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The purpose of the openSUSE Board is to lead the overall project. The main tasks for members of the board are:
  • Act as a central point of contact
  • Help resolve conflicts
  • Communicate community interests to SUSE
  • Facilitate communication with all areas of the community
  • Facilitate decision making processes where needed.
  • Initiate discussions about new project wide initiatives

The board should provide guidance and support existing governance structures, but shouldn't direct or control development, since community mechanisms exist to accomplish the goals of the project. The board should document decisions and policies.


The board members are elected by the community and the chair person is appointed by SUSE. The current chosen members are as follows:

Simon.jpeg Simon Lees / simotek lives in Adelaide, Australia, Has a Bachelor of Engineering and now works at SUSE as a Senior Software Engineer within the packaging / maintenance teams. He is an upstream release manager and the openSUSE maintainer of the enlightenment desktop, he also maintains fish, conky and a bunch of other things to make your Linux desktop better. He is also known for frequently breaking various patterns.
AxelBraun.jpg Dr. Axel Braun / DocB lives in Düsseldorf, Germany, has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and works as Business Consultant/Project Manager mostly in ERP/SAP implementation projects. He's a Linux-User since the late 90's (S.u.S.E. 5.x) and openSUSE contributor since the 2000's.

He packages various software, like hylafax+ or Onionshare and maintains the GNU Health ecosystem for openSUSE. When AFK, all kind of (water)sports, motorbikes and old US Muscle Cars are preferred time-burners.

GeraldPfeifer.jpg Gerald Pfeifer (Chair) / GeraldPfeifer lives and works in Vienna, Nürnberg, and wherever his role as CTO at SUSE and his passion for diving and Yoga bring him. He has a doctorate in technical sciences and has been engaging with free software and open source before the latter term was even coined. Still recalling when he compiled a modern desktop environment on his Solaris workstation he has been using Tumbleweed (née Factory) for a dozen years and prides (and occasionally frustrates) himself being the trigger of most fixes in SUSE's/openSUSE's LibreOffice packages.
Vinzv-image.png Vinzenz Vietzke / vinzv lives somewhere near Augsburg, Germany, and works as product manager at Linux laptop vendor TUXEDO Computers. He is in charge for delivering laptops and PCs with Linux to customers so they are ready completely hassle-free. That's where openSUSE distributions Leap and Tumbleweed come to play. In openSUSE Vinzenz is pushing marketing efforts to let the world know how awesome the distributions and tools developed by the community are.
Knurpht.jpg Gertjan Lettink / Knurpht lives in Groningen, Netherlands in a (since 2001) windowsless house, works as a self employed IT all-rounder, has a passion for open source and loves the openSUSE community. Nothing beats music though. Active in the forums, social media, co-organizer of local events. Using openSUSE and its predecessors from 6.4, A community person, with a strong interest in the technical side of the project. Firm against this-vs-that polls.

Appointed Positions

On occasion the Board appoints people to the Board to assist with specific tasks. These positions are non-voting, they can not take an active part in any Board decisions, but they are empowered to assist the Project in their area of responsibility.

All appointed position only last until the next Board election. In the first meeting of a new Board any existing appointees must be replaced, reappointed, or the position removed.

Currently the only appointed Board position is the role of Treasurer. This role is responsible for administering the Travel Support Program and liaising with SUSE & the Project's other Sponsors on all financial matters.


AndrewWafaa1.jpg Andrew Wafaa / FunkyPenguin Lives in a small town in England originally come from Aberdeen. Employed as a Software Director - Enterprise, Communities at ARM in the UK. Involved in Open Source in one form or another for over 10 years, and have been using openSUSE and its predecessors since 6.2. Contributed to numerous aspects of openSUSE from advocacy to code to packages to crazy ideas (I get lots of these).