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Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors

Chris Aniszczyk Elected Committer Representative

Chris is a software architect by trade with a passion for software evangelism, open source, and building communities. At Twitter, he's responsible for creating their open source program office and managing their open source efforts. He sits on the Eclipse Architecture Council and on the Eclipse Technology PMC. In a previous life, he led and hacked on many and linux related projects. In his spare time, you'll find him doing yoga, writing, running or cycling. You can read his blog or find him tweeting via @cra.

Pradeep Balachandran IBM

Pradeep is Program Director for Eclipse Strategy and Development in IBM. Prior to this he was leading the Rational Software Development organization in IBM India. He has been in IBM Software division since 1995 via Rational Software acquisition and has an overall industry experience of 23 years in Software Engineering Tools development. He setup the first Eclipse open source development lab east of Europe, in Bangalore in 2008. In the course his career at Rational and IBM, he has built and led various product development teams, including products in the IBM Rational Collaborative Life-cycle Management (CLM) solution built on IBM Rational Jazz platform. He is a regular speaker in Conferences on Agile, DevOps, Open Source and Software Engineering. He is also actively involved in organizing various conferences as a member of the program committee. Pradeep has a Masters in Computer Science & Engineering.

Deborah Bryant Red Hat, Inc.

Deborah Bryant is Senior Director, Open Source Program Office, Office of the CTO at Red Hat.

Deborah’s involvement in open source began in the 90s in Portland, Oregon where she became deeply involved in the community, helped grow OSUOSL into an international community resource, founded the Government Open Source Conference, and championed the global use of FOSS in the public sector. Deb lent her voice to supporting open source project and developers, building bridges between academia, industry, and government along the way. Her published research includes the use of open source in cybersecurity and open source ecosystems in the public sector.

Deb serves on several non-profit boards where open source is a critical element of their mission in the public interest. She recently accepted a third appointment as Board Member for Open Source Initiative (OSI), serves on the advisory boards of the Open Source Elections Technology Foundation, DemocracyLab, and OASIS Open Project. You can follow her at @debbryant.

Bryan Che Huawei

Bryan Che is Chief Strategy Officer at Huawei. There, he leads Huawei’s vision and strategy across its overall businesses and portfolio, which spans mobile and consumer electronics, telecommunications, enterprise IT, and cloud.

Bryan has tremendous experience building new enterprise businesses and open source technologies. Prior to joining Huawei in China, Bryan spent over 15 years at Red Hat in the US, where he was the general manager of their cloud business and also led overall product strategy across the company. As an American expat employed in China who has traveled 3 million miles to over 40 countries, Bryan has worked extensively with many customers and partners around the world.

Bryan graduated with his Bachelors and Masters degrees in computer science from MIT.

Stefan Ferber Robert Bosch GmbH

Dr. Stefan Ferber has been Chairman of the Executive Board of Bosch Software Innovations GmbH since January 1, 2018. He has direct management responsibility for product development, business development, sales & marketing as well as HR, finance & controlling. Stefan currently represents Bosch on the board of the Eclipse Foundation and is a member of the European Internet of Things Council. He has more than 25 years’ experience in software development, software processes, software product lines, and software architectures for embedded systems, computer vision, and IT domains. Stefan holds an undergraduate degree and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany and an M.Sc. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA. He is a certified ATAM lead evaluator by the Software Engineering Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.

Sebastien Gerard CEA LIST

Sébastien Gérard is director of research at CEA and he is leading the LISE laboratory (Laboratory of Model Driven Engineering for Embedded Systems) at CEA LIST. Working on research issues related to complex and critical system and software design for more than 15 years, his research interests include correct-by-construction specification and design of complex systems, model-based engineering of complex systems, and visual modeling language engineering. He is the CEA representative at Object Management Group (OMG) for more than 15 years. In particular, he is the chair of the MARTE standardization task force. He is also leading the open source project, Papyrus, the UML modeling tools of Eclipse.

In 1995, he has a diploma in mechanics and aeronautics from the ENSMA high-school, in 2000 he obtained a PhD diploma in Computer Science from the Evry university and in 2013 he got his “habilitation à diriger des recherches” diploma in the domain of computer science from the Orsay Univiersity.

Adam Gibson Konduit

Adam is the CTO of Konduit. Before this, Adam was the cofounder of Skymind. Adam has been using open and producing open source software since 2010 and has been developing machine learning systems since 2012. Adam is a published author and speaker on the field of deep learning on topics ranging from deployment of Production Machine Learning Systems to NLP. Adam grew up in Michigan in the US, spent a few years in Silicon Valley and now resides in Tokyo, Japan.

Robert Hilbrich Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR)

Dr. Robert Hilbrich works as a manager for simulation and modeling at the German Aerospace Center in Berlin, Germany. He is a computer scientist and started his research career in the field of developing safety-critical real-time systems at the Fraunhofer research institutes FIRST and FOKUS. Since he joined the German Aerospace Center in 2015, he is responsible for the development of the traffic simulation suite Eclipse SUMO. In 2019 Robert also founded a startup, the Consultancy for Engineers GmbH, where he is employed as managing director in addition to his role at the German Aerospace Center.

Etienne Juliot OBEO

Etienne Juliot is co-founder and vice president of Obeo, a software editor focused on Model Driven solutions. He is a senior software architect with a strong experience in IT and embedded systems architecture. He is involved in several Eclipse projects (Sirius, Acceleo, EMF Compare, SCA, UML Generators, Mylyn, ...) and is a steering committee member for PolarSys.

Finally, Etienne manages international and strategic collaborations with large companies on system engineering and enterprise architecture needs. Follow @ejuliot on Twitter.

Kenji Kazumura Fujitsu Limited

Kenji Kazumura is Senior Professional Engineer at Fujitsu Limited in Japan. After more than five years experience of the compiler development he has been working with Java for the enterprise mission critical systems. Now he is in charge of Fujitsu middleware products such as Interstage Application Server.

He has a lot of experience to optimize the several huge enterprise applications, specifically in the field of mobile communication and financial service, in order to run with high performance and reliability. These systems contribute a great deal to the social infrastructures in Japan. He is also now working to make the cloud environment be more useful with the container and microservices architecture technologies.

Ed Merks Elected Committer Representative

Ed Merks leads the Eclipse Modeling Framework project and co-leads the Eclipse Modeling project along with Rich Gronback from Borland.  He is a coauthor of the authoritative book EMF: Eclipse Modeling Framework which is nearing completion of a second edition. He is interested in all aspects of Eclipse modeling and its applications.  He is well recognized for his dedication to the Eclipse community, posting literally thousands of newsgroup answers each year.  He is also an active blogger.  He spent 16 years at IBM, achieving the level of Senior Technical Staff Member after completing his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser Univeristy.  His experience in modeling technology spans 25 years.

Farah Papaioannou Elected Sustaining Member Representative

Navin Ramachandran IOTA Foundation

Navin Ramachandran is a member of the Board of Directors at, where he leads Engineering Strategy.

Navin is a medical doctor, with interests in data research, healthcare IT and distributed ledgers. He is the steering committee chair of the Tangle EE working group and on the advisory board of the UK All Party Parliamentary group for blockchain.

Tom Ritter Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS)

Dr. Tom Ritter has been Deputy Director of the Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS since 2019. His main areas of interest are model-driven software engineering, the development of software tools, software development processes, infrastructures for tool integration and the consideration of quality throughout the entire development and life cycle of a system. Tom Ritter also participated in standardization activities and is co-author of books on components and services. He regularly provides his expertise in lectures and seminars as well as at conferences and workshops.

Matthias Sohn SAP SE

Matthias is a product owner and open source enthusiast. He leads the EGit and JGit projects and contributes to Gerrit Code Review. He also worked on Spark and Kafka and recently started contributing to Gardener ( enabling Kubernetes to manage Kubernetes clusters on a large scale. He is also a member of the Eclipse Architecture Council. Matthias works as a product owner for SAP Cloud Platform and leads its git team.

He holds a PhD and diploma degree in Experimental Physics from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

Torkild U. Resheim Elected Sustaining Member Representative

Torkild Ulvøy Resheim is a senior software engineer and part owner of Itema, a software consultancy based in Trondheim, Norway. As a contractor and consultant, he has helped companies use a wide range of Eclipse technologies for more than a decade. Most of this time has been spent on solutions for the semiconductor and marine/offshore sectors. Torkild founded the Trondheim Eclipse User Group in 2013 and has been participating in EclipseCon Europe Program Committee for the past few years. He sits on the Eclipse Architecture Council and on the Eclipse Science PMC.

Gunnar Wagenknecht Elected Sustaining Member Representative

Gunnar Wagenknecht is a software specialist at Salesforce. In his past career he lead Open Source programs, managed engineering teams, worked on great products, and architected and managed the operation of a distributed, multi-tenant SaaS platform serving millions of transactions each day.

He also is a prolific contributor with many years of experience in the Eclipse Open Source Community where he has been awarded with the Lifetime Contribution Award.

Apart from software and computers he loves chatting about travel, fishing, DIY projects and other things that matters.

Jim Wright Oracle

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