presentations on both scientific and free software conferences, including LinuxCon, Open Source Summit, Embedded Linux Conference, Akademy and FOSDEM.

  • Jeffrey Osier-Mixon Sr. Principal Community Architect, Red Hat
  • Helen Fornazie Co-founder & CTO, Mundo Recicladores and Tech Consultant
  • Yoshitake Kobayashi is the Senior Manager of The Open Source Technology Department at Toshiba Corporation. The team provides a Linux based system and related technologies such as Database and Web application frameworks for various Toshiba products. His research interests include operating systems, distributed systems, and dynamically reconfigurable systems. Additionally, he is the Chair of the Technical Steering Committee for the Civil Infrastructure Platform.

  • 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.

  • Thomas Petazzoni is the co-owner and CEO of Bootlin, an engineering company specialized in embedded Linux development and training. For the past 13+ years, Thomas has helped customers worldwide in their embedded Linux projects, by working on Linux kernel development, integration of embedded Linux BSPs, build systems as well as by teaching training courses on these topics. He has contributed to the Linux kernel and is one of the co-maintainers of Buildroot. Last but not least, Thomas is also a regular speaker at the Embedded Linux Conference.

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