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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.

The API Advisory Board is a group of experts and industry executives who specialize in topics including: API design & architecture, API strategy & management, API technologies, API protocols and standards, APIs & microservices, and new / emerging APIs.The API Advisory Board is a group of experts and industry executives who specialize in topics including: API design & architecture, API strategy & management, API technologies, API protocols and standards, APIs & microservices, and new / emerging APIs.

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Tracy Adams

CTO @ Greetr

Software allrounder with MIT Computer Science Bachelor/ Master’s and Duke MBA. Cofounder/COO of company that reached $22M/year in 3 years. Leader for Sales/Product Management and Enterprise Architect at a $3B global ERP corporation. Broad experience with key clients ranging from technical staff to Director and C level executives. Proven ability to tailor communication style and language to the appropriate audience. Played a key role in acquisition of 10 companies. Successful track record with partner relationships, building consortiums and open source communities. Architect and evangelist of an open source development platform that achieved world-wide adoption. Active investor. PaaS/AI

Paul Bailey

Chief Architect @ Cognitive Space

Paul Bailey is a web developer with a background in aerospace engineering. He is currently a Chief Software Architect with Cognitive Space where he oversees the development of applications being used for satellite mission control and operations. He has many years of experience speaking and running meetups in the open source community. In addition to being a Web and aerospace geek, he is a father of three and can cook a pretty mean pizza from scratch. He holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Jason Cumberland

CPO, Co-Founder @ HyperCurrent

Currently co-founder and Chief Product Officer of HyperCurrent, a SaaS startup focused on API Productization.

Prior roles include serving as a global head of sales and global head of product management for multi-national organizations with hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenue. These roles were in the technology industry and focused on cloud technology platforms & integrations.

Prior to these roles, I held various sales roles in a software startup and spent time in management consulting.

When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and working on my golf game.

Rob Dawson

CTO @ ConsenSys

Rob has been building software since the last Millennium. He has led the development in variety of technical and product roles, before joining ConsenSys in 2017. He is currently the Global CTO of ConsenSys Software, and helping the team of over 500 build the software that is empowering the decentralized future. He is helping the team to scale and grow, and helping to identify the right tools and practices to ensure we are able to do so.

Nuwan Dias


API enthusiast, author and speaker.

Sai Pragna Etikyala

Tech Lead @ Twilio

I am working as a Technical Lead at Twilio, where I head the engineering team responsible for A2P compliance. This role has allowed me to develop a deep understanding of telecommunications, application-to-person messaging, and industry regulations. Before joining Twilio, I worked at Amazon Web Services, Yahoo, and Cerner. My time at these companies has provided me with valuable exposure to various facets of software development, cloud computing, and healthcare IT solutions, ultimately shaping my technical expertise and leadership abilities.

Omri Gazitt

Co-founder / CEO @ Aserto Inc.

Omri is the co-founder and CEO of Aserto, which provides a developer API and platform for application and API authorization. Omri has spent over 30 years leading DevTech products, including .NET, Azure, SQL Server, OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, and Puppet.

While at Microsoft, Omri co-founded the ADO.NET team, was the General Manager of the Microsoft Application Server, and the GM of the Azure AppFabric and Access Control services.

At HPE, Omri was the VP/GM of the HP Cloud division, leading product and engineering for OpenStack and Cloud Foundry, and served on the CF board.

Omri was also the CPO of Puppet.

Rajoshi Ghosh

COO @ Hasura

Rajoshi is the co-founder & COO of Hasura, a company that provides an instant unified GraphQL API to accelerate data access and development of modern apps and APIs. Prior to starting Hasura, Rajoshi ran a technology consulting firm that focussed on helping companies move from monoliths to microservice architectures. In her prior life she was a bioinformatics researcher who has been published in Nature.

Derric Gilling

CEO @ Moesif

Derric is the Co-Founder and CEO of Moesif, an API Analytics platform, based in San Francisco, CA.

Jeremy Glassenberg

Product Lead, APIs @ DocuSign

Jeremy is an experienced Product leader of over 12 years with a proven track record of building and monetizing platforms such as Box and Tradeshift. He has managed and expanded developer platforms to communities of tens of thousands of developers, executed on high profile integrations promoted by Salesforce and Google, and established key components in paths to monetization. While focused on Product, Jeremy has managed and grown several successful developer communities and Developer Relations teams.

Jeremy is a mentor to top-tier startup accelerators such as Alchemist and Techstars, and advises developer-focused startups such as Moesif (API intelligence) and (framework for app marketplaces). He is currently the Director of Product, APIs at Deserve.

Deepak Gupta

Co-founder/CTO @ LoginRadius

Deepak founded and built a leading customer identity and access management platform LoginRadius. As an entrepreneur, he founded several thriving tech startups; each focused on leveraging the latest technology to solve complex problems. Through these ventures, he has gained valuable experience in everything from product development to go-to-market.

Tom Hacohen

Founder & CEO @ Svix

Tom is the founder and CEO of Svix, the enterprise ready webhooks service, which is backed by Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), Aleph, and founders and CTOs of companies such as Github, PagerDuty, Segment, and Lookout.

He has previously led teams at both the Israeli intelligence corps and Samsung, and has been an active open source contributor and maintainer for over a decade.

Avinash Harsh

CEO @ Weavr Cafe

Co-founder & CEO - Weavr. Community builder, wannabe cartoonist, previously CEO Halosys - MobileFirst API Platform (acquired). Stanford GSB LEAD

Benjamin Haynes

CEO & Co-Founder @ Directus

As the original creator of Directus, the open-source modern data stack, Ben leads a growing team of international developers, designers, and contributors to support the Directus suite of products and its cloud-based Backend-as-a-Service. He has more than two decades of experience leading digital design teams, having held senior leadership positions at multiple startups as well as larger organizations, such as SoulCycle and Aol. Ben served as a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force, specializing in Electronic Warfare, is a published author, official member of the Forbes Technology Council, and holds a BFA in Communication from the University of Connecticut.

Jonathan Holmes

CTO @ Grey Matter

Grey Matter co-founder and CTO Jonathan Holmes provides customers strategic and tactical connectivity, bridging legacy and cloud-native applications to create transformative enterprise IT value. He leads Grey Matter’s development roadmap with deep focus on the interoperability and business intelligence needs.
Jonathan commands a unique full-spectrum perspective regarding today’s architectures and hybrid/multi-cloud environments. His expert command of the agile development process and team-first approach has been counted on in support of a number of business-critical application development efforts, and his ability to engage and grasp client functional requirements ensure the delivery of immense customer value.

Brenton House

Vice President, Digital Evangelism @ Software AG

Brenton House is an ex-hacker, filmmaker, developer, architect, consultant, strategist, and now Digital Evangelist. Brenton House is known for his unique creative work on API Cybersecurity 101 and other hit YouTube series.

In his 25+ years of experience, he's worked across many industries including broadcasting, advertising, retail, financial services, supply chain, transportation, technology, and publishing -- gaining a breadth of knowledge on all things APIs and Integrations.

As an expert Digital Strategist, Brenton currently works as Vice President at Software AG, a global leader in the API, Integration, and IoT space.

Firasat Hussain

CTO @ arrivia

Firasat is an accomplished technologist with a successful track record of building customer-centric products and high-performance platforms. He has more than 23 years of experience in software architecture, development, technology leadership, his passion for learning new technologies, and his energy to building phenomenal teams.

Anusha Iyer

CTO and Co-founder @ Corsha, Inc.

Anusha is the CTO and Co-Founder of Corsha, a cybersecurity startup focused on bringing security, visibility, and control to API communication. Anusha is an experienced technology leader with over 15 years of experience in cybersecurity. A Carnegie Mellon alum, she started her career in the Washington, DC area at the Naval Research Lab, working on programs in reverse engineering and tactical edge networking. Before Corsha, she was the Director of Software Programs at Galois, Inc., managing DARPA contracts in the areas of privacy, cyber-mission planning, and software diversity. Anusha is passionate about making security accessible and automated, even self-assuring.

Vijit Jain

Director - Partnerships @ CometChat Inc.

I am a seasoned business professional with more than a decade of experience driving sales, building and implementing strategies, and developing business for some of the world’s leading multinational companies like Cisco, Dimension Data, etc. and have worked in different geographies across the globe.On the personal side, I love spirituality, listening to music, watching movies and travelling. And try and take out time for my two sons and my beautiful and caring wife.

Stefan Johansson

GM & VP @ Netfoundry

Stefan Johansson is a sales leader with nearly 25 years of experience in sales leadership and GTM operational roles. Mr. Johansson has European and LATAM responsibility for all aspects related to revenue growth and go-to-market strategy at NetFoundry, a security driven cloud native networking company. His 25-year career includes sales and GTM leadership roles at start ups as well as larger enterprise software companies such as Cisco, Canonical, DBCE, Citrix and IBM. His extensive experience covers DevOps-, IoT-, security-, network- and cloud domains.
Mr. Johansson has earned an MSC, Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Nuno Loureiro

CEO @ Probely

Nuno has over 20 years of professional experience in IT and throughout his career, he acquired vast knowledge in Information Security, Unix system administration, architecture and development of large-scale web applications, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills.

Elijah Martinez

Product Manager @ SAP

Elijah Martinez has been engaged with the API evolution from the ground up at SAP for the past 7 years, helping to build a central API Catalog, developing the API Management tool into the core Integration Product line, and evangelizing APIs to internal stakeholders and customers. Frequent speaker at conferences on API-first mindset for ERP, Application Development, Mobile, and more.

Matthew LeRay

CTO, Co-founder @ Speedscale

Matthew LeRay has invested the past 20 years improving the performance of applications across multiple generations of technology. Previously, he was head of product at Observe, SVP at CA/Wily Technologies (acquired by Broadcom) and engineering leader at ILC (acquired by General Dynamics). He is an alumnus of Georgia Tech in both Computer Engineering and Business. His first love is debugging golang code but he occasionally takes a break to craft hand carved guitars.

Tiago Mendo

CTO & Co-founder @ Probely

Tiago is a co-founder and CTO of Probely, a cybersecurity company that does web and API security scanning. With over 19 years of experience in the security field, he has extensive experience in pentesting applications, training, and providing all-around security consultancy.
Holds a Master's in Information Security from Carnegie Mellon University and a CISSP certification. He is also a qualified member of AP2SI, a non-profit organization that promotes Information Security, and Co-Leader of the OWASP Lisboa Chapter, in Portugal.
He is also an international speaker at security conferences, such as SnowFROC, LASCON, BSides Kraków, and BSides Lisbon.

Intesar Shannan Mohammed

CEO @ PerfAI, Inc.

Intesar Shannan Mohammed is a seasoned serial entrepreneur and speaker with profound expertise in APIs, performance, and security. With a remarkable track record of founding three successful startups in the API space, Intesar's entrepreneurial journey has been defined by innovation and impactful contributions. His profound knowledge and passion for the subject are exemplified by the four granted patents he holds in the domain. Intesar's educational background includes bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from JNTU and DePaul. Prior to his entrepreneurial ventures, he honed his skills and gained invaluable experience at renowned technology companies, including VMware, Palm, and Cisco.

John Musser

Director Engineering @ Ford Motor Company

John Musser is the founder of API Science and previously founded ProgrammableWeb, the leading online resource on open APIs. John is an industry expert on APIs, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, and Wired, and speaking at conferences including SXSW, Dreamforce, and Web 2.0. He also consults on API strategy and trends with clients including Google, Microsoft, AT&T, and Salesforce.

Bill Oakes

Head of Layer7 product marketing @ Broadcom

Bill is head of product marketing for API management at Broadcom, as well has the head of API Academy. Prior to Broadcom, Bill had multiple management positions at Blue Coat Systems and Novell.On weekends, Bill can be found scuba diving along the CA coast, or on a club ride on his Harley-Davidson.

David Oneill

CEO @ APImetrics

David has a track record of building products and businesses in monitoring, test and mobile - and currently is CEO of API monitoring provider APImetrics with a focus on datacentric metrics for API quality.

Alejandro Oses

CEO @ Rootstack

With a degree in Systems Engineering, a Master of Science, and years of experience building unique solutions in the technology world, Alejandro knows how the software industry works. He guides the overall strategy for Rootstack, leading with innovation, vision for the future, and deep-rooted industry knowledge.

Smruti Patel

VP of Engineering @ Apollo GraphQL

Smruti Patel is the VP of Engineering at Apollo Graph, the leading graphQL platform for building highly performant APIs, at scale, for rapid digital transformation. She has led and scaled high performing engineering teams at Stripe and VMware, building critical infrastructure for global businesses. Her interests include mentoring and coaching, hiking with her boys, and traveling the world.

Ben Pedazur

CTO @ echo3D

During the course of his career, Ben has worked with and advised to many tech companies from small startup companies to big tech corporates and helped them design, build and scale their products and reach global distribution at high volumes.Today Ben is the co-founder and CTO of echoAR, a cloud-based backend platform for AR/VR.

Bostjan Pisler

CEO @ Space Invoices

Bostjan is the founder and CEO of Space Invoices, an API-first invoicing software that helps SaaS companies reduce time-to-market and increase revenue by offering their own invoicing-as-a-service solution to their customers.

Space Invoices is currently used for invoicing and tax compliance in more than 30 countries.

Nick Rago

Field Chief Technology Officer @ Salt Security

Nick is a startup veteran and Internet technology entrepreneur with over 25 years of application development, testing, and cyber security experience. He is recognized as an industry expert in API development, API management, and API security and has helped architect and implement some of the largest API Management and digital transformation projects in North America. As Field CTO at Salt Security, Nick helps guide and positively influence how organizations protect themselves from today’s emerging API security threats. Prior to joining Salt, Nick was an early contributor to the success of Kong, the world’s most widely used API Management platform.

Mathieu Rasse

CEO @ Meta API

Passionate about cinema, I started my career making software and APIs in a French dubbing company. Then I pushed my skills by creating from scratch a SaaS platform for a startup. Now founder of Meta-API, I fully embrace APIs to push them to a new level.

Aravind Babu Ramadugu

Sr. Manager @ Accenture

Around 25 plus years of experience in Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), Business Process Management, and Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) with Mulesoft, TIBCO, and J2EE. Aravind is also exploring new areas of AI Deep Learning and conversational AI.

Sagi Rodin

CEO and Co-Founder @ Frontegg

Sagi Rodin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Frontegg. Over the last 15 years, Sagi held senior product and software development positions leading engineering and product teams,
and engaged with ad hoc projects of building customer-facing software applications, transforming concepts into viable products.

Karol Rogowski

Head of Engineering @ SoftwareHut

Working in IT since 2009. Currently working as Head of Engineering at SoftwareHut and as an academic teacher at Białystok Technical University. Co-founder of meet.js Białystok. Book and articles author. Father, husband, huge H.P. Lovecraft fan and terrible poker player.

Naphat Sanguansin

Co-Founder & CTO @ Prodvana

Naphat is the Co-Founder and CTO of Prodvana, a production orchestration platform designed to delivery software with zero overhead. Before founding Prodvana, he spent 4.5 years on Dropbox's Infrastructure team working on and leading projects related to development, CI, CD, and production, such as integration testing with Bazel.

Amit Sharma

Security Evangelist @ Infinite Security

Security Evangelist with more than 12 years of experience in Application Security and Fuzz testing. Worked in various roles including but not limited to Penetration Testing and Red Teaming. During his career he got a chance to work with various technologies in the domain of Telecom, Medical, ICS and Automotive Security.Security Specialist with Synopsys Inc , an organization which provides Products and Consultation on how security fits in the SDLC and evangelizing technologies like IAST, Open Source Security, Binary Analysis and Fuzz testing to uncover security issues.Currently his areas of research includes DevSecOps,Security in SDLC,Kubernetes Security and Secrets Management

Mark Szewczul

Security Center of Excellence Lead @ Nokia

Mark is a Security Architect and Manager with over 20 years of experience mastering numerous aspects of hardware design, DevSecOps and S-SDLC. His passion entails implementing best practices of security, privacy and safety principles at all 7-layers and beyond. He has achieved his MSEE degree in Information Science and Systems from Texas A&M University and the CISSP certification. Mark also has 3 patents and has published and presented several times.

Darshan Shivashankar

Founder, CEO @ APIwiz Inc

Darshan founded APIwiz, with a mission to make API programs seamless, collaborative, compliant, secure, and cost-effective.

With more than 15 years of expertise in middleware, integration, and APIs, he is dedicated to resolving captivating predicaments.

After completing his engineering degree in computer science, Darshan worked within Fortune 500 companies like Apigee (Acquired by Google), T-Mobile, Starbucks, and Kaiser Permanente, where he built and ran successful API Programs.

I am committed to helping enterprise businesses succeed through innovative digital transformation and a shift in corporate culture.

Umair Siddique

CTO @ Unlayer

I'm a serial entrepreneur with over 2 decades of experience of building and running B2B companies. Currently, I'm co-founder & CTO at Unlayer, a white-label content creation platform for SaaS and Enterprise; and also co-founder & CTO at Kwanso, a custom software development company.

Andreas Silén


Andreas SIlén is a co-founder and CTO of exciting Swedish customer data api company, Andreas has an extensive background in software development and data engineering.

Mike Stowe

Director, Developer Marketing @ RingCentral

Author of Undisturbed REST, Michael Stowe has spoken at conferences around the world and advised numerous companies on forward thinking technology. An active advocate for creating better architectures and interfaces, his work has also been featured on ProgrammableWeb, DZone, and InfoQ.

Vijji Suryadevara

Head of Delivery - Cognitive Solutions @ Tonomus

Vijji is an accomplished entrepreneur and executive, passionate about using technology to make a difference. Vijji currently is the CPO & Head of Engineering at Phizzle an IOT company.Vijji was the Founder, CEO & CTO of CareerWaze a Future of Work startup. CareerWaze is an AI driven Career and Learning advisor helping users acquire in-demand skills. Vijji was also the Founder & CEO of BPA Technologies a VC funded Technology Services startup focused on Content Management Solutions for Fortune 500 Companies. BPA was acquired by a Moody’s group company ICRA in 2012.

Tanel Tähepõld

Founder @ Actual Reports OÜ

I've been building and managing software products for over ten years. Although I have a strong software engineering background, I have shifted my focus to product management, especially leading API products and building API strategies. I like software as service products that help people solve their problems and be more productive.

Ameya Talwalkar

Co-founder/CPO @ Cequence Security

Over the last 10 years, Ameya Talwalkar has built strong engineering teams specializing in enterprise and consumer security in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Madrid, Pune, and Chengdu. Before co-founding Cequence Security, he was Director of Engineering at Symantec, where he was responsible an anti-malware software stack that combined network intrusion prevention with behavioral technologies, and anti-virus engines. Under his leadership, Symantec developed an advanced version of network intrusion prevention technology that blocks more than two billion threats a year. Ameya holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mumbai’s Sardar Patel College of Engineering (SPCE).

Joel Varty

CTO @ Agility

Joel is President and CTO of Agility CMS. His first job, though, is as a father to 2 teenagers.Joining Agility in 2005, Joel has over 20 years of experience in software development and product management. He embraced cloud technology as a groundbreaking concept over a decade ago, and he continues to help customers adopt new technology with hybrid frameworks and the Jamstack. Joel has led Agility CMS to many awards and accolades during his tenure, being named the Best Cloud CMS by CMS Critic, and most recently, as a leading platform on G2 for Headless CMS.

Tanya Vlahovic

Head of Engineering, 3P Ecosystem Experiences @ Intuit

Tanya is an Architect at Salesforce focused on Salesforce Developer Experience. Prior to Salesforce, she led the Developer Ecosystem at eBay. Tanya was the lead architect for public APIs and one of the key contributors to revamping eBay's developers program. Her expertise includes various aspects of API lifecycle: design, cross-cutting concerns, API decomposition and namespace definition, API portfolio governance, and maturity model. Through public speaking, Tanya contributes to increasing the importance of developer programs and the overall developer experience.