2021 Advisory Board

Navira Abbasi

Director of Evangelism, Galvanize Dev Innovation Advisory Board

Navira'ss mission is to understand the needs of people and translate that insight into a solution or an experience that feels bespoke to the individual. She's currently the Director of Evangelism for Galvanize, serving as the head of the department and helping to empower the local developer evangelists to be ambassadors for their technology learning communities in data science and web development.

Navira has always been fascinated by people's behaviors — What makes them tick? How do you connect with someone? For her, mastering user experience are the gateways to understanding what delights them and what turns them off. As a result of anticipating their needs, she can help customers feel understood and valued.

Marco Barraza

VP Enterprise Development, ArkusNexus Management Advisory Board

Mr Barraza is a senior executive currently holding title of VP Enterprise Development at ArkusNexus (goarkus.com) a firm specialized in extending software development team's capacities. The company has grown from $2M AR and 150 employees to $10M and 275 employees in the last 5 years.

His involvement has been key in strategically expanding product features for tech start-ups like figopetinsurance.com, wrethink.com, LionDesk.com

Via ArkusNexus team extension and technology innovation consulting services, companies like GreatCall and Workmen's Auto Insurance Company, have launched innovative platforms to market, placing them on the radar of successful acquisitions by BestBuy health and Mercury Insurance respectively.

Mr Barraza leads the ArkusNexus ""Happy Engineering"" pilar of the company and has launched personal advancement initiatives for software engineers that involve training, continuous education and R/D for newer technologies. Resulting in a highly engaged workforce with 4+ year average tenure for key engineering roles.

Lastly, Mr Barraza is also founder of occtos.com an executive level tech thought leadership group that gathers CTOs from early stage startups to Fortune 500s across southern california.

Bozhidar Batsov

Senior Director of R&D, Toptal Dev Innovation Advisory Board

Bozhidar is a hacker obsessed with Ruby, Clojure, and Emacs. He loves solving challenging problems and building neat stuff. He's a serial open source contributor, a frequent speaker at conferences, and an avid technical blogger. At Toptal, Bozhidar is dedicated to building a world-class development team and creating superb products for all customers.

Johannes Beekman

CEO, IoT Marketing Management Advisory Board

Johannes is CEO of IoT Marketing.

He has more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing in the high-tech industry.

Johannes has worked for 25 years in the semiconductor industry, where he worked for Philips, Infineon, and Sematech in various management positions in process development, engineering, operations, and sales and marketing. While working for Philips he was engineering manager in 2 waferfab startups. And while at Sematech he managed various international technical symposia. He has built 3 successful digital marketing companies in the past 8 years. His focus is marketing integration, marketing technology, SEO, and inbound and outbound marketing. And he has developed a content creation system that uses the AIDA model to develop content for every stage of the sales funnel. Johannes has experience working with companies in manufacturing, the high-tech industry, process industry, IT, healthcare, and legal industry, and he has published on several trade focused websites.

James Brotsos

Senior Solutions Engineer, Checkmarx DevOps Advisory Board

James Brotsos is a senior solutions engineer at Checkmarx, bringing 15 years of network protocol and kernel development experience to his role. James is an active 'maker' and a regular participant in IoT hackathons. In his free time, he volunteers mentoring computer science high school students in the Bay Area.

Haseeb Budhani

CEO, Rafay Systems DevOps Advisory Board

Haseeb Budhani is the CEO of Rafay Systems, which he co-founded in late 2017. Prior to Rafay, Haseeb oversaw Akamai Technologies' expansion into the enterprise market as the company's Vice President of Enterprise Strategy. Akamai acquired Haseeb's previous company, Soha Systems, in 2016. Haseeb co-founded Soha in 2013 and served as the company's CEO. Prior to Soha, Haseeb served as the Chief Product Officer for Infineta Systems, where he was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's product marketing, marketing communications and partner management activities. Previously, Haseeb held senior product management, marketing and engineering roles at NET, Personal IT, Citrix Systems, Orbital Data, IP Infusion and Oblix. Haseeb holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

Barry Cooks

CTO, DigitalOcean Cloud Advisory Board

Barry is DigitalOcean’s Chief Technology Officer. In this role he oversees the company’s overall product direction and development and leads the engineering, product and infrastructure teams.

Barry has more than 20 years of software, systems and product development experience, including hardware and software engineering, product management, quality assurance and support. Most recently, he served as vice president of R&D, cloud operations products at VMware. Before VMware, he was senior vice president of products, engineering and support at Virtual Instruments, and director of engineering at Sun Microsystems.

Barry holds a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oregon, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University.

Jesse Davis

Chief Technologist, Devada Management Advisory Board

Jesse has been building enterprise software and engineering teams for 20 years, and is a respected executive, author, speaker, and coach. He developed the first data access for Java and served as an expert and innovator on industry standards including JDBC, ODBC, and ANSI SQL. After leading a large development team (150+) as VP of R&D at Progress, Jesse “crossed the divide” by serving as Chief Operating Officer at Devada; leading the company to double its enterprise value followed by a successful exit to private equity. A highly engaging speaker and coach, Jesse speaks at several conferences each year and loves training teams and individuals to grow and achieve their full potential.

Jeff DeVerter

Chief Technology Evangelist, Rackspace Technology Cloud Advisory Board

Jeff DeVerter has been working IT for the past 24 years and has been a part of the cloud revolution since it's inception. Jeff has been with Rackspace for 11 years and during that time has launched and managed various businesses within the company including many collaboration services as well as Rackspace's Microsoft private and public cloud service offerings. Jeff has also functioned as the overall CTO for Microsoft technologies as well as the CTO for all products and services. Most recently, Jeff has transitioned to the Chief Technology Evangelist taking the Rackspace message to the world.

Edward Dryer

Senior Technology Strategist, Steadfast Cloud Advisory Board

With 22 years of experience in the technology world, Ed’s specialty is turning the 'impossible' into 'the new standard'. When he's not building solutions for you and your clients, he spend his time geeking out over games of all types and teaching his three kids the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek.

Asad Faizi

CEO, Cloudplex.io Cloud Advisory Board

Seattle based technologist and entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Cloudplex.io. Over 20 years’ experience at senior level technical positions at Microsoft, PayPal, Intel Corporation and Netscape and multiple startups. Played a key role in taking C-Bridge Corporation from early-stage startup to a successful IPO. Areas of interest include large scale distributed systems architecture and design, big data, cloud computing, cloud native technologies, including Docker containers, Kubernetes, service mesh, and serverless functions.

Eugene Fratkin

VP Engineering, FOSSA Enterprise Advisory Board

Eugene Fratkin is currently the VP of Engineering at FOSSA, company focused on providing effective ways for enterprises to leverage broad world of Open Source.

Prior to coming to FOSSA, Eugene was the Head of Engineering at Scale AI, the industry leader in processing data for machine learning applications. Prior to Scale Eugene held various positions in the tech industry, including leading R&D for cloud services division in Cloudera, and was a founder of Sequoia capitol funded start-up in cancer diagnostics – Lifecode.

Eugene has a PhD in Machine Learning from CS department of Stanford University, and MS in Cryptography and Network Security.

Dan Garfield

Chief Technology Evangelist, Codefresh DevOps Advisory Board

Dan Garfield is a full-stack engineer, Google Developer Expert, and member of the Forbes Technology Council. As a Kubernaut and CI/CD expert, Dan has built tools for advanced deployment methodologies with Kubernetes, Helm, and Istio. His code and talks have been featured at conferences including KubeCon, Dev Week, Google Cloud Summit, SwampUp, Redis Conf, and many more.

Laurent Gil

Co Founder and CPO, CAST.AI Cloud Advisory Board

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.

Ben Goldin

CTO, Mambu Product Advisory Board

Hands-on Technology and Product Leader with a proven track of building the right product and delivering highly scalable, mission-critical solutions end-to-end, from discovery to operations with 20+ years overall experience in B2B/B2C product management, engineering and technical leadership.Passionate about autonomous and aligned teams, great customer experience and simplistic software architecture.

Hadi Hariri

VP of Developer Advocacy, JetBrains Product Advisory Board

Developer and creator of many things OSS, he has been programming in one way, shape or form since the age of 12. Author of various publications and courses, Hadi has been speaking at industry events for nearly two decades. Host to Talking Kotlin, he works at JetBrains leading the Developer Advocacy team, and spends as much time as he can writing code.

Laura Heritage

VP Product - CTIO Office, Axway Enterprise Advisory Board

Laura Heritage, VP Product - API Platforms. She has an extensive background in APIs, microservices, cloud integration and building API platforms for global enterprises. Laura is a frequent speaker, evangelist and industry expert on digital business transformation.

Arthur Hicken

Evangelist, Parasoft Dev Innovation Advisory Board

Arthur Hicken is evangelist at Parasoft where he has been involved in automating various software development practices for over 25 years. His popular blog “The Code Curmudgeon” is known for his Hall-of-shame lists covering SQL Injection and IoT vulnerabilities and he has a YouTube channel with videos including "This Week in Cybersecurity". He has worked on projects including database development, the software development lifecycle, application security, functional safety, software safety in industries like automotive, aerospace, and medical. He speaks frequently at conferences on development strategies, compliance, and security best practices.

Peter Hughes

Head of Cloud, Push Technology Cloud Advisory Board

Peter Hughes is an experienced senior engineer in high-performance Java applications and has led the design & development of both back-end and front-end projects for real-time data platforms. He is currently Head of Cloud for Push Technology’s industry leading solution Diffusion®, an Intelligent Data Mesh. The platform powers real-time, highly-scalable and mission-critical web, mobile, and IoT applications for companies worldwide. He is well-versed in both the business and deep technical challenges companies face and he has broad experience helping them address these challenges to achieve their corporate goals.

Stepan Ilyin

Co-Founder / COO, Wallarm Product Advisory Board

Stepan co-founded Wallarm to protect modern APIs against emerging threats in the cloud-native era.

Amir Jerbi

CTO, Aqua Security Cloud Advisory Board

Co-founder and CTO of Aqua Security, the leading Cloud Native Security vendor.

Amir has 17 years of experience in the software industry. Amir has more than 20 cloud and virtual security related patents and published papers. Amir is thrilled to have the opportunity to create next generation enterprise scaled security products for the cloud.

Specialities include: containers, kubernetes, cloud security, enterprise software, software development

Baran Korkmaz

CEO, ARWAY AI/ML Advisory Board

Founder of ARWAY

Sherif Koussa

CEO, Reshift Security DevOps Advisory Board

Sherif Koussa is an OWASP Ottawa Chapter Co-Leader, Software Developer, Hacker, and Secure Coding Instructor. Sherif began his security career as the lead developer for OWASP WebGoat 5.0, and served as a mentor for SANS Institute and exam consultant for GIAC, where he authored more than 500 Java and .NET questions. He also worked for Wells Fargo Bank in the central security code review team.

100 million lines of code later, Sherif brings lessons learned from writing insecure code as a developer, along with years of experience as a security code review engineer and pen-tester, finding vulnerabilities in custom code.

Sherif is also CEO and founder of Software Secured (https://www.softwaresecured.com) and Reshift Security (www.reshiftsecurity.com). Software Secured specializes in Penetration Testing as a Service (PTaaS) and instructor-led training.

Reshift Security is a developer-first security tool that automates the process of finding and automatically fixing vulnerabilities in custom code, with a click of a button.

Mark Lambert

VP of Strategic Initiatives, Parasoft AI/ML Advisory Board

Mark Lambert is VP of Strategic Initiatives at Parasoft where he has been focused on helping organizations accelerate the successful delivery of high quality, secure and compliance software since 2004.

Mostly recently, he has been applying, and commercializing, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine learning (ML) to improve software quality and address test automation challenges.

Lambert has been a speaker at, and written numerous articles for, industry events and media such as SDTimes, DZone, QAFinancial, JavaOne, Software Test & Performance, Embedded World, AgileDevDays and StarEast/StarWest.

Lambert earned both his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science at Manchester University UK.

Suyoung Lee

Business Development Manager, Cochlear.ai AI/ML Advisory Board

Business Development at Cochl.

Tal Lev-Ami

CTO, Cloudinary Ltd. AI/ML Advisory Board

Tal Lev-Ami is Cloudinary's CTO and one of its Co-founders. Tal has extensive professional and academic background in software engineering, software architecture, security and program analysis. Tal's professional background includes being Chief Architect in technology startups Trivnet and Blue Security and founding of Ndivi, a boutique software development company. Tal has a PhD in computer science from Tel-Aviv University. Tal has three children and lives in Modiin, Israel.

Rodrigo Mota

Head Developer Marketing, WSO2 Management Advisory Board

I am passionate about technology and helping others realize the ways in which it can improve business and people's lives. I continually look for opportunities to leverage a creative and analytical skill set to improve business agility so that organizations can respond quickly to customer needs and stay relevant in an increasingly digital world.

Wesley Pullen

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) - Worldwide Field Operations, CloudBees, Inc. Cloud Advisory Board

Admired and respected for helping to shape Digital Transformation Initiatives (DTI), surpassing new feature capabilities within emerging technologies, and eclipsing revenue projections within enterprise software systems; Wesley Pullen is a trusted and seasoned business and technical leader that works within executive management teams to help grow software businesses above board expectations.

As the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Worldwide Field Operations, Wesley serves as a high impact executive within CloudBees. He helps to shape product priorities, direction, and regularly evangelize solutions and roadmaps as one of CloudBees' thought-leading technical experts.

Ram Kumar Rengaswamy

CTO, BeeswaxIO Cloud Advisory Board

Ram is currently the CTO of Beeswax, an advertising platform that handles millions of transactions per second. He is a highly experienced tech lead with multiple years leading high performance, high-capacity projects at Google including Gmail. Most recently he served as engineering lead for the Google Video Ad Exchange. Ram has a PhD from UCLA and lives in New York.

Sagi Rodin

CEO and Co-Founder, Frontegg Product Advisory Board

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.

Anthony Roux

Developer Relations Manager, Amadeus Product Advisory Board

After spending years being a technical coach, Anthony works now as a Developer Relations Manager in the API industry. For the last 3 years, he has been defining, building and promoting an Open API program for the travel industry, facing all the technical and business challenges of building and scaling such a program in a big corporation.

Sanket Saurav

Co-founder & CEO, DeepSource Enterprise Advisory Board

Sanket is the founder of DeepSource, an automated code review tool that helps developers write good code and save time in code reviews. He's an active contributor to open-source, a prolific speaker, and writes at sanketsaurav.com about his journey in company building.

Joanna Schloss

VP, Product Marketing, SmartBear Dev Innovation Advisory Board

Joanna Schloss is the VP of Product Marketing at SmartBear and has more than 20 years of experience successfully transforming and evolving global 500 companies and startups. She has extensive knowledge in big data analytics and business intelligence and has been named a top influencer in the space, and has also launched a variety of applications for companies like Confluent, IBM, and Dell, among others. In addition to her leadership success, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and opinions through contributed articles, speaking engagements, and webinars. She has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

John Stafford

Executive Vice President, Parallel Communications Product Advisory Board

John has accumulated extensive expertise in the fields of telecommunications, IoT, AI and ML applications, holography, radiometric sensing, mobility, and payments technology. He has over 35 years of experience in engineering, product development, marketing, business development and public relations in technology fields. Before joining Parallel, John was responsible for marketing and business development for a semiconductor start-up; and was a divisional manager at NEC America where he successfully launched multiple product lines and managed new technology introductions. John holds a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.

Robert Statsinger

Senior Solution Architect, Contrast Security DevOps Advisory Board

Robert Statsinger has worked in Application Security for the past few years. His prior experience includes Applications Performance Management and its impact on DevOps, Intelligent Device Management, Enterprise Applications Integration, and developer tools and middleware. Robert holds a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California.

Eugene Virnik

CPO, co-founder, Qonversion.io Cloud Advisory Board

CPO and co-founder of Qonversion.io - the subscription data platform for mobile-first companies. Before Qonversion, I built a few successful mobile apps and faced a problem with in-app purchases infrastructure and analytics. Solving the problem founded with partners Qonversion and focused on the project.

John Voorhees

CEO, Primitive Dev Innovation Advisory Board

John Voorhees is the founder CEO of Primitive, a Virtual Reality enabled, remote-work platform and developer tool. John's expertise is in software visualization and collaboration, and has been working with enterprises to connect their global workforces through immersive technology.

John has been working in the Virtual Reality space since 2015 and is looking ahead to what immersive collaboration will bring to the software development landscape as the world adapts to the COVID pandemic.

Frederik Weidemann

Chief Technical Evangelist, Onapsis Cloud Advisory Board

Frederik is a cybersecurity expert and Chief Technical Evangelist at Onapsis where he drives innovation. He has presented over 50 times at security and SAP related conferences including RSA, Troopers, OWASP, SAPPHIRE, SAP TechEd, SAPinsider, ASUG, and DSAG. He has focused on security of mission-critical application for the last 15 years and has a passion for secure application architecture. Frederik has found numerous zero-day defects in software, frequently writes articles on IT security, and has co-authored the first book on secure ABAP programming.

Richard Whitehead

Chief Evangelist, Moogsoft Inc. Cloud Advisory Board

As Moogsoft's Chief Evangelist, Richard brings a keen sense of what is required to build transformational solutions

A former CTO, and Technology VP, Richard brought new technologies to market, and was responsible for strategy, partnerships and product research.

Richard served on Splunk’s Technology Advisory Board through their Series A, providing product and market guidance.

He served on the Advisory Boards of RedSeal and Meriton Networks, was a charter member of the TMF NGOSS architecture committee, Chaired a DMTF Working Group, and recently co-chaired the ONUG Monitoring & Observability Working Group.

Kristin Wittig

Head of Marketing and Events, Member of Board, Kubermatic Cloud Advisory Board

Kristin is Head of Marketing and Events and Member of Board at Kubermatic, a leading provider of Kubernetes automation solutions and services. Since she joined Kubermatic in its early days in 2016, she has been working on accelerating enterprise cloud native adoption. She has been actively involved in the cloud native ecosystem ever since and runs major community events including ContainerDays, Enterprise Cloud Native Summit and GoDays.

Greg Wunderle

CEO, Crosscode Cloud Advisory Board

Crosscode has developed the most comprehensive automated application dependency mapping tool available today which is always current and always available anywhere in the world. Crosscode provides a “Living Application Map” which will reduce your time to deliver applications by 25% or more. Crosscode will change the way people think about designing code, adding new features, fixing defects, making the application work on new devices, prepare for upgrades, or to move apps to new environments such as the cloud, virtual machines, or containers. Our mission is to help our customers deliver better apps faster with fewer defects so our customers can get home sooner and enjoy their lives with family and friends.