MySQL Conference & Expo 2011 Speakers

The initial list of speakers confirmed for MySQL 2011 is below. This is a partial list, and new speakers are still being confirmed.

Brian Aker

Brian has spent his life working on the details of how to build and scale out
systems. He is currently working on a new MicroKernel designed MySQL
called Drizzle and is building the plumbing required for a new generation of
large scale computer deployment. He also spends time working on Apache
Modules, Memcached, and Gearman.

In the past, he has been involved with projects for the Army Engineer Corps, The VirtualHospital, Splunk, MySQL, Slashdot, and was a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems. He calls Seattle his home since that is where his dog Rosalynd is.

Johan Andersson (Severalnines)

Johan works for Severalnines, a company focused on building fast, scalable, and highly available solutions. Prior to Severalnines, Johan was working at Ericsson/MySQL/Sun/Oracle and was the Principal Consultant and lead of the Cluster consulting group.

Venu Anuganti

Venu Anuganti is a ex MySQL Kernel Developer located in Sunnyvale, CA, USA. Currently working as Data Architect to design and implement high performance large scale data store solutions for both OLTP and OLAP (Date warehouse + Analytics)

Edward Archibald (Continuent)

Edward Archibald, CTO at Continuent, brings over 25 years of distributed systems architecture and engineering experience. Prior to Continuent, he was a Sr. Director at Moody’s KMV, a key contributor at Forte Software, and an Architect and Team Leader at Sybase.

Kaj Arnö
Kaj Arnö (SkySQL Ab), @kajarno

Kaj Arnö joined MySQL AB in 2001 after 14 years as an entrepreneur. His first position was as VP of Training, and he was responsible for launching MySQL AB’s training department. While at MySQL AB, Kaj went on to hold the positions of VP of Professional Services, VP of Services, and VP of Engineering, before assuming his last pure-MySQL role as the VP of Community Relations in 2005. With MySQL AB’s acquisition by Sun, and later, Oracle, Kaj has given into his entrepreneurial urges once again, and joins SkySQL as EVP Products.

Mark Atwood
Mark Atwood (Hewlett Packard Enterprise), @fallenpegasus

Mark Atwood is the Community Manager for the open source company Eucalyptus Systems. He was was the Director of Community Development at Gear6 and the Senior Technology Advisor for the Sun Cloud at Sun Microsystems. He hacks on Drizzle MySQL. He lives in Seattle.

David Axmark (Me, MySelf and I)

OSS guy for a long time now.

Igor Babaev (Monty Program)

Igor is one of the core developers of the MySQL Server code. He joined MySQL AB in 2002 to head a group of developers focusing on optimizer problems. After the acquisition of MySQL AB he acted as a Principal Engineer at Sun. In July 2009 Igor moved to Monty Program AB where he works now with his old colleagues from the MySQL Optimizer Team and other MySQL core developers. His activity mainly concentrates on enhancing the optimizer/executor components of the MariaDB Server. Yet, as a MariaDB captain, Igor also reviews and accepts community contributions.

Sebastian Bergmann

Sebastian Bergmann holds a degree in Computer Science and is a pioneer in the field of quality assurance in PHP projects. His test framework PHPUnit is a de-facto standard. He is actively involved in the development of PHP and creator of various development tools. Sebastian Bergmann is an internationally sought-after expert. As an author he shares his long-standing experience in books and articles. He is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world.

Josh Berkus
Josh Berkus (PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.), @FuzzyChef

Josh Berkus is primarily known as one of the Core Team of the world-spanning open source database project PostgreSQL. As CEO of PostgreSQL Experts, Inc., he speaks on database and open source topics all over the world, and consults on database design, performance, and open source community building. He also makes pottery and is a darned good cook.

Roger Bodamer

Roger heads the West Coast Operations for 10gen, the company that
develops and supports the open source database MongoDB. He has over 20 years of experience of building and delivering great and innovative
products to market and has deep expertise and knowledge of database
architectures and internals. Roger holds several patents for database
and middleware technology. His experience leading product development
and engineering teams includes 12 years with Oracle’s Database and
Application Server development organization where he pioneered
products that delivered heterogeneous interoperability, as well as
several years as SVP of product operations and engineering at Apple’s
PowerSchool division. Roger also held leadership positions at OuterBay
and Efficient Frontier. He earned a Bachelor’s degree... Read More.

Jens Bollmann
Jens Bollmann (SkySQL AB)

Jens is a principal trainer and consultant within the Professional Services group at SkySQL. Prior to SkySQL, Jens was a Senior Consultant at MySQL and Principal Instructor at Sun Microsystems and ORACLE. Joining MySQL AB in 2005 and working internationally serving many large enterprise customers and well known Web 2.0 companies he delivers all MySQL related training. He has undertaken performance tuning, assisted with database design and configuration, MySQL-Cluster and other HA solutions.

Roland Bouman
Roland Bouman (XCDSQL Solutions / Strukton Rail)

I studied Molecular Biology, but I’m professionally occupied as Web Application Developer, Information and Business Process Analyst, and Business Intelligence Guy. I have worked for Inter Access, MySQL AB, Sun Microsystems, and I currently work for Strukton Rail.

Ed Boyajian
Ed Boyajian (EnterpriseDB)

Before joining EnterpriseDB, Ed spent six years at Red Hat®, Inc., the world’s leading open source solutions provider, most recently serving as vice president and general manager of North America. Before that, he was vice president of Red Hat’s global OEM business, responsible for all partnerships, including HP®, IBM®, and Dell®. During his time at Red Hat, Ed was instrumental in developing the foundational methods for selling open source software into the enterprise.

Prior to Red Hat, Ed held executive sales and marketing positions at ArsDigita, an early leader in open source software for building database-backed community websites (acquired by Red Hat) and ServiceSoft (now Kana). Ed is a former U.S. Army Captain, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his... Read More.

Ronald Bradford
Ronald Bradford (EffectiveMySQL), @RonaldBradford
Ragi Burhum
Ragi Burhum (Burhum LLC - GIS Consulting), @rburhum

For the past decade, Ragi has worked on projects to build/revamp/maintain core technologies/data pipelines for different multinational companies as well as provided solutions for organizations like the National GeoSpatial Agency (formerly NIMA), National Geographic, United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, Navteq, TeleAtlas, ESRI, Microsoft and several International Governments.

Currently, he runs his own geospatial consulting company and during his spare time, he is an avid advocate of OSGeo where he promotes the use of Open Source Geospatial solutions.

John Busch
John Busch (Schooner Information Technology)

Dr. John Busch is the founder, Chairman and CTO of Schooner Information Technology, Inc. focusing on Optimal Scale-Up and Scale-Out for MySQL. Prior to Schooner, John was director of computer system architecture at Sun Microsystems Laboratories from 1999 through 2006. In this role, John led research in multi-core processors, multi-tier scale-out architectures, and advanced high-performance computer systems. Prior to Sun, John was VP Engineering and Business Partnerships with Diba, Inc, co-founder and VP Engineering of Clarity Software, and, from 1976 to 1993, John led many successful R&D programs at Hewlett Packard in Computer Systems Research and Development. J ohn earned a Ph.D. in computer systems architecture from UCLA, an M.S. in mathematics from UCLA, an M.S. in computer science from Stanford University,... Read More.

Oleksandr Byelkin
Oleksandr Byelkin (Monty Program)

Oleksandr “Sanja” Byelkin works for Monty Program Ab, on MariaDB server as Senior MariaDB developer. He lives in Lugansk, Ukraine and worked at MySQL since December of 2001. Author of query cache, first implementation of subqueries and views in MySQL.

Clint Byrum

A member of the Canonical Ubuntu Server Team, Clint brings years of Ops and Development experience in web environments to the task of making Ubuntu Server shine. irc: SpamapS

Mark Callaghan
Mark Callaghan (Facebook)

Mark leads the MySQL engineering team at Facebook. The team makes MySQL better for a large and critical deployment. The team writes about their work at MySQLatFacebook and publishes patches for MySQL at launchpad.

He previously lead the MySQL engineering team at Google. The team published a popular patch for MySQL that included semi-sync replication, user and table monitoring via SHOW TABLE_STATISTICS and USER_STATISTICS, SMP and IO performance patches for InnoDB, global transaction IDs for replication, row-change logging, transactional replication and many bug fixes.

Prior to Google Mark worked at Identity Engines, Oracle and Informix on database internals. Mark holds an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He occasionally writes about MySQL at

Darren Cassar
Darren Cassar (MySQLPreacher)

Darren Cassar is a MySQL community focused engineer, blogging about MySQL-related topics such as HA, replication and security on He contributes multiple scripts / projects like `securich` and `crib` helping MySQL DBAs do their job easier. Darren, a Maltese by nationality, loves to travel for both work and pleasure and is currently based in New York.

Colin Charles
Colin Charles (Percona), @bytebot

Colin Charles works at Monty Program Ab, on MariaDB, and Open Ocean Investments on Web of Trust, and MoSync. He lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and had worked at MySQL since 2005. Before joining MySQL, he worked actively on the Fedora and projects. He’s spoken at many conferences –, The MySQL Conference & Expo,, to name a few.

Tao Cheng
Tao Cheng (AOL)

Software Architect, AOL Relegence.

Has great interest in internet related technologies. Current on large scale real time content management, delivery, and publishing systems. Worked on internet browser and messenger related client products in the ’90s.
Has a Master degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics.

Love music, movies, books, ski, etc.

J. Chris Anderson
J. Chris Anderson (Couchbase), @jchris

Chris Anderson is an Apache CouchDB committer and co-author of the forthcoming O’Reilly book “CouchDB: The Definitive Guide”. He consults on large scale and custom CouchDB projects, and is also designing and evangelizing the CouchApp JavaScript framework.

Jeremy Cole
Jeremy Cole (Twitter)

Jeremy Cole is the DBA Team Lead and MySQL Architect at Twitter.

Chris Conlon
Chris Conlon (yaSSL)

A graduate in Computer Science from Montana State University, Chris Conlon is a developer at yaSSL. Finding a balance between outdoor adventures and computing, Chris enjoys continually learning and strives to bring new and helpful things to the technology community. He focuses on embedded security with yaSSL, working with products including the CyaSSL embedded SSL library and the yaSSL Embedded Web Server.

Patrick Crews (MariaDB Corporation)

Currently working QA on the Rackspace Drizzle team, Patrick was a QA Engineer at MySQL / Sun / Oracle since 2007, where he focused on code coverage tools, maintaining and updating the MySQL test suite, and testing with the Random Query Generator.

Prior to that, he worked in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida’s data warehousing division, did internships for the Mayo Clinic and the NFL as a student, and spent 5 years in the Navy doing electrical work on the mighty P-3C Orion aircraft.

Patrick currently lives in Jacksonville, FL with his wife and a crazed Boston Terrier. He holds an M.S. in computer science from the University of North Florida and is a MySQL certified developer. In his free time, he... Read More.

Antony Curtis
Antony Curtis (Blizzard Entertainment)

Antony Curtis is an advocate of Open Source software and long-time user of alternative operating systems. His involvement with MySQL spans 10 years and he was a software developer for MySQL AB from 2003 to 2008. He currently lives in Los Angeles, working for Blizzard Entertainment.

Jeff Davis (Aster Data)

Jeff Davis has been a member of the PostgreSQL community for more than 10 years. He’s contributed two major features – Synchronized Scans and Exclusion Constraints – and participated in patch review, conferences, and user groups.

Jeff works on DBMS internals for Aster Data, a data warehouse software company focused on analytics.

Eric Day
Eric Day (craigslist), @edaypdx

Eric Day works on various open source projects such as OpenStack, SlackDB, and Gearman. He has been writing high-performance, multi-threaded, and multi-tenant servers and databases for most of his career. Always with an emphasis on efficiency and security, he has written complete HTTP/SSL, DNS, Gearman, and IMAP implementations, along with designing and implementing custom storage and database systems. Most of his work has been done in clustered and distributed environments.

Eric also keeps active in the open source community through speaking at conferences and user groups, as well as helping organize camps and conferences in Portland, OR. When not hacking on code, he can be found playing hockey, running, biking, or enjoying a good vegan meal with his... Read More.

Selena Deckelmann

Selena Deckelmann works for Emma, a stylish email marketing company, in Portland, OR. She is a major contributor to the PostgreSQL project. She also founded Open Source Bridge, and the PostgreSQL Conference, a series of US-based conferences. In her spare time, she collects eggs from her chickens, gardens and occasionally mixes drinks for her local user groups.

Edwin DeSouza (Oracle)

Edwin DeSouza is Director, MySQL Product Management. He is responsible for product strategy, roadmap, and business models.

Mikey Dickerson
Mikey Dickerson (Federal Government | United States Digital Services Team)

Mikey manages the MySQL Site Reliability Engineering team at Google, keeping huge-scale MySQL deployments running with high availability.

Darpan Dinker
Darpan Dinker (Schooner Information Technology, Inc.), @darpandinker

Darpan Dinker is Vice President of Engineering at Schooner Information Technology. He works closely with the database team that works on integration and optimization of emerging technologies such as high-speed replication, Flash memory and multi-core processors with databases to solve complex problems relating to high availability, scalability, high performance, TCO and above all taking the pain away from MySQL administration.

Prior to Schooner, Darpan held various engineering and leadership roles at Sun Labs, Sun Microsystems, iPlanet, Netscape, Fujitsu and consulting roles at various Fortune 500 companies. His work has resulted in eleven issued patents and published technical papers.

Corey Donohoe (GitHub), @atmos

sharer of codes.

John Duncan
John Duncan (Oracle Corp.)

J.D. Duncan is a developer on the MySQL Cluster team at Oracle Corp. He lives near San Francisco.

Harrison Fisk (Facebook)

Harrison is member of Facebook database performance team. He has worked before for over 7 years at MySQL AB and Sun Microsystems as a Trainer, Consultant, and Staff Support Engineer.

He has also co-authored a book, MySQL Clustering.

Steve Francis (LogicMonitor), @logicmonitor

Steve Francis has been in charge of production data center operations and application performance and availability for industry-leading companies including Citrix, FastClick, and National Geographic.

He is the founder of, a SaaS monitoring company focused on data center IT monitoring.

He has accumulated a wealth of operational knowledge about keeping systems available and performant, and the tools and human communication techniques that aid in this.

He works on a wide variety of companies’ infrastructure in a variety of environments through consulting on best practices, operations techniques, and specific troubleshooting.

Matt Freels
Matt Freels (Twitter), @mf

Matt is a software engineer on the Storage team at Twitter. The team is responsible for designing and building the fundamental storage services at the heart of Twitter’s platform. Before Twitter, Matt worked as full-stack developer at social gaming startup Serious Business. He lives in Berkeley, CA.

Patrick Galbraith
Patrick Galbraith (Hewlett Packard), @CaptTofu

Patrick Galbraith is a senior systems and database administrator at Blue Gecko. He is the author or two recent books:

“Developing Web Applications with Apache, MySQL, memcached, and Perl” (Wiley)

“Expert PHP and MySQL” (Wiley)

In his “spare time”, he also maintains DBD::mysql, DBD::drizzle, FederatedX storage engine and the Memcached Functions for MySQL. He has just authored “Developing Web Applications using Perl, Memcached, MySQL, and Apache”. Patrick lives up in the sticks of New Hampshire with his wife Ruth and son Kiran as well as his Kubota tractor.

Michael Glaesemann
Michael Glaesemann (

Michael Glaesemann is a senior data architect at, developing infrastructure to support a variety of social-networking applications and riding herd over an ever-increasing number of PostgreSQL servers. He’s been using PostgreSQL since 2003 and has spoken on PostgreSQL at conferences in North America and Japan, and released software to aid in managing large PostgreSQL installations. Relational theory is dear to his heart, and he’s been increasingly enamoured with functional programming and how the two are related. In his spare time he might be found puzzling together ZeroMQ, Ruby, PostgreSQL, Javascript, and his cottage electrical usage.

Sunny Gleason
Sunny Gleason (SunnyCloud)

Sunny Gleason is a Platform Engineer at Ning, the leading online platform for the world’s organizers, activists and influencers to create their own social network. Previously, Sunny worked as a Platform Engineer developing Cloud Computing solutions at


Sergei Golubchik
Sergei Golubchik (MariaDB)

I was a MySQL developer since 1998. From 1999 to 2009 in MySQL AB, Sun, then in Monty Program AB on MariaDB. During these years I’ve touched almost almost every part of the server. To list a few projects – fulltext search, XA,
HANDLER, precision math library, parallel repair and bulk inserts in MyISAM, indexes in MERGE. I’m a primary architect of the plugin API and an author of the “MySQL 5.1 Plugin Development” book.

Ian Gulliver (Google)

Ian has worked in the computing industry for over ten years at telecom giants and Internet startups. He founded and implemented an anti-spam blackhole list using MySQL that grew to be the most-queried on the Internet. Eventually, the pull of Google brought him to California, where he now works doing administration and development around Google’s MySQL deployment.

Robert Haas (EnterpriseDB), @robertmhaas

Robert Haas is a PostgreSQL hacker and enthusiast who has been using and enjoying PostgreSQL for more than 10 years. Beginning in late 2008, he became active in the PostgreSQL development effort as a patch reviewer and CommitFest manager. In December 2009, he became a PostgreSQL committer, and in April 2010, he joined EnterpriseDB as a Database Architect.

Itamar Haber
Itamar Haber (Xeround)

Itamar Haber, AVP Ops & Solutions, is a startup veteran, a database maven and an advocate for users. He has varied experience in software products’ development and management. As the AVP of Operations and Solutions at Xeround, he is responsible for directing support and ensuring that operations run smoothly.

Tom Hanlon
Tom Hanlon (Functional Media)

Tom Hanlon is has been a senior instructor at MySQL and has been teaching MySQL and assorted FOSS topics such as Apache, PHP , and Linux for since 2001. In addition I have been building and maintaining MySQL based applications since the MySQL 3.2 era.

Ori Herrnstadt
Ori Herrnstadt (FoundationDB)

Ori Herrnstadt is Co-Founder and CTO at Akiban Technologies, Inc. He has been involved in developing large operational database systems since his days in the Israeli Army. After seeing the common problems between large-scale operational systems in the army, enterprise ERP and CRM systems and modern web applications, he started work on his Orthogonal Architecture in 2005. In 2009 he co-founded Akiban Technologies to accelerate the development of the technology.

Robert Hodges
Robert Hodges (

Robert Hodges is CEO of Continent, Inc., a leading provider of clustering solutions for open source databases. He has over 25 years of experience in database and application development. Robert has worked on cutting edge software for DBMS vendors, including reliable messaging, development tools, and object-relational databases. He has also built and operated enterprise web applications that support thousands of users.

Hartmut Holzgraefe (...???...)

PHP contributer since 1999
MySQL user since 2000
MySQL Support Engineer 2004-2010

Eliot Horowitz (MongoDB)

As CTO of 10gen’s innovative platform technology, Eliot has quickly become one of Silicon Alley’s up and coming entrepreneurs, recently voted as one of “Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under Age 25” on Eliot is also the chief scientist of ShopWiki’s breakthrough crawling technology. In January 2005, he began developing the crawling and data extraction algorithm that is the core of ShopWiki’s innovative technology.

Prior to ShopWiki, Eliot was a software developer in the R&D group at DoubleClick. In 2004, Eliot won DoubleClick’s employee coding tournament that was designed to highlight the competitors’ relative skills in the analysis of complex algorithmic problems and the ability to write software to solve those problems.

Eliot received a B.S. in Computer Science from Brown University. He conducted research... Read More.

Andrew Hutchings
Andrew Hutchings (Hewlett-Packard)

Andrew Hutchings is a Software Developer on the Drizzle project at Rackspace and co-author of the book MySQL 5.1 Plugins Development. He is based in the United Kingdom and has worked for MySQL/Sun since 2008. Before joining Rackspace he was a MySQL Support Engineer for Oracle Corporation specialising in MySQL Cluster and C/C++ APIs.

Tetsuro Ikeda (Sumisho Computer Sytems Corporation)

Project manager and developer of “groonga storage engine”.

Matt Ingenthron
Matt Ingenthron (Couchbase, Inc.), @ingenthr

Matt is an experienced web architect with a software development background. He has deep expertise in building, scaling and operating global-scale Java, Ruby on Rails and AMP web applications. In recent years, he has been a contributor to the memcached project, one of the maintainers of the Java spymemcached client and a core developer on Membase.

Fernando Ipar
Fernando Ipar (Percona)

I am an IT professional living in Montevideo, Uruguay, trying to balance my work as programmer and system administrator.

I’ve been actively involved in the Open Source community since 2002.

I blog here, and I’m now part of the team at Percona.

Seppo Jaakola (Codership)

Master of Science in software engineering.

20 years experience in software development, of which 10 years with in data security clustering solutions at Stonesoft corp. 3 years experience in Continuent Inc R&D developing clustering solutions for MySQL.
Currently working as partner at Codership providing consultation for MySQL users and implementing high performance replication solutions for MySQL and PostgreSQL databases.

Jay Janssen
Jay Janssen (Percona, Inc.)
Jay works for Percona as a MySQL Consulting Lead. He previously worked at Yahoo! for 7 years as an expert in MySQL and High Availability technologies on a team that helps develop and enforce best practices for Business continuity and HA across Yahoo.
Walt Jones (SEOmoz)

I have 15 years experience in data architecture and protocol design for networks, storage, and streaming media.

I currently work at SEOmoz where I am applying my experience with data in motion to distributed cloud data architectures.

Anders Karlsson
Anders Karlsson (Recorded Future)

After nearly 7 years as a MySQL Sales Engineer, covering Scandinavia and BeNeLux, Anders Karlsson is now a Database Architect at Recorded Future, architecting the massive datastores that Recorded Future uses.

Anders specializes in SQL standards, database performance, GIS support, High Availability and Large Datastores.

Besides his day job, Anders also runs several websites in his spare time, supporting Swedish blues and rock bands, keeping track of the Swedish blues scene and documents festivals and gigs in pictures and by sound recordings.

Zardosht Kasheff (Tokutek)

Zardosht has been a senior member of Tokutek’s TokuDB engineering team since 2008. Leveraging Fractal Tree Indexing, TokuDB is a high performance storage engine for MySQL that is designed for write-intensive workloads.

Prior to Tokutek, Zardosht worked as a software design engineer at Microsoft on remote terminal services. Zardosht holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, he pursued research on cache-oblivious dynamic search trees under Bradley Kuszmaul at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Alan Kasindorf (Six Apart)

Kasindorf is the MySQL DBA for Six Apart’s properties, as well as many of their scaling tools. Originally a sysadmin for in 2002, he has since helped build numerous large web sites with open source software and is an advocate and contributor for Memcached, mogilefs, perlbal, and others.

Mat Keep
Mat Keep (MySQL)

Mat is part of the MySQL Cluster product team, responsible for product strategy and community development. In addition to driving adoption of MySQL Cluster into telecoms, web and enterprise industries, Mat is also involved in gathering user feedback and roadmap planning/ implementation with the engineering groups. Based out of the United Kingdom, Mat became part of MySQL in September 2008. Prior to that, Mat held a series of product management and development positions with Sun Microsystems and other vendors.

Richard Kelm
Richard Kelm (Sphinx Search), @richkelmsphx

From humble beginnings focused on storing and maintaining data in MySQL. Richard, matriculated to Sphinx Search where he’s learned the value of synthesizing mountains of text and attributes into meaning for individuals to consume.

Kevin Knapp
Kevin Knapp (Facebook)



Yekesa Kosuru
Yekesa Kosuru (Nokia)

Distinguished Architect, Nokia

mohan krishnan (Zynga)

Mohan leads the database team at Zynga. Before joining Zynga, Mohan worked as an Independent Database Consultant on various database systems.

Barry Leslie
Barry Leslie (PrimeBase Technologies)

Barry Leslie is a core developer of the PrimeBase BLOB Streaming engine and cofounder of SNAP Innovation GmbH, Germany, where he is a senior developer in core technology. He has 20 years of software development experience. Barry has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Engineering from Ryerson University Toronto.

Eran Levin
Eran Levin (Xeround)

Eran Levin, VP R&D, is an experienced technical executive, with more than 20 years of managing both development and product groups throughout the design cycle, from concept to release.(

Mike Limon
Mike Limon (Twitter, Inc.), @mikelimondba

Mike is the technical lead of the MySQL team in the Operations department at Twitter. The team is responsible for both day-to-day operations and long term architecture and planning. Previously, Mike has worked on MySQL Operations at Friendster and FriendFinder, run a small LAMP e-commerce development firm, printed t-shirts, and run a non-profit performance venue. Mike lives in San Francisco with his two cats — both of whom are named Craig, if only to illustrate a common failure when using natural primary keys.

Tim Lossen
Tim Lossen (wooga - world of gaming)

Tim Lossen works as Ruby backend
developer at social gaming startup wooga.
He lives in Berlin, Germany with his girlfriend and two small

Tim is in love with shiny new technology and has been
described as a “user group junkie” — besides being an
active member of rug-b, he can also
often be found at meetings of the local Python, Javascript,
AWS, Hadoop and Lisp user groups. In his remaining
spare time he likes to hack on secret hardware
down in the basement.

Ryan Lowe
Ryan Lowe (Square)

Ryan Lowe is a high performance consultant for Percona, where he advises clients on performance and scaleability best practices for a variety of application architectures. In his free time, he likes to blog, play with agent-based simulation models and travel the world.

Ryan Mack
Ryan Mack (Facebook)

Ryan is a member of the database engineering team at Facebook where he works on improving scalability and performance. He was formerly a video game AI and performance engineer at Rockstar San Diego and Sony Computer Entertainment San Diego Studio.

Yoshinori Matsunobu

Yoshinori Matsunobu is a database and infrastructure architect at DeNA, living in Tokyo. Yoshinori’s primary responsibility at DeNA is to make our database infrastructure more reliable, faster and more scalable. Before joining DeNA, Yoshinori worked at MySQL/Sun/Oracle as a lead consultant in APAC for four years. Yoshinori has written eight MySQL related technical books so far and has published technical articles about MySQL, Linux, and Java for a monthly database magazine since 2004.

Giuseppe Maxia

Giuseppe Maxia, a.k.a. “The Data Charmer” works as QA Director at Continuent.

He’s an active member of the MySQL community and long timer open source enthusiast.

During the past decades he has worked in various IT related fields, with focus on databases, object oriented programming, system administration.

Fluent in Italian, English, Perl, Python, SQL, Lua, C, Bash, and good speaker of C++, French, Spanish, Java.

Works in cyberspace, with a virtual team.

Grant McAlister (

Grant McAlister is a Senior Principal Engineer at where he works on RDS – Amazon’s Relational Database Service. For the past 10 years Grant has been responsible for the performance, scalability and availability of Amazon’s databases. Before joining in 1999, Grant worked as an Independent Database Consultant and as a Senior Principle Consultant for Oracle Corporation. A 1991 graduate of the University of Alberta, Grant has been working with various database systems for the past 18 years.

Paul McCullagh
Paul McCullagh (PrimeBase Technologies GmbH)

Paul McCullagh is co-founder of PrimeBase Technologies GmbH, Germany, where he is responsible for core technology. He has over 20 years experience in the development of database and internet related systems. Paul has a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town where he specialized in operating system design and implementation.

Paul is the developer of the PBXT transactional storage engine for MySQL ( More recently his work has included the development of the BLOB streaming engine for MySQL (

Michael McLaughlin

I teach database technology and systems analysis in the Computer Information Technology Department at BYU – Idaho. I’ve worked as an application developer, DBA, and database designer for over twenty-five years with Oracle, MySQL, and DB2 databases. I’ve authored or co-authored books on PHP and Oracle programming.

Steffan Mejia
Steffan Mejia (Linden Lab)

Steffan’s career in technology spans nearly 25 years and includes roles in software development, networking, database administration and engineering management.

He has over a decade of experience in the design, implementation, and operation of multi-terabyte databases on a variety of platforms including MySQL, Oracle, Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server.

He currently manages Data Warehouse and Analytics infrastructure at Linden Lab, the makers of Second Life

Max Mether
Max Mether (SkySQL Ab)

Max started working for MySQL in May 2001 as a trainer and a consultant. After many prosperous years at MySQL Max now joins the forces of SkySQL to further advance MySQL and its ecosystem.

Joffrey Michaie
Joffrey Michaie (SkySQL Ab)

Joffrey joined MySQL Ab as a consultant in 2007 and quickly became one of the most prominent cluster consultants. Joffrey has since joined SkySQL and continues to spread the word as a consultant at SkySQL

Mårten Mickos
Mårten Mickos (Eucalyptus Systems), @martenmickos

Marten Mickos is CEO of Eucalyptus Systems, the company behind the
Eucalyptus open source cloud platform. Previously Marten was CEO of
MySQL AB for seven years and led the Database Group at Sun

Mickos holds a M.Sc. in technical physics from Helsinki University of
Technology. He is a recipient of the Audemars Piguet “Changing Times
Award: European Entrepreneur of the Year 2006” and the Nokia
Foundation Award.

Marten’s tweets can be followed at

Domas Mituzas
Domas Mituzas (Facebook)

Domas Mituzas is database engineer at Facebook and volunteer Wikipedia performance and data engineer.

He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Wikimedia Foundation.

Bruce Momjian
Bruce Momjian (EnterpriseDB)

Bruce Momjian has been involved with open source since 1991 and has contributed to many open source projects. He is a co-founder of the PostgreSQL Global Development Group and has worked on Postgres since 1996. Bruce is also the author of PostgreSQL: Introduction and Concepts, published by Addison-Wesley. Before joining EnterpriseDB, Bruce was employed by Software Research Associates Open Source Solutions (SRA OSS) in their Postgres support division. Previously, he was vice president of database development at Great Bridge LLC, another Postgres support company. Bruce is a frequent speaker at open source conferences around the world.

Daijiro MORI

One of primary authors of Senna/groonga which are embeddable fulltext search engine.

Marius Moscovici (Metric Insights Inc.)

Marius is a Data Warehousing professional with over 20 years of experience and has participated in over a hundred business intelligence implementations.
Most recently, he served as Director of Data Warehousing for Linden Lab where he started and built the Data Warehousing and real-time Analytics group. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Integral Results, a leading San Francisco Data Warehouse Consulting company which was acquired in 2000 by Idea Integration.

Gerardo  Narvaja
Gerardo Narvaja (MariaDB Corp.), @seattlegaucho

Worked in the software industry for more than 20 years, spending most of my career working on database software as a consultant, sales engineer and DBA. Worked for MySQL for a little more than 6 years. I am currently working for OpenMarket Inc as a Sr MySQL DBA

Kristian Nielsen (MariaDB / Monty Program AB)

Kristian Nielsen has been developing Free Software since around 1991.
He joined MySQL AB in 2005 as a developer, where he wrote and maintained the
Continuous Integration Test framework Pushbuild. Since 2009 he is working on
MariaDB at Monty Program AB, where he is in charge of replication development, maintains the Continuous
Integration Test framework based on Buildbot, and has worked on integrating
various community projects into MariaDB, including XtraDB and PBXT.

Shlomi Noach
Shlomi Noach (

Shlomi is a software developer, a MySQL DBA, consultant & instructor.

Shlomi authors the openark-kit and mycheckpoint open source tools, and blogs at

Sarah Novotny

I’m a founding partner of Blue Gecko. I manage and am a senior administrator in the Open Databases / LAMP practice. We do remote administration and management of databases around the world.

I additionally run the Seattle meetups for LinuxChix, MySQL, and one focused on Opensource and general geeky socializing.

Padraig O'Sullivan (Akiban Technologies Inc.), @posulliv

Padraig O’Sullivan is a software engineer at Akiban Technologies Inc. He is working on the core Akiban Orthogonal Architecture as well as contributing to the open source community. He has been hacking on Drizzle since early 2009 with contributions to various other open source projects when he has the time. He has an M.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Maryland. Originally from Killarney in Ireland, he now lives and works in Boston.

Bernd Ocklin
Bernd Ocklin (Oracle Svenska AB)

Bernhard Ocklin, MySQL Cluster Engineering Director responsible for the team of MySQL Cluster developers, joined the MySQL organization as of September 2005. He first worked as a solution architect for high available database and cluster solutions and is now responsible for MySQL Cluster development at Oracle. To his credit, Bernhard has designed and programmed data mining software in addition to writing a database core prior to using MySQL databases. The outcome of such work has proven extremely useful in big scale data processing, i.e., for fraud detection at the world’s largest derivatives exchange.

Kazuho Oku
Kazuho Oku (DeNA)

Kazuho Oku is a Japan-based software engineer currently working as a researcher of platform software and services for Cybozu, Japan’s largest groupware vendor. He is the original developer of Palmscape (aka Xiino, the oldest web browser for Palm OS), Japanize (a consumer-based web localization service), Pathtraq (one of the largest web stats service in Japan), and Q4M (a pluggable Message Queue for MySQL). Kazuho was named to the TR100 by Technology Review in 2002 and a Super Creator by the IPA, Japan, in 2005.

Mike Olson
Mike Olson (Cloudera), @mikeolson

Mike Olson cofounded Cloudera in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2013, when he took on his current role of chief strategy officer. As CSO, Mike is responsible for Cloudera’s product strategy, open source leadership, engineering alignment, and direct engagement with customers. Previously, Mike was CEO of Sleepycat Software, makers of Berkeley DB, the open source embedded database engine, and he spent two years at Oracle Corporation as vice president for embedded technologies after Oracle’s acquisition of Sleepycat. Prior to joining Sleepycat, Mike held technical and business positions at database vendors Britton Lee, Illustra Information Technologies, and Informix Software. Mike holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Konstantin Osipov

Konstantin Osipov has been a software engineer and engineering lead at MySQL since 2003. His main areas in the server are locking, parsing, execution of prepared statements and stored procedures. He was the implementer of support for Dynamic SQL in 5.0. In his other life Konstantin is a Moscow dweller with a not
uncommon combination of such hobbies as yoga, running, and computers.

Brian O’Krafka (Schooner Information Technology)

Brian O’Krafka is a Vice President and fellow at Schooner Information Technology, focusing on the performance analysis of clustered services for internet data centers. Before joining Schooner, Brian spent eight years at IBM and seven years at Sun working on multiprocessor verification and performance analysis. Brian has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Andy Parsons
Andy Parsons (, @andyparsons

Glutton for punishment! I’ve been leading development teams and technology-based businesses in NYC-based startups for the past 15 years, and working on the next one right now.

Daniel Peek
Daniel Peek (Facebook)

Daniel Peek works on distributed storage issues at Facebook.  Dr. Peek holds a doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  

Sergey Petrunya (Monty Program Ab)

Sergey Petrunya is a query optimizer developer at Monty Program Ab, the company behind the MariaDB project.

His previous position is a member of the optimizer team at Sun/MySQL, where he has implemented features ike index_merge access, partition pruning, semi-join subquery optimizations, and numerous smaller improvements.

Vamsi Ponnekanti (Facebook)

Vamsi is a member of the database engineering team at Facebook. He implemented the online schema change tool (OSC) and is currently working on improvements for incremental hot backup.

Inaam Rana (Oracle)

Inaam Rana is a core member of the InnoDB development team at MySQL. He joined the InnoDB team in April 2007. His area of focus has been performance and scalability of the InnoDB storage engine. He has been mostly working on the buffer cache layer, low level concurrency and OS layer. Inaam has had a chance to contribute to the most of the scalability features that were included in the InnoDB plugin. In his previous work experience he had been involved in development of IBM’s DB2 LUW and PostgreSQL database engines. Inaam currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

Dan Rogart (Zynga)

Dan is a Senior Database Administrator at Zynga. Previously he worked at 33Across and Revolution Health.

Eric Rollins (Google)

Eric worked on MySQL engineering at Google, working with the MySQL source and tools to make MySQL scalable and highly reliable.

John Russel
John Russel (Oracle Corporation)

John Russell is the documentation lead for InnoDB. Before joining the InnoDB team, John was Information Architect for the Oracle Database group, where he developed the Project Tahiti documentation search engine. In the 20th century, he was Information Architect for the DB2 Database group, where he originated the Information Center and lead several User Centered Design initiatives. His writing background is focused on application development and programming languages (PL/SQL, Oracle Objects, C++, Fortran, and Ada), and his documentation architecture work involves Python, Perl, and XSLT.

Robin Schumacher
Robin Schumacher (EnterpriseDB)

Robin Schumacher is director of product strategy for EnterpriseDB. Prior to
EnterpriseDB, Robin was the director of product management for MySQL and the
VP of product management for Embarcadero Technologies. He is the author of
three books on database performance, was the database software reviewer for
Intelligent Enterprise and Data Management Review, has authored numerous
articles on database design and performance, and has 15 years experience
working with and designing database management systems.

Baron Schwartz
Baron Schwartz (VividCortex), @xaprb

Baron Schwartz is the founder and CTO of VividCortex, the best way to see what your production database servers are doing. Baron has written a lot of open source software and several books, including High Performance MySQL. He’s focused his career on learning and teaching about performance and observability of systems generally, including the view that teams are systems and culture influences their performance, and databases specifically.

Moshe Shadmon (ScaleDB)

Moshe Shadmon is the founder and CTO of ScaleDB. Moshe has more than 20 years of experience in both technical and management roles. Moshe’s technical experience has been in the areas of database clustering, high performance indexing solutions as well as the development of a unified solution for structured and semi-structured data. Since 2006, Moshe has become increasingly interested in the opportunity presented by the open source databases and founded ScaleDB to develop a database engine for MySQL targeting performance, efficiency and scalability with the largest data sets.

Gwen Shapira (Pythian), @gwenshap

Gwen Shapira is a Senior DBA at Pythian, and the company’s newest Oracle ACE. Gwen Shapira studied computer science, statistics and operations research at the University of Tel Aviv, and then went on to spend the next 10 years in different technical positions in the IT industry. Gwen is an Oak Table member, Oracle ACE and Oracle Certified Professional. She specializes in scalability and high-availability solutions especially for SaaS, and has presented at various conferences including Hotsos Symposium 2009 and RMOUG 2010. Gwen Shapira also maintains a popular database blog:

Kentoku SHIBA

I am a Storage Engine Developer for MySQL in Japan, and the
original developer of the Spider Storage Engine and Vertical Partitioning Storage Engine.

Spider Storage Engine and Vertical Partitioning Storage Engine are being offered to the public by GPL.

David Shrewsbury (Rackspace)

David joined Rackspace in August 2010 to work as a Software Developer on the Drizzle project. Before joining the Drizzle team, David was a C/C++ developer at LSSiDATA and a Support Engineer for MySQL/Sun. He is currently based in Durham, NC.

John Smiley (

John Smiley is a Principal Database Engineer at with over 20 years of industry experience.

Greg Smith
Greg Smith (2ndQuadrant US)

Greg Smith leads the US-based work for international PostgreSQL services firm 2ndQuadrant. He’s the author of PostgreSQL 9.0 High Performance from Packt Publishing. His past work on PostgreSQL includes rewriting the database’s background writer, releasing its first open-source tuning configuration tool, and introducing the earliest tools featuring transaction latency graphing as a technique for analyzing performance over time.

Stewart Smith

Stewart Smith joined Percona in 2011 as Director of Server Development with a deep background in database internals including MySQL, MySQL Cluster, Drizzle, InnoDB and HailDB.

Prior to joining Percona, Stewart worked at Rackspace on the Drizzle database server focusing on getting it through a critical milestone of a stable Generally Available (GA) release. Prior to Rackspace, he worked on Drizzle as a member of the CTO Labs group inside Sun Microsystems.

As one of the founding core developers of the Drizzle database server Stewart has deep expertise in the code base. He had direct involvement in significant refactoring of the database server including removing the FRM, the InnoDB storage engine, xtrabackup, the storage engine API, CATALOG support and countless bug... Read More.

Sarah Sproehnle
Sarah Sproehnle (Cloudera, Inc.)

Sarah Sproehnle is Dir. of Educational Services for Cloudera where she creates and delivers training on Hadoop. She has many years experience delivering training on various topics such as database administration, performance tuning, high availability, programming, and system administration.

David Stokes (Oracle), @stoker

I am a long time user of MySQL and was the MySQL Certification manager.

Tasuku SUENAGA (Brazil, Inc.), @gunyarakun

I am a search engine library, groonga, developer in Japan. I participate in developing Groonga Storage Engine.

Justin Swanhart

Justin Swanhart is a Principal Consultant at Percona, where he helps customers architect large-scale systems. He also delivers training courses. Justin is the author of Flexviews and other open-source projects for MySQL.

Monty Taylor

Monty currently works as a core developer on the Drizzle project for Rackspace. Before Drizzle he was a Senior Consultant for MySQL, Inc and then Sun Microsystems focusing on Clustering and High Availability. Between MySQL Consulting and speaking at conferences, he has been to 5 of the 7 continents (and is always aiming for more)

Before MySQL, Monty started several small companies, none of which were the next Facebook. He is an ardent supporter of Free Software and is actively involved in packaging efforts for Debian and Ubuntu. Monty spends the majority of his non-hacking time as a theatre director and lighting designer. He is an Associate Artist with Seattle based theatre company the Satori Group.

Lars Thalmann
Lars Thalmann (Oracle)

Dr. Lars Thalmann is the development manager for MySQL replication, backup, and connectors. He is responsible for the strategy and development of these features and leads the corresponding engineering teams. Thalmann has worked with MySQL development since 2001, when he started as a MySQL Cluster developer. More recently, he has driven the creation and development of the MySQL backup feature, has guided the evolution of MySQL replication since 2004, and has been a key player in the development of MySQL Cluster replication. Thalmann holds a doctorate in Computer Science from Uppsala University, Sweden. He is one of the authors of the “MySQL High Availability” book.

Ryan Thiessen
Ryan Thiessen (Facebook)

Ryan Thiessen has been using MySQL as both a developer and administrator for over a decade, and loves the constant and ever changing challenge of being a DBA inside Facebook’s database ecosystem.

Vadim Tkachenko
Vadim Tkachenko (Percona Inc)

Vadim Tkachenko is the CTO and co-founder of Percona Inc. He is an expert in application scaling and performance tuning, and co-authored the O’Reilly book High Performance MySQL, 2nd Edition.

Vadim has over five years of experience in benchmarking and profiling MySQL, having worked inside MySQL’s High Performance group. He now continues his benchmarks independently on

Tomas Ulin
Tomas Ulin (Oracle)

Tomas Ulin has been working with the MySQL Database team since 2003, and is currently employed by Oracle, based in Sweden. He is Vice President for the MySQL Engineering team, responsible for the development of the MySQL related software products within Oracle, such as the MySQL Server, MySQL Cluster, MySQL Workbench and MySQL Enterprise Monitor. Prior to working with MySQL he has a background in the telecom industry, working for the Swedish telecom operator Telia and Telecom vendor Ericsson. He has a Masters degree in Computer Science and Applied Physics from Case Western Reserve University and a PhD in Computer Science from the Royal Institute of Technology.

Devananda Van Der Veen

Deva joined Percona in July 2009 as a Principal Consultant, with a focus on scalability and performance tuning. In addition to consulting, he also assists with documentation and internal training of the SSC team. Deva has a background in physics and computer science from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara, where he also studied eastern religions. He has worked in the internet technology space since ‘99. Prior to joining Percona, he was the sole DBA at HydraNetwork, an online ad/media company, where he helped grow the company’s revenue to over $100M by creating a scalable and fault-tolerant MySQL database network. Deva also consulted for a number of Southern California startups before he moved to Washington state. He now works from... Read More.

Jakub Vrana
Jakub Vrana (Self-employed), @jakubvrana

I am a MySQL Community Contributor, I use MySQL on a daily basis as a programmer and I teach MySQL on university and on commercial trainings.

I am also the author of Adminer (database management in single PHP file) and NotORM (PHP library for simple reading data from the database).

Michael Widenius
Michael Widenius (Monty Program Ab)

Founder of MySQL AB.
Original author & architect of the MySQL server.
Founder and CEO of Monty Program Ab and creator of MariaDB. Founder of the Open Database Alliance.

Rob Young
Rob Young (Oracle/MySQL )

Rob Young is the Technical Product Manager for the MySQL Server and Enterprise product lines. He has over 20 years of database and application development experience with MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, and DB2. His primary responsibility is to work with MySQL Engineering on product strategy, roadmaps and technical requirements. He holds a BS in Economics/Finance from the University of Louisville and an AS in Applied Math/Computer Science from the University of Kentucky.

Alexey Yurchenko
Alexey Yurchenko (Codership)

Alex started his career in DBMS clustering development in 2003 at Continuent, where he was hooked up on synchronous replication. After that he joined R&D team at Meshcom Inc, learning the ways of mesh networking, embedded SW development and Scrum process management. There he got this crazy idea that running a software company can be fun and joined as a partner in Codership, specializing in group communication system development.

In his former life he held a Masters Degree in Astronomy from SUNY at Stony Brook and worked as a software engineer at Budker Institute for Nuclear Physics .

Peter Zaitsev
Peter Zaitsev (Percona LLC)

Peter co-founded Percona in 2006, assuming the role of CEO. Percona is the only company that delivers enterprise-class solutions for both MySQLⓇ and MongoDBⓇ across traditional and cloud-based platforms. Percona has been on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies since 2013. Back in 2000s Peter was an early employee at MySQL AB, eventually leading the company’s High Performance Group. A serial entrepreneur, Peter co-founded his first startup while attending Moscow State University where he majored in Computer Science.

As CEO of Percona, Peter enjoys mixing business leadership with hands on technical expertise. Peter is co-author of High Performance MySQL published by O’Reilly, one of the most popular books on MySQL performance. Peter blogs regularly on Percona Performance Blog and speaks frequently... Read More.

Jeremy Zawodny
Jeremy Zawodny (

Jeremy joined craigslist after over eight years in a variety of roles at Yahoo! He hacks on Sphinx, MySQL, Redis, MongoDB, Perl, and various back-end bits of the craigslist infrastructure.

Jeremy blogs at and flies both small airplanes and gliders in his spare time.

Danil Zburivsky
Danil Zburivsky (Pythian)

Been working with different RDBMS since early years in the university. Acted as a database developer for an accounting system for Donetsk National University in Ukraine.

Got the taste for MySQL while working as a DBA for Sonopia Corp.

Currently helping people all over the world to solve problems with their MySQL systems at The Pythian Group. And helping people, is what I like to do the most :)

Ivan Zoratti
Ivan Zoratti (SkySQL)

Ivan has worked in the IT industry for 25 years covering different roles, such as CTO and Chief Architect, and establishing various companies in Europe.

Ivan has joined MySQL in 2005 as Sales Engineer and he is now responsible for the Field Services team in Europe at SkySQL.

Cory Zue
Cory Zue (Dimagi), @czue

Cory Zue is the Chief Technology officer of Dimagi and has several years of experience with health IT projects in the developing world. Cory has provided technical leadership and mentoring, systems architecture, and software development while working on a number of diverse projects, including a distributed health record system designed for a low-connectivity, resource-poor environment, cloud server backends for mobile apps, a smartcard-based electronic medical record system, and SMS applications for data collection and clinical surveys. He has spent extensive time working with IT teams in Boston, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, consulting on technical decisions, coordinating project plans, training local staff, and writing code. He is a leader in multiple open source communities. Cory earned his bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and... Read More.

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