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Speakers – 2019 – FOSSC Oman 2021

A number of well-known experts will attend the conference, participate in round-table discussions and present some workshops. The following is the list of confirmed people who will attend:(*)

Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle

M.B.A, Professor of Open Source…

Gilles Gravier

Director, Senior Advisor Open…

Ms Dorothy Gordon

Director, Senior Advisor Open…

Frank Karlitschek

Managing Director & Founder…

Mario Behling

Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder…

Robert “Bob” Reyes

Tech Speaker, Mozilla…..

Dr.Nasser Alzidi

Director of the CIS at SQU

Kiarash Kiazand

Chief Executive Officer (Member…

Matthew Treinish

Open Source Developer Advocate…

Arun M

Program Head, International…

Abhas Abhinav

Founder, DeepRoot GNU/Linux

Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, M.B.A, Professor of Open Source Software at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg

Title: How the oil and gas, the tourism, and the trading industry can benefit from collaboratively developing open source software.

Bio: Prof. Dr. Dirk Riehle, M.B.A., is the Professor of Open Source Software at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Before joining academia, Riehle led the Open Source Research Group at SAP Labs, LLC, in Palo Alto, California (Silicon Valley). Riehle founded the Open Symposium, now the international conference on open collaboration. He was also the lead architect of the first UML virtual machine. He is interested in open source and inner source software engineering, agile software development methods, complexity science and human collaboration, and software system architecture, design, and implementation. Prof. Riehle holds a Ph.D. in computer science from ETH Zürich and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Gilles Gravier, Director, Senior Advisor Open Source – Blockchain, Wipro Limited

Title1: Open Source : The engine behind the third and fourth industrial revolutions

Title2: Choosing an open source license and business model for the success of your project

Bio: Director in the Open Source Consulting Practice and a member of Wipro's core blockchain team, he provides global open source and blockchain strategy consulting and advisory services to Wipro's top customers. During his career, he has been involved in both security and open source, in roles such as chief technology strategist for security and open source at Sun Microsystems, advising the largest accounts globally on their IT security or their open source strategy. He moved on to develop global market and business development strategies for open source and security in public sector, still at Sun, and then Oracle. He also works with startups and venture capitalists on open source strategy and business models.

Ms. Dorothy Gordon , Information for All Programme (IFAP) Chair, UNESCO

Title: Innovation, FOSS and the Platform Economy: Diversity vs. Dominance

Bio: Dorothy Gordon is the Chair of the UNESCO Information For All Programme and Board member of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education. She has worked in the field of international development and technology for over thirty years and is recognised as a leading technology activist and specialist on policy, education, technology and society in Africa. Her work as a leader, manager, consultant and speaker has taken her to over 100 countries. She is a strong advocate of the ROAM principles (internet universality), building on her work with the Open Movement and Creative Commons.
Leveraging her government, corporate, civil society and UN policy and management experience she currently works as an advisor and management consultant. Previously, as the founding Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, she strategically positioned the centre as a leading technology training and consulting partner on the African continent. During her tenure she actively encouraged greater participation of women in STEM, supported Ghana’s start-up economy and built global tech partnerships to complement South-South cooperation with India. She served as a senior manager with UNDP in India and held other management and specialist positions in Geneva, New York and Zambia.

She mentors, volunteers, serves on governing boards and award juries with a number of local and global initiatives working to define a better technology mediated future. These include Creative Commons, IEEE WG-ICICLE, Kasahorow Foundation, Literacy Bridge Ghana, UNESCO, and the World Summit Awards.
She holds degrees from the University of Ghana and the University of Sussex, Institute of Development Studies where she trained as a development economist. She works in both English and French.

Frank Karlitschek, Managing Director & Founder, Nextcloud

Title: The next steps for secure data handling and collaboration

Bio: Frank Karlitschek started the ownCloud project in 2010 to return control over the storing and sharing of information to consumers. In 2016 he initiated the Nextcloud project to bring this idea to the next level. He has been involved with a variety of Free Software projects including having been a board member for the KDE community. Frank has spoken at MIT, CERN and ETH and keynoted LinuxCon, Latinoware, Akademy, FOSSASIA, openSUSE Con and many other conferences. Frank is the founder and CEO of Nextcloud Gmbh. Frank is a fellow of Open Forum Europe.

Mario Behling, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of FOSSASIA

Title: Business Opportunities through Open Technologies

Bio: Experienced Co-Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Working on SUSI.AI, the Open Source personal assistant framework. Skilled in International Project Management. Co-started FOSSASIA developing Open Tech solutions including Open Event, the Open Source event management system, Pocket Science Lab and the Meilix Linux generator. Also designed and build a seven storey eco-hotel in Vietnam and, setup mesh networks in Afghan schools. Strong entrepreneurship professional graduated from Europa-Universität Viadrina.

Robert “Bob” Reyes, Tech Speaker, Mozilla

Title: Mixed Reality for the Open Web

Bio: Robert "Bob" Reyes is a Mozilla Rep, Reps Mentor, and Tech Speaker based in Makati City, Philippines. He is an active contributor to the Mozilla project in the area of localization since 2003. He has been representing the organization in the country since 2011 and has been twice elected to be part of the global organization's leadership as a council member. Bob is now part of Mozilla's Tech Speakers group, which aims to Increase developer awareness and adoption of the Web, Firefox, and Mozilla through a strong community-driven technical speaker development program. Bob is also a Technology Columnist for the Manila Bulletin and Team Manager for the grassroots football team SIPFC. He is a dad to Xeon and Haswell.

Dr.Nasser Alzidi, Director of the Center for Information Systems at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)

Title: FOSS in SQU, Beyond Cost Cutting

Bio: Dr. Nasser Alzeidi received his PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Glasgow (UK) in 2007. He is currently an Assistant Professor of computer science and the director of the Center for Information Systems at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman. His research interests include performance evaluation of communication systems, wireless networks, interconnection networks, System on Chip architectures and parallel and distributed computing. He is a member of the IEEE and the Chair of the IEEE Computer Society Chapter in Oman.

Kiarash Kiazand, Chief Executive Officer (Member Of Board), CloudAcropolis

Title: Open Source for Cloud Providers

Bio: With over 22 years of experience in the filed, Kiarash has grown to be a leader in the Information Technology Services from the ground. He started as a software developer and mathematic modeler in the petrochemical fields in France (Istitut Francais de Petrol), before moving to the US. Back in the middle east, he created and managed a company to provide procurement and managed services to a telecom service provider of 30 million subscriber. Under his belt, he has built till now 19 data centers, and directly operated 4.He brings a lot of expertise into the country and has for task to bring up the IT services with international standards in Oman.

Matthew Treinish, Open Source Developer Advocate, IBM

Title: Open Source Quantum Computing

Bio: Matthew has been working on and contributing to Open Source software for most
of his career. Matthew currently works for IBM Research developing open source software for quantum computing. He is also a long time OpenStack contributor and a former member of the OpenStack TC (Technical Committee) and was previously the PTL (project technical lead) of the OpenStack community's QA program. He has previously been a speaker at linux.conf.au, OpenStack summits, LinuxCons Japan, China, and North America, Open Source Summit Europe, SeaGL, OpenWest, and FOSSASIA.

Arun M, Program Head, International Center of Free and Open Source Software.

Title:Free software as driver of Innovation: Experiences from India

Bio: Arun M is a free software activist and one of the founding members of Free Software Foundation of India, third chapter of the International Free Software Foundation. He has been working with Governments to improve the adoption of Free Software within public institutions. He was instrumental in migration of schools in Kerala to free software. And many other initiatives based on free software in the state of Kerala. He worked as Executive Director of Society for Promotion of Alternate Computing and Employment(SPACE) an organisation working on adoption of free software for social development. He was a board member of Software Freedom Law Center in India. He holds a graduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering(University of Kerala) and post graduate degree in Applied Economics (Jawaharlal Nehru University). Currently working as Program Head (Research and Academics), International Center of Free and Open Source Software.

Abhas Abhinav, Founder, DeepRoot GNU/Linux

Title: Applying the Principles of Free Software to Software Procurement, Development, Deployment and Maintenance.

Bio: Abhas is the founder of DeepRoot GNU/Linux, an eighteen-year-old Free Software Business that provides support, services and solutions for Free Software deployments. DeepRoot builds mail servers and clusters, provides hosting & support for a variety of Free Software tools and helps organisations of all sizes choose self-hosting for their infrastructure in general. They have enabled more than 500 organisations build their infrastructure using free software. They also have special initiatives for educational institutions to help them integrate Free Software into wider aspects of their operations. As the founder of a one-person company called Mostly Harmless, Abhas builds free/libre hardware such as hackable mechanical keyboards and hardware to build self-hosted IoT and private cloud solutions. He also offers strategies for using and distributing software and hardware with freedom.
Abhas is a member of the board of the Free Software Foundation, India and has been a participant in the community in India for almost 20 years. He advises colleges, govt. / defence organisations, non-profits and start-ups on using, building and adopting free software as a “way of life”. He shares his thoughts and experiences at abhas.io.