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OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Tristan Goode, Aptira

Tristan Goode

CEO and Board Director, Aptira

CEO and Board Director, Aptira
Over 25 years’ experience in the IT industry has given Tristan a solid reputation as an innovative architect in systems infrastructure and enterprise solutions. Forward-thinking with strong attention to detail, Tristan has been responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining solutions for the likes of BTR Nylex, NEC, OzEmail, Intel, and iPrimus.Tristan has an unwavering commitment to exceed expectations for both the business and the customer, and is driven by his personal desire to create unique, effective solutions for any requirements Aptira’s customers may present. Tristan is a founding and 4 times elected Board Director of the OpenStack Foundation, an OpenStack Ambassador, and the founder of the Australian OpenStack User Group.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - David F Flanders, OpenStack Foundation

David Flanders

Research Community Manager, University of Melbourne | Community Wrangler, OpenStack

David F. Flanders is a wrangler of communities for the OpenStack Foundation, specifically growing the application developer community and University sector engagements. Previously having worked in University datacentres and Entrepreneurial investment funds, Flanders loves the challenge of understanding how brilliant people come together as a community to shape the future of the information sector.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Tom Fifield, OpenStack Foundation

Tom Fifield

Community Manager, OpenStack Foundation

Since gaining experience working to support an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider - the largest scientific endeavour in the world - Tom has been passionate about large-scale distributed computing.Tom has worked alongside collaborators from dozens of countries to facilitate distributed computing design, reliable operations in minimal staff environments and interoperability between different technologies.After working as a cloud architecture consultant and team lead to create clouds for several years, Tom is now tackling the most important part of distributed systems - people, as a community manager.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Anthony Rees, HPE

Anthony Rees

Cloud Technical Consultant / Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Anthony has over fifteen years experience in software design, architecture, cloud solutions and development activities. During this time he has utilised his consulting skills as a support to major organisations around the world. Anthony has a keen interest and vast experience in Continuous Delivery working with many teams in various countries to implement Test Driven Development techniques, Feature Toggling best practices, Platform as a Service designs, Infrastructure as a Service, Build Automation, OpenStack and leverage DevOPS methodologies. He is experienced in Agile methodologies such as Lean, XP, Scrum and certified as a Scrum Master and SAFe Scaled Agilist.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Vanessa Binding, Australian Government Department of Defence

Vanessa Binding

Private Cloud Implementation, Department of Defence

I am the lead for the team tasked with implementing a Private Cloud. I am an APS employee working for the Department of Defence. Before moving into management I was a Linux System Adminstrator.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Alex Tesch, HPE

Alex Tesch

APJ Cloud Consultant, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Alex has been working with Open Source enterprise technologies for the better part of his 12 years IT career in companies like Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Red Hat and IBM.

He started his OpenStack journey with Grizzly, delivering the first HPC cloud in APAC for a Singapore University making use of SRIOV technologies combined with big data. He has extensive deployment experience on configuration management and automation of private cloud based on OpenStack.

Alex is currently an APJ Cloud Consultant in the Helion Cloud team at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, where he evangelizes the OpenSource side of the Helion portfolio (OpenStack / Cloud Foundry / Ceph).

He enjoys running workshops and seminars in the APJ region for cloud adopters.

OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Michael Still, Rackspace

Michael Still

Senior Software Development Manager, Rackspace

OpenStack core developer and former Nova PTL, as well as experienced software and reliability engineer. Part of the team that grew Google Mobile to being a billion dollar business. Director of 2013. Author of The Definitive Guide to ImageMagick ( and Practical MythTV ( from Apress, as well as a bunch of articles.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Joanna Huang, Aptira

Joanna Huang

GM, East Asia, Aptira

During her professional career, Joanna Huang first built her great interest in large scale distributed application engineering at CERN between 2007 and 2011. Since then Joanna has challenged herself to different roles in various international collaborative working environments. Joanna has led OpenStack application engineering groups and OpenStack cloud DevOps teams since the Essex Release.

Now at Aptira, she continues to explore more OpenStack technologies and drives business strategy and product management across enterprise for OpenStack platform. As an OpenStack enthusiast, she is also actively involved in helping build an open community and offering technical and general advice for Taiwan OpenStack User Group.

OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Dez Blanchfield, Vault Systems

Dez Blanchfield

Head of Technology and Cloud Platforms, Vault Systems

Dez is a geek who wears a suit ( board room attire ) as comfortably as he wears a hoodie. He runs OpenStack, Docker, Hadoop & Spark on his laptop, and cloud bursts just for kicks. He’s a confirmed "cloud believer", and it’s reported he has the ability to perform Jedi mind tricks with a whiteboard marker. His professional career spans 25+ years experience in the IT & Telco industries, as a strategic leader in business & digital transformation, strategy & implementing business initiatives during the day, cutting coding through the night. His day job includes a mandate to develop, evangelize and drive key market segments including Cloud Computing, Big Data & Analytics, and Internet of Things.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Rupert Taylor-Price, Vault Systems

Rupert Taylor-Price

Chief Executive Officer, Vault Systems

Rupert has spent 10 years working with Federal Government helping deliver secure systems. He has worked across the whole stack from physical building security all the way up to delivering accredited SaaS solutions. For the last five years Rupert has been focused on building the Vault Government centric distribution of Openstack which is now on the ASD Certification list.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Scott Coulton, Health Direct

Scott Coulton

DevOps Solution Architect, Health Direct

Scott Coulton is a solutions architect with 10 years of experience in the managed services and hosting space. He has extensive experience in architecture, and rolling out systems and network solutions for national and multinational companies with a wide variety of technologies, including AWS, Puppet, Docker, Cisco, VMware, Microsoft and Linux. His design strengths are in cloud computing, automation and the security space.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Avi Miller, Oracle

Avi Miller

Product Management Director, Oracle

Avi is the Product Management Director for Oracle Linux and has extensive experience across operating system, virtualisation and application stacks.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Danny Elmarji, Dell EMC

Danny Elmarji

Director of Systems Engineering, DellEMC

Danny Elmarji is a passionate technology advocate across Dell|EMC Australia and New Zealand. Danny joined EMC in 2005 and is responsible for running the Dell|EMC engineering community, focused on the both our Core Technology and Emerging Technology Divisions. From his original background in application development in Java and C++, Danny has further built extensive technical knowledge around cloud computing, third platform applications, DevOps and data science. Over the past 15 years he has received numerous industry certifications across virtualisation and Infrastructure solutions. Danny is originally from Canada where he completed his bachelor degree in Computer Science and Computing.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Shiraz Qureshi, Nuage Networks

Shiraz Qureshi

SDN & NFV Evangelist, Nuage Networks

Shiraz Qureshi is the SDN and NFV evangelist for Nuage Networks from Nokia. He has 21 years of ICT experience leading R&D teams to deliver server virtualization and networking solutions. He is passionate about helping customers navigate thru their journey to the cloud.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Alexander Tsirel, HiveTec

Alexander Tsirel

Senior Software Developer/DevOps, HiveTec

Moved from Estonia to join a huge project about building software deeply integrated with government Employment Services. Specialising in infrastructure architecting, cloud automation, continuous integration.
Working on infrastructure scaling for resource-hungry applications grid bundling docker,windows server, swift in one in our mission critical system.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Marc Van Hoof, Kumulus

Marc van Hoof

Technologist | Activist | Entrepreneur, Kumulus

With 20+ years in the automation space I find all things cloud interesting and focus on the latest models for automation possible these days! I help enable value from OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, CAPS tools, and Dev/Ops CI/CD pipelines as applied to IoT and Big Data systems.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Richard Northam, NeCTAR

Richard Northam

Director, Research Data Services Project (NCRIS)

Richard Northam is a board member of the Australian Access Federation (AAF), the Research Data Services (RDS) Project, the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) Project as well as holding a part time role as the Director, National Engagements at the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). RDS, NeCTAR and ANDS are projects funded under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy which is funded through the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training. Richard was the former Director of the RDS Project which is a $15 million project devoted to enhancing and supporting data services based on the previous work of the Research Data Storage Infrastructure Project and previously was the Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT).

He has held a number of senior management appointments including the IT Director at the University of New South Wales @ the Australian Defence Force Academy, Network & Infrastructure Manager at the Commonwealth Insurance and Superannuation Commission and Associate Director of the Information Management & Technology Branch at the then Federal Department of Primary

Industries & Energy. He also served as the Director of Information Systems for the Australian Air Force Cadets within the Australian Department of Defence.

Throughout his career, Richard has taken a strategic leadership role in shaping and enhancing the role of Information Technology within various organisations and shaping the use of Information Technology in research. In his recent roles Richard helped shape the future of CAUDIT as a platform for collaboration for IT staff in Higher Education, and has taken a leadership role in negotiating

innovative sector wide procurement arrangements with suppliers which have delivered significant value to Higher Education. In 2005 he led an initiative to raise the awareness of CIO’s to the need to support research in higher education and led a programme with leading universities in the UK, Europe and the USA to identify and share best practice and strategies. More recently he has played a key national and international leadership role in enhancing research through the use of new methodologies and development of e‐Research infrastructure that are enabled by Information Technology as part of the Australian National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy. He has fostered international collaboration by higher education ICT staff in various countries in the world, and taken a lead role in the formation of the Coalition of Higher Education Information Technology Associations (CHEITA) which is an umbrella organisation that promotes international collaboration.

Richard is a certified Adair Leadership International trainer and member of the faculty of the South African and Hong Kong Leadership Institutes for IT professionals working in higher education. He is a former member of the CAUDIT Board, and is a former Director on the board of EDUCAUSE which is a US based association which represents the best thinking in higher education IT.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics) and is a Senior Member & Certified Professional of the Australian Computer Society. He has a keen interest in landscape photography, hiking, mountain biking, he is a 1st Dan Black Belt Instructor in Tae Kwon Do, and a qualified Snowboarding Instructor. He lives and works in Canberra, Australia.

OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Christoph Dwertmann, Vault Systems

Christoph Dwertmann

CTO, Vault Systems

Christoph is a full stack engineer with four years of experience in deploying and securing Openstack. Fully automated software deployment and self-healing microservice containers are amongst his current interests. As the CTO of Vault Systems he recently deployed the world’s first pure NVMe Ceph cluster into production. From his previous work in network research for the National Science Foundation (NSF) he gathered in-depth knowledge spanning software-defined networks across continents.
OpenStack Australia Day Speaker, Andrew Hatfield, Red Hat

Andrew Hatfield

Practice Lead – Cloud Storage and Big Data, Red Hat

Andrew has over 20 years experience in the IT industry across APAC, specialising in Databases, Directory Systems, Groupware, Virtualisation and Storage for Enterprise and Government organisations. When not helping customers slash costs and increase agility by moving to the software-defined storage future, he’s enjoying the subtle tones of Islay Whisky and shredding pow pow on the world’s best snowboard resorts.

During his 6 years at NetApp, Matt has helped shape the NetApp Managed Service capability in ANZ in his role as a Professional Services manager. Since taking on the leadership of the Systems Engineering team he has built an industry leading pre-sales team and has been instrumental in local product management and developing utility commercial models for enterprise accounts.

Matt has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry and has held numerous roles; including mainframe systems programmer, automation specialist and infrastructure architect. He has a passion for managing people and has over 10 years’ experience building high performance teams.

Matt has a very broad range of experience covering many aspects of IT, including virtualisation, data analytics and hybrid cloud solutions. He holds a degree in science and still has a passion for ecology.

OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - Steve Kowalik, SUSE

Steve Kowalik

Developer, SUSE

Steven Kowalik is a Sydney-based open source developer with over two decades experience contributing to major projects, including over 15 years with Debian GNU/Linux, as well as significant involvement with upstream OpenStack.

Steven is currently a senior developer at SUSE, working on primarily on SUSE OpenStack Cloud and related projects.

OpenStack Australia Day Speaker - John Martin, NetApp

John Martin

Director of Strategy and Technology, NetApp

John Martin is NetApp’s Director of Strategy and Technology, working as part of the Office of the CTO. Based in Sydney, John is responsible for developing and advocating NetApp’s flash portfolio across the APAC region.

John is one of the driving forces behind NetApp’s continued expansion into flash and works closely with field sales, the channel and alliance technology partners to provide innovative solutions that solve customer business challenges.

While John is NetApp’s flash champion, he continues to provide technology insights and market intelligence to trends that impacts both NetApp and its customers.

Prior to his current role, John was NetApp’s ANZ’s principal technologist for over six years and has over 20 years experience working in the IT industry.

John joined NetApp in 2006 as a systems engineer. Prior to this, he was a principal of GRID IT, where he built relationships with a variety of major storage vendors while also helping to start two storage-related businesses. At GRID IT, John was involved in senior pre-sales, consulting and training for Legato, Veritas, and StorageTek.

In his spare time, John enjoys singing, writing and cooking. He also spends time researching modernist and post modernist philosophy, ancient history, social justice and global development.

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