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DevNetwork Advisory Board

DevNetwork Advisory Boards are composed of industry leaders, visionaries, and technical executives in the software engineering industry. As the destination for the global developer, engineering & IT community, DevNetwork has both the goal and obligation to present the most cutting-edge, innovative, and relevant content at our industry conferences and events. Our Advisory Board members help make that possible.

Advisory Board members have the opportunity to network with other advisors and to provide their experience and expertise – helping give our global community dynamic and valuable learning experiences. The Boards contribute their insight on proposed speakers & content, judge our annual industry Awards & Hackathons, and participate in the annual VIP Industry Summit at our flagship event, DeveloperWeek. See upcoming events for 2024 & 2025.

Advisory Board Members

Lata Ahuja

Sr Director of Engineering @ CarGurus

I have over a decade of experience building and leading successful teams that deliver cutting edge products. My previous places of employment span numerous industries, from workforce management to email marketing, to endpoint security.

I have worked at diverse companies and in various environments including startups and am currently at CarGurus.

I have experience in delivering products in the enterprise application space to small businesses by scaling technology teams.I have experience in delivering products in the enterprise application space to small businesses by scaling technology teams that effectively facilitate software development from prototype through hyper-growth curves that enable successful acquisitions.

Nono Guimbi

Engineering Manager @ Airbnb

I’m an Engineering Leader with over 16 years of industry experience. I currently lead a team of Backend engineers and support their growth. I am responsible for providing guidance and resources so my team can deliver the features to support the company goals.
If I had to summarize my leadership style in a nutshell, it would be ""It all starts with people.""

I am also a Leadership Coach. I help leaders gain self-awareness and navigate challenges so they can be more efficient, gain more clarity and thrive on their leadership journey.

Graham Haythornthwaite

VP of Engineering @ Wonde

Graham is an experienced creator of successful software product teams across multiple industries including Unified Communications for Finance and Emergency Services, Energy, Internal IT and EdTech.

A specialist team builder, adept at understanding people, teams and commercial constraints and in
empowering teams to find innovative solutions. Equally skilled in coaching, leading and supporting teams and
individuals through change.

A strong technical background and leadership capabilities to define and implement strategic and tactical roadmaps for start-ups and scale-ups.

Oleksandr Kondratiuk

VP of Engineering @ akirolabs

18 years in Software Development industry, including a decade in leadership positions.

PhD in AI and MSc in Computer Science, certified PMP and fluent in 4 European languages.

Transformational leader with international experience, extensive competence in various business domains, startups and enterprises, product and offshore companies, and multi-cultural environments.

Sid Maestre

VP Developer Relations @ APIMatic

As the VP of Developer Relation at APIMatic, Sid Maestre works with companies to automate how they build developer experiences and drive adoption of their APIs through SDKs, interactive documentation, guides and code samples.

Prior to joining APIMatic, Sid was Director of Developer Experience at Lob where his team moved from homegrown code libraries to SDKs generated from OpenAPI specifications. He also championed Xero’s adoption of API specifications which are used today to power their developer experience. When he isn’t helping developers, Sid can be found training with his wife for their next Spartan obstacle course race.

James Oyanna

Software Engineer @ Onesphere Solutions

As a James is a Developer Advocate. He is the founder of, a rapidly growing software developer community in Africa.

He is dedicated to mentoring exceptional software engineering talents.

He has over 7 years of experience working as a Software Engineer.

Vishal Pallerla

Developer Advocate @ DevZero

Vishal Pallerla is a Developer Advocate with DevZero, a Crypto and Information Enthusiast. His passion towards tech communities, event management and love to share awesome technologies with community led him to Developer Relations. He leads GDG Houston, SPC Houston and involved in various tech communities. He graduated with a Master's degree in CS from University of Houston. He hails from the southern part of India and currently lives in Houston. He spends countless hours organizing things so they look the way he wants and also spends the same in cooking to get the best out of his recipe.

Prashant Patil

Technology Leader @ Dell Technologies

Prashant Patil, a lifelong learner, exemplifies adaptability, empowerment and leadership. With a Master's degree from Southern Methodist University in 2006, he excelled in Test Engineering, streamlining automation and demonstrating exceptional problem-solving skills, garnering numerous accolades. Seeking continuous improvement, he joined Dell Technologies in 2010, currently focusing on designing DevOps solutions for cloud-based microservices delivery. Prashant has played a pivotal role in Digital Transformation initiatives, empowering multiple engineering teams. Outside of work, he cherishes quality time with his family, embarking on road trips, indulging in music and photography, and embracing volunteer work and enjoyable vacations.

Valarie Regas

Developer Advocate

Valarie Regas is a DevOps fanatic, accomplished speaker, a Georgia Tech coding boot camp graduate, and a veteran mommy. She holds a BA in Psychology and currently works in Developer Relations. After years being a stay-at-home mom, she decided to change her life by entering tech, and has learned a lot along the way. In addition to DevOps, she enjoys mixed martial arts fighting, table-top role playing games, public speaking, creating tiny humans, and activism of all sorts.

David Sandilands

Principal Solutions Architect @ Puppet by Perforce

David focuses on the product management of Puppet’s development ecosystem and integrations. Before this, he worked within Puppet’s Solutions Architect team where he helped Puppet’s largest customers deliver infrastructure automation at scale and supported these customers DevOps working practices. He spent eight years at NatWest as a Cloud Infrastructure Engineer delivering their IaaS Platform. David has a passion for delivering change into traditional working environments, breaking down team silos, and integrating DevOps working practices within heavily regulated and audited environments.

David enjoys hillwalking, reading sci-fi and fantasy books and regularly visits most of Scotland's tractor parks with his sons.

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