Cloud 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.

The Cloud Advisory Board is a group of experts and industry executives who specialize in topics including: Cloud computing, cloud management and infrastructure, cloud architectures such as microservices, containers, and kubernetes, DevOps technologies and practices, and cloud services.The Cloud Advisory Board is a group of experts and industry executives who specialize in topics including: Cloud computing, cloud management and infrastructure, cloud architectures such as microservices, containers, and kubernetes, DevOps technologies and practices, and cloud services.

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Grayson Adkins

Co-Founder/CEO @ Uffizzi

Grayson Adkins is Co-Founder/CEO at Uffizzi, an open engine for creating on-demand test environments in the cloud when you open pull requests or build container images.

With a background in engineering, computer science, and design, Grayson steers product direction at Uffizzi. He is passionate about discovering and building productivity tools that help product teams deliver software better, faster and cheaper. Grayson is particularly interested in tools that disappear into the background and seamlessly integrate into existing workflows.

Prior to Uffizzi, Grayson worked as a researcher in AI and Deep Learning.

Erez Berkner

CEO & Co-founder @ Lumigo

Co-founder & CPO

Ashish Bhalgat

Cloud Solution Architect @ Thoughtworks

Currently working as Cloud Solution Architect at Thoughtworks. I have extensively worked on cloud and specially on Azure for a decade now while couple of years with GCP and AWS. As part of consulting role I help fortune 500 enterprise in building Cloud native technologies , cloud strategy , cloud adoption , cloud migration and cloud governance. I enjoy sharing knowledge on cloud native architectures and been conference speaker across multiple global conferences.

Ivan Burazin

CDXO @ Infobip

Ivan co-founded Codeanywhere, the first cross-platform Cloud IDE, which now has over two million developers worldwide. Alongside this, Ivan founded the largest developer conference in SE Europe called Shift, which was acquired by Infobip - a global communications cloud provider in 2021. Ivan now serves as the Chief Developer Experience Officer at Infobip, running all global developer-facing operations.

Angel Camacho

Director of Product Marketing @ Aerospike

Enterprise product expert with years of experience in Cloud, Big Data, and AI/ML Solutions.As a Product Leader, I am committed to improving innovation, competitive intelligence, and market success in a multi-cultural environment.

Ovidiu Cical

Cloud Security Architect @ Cyscale

Founder of Cyscale – https://cyscale.com – Cloud Native – Automated Cloud SecurityOWASP Cluj-Napoca Chapter Leader. Cybersecurity enthusiast with over 15 years of experience in the field of information technology, working with Go, Big Data, Python and Linux. I worked as Software Developer at Sophos, Security Engineer at CoSoSys where I developed Endpoint Protector and sensitivity.io. Before Cyscale, I was responsible of the entire Security Department for QiO https://qio.io – Industrial IoT.At CoSoSys, I led the development of its flagship award-winning Data Loss Prevention Solution, Endpoint Protector. I enjoy giving back to the community and riding my motorcycle.

Ian Crosby

CTO @ Container Solutions

Ian Crosby is the CTO at Container Solutions, helping companies through their Cloud Native transformations. With a long background in software development across a wide variety of industries, Ian is passionate about helping organizations solve challenges, be they technical or cultural. His focus is on the intersection of cloud native technologies, and the real world problems they are looking to solve.

Chase Douglas

Engineer @ Amazon

Chase has experience in cloud software development and operations as CTO and co-founder of Stackery. As an AWS Hero, he has presented at conferences around the world ranging in topics from low level technical bits to software development lifecycle and DevOps practices. His expertise spans from technical to managerial, focusing on how to build highly effective and productive teams and organizations.

Mats Eriksson

CEO @ Arctos Labs

Mats are CEO and Senior Consultant with more than 30 years of experience in the telecoms & cloud sector. His contributions span systems engineering, research, service development, and product and business management.
Mats are currently the CEO and co-founder of Arctos Labs – a company that develops ground-breaking cloud and edge optimization technologies and solutions.
Prior to the company’s journey on optimization, they conducted Research & Development assignments on 5G development for large global vendors and operators. In that role, Mats has been leading the development of service orchestration projects as well as embedded SW architectures.

Alan Flower

SVP, Head Cloud Native Labsv @ HCL

Alan Flower is SVP for Cloud Native at HCL Technologies, and heads the HCL Cloud Native Labs & Advisory Services. A successful entrepreneur and technologist, Alan is deeply passionate about using technology to support the transformation of business and driving the creation of innovative products and services.

Karthik Gaekwad

Developer Advocate @ Google

Karthik Gaekwad is a veteran engineer who enjoys learning and building software and software products using cloud and container technologies. He has worked in large enterprises and startups, including Oracle, Signal Sciences, StackEngine, Verica, and currently works at Google crafting better developer experiences for users.
Karthik lives in Austin, Texas, with his family. He believes in building communities and runs meetups and conferences in the city. He's on the organizing committee for several groups, including Devopsdays Austin, CloudAustin, Container Days, and All Day Devops, and is an accomplished author for LinkedIn Learning. You can find Karthik on Twitter @iteration1.

Philip Gavlan

Director of Engineering @ Cyber Defense Group

Philip is a seasoned systems, devops, and cybersecurity professional that has aided in the development, growth, and security of many organizations, small to enterprise.

Currently, Philip is leading the engineering organization of a boutique cybersecurity consulting firm based in Los Angeles, CA.

Martin Giess

CTO @ EMnify

Veteran in the mobile industry, developing platforms bringing developers and the telecom world together for 20+ years. At EMnify Martin revolutionised mobile core infrastructure by building the first cloud-native super network purposed built for the internet of things. His main mission is the democratisation of cellular connectivity and giving it with an API-first approach into the hands of developers as "Connectivity as Code".

Laurent Gil

Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer @ Cast AI

Co-founder & CPO
Laurent oversees product and business development at CAST AI. Laurent was co-founder and Chief Product and Business Officer at Zenedge (acquired by Oracle), and CEO and co-founder of Viewdle (acquired by Google). He holds degrees from the Cybernetic Institute of Ukraine (Doctorate Honoris Causa), the Wharton School of Business (MBA), and Supélec (M.Sc., Computer Science and Signal processing), among others.

Philip Griffiths

VP Head of Business Development @ NetFoundry

Philip Griffiths is VP for Global Business Development and Partnerships at NetFoundry and regularly speaks at events from DevOps to IoT to Cyber Security. Prior to this, he worked for Atos IT Services in various roles working with C-suit executives to realise their digital transformation. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two daughters.

Anurag Gupta

Co-Founder @ Calyptia

Anurag is an entrepreneur and software product engineer working on challenges in Observability at Calyptia. In the past, Anurag has worked at Elastic, Treasure Data, and Azure across cloud and open-source product lines.

Jenna-Shae Harris

Solutions Engineer @ VMware

Jenna-Shae B. Harris is a Solutions Engineer at VMware, specializing in Tanzu Observability. Prior to joining VMware, Harris worked as a Systems Developer at SAS Institute, where she specialized in systems design, implementation, and maintenance across enterprise-wide cross-platform infrastructure. She also spent many years in the banking industry as a Mainframe Systems Engineer. Harris holds a B.S. with honors in Information Technology from NC A&T State University and a MS in Information Systems & Business Analytics from Marist College. She is passionate about helping her customers solve real world problems to ensure they maximize their potential and success.

Anita Ihuman

Developer Advocate @ Nirmata

Anita is a developer advocate at Nirmata and a technical writer at Apache APISIX. She enjoys contributing to many non-profit and open source organizations that encourage the empowerment of women in technology. She has nurtured and mentored young girls under various organizations like AnitaB.org and SheCodeAfrica. She has spoken at various international conferences like KubeCon China, DevConf.cz, FOSSBackstage, FOSDEM and many more. She is on the organizing team for Kubernetes Community Day Africa(KCD). Anita is a maintainer on the CHAOSS DE&I Badging initiative and a community leader at Layer5(a service mesh company). You can find Karthik on Twitter @Anita_ihuman.

Mans Jabal

Specialist Leader in Cloud Engineering @ Deloitte

Mans is a leader in Deloitte’s Cloud Engineering with expertise in formulating architecture, roadmap and strategy for complex technology products and solutions, network infrastructure, software-defined networking, AI networks, IoT and cloud projects. Mans has multiple industry known certifications, and in the last 20 years he has worked and advised on several large-scale digital transformations, M&A activities, divestitures, spin-offs, datacenter & cloud transformations, consolidations, and migration projects to help Fortune 500 companies such as McDonald's, Morgan Stanley, Sears, Kmart, United Airlines, Bank of Montreal, and Northern Trust Bank, to name a few. Mans is a graduate of University of London.

Vipin Jain

CTO @ Pensando.io

Vipin is Co-founder and CTO at Pensando.io. He has worked on various aspects of building cloud infrastructure and DevOps systems. Prior to Pensando, he held leadership positions at four startups that were subsequently acquired. He has authored about 20 patents, co-authored standards, has been a speaker at technical conferences, and evangelized his open source project. He is an investor, advisor to startups and consults on solving technical challenges, business strategy, uncovering core competencies, and building technical excellence.He enjoys coding and reading philosophy in his spare time.

Lasantha Kularatne

Principal Software Engineer @ Expedia

Currently working as a Principal Software Engineer @ Expedia group. I am focusing on reliability engineering as part of a bigger org named "Tech Enablers". I was a backend developer mainly using JVM languages. I am playing roles in development, ML/AI, open source projects, reliability and scalability, mentoring, interviewing, and providing technical leadership to my immediate teams. At free time I like to read books, do paintings and spend time with my son and cat. I believe that excellence comes with learning and training. You cannot achieve any of those without building your character.

Andy Jeffries

CTO/Co-Founder @ Civo

Working with a globally distributed department of SREs and developers in building the world's first CNCF certified Kubernetes platform based on K3s.

Max Körbächer

Co-Founder @ Liquid Reply

Max is Co-Founder and Cloud Native Advocate at Liquid Reply based in Munich. In the past years, he builds cloud-native, cloud agnostic solutions on/with Kubernetes. Lately, he drives the platform engineering topic with various clients to simplify the current challenges with complex target environments. At night he works within the Kubernetes release team.

Friedrich Köbler

Head of Engineering @ SAP

Experienced and energetic technical leader with the ability to create solutions that have real business impact. I like inspiring teams as well as building strong relationships across organizational boundaries to deliver things that a single team could not deliver themselves. Have built and managed large teams (up to 250 people), led organizational change, brought innovative products to market and collaborated in both small teams and across geographies and functions in global working environments. I managed and leaded teams working on mass products as well as big scale client projects and even open source projects

Swarraj Kulkarni

CTO @ MediaAgility

With 30 years of industry experience, now I am with MediaAgility as its CTO. My focus areas include strengthening the existing Google Cloud technology capabilities, building cloud-native industry solutions, enabling the Marketing and Sales teams, mentoring the Architects and Engineers, establishing guilds and technology chapters, strengthening internal IT systems and InfoSec functions. I am also engaging with our clients and partners at Google on technology and business initiatives. Before MediaAgility, I spent almost 15 years with Cognizant leading Digital Engineering and Technology And Architecture Office for the Banking & Financial Services industry in North America and India.

Yaniv Leven

CEO @ Panoply

Yaniv is CEO and Co-Founder of Panoply Leading the company's strategy and growth for the past 5 years. Yaniv has extensive experience in Statistical analysis and data modeling. Yaniv headed the analytics and data management design and utilization as COO at Mytopia (acquired by 888Holding (LSE: 888.L) in a $48M transaction and Win (a subsidiary of Bwin.party digital entertainment (LSE: BPTY.L)).

Ryan Lockard

CTO Cloud Technologies @ Cognizant

Ryan Lockard is an executive leader, recognized globally for his impact to organizations, teams, and people. He has over 20 years experience working in multiple verticals, including; financial services, healthcare, insurance, publishing, media, advertising, retail and others. Ryan is currently the Global CTO of Cloud Technologies for Cognizant.
Ryan is well respected as an international keynote speaker on topics within the cloud, DevOps, DevSecOps, SRE, Agile and Lean communities. Many of his talks and written works have been cited in various ways, including a doctoral thesis, various industry association publications and as part of post-graduate curriculum at a major university.

Martin Loewinger

V.P. of Cloud Engineering @ SmartBear Software

Accomplished, Information Technologies leader with demonstrated success in effectively managing multiple projects and teams in a fast paced, high-pressure environment. Proven ability to drive business goals through strategically utilizing technology to address issues and support business requirements.

Antonio Davi Macedo Coelho de Castro

CEO @ Back4App

I am a developer since I was 13 years old, a Computing Engineer since 2006 and an entrepreneur for more than 15 years. My passion is software development and my mission is to turn the development faster and better. That’s why I am co-founder and CEO at Back4App, a backend-as-a-service platform based on Parse open source. We help the developers to create, run and scale high quality backend spending minimum effort, saving time and money.

Ian Massingham

VP, Developer Relations & Community @ MongoDB

Leading Developer Relations & Community at MongoDB. Previously, I led Startup Solutions Architecture and Developer Relations & Evangelism at Amazon Web Services.

Hugh McKee

Developer Advocate @ Lightbend

Hugh McKee is a developer advocate at Lightbend. He has had a long career building applications that evolved slowly, inefficiently utilized their infrastructure, and were brittle and prone to failure. Hugh has learned from his past mistakes, battle scars, and a few wins. And the learning never stops. Now his focus is helping developers and architects harness the power of the cloud. Hugh frequently speaks at conferences around the world. He is the author of Designing Reactive Systems: The Role Of Actors In Distributed Architecture.

Tobie Morgan Hitchcock

Founder & CEO @ SurrealDB

I'm a full-stack software engineer, and the creator of SurrealDB, the ultimate cloud database. My area of interest lies within databases, with a focus on distributed databases, and highly-available architectures, having had extensive experience with PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, RethinkDB, Redis, InfluxDB, OrientDB, Firebase, CockroachDB, and TiDB. As a developer I have expertise in Rust, Golang, Javascript (Node.js, Ember.js, Electron.js), and further experience coding in Ruby, PHP, HTML, Objective-C, Swift, and Python.

Adao Oliveira

Cloud Solutions Architect @ Oracle

Adao Oliveira Junior is a Solutions Architect working in the technology industry for over two decades, five on Cloud Native solutions. He has been considered a leader in the Cloud Native space, primarily focused on solution architecture, software engineering, and cloud infrastructure but also experienced in security and infrastructure as a code.

Experience in collecting high-level requirements and translating them into technical solutions, helping customers and partners around the globe. He also contributed to several open-source projects and the Kubernetes community and holds Kubernetes certifications, such as CKA, CKAD, and KCNA, among other computer and cloud industry certifications.

Serkan Özal

CTO & Co-Founder @ Thundra

Serkan Özal is the CTO and founder of Thundra (www.thundra.io), a serverless-centric debugging, monitoring, and security solution for applications, tests and CI pipelines. He has 10+ years of expertise in software development and is a Ph.D. candidate at METU. He is an AWS Serverless Hero, AWS DevOps Pro Certified Engineer and has a patent on distributed environments. He mainly works on serverless architectures, distributed systems, and monitoring tools.

Gianluca Padovani

CTO & Founder @ Coders51

SW craftsmanship, TDD addicted, agile coach. I have fallen in love with FP in particular Elixir/Erlang. I like Ruby, NodeJs and C++. CTO @coders51

Samridh Pandey

Senior consultant @ Capgemini

I have a Bachelors of Technology in Computer Science Engineering From Maharaja Agrasen Institute of Technology (GGSIP University, India). I am a Business intelligence consultant / developer with 5.5 years of professional experience in designing, developing, testing and maintaining the solutions in an agile team. I love exploring new technologies and eager to learn and worked on cloud technologies with Microsoft stack knowledge with a expertise in Mendix, Azure, CICD, Power BI and MicroStrategy as an onsite coordinator , efficient team member and consultant.

Sharona Plasmeijer

Cloud Solution Architect @ Microsoft

Sharona is a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft specialized in Data & AI, with a focus on industries like retail, agri, and manufacturing. She has gathered her experience by hands-on data projects by working for Microsoft Consultancy companies and a Dutch international bank.Sharona combines her love for data and technology, and business by working together with eg data engineers, architects, and C-level. She considers having the right strategy in place as the most important part in every cloud and data journey. Tackling challenges and come up with reliable and future proof solutions is what she does.

Deepak Ramakumar

VP Engineering @ Ruckus Networks

Engineering Leader in building multi billion dollar product engineering company with expertise in Cloud, Security Data Lake and ML Platforms

Ravi Ravichandran

Head of Cloud Platform and engineering @ Juniper Networks

Ravi Ravichandran is Head of Cloud platform engineering and Devops at Juniper Networks. He is instrumental in transforming Devops at Juniper Networks. Ravi has over 25 years of experience Cloud/SaaS platform and engineering, IT Strategy, Architecture, Support, Cloud Services Delivery, DevOps, Infrastructure, Operations engineering and Security, with technical and business leadership. At GE Software, As CTO for Cloud Platform & Devops, He was responsible for the industrial cloud for customers and led the global Cloud/SaaS strategy spanning AWS, Azure and Private Clouds, addressing security, availability and reliability. Ravi worked at numerous startups taking 2 companies to IPO.

Pradeep Reddy

VP @ Skyflow.com

Experienced Software Leader/Architect with reputation of providing high quality deliverables. Demonstrated ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, product managers, UX designers and customer success. Rich experience in building highly available, horizontally scalable systems.

Jared Reimer

President @ Caelum NorthWest (Cascadeo)

I am the founder of Cascadeo, and have personally overseen its growth since inception. As we have built a first-class management team, my focus has returned to the area I am personally passionate about: excellence in engineering. Working closely with brilliant engineers, business leaders, and operations experts is a great joy to me; no two days are ever exactly alike.

Giulio Roggero

Founder & CTO @ Mia-Platform

As founder and CTO of Mia-Platform I help enterprises to build their digital assets moving from legacy systems and silos organizations to cloud native platforms and open governance organizations. My principal focus are:- API and Cloud Native platforms - Data Streams, Fast Data and Data Mesh solutions - DevOps value stream platforms - Omnichannel experience: mobile, voice, touch, type, web

Shira Shamban

CEO @ Solvo

Shira Shamban is a security researcher and technical expert with a focus on cloud security. Currently, she is the co-founder and CEO of Solvo, where she makes developers and security team's life easier by enforcing adaptive security for them automatically. Shira started her professional career in cybersecurity as an officer in the elite intelligence unit 8200. Shira strongly believes in empowering women and under-represented communities in the world of technology. She volunteers as a lecturer and a mentor in SheCodes, Cyber Ladies and WomenInAppSec. Shira started her own mentoring program called Security Diva and is the co-chair of OWASP Israel.

Roman Shaposhnik

Founder @ ZEDEDA Inc.

Roman Shaposhnik is a co-founder and a head of Product and Strategy at ZEDEDA. Prior to starting ZEDEDA, Roman has spent time building scalable, cloud-native compute and data platforms at Sun microsystems, Pivotal, and Cloudera. He has also contributed to numerous open-source projects and has been on the boards of directors at Linux and Apache Software Foundations.

Nir Sheffi

Co-CEO and CTO @ Ridge

20 years of experience in hands-on R&D management, from start-ups to large-scale organizations. My expertise covers the full life cycle of technology products both from technical and business aspects.

Rajesh Tammana

Head of Engineering @ Amazon Web Services

Accomplished Product and Engineering Leader with a track record of building high-performing global organizations and delivering market leading products at some of the world’s most innovative companies. Defined and built products in several technology domains including Cloud, Infrastructure, Security and Databases.

Steven Tan

Chair @ SODA Foundation

Steven Tan is VP & CTO Cloud Solution, Storage at Futurewei where he oversees cloud solutions for storage incorporating open source strategy and collaboration. Steven brought leading organizations together from around the globe and founded the SODA Foundation to address data and storage challenges through open source. He hails from Singapore, lived in Taipei, Beijing and Shanghai, and is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eddie Tejeda

Senior Director of Engineering @ Mode

Eddie is a Director of Engineering at Mode. Previously, he worked at Code for America, 18F, and served as Director of Cloud.gov.

Josh Thurman

Co-founder @ Uffizzi

Co-author of the Continuous Previews Manifesto, Head of DevRel at Uffizzi, and highly decorated Navy SEAL who leverages his experience leading high performing teams to help organizations improve how they build and deliver software. After 12 years and 11 deployments across the globe Josh left the SEAL community in 2018 to co-found Uffizzi. Day-to-day he organizes Uffizzi's Open Source and serves as its Head of Developer Relations. When he's not talking about the intersection of process and technology improvements Josh competes as a National level Age Group Triathlete and enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids.

Chris Van Tuin

Chief Technologist @ Red Hat

Chris Van Tuin, Chief Technologist, NA West at Red Hat, has over 20 years of experience in IT and Software. Since joining Red Hat in 2005, Chris has been architecting solutions for strategic customers and partners and is a frequent speaker on DevOps, Security, and Containers. He started his career at Intel in IT and Managed Hosting followed by leadership roles in services and sales engineering at Loudcloud and Linux startups. Chris holds a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Henrique Vaz

CEO @ CleanCloud

Corporate lawyer turned serial entrepreneur founding four companies in different industries with one exit over the last nine years. For the last four years acting as the CEO of CleanCloud.

Jim Walker

Principal Product Evangelist @ Cockroach Labs

Jim is a recovering developer turned product marketer and has spent his career in category creation for emerging tech and open source. He loves useful, cool, cutting-edge technology and has a unique ability to translate often complex concepts into a compelling, effective core narrative that broader markets can consume. He is an advocate of the developer and an active participant in several open source communities.

Jade Wang

Head of Developer Relations @ Cloudflare

Jade Wang runs the Cloudflare for Startups program, and hosts Founder Focus, a Cloudflare.TV show. She previously co-founded Sandstorm.io, ran a network of hacker houses, and grew the community of Meteor, an open source project. Her Ph.D. is in neuroscience, and in her early life, she was a concert pianist. For fun, she tinkers with hardware projects.

Yingjun Wu

Founder and CEO @ RisingWave Labs

Yingjun Wu is the founder and CEO of Singularity Data, a startup innovating next-generation cloud-native database systems. Before starting his adventure, Yingjun was a software engineer at the Redshift team, Amazon Web Services, and a researcher at the Database group, IBM Almaden Research Center. Yingjun received his PhD degree from National University of Singapore, and was also a visiting PhD at Carnegie Mellon University. Yingjun is serving as a Program Committee member in several top-tier database conferences, such as SIGMOD, VLDB, and ICDE.

Misha Yalavarthy

Security Engineer @ Cloudflare

I'm currently a Security Engineer at Cloudflare where we are helping to build a better Internet.

Michael Yuan

Founder @ Second State

Dr. Michael Yuan is the author of 5 books on software engineering, including Building Blockchain Apps by Addison-Wesley. He is the CEO of Second State, a company that focuses on bringing WebAssembly and Rust technologies to cloud, blockchain, and AI applications. Dr. Yuan was a long time open source contributor and a Principal Investigator at the National Institutes of Health.