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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:

Sysrich.jpeg Richard Brown (Chair) / ilmehtar is from England but currently lives in Nuremberg in Germany, and is employed as a Linux Distribution Engineer in SUSE's Future Technology Team. Involved in openSUSE/SUSE since 2003, Richard has contributed to various aspects of the project, including supporting users on IRC, testing/bug reporting, packaging, marketing, ambassadors and artwork. Richard is currently most involved as a maintainer of GNOME and the openSUSE branding packages, and working on packaging Spacewalk for openSUSE.
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 it's predecessors from 6.4, A community person, with a strong interest in the technical side of the project. Firm against this-vs-that polls.
Christian Boltz.jpeg Christian Boltz / cboltz lives in Insheim, Germany and is probably the only board member who doesn't like beer. Another founder of the Heroes team. Wiki admin, AppArmor and PostfixAdmin maintainer and upstream developer. Long time contributor and beta tester since 9.2, shocked lots of people while reporting more than 1200 bugs nobody else can find - and is still sad that the invention of OBS and SRs makes his bug statistics look worse nowadays.
Sarah.JPG Sarah Julia Kriesch / AdaLovelace lives in Nuremberg, Germany. A work experienced student in Computer Science at the Nuremberg Institute of Technology and working as a Student Research Assistant. Founder of the Heroes team and contributing since the last year of education as a Computer Science Expert. Enjoys playing with openSUSE and new technologies. Likes to attend conferences and promote open source in general, openSUSE in particular.
AnaMariaMartinez.jpg Ana María Martínez Gómez / Ana06 is from Spain but currently lives in Nuremberg (Germany). She studied Computer Science Engineering and Mathematics and she is currently working as an Open Build Service Engineer at SUSE. She contributes to several open source projects inside and outside openSUSE and is involved in the mentoring at openSUSE. She likes attending technical conferences (specially as speaker) and since she is in the board cboltz is not the only member who doesn't like beer anymore.
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.

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).