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Speakers

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Alessandro Fael Garcia

Senior Solution Engineer, Business Development at NGINX

About Alessandro Fael Garcia:

Alessandro is a Senior Solution Engineer in the NGINX product group at F5. He empowers engineers in their journey to stay ahead of the curve by using the latest NGINX tech offerings. In his free time, Alessandro enjoys traveling (currently on hold), cooking, and any and all outdoor exercise.

Sessions:

Alessandro Fael Garcia

Senior Solution Engineer, Business Development at NGINX

Amir Rawdat

Technical Marketing Engineer II at NGINX

About Amir Rawdat:

Amir is a Technical Marketing Engineer in the NGINX product group at F5. He started his career as a programmer, then moved to reproducing live customer networks in data centers and building software automation tools to accelerate IT operations. Amir has a degree in Computer Engineering and hands-on experience with performance-tuning open source technologies on the Linux operating system.

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Amir Rawdat

Technical Marketing Engineer II at NGINX

Brian Ehlert

Director, Product Management at NGINX

About Brian Ehlert:

Brian is a Director of Product Management in the NGINX product group at F5. During his career, Brian has filled roles in telecom, systems engineering, auditing, networking, systems hardening, and disaster recovery, resolving complex, deep, and multi-faceted systems issues. Before joining F5, Brian was a technically focused Product Manager specializing in Microsoft technology in the Microsoft Solutions group at Citrix, where he began as a research test engineer.

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Brian Ehlert

Director, Product Management at NGINX

Christine Abernathy

Senior Director, Open Source at F5

About Christine Abernathy:

Christine leads the Open Source Programs Office at F5. Christine joined F5 from Facebook (now Meta Platforms) where she was instrumental in growing the company's open source presence. Prior roles included Developer Advocate for Parse, a Facebook platform, and Partner Engineer in the Mobile group. Before Facebook, Christine headed up engineering at Mshift, a mobile banking software provider, delivering iOS/Android apps and mobile browser-based products. Prior experiences include co-founding Clickmarks, a mobile and enterprise middleware provider.

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Christine Abernathy

Senior Director, Open Source at F5

Damian Curry

Business Development Technical Director at NGINX

About Damian Curry:

After many years of managing infrastructure for multiple companies, Damian now heads up all things technical for Partnerships and Alliances in the NGINX product group at F5. Damian is a long time NGINX user, and it has played a key role in almost every environment he has managed.

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Damian Curry

Business Development Technical Director at NGINX

Dylen Turnbull

Business Development Solutions Architect at NGINX

About Dylen Turnbull:

Dylen has accumulated more than 22 years of experience in enterprise/open source software and solution development, at companies including Symantec, Veritas, F5 Networks, and now the NGINX product group at F5. Working with NGINX Business Development on strategic partner alliances with Rancher and Grafana Labs, his primary focus is integration work with open source technologies including Rancher, Rancher Kubernetes Engine, K3s, Prometheus, and Grafana in the containerization, virtualization, and continuous integration/delivery solutions space.

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Dylen Turnbull

Business Development Solutions Architect at NGINX

Elijah Zupancic

Solutions Architect, Business Development at NGINX

About Elijah Zupancic:

Elijah is a Solutions Architect in the NGINX product group at F5, with experience as a software engineer, architect, and technical manager. Elijah has been leading software teams in architectural design, product development, and holistic improvement for over 10 years and loves to geek out about infrastructure, architecture, application composition, service design, and the psychology of making real-world applications work.

Sessions:

Elijah Zupancic

Solutions Architect, Business Development at NGINX

Eric Braun

Vice President, Product Management and Commercial Strategy at NGINX

About Eric Braun:

Eric Braun is the Vice President, Product Management and Commercial Strategy for the NGINX product group at F5. He is a veteran of SaaS, PaaS, cloud (IaaS), enterprise software (including virtualization from the OS to containers and workload orchestration), telecommunications, and use cases for emerging AI, ML, and XR solutions as well as connected devices.

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Eric Braun

Vice President, Product Management and Commercial Strategy at NGINX

Hannah Ouellette

Senior OSS Community Manager at NGINX

About Hannah Ouellette:

Hannah is the Senior OSS Community Manager for the NGINX product group at F5. They discovered their passion for OSS community at Kong before serving as community manager at Postman. They believe that diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are crucial to a healthy community. When they're not in front of their computer, they can be found jumping horses and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

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Hannah Ouellette

Senior OSS Community Manager at NGINX

Jason Schmidt

Solutions Architect, Business Development at NGINX

About Jason Schmidt:

Jason is a Solutions Architect in the NGINX product group at F5 and has experience in operations, development, project management, product management, customer support, field services, and consulting. Jason believes in the power of open source to provide solutions, drive innovation, and increase collaboration while providing significant cost savings. Experience with both startups and large multinational organizations has provided Jason with a wide array of communication skills and a deep understanding of needs and capabilities which are the foundation for finding answers that deliver immediate returns and long-term value.

Sessions:

Jason Schmidt

Solutions Architect, Business Development at NGINX

Javier Perez

Chief Evangelist - Open Source & Security at Perforce Software

About Javier Perez:

Passionate about technology and open-source software, Javier is Chief Evangelist for Open Source and Security at Perforce Software. He is responsible for technical thought leadership and advocacy for the open-source and application security portfolios. Javier has been in the application development, open-source, cloud, app security, AI, SaaS, and mobile industries for 20+ years, and has had the opportunity to speak at industry events all over the world. Javier holds an honors degree in Computer Systems and an MBA.

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Javier Perez

Chief Evangelist - Open Source & Security at Perforce Software

Liam Crilly

Senior Director, Product Management at NGINX

About Liam Crilly:

Liam, a Senior Director of Product Management in the NGINX product group at F5, has 20 years of experience in the Internet industry. He knew the Internet was going to be a big deal when he wrote his first web app in 1993, at the dawn of the graphical Internet. Liam has held various product management roles at organizations of all sizes. In his spare time, he exercises his hidden talent for racing fast cars.

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Liam Crilly

Senior Director, Product Management at NGINX

Nina Forsyth

Director of Product Management at NGINX

About Nina Forsyth:

Nina is Director of Product Management in the NGINX product group at F5. She currently drives innovation for NGINX Open Source, NGINX Plus, and NGINX Instance Manager. She also shapes the product roadmap and partners with development and UI teams to inject the user viewpoint into our latest technologies.

Sessions:

Nina Forsyth

Director of Product Management at NGINX

Rob Whiteley

Vice President, General Manager at NGINX

About Rob Whiteley:

Rob is the Vice President, General Manager of the NGINX product group at F5, overseeing engineering, product management, and marketing. He also maintains dotted-line responsibility for NGINX sales, support, professional services, finance, HR, and legal resources within corporate F5. Rob joins F5 from Hedvig, where he built the marketing function and helped launch the company from stealth. Prior to that, Rob was at Riverbed, where he held various marketing and operations roles, including GM of Riverbed’s Storage Delivery Business Unit. Before Rob got started in marketing, he spent 10 years in various analyst and executive roles at Forrester Research where he was responsible for 400 members of the research staff when he left in 2012.

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Rob Whiteley

Vice President, General Manager at NGINX

Timo Stark

Product Management Engineer II at NGINX

About Timo Stark:

Timo has been a passionate web developer for more than 15 years, having started when he was just 12 years old. He started his professional career as a web developer and solutions architect in the automotive industry. He joined the NGINX product group at F5 as a Professional Services Engineer in February 2020 and focuses on helping customers integrate NGINX products into their solutions. Outside of work, he volunteers as a firefighter.

Sessions:

Timo Stark

Product Management Engineer II at NGINX