Board Members & Staff

The Board Members provides strategic and financial oversight of OpenDaylight resources and staff.

Abhishek Chauhan

Abhishek Chauhan is CTO and vice-president for the Cloud Networking Group at Citrix, driving the company’s technology vision for its networking products.  Abhishek joined Citrix through the acquisition of Teros, where he served as CTO.  Prior to founding Teros, Abhishek helped architect scalable network services and distributed systems at Sun Microsystems working on the J2EE blueprints.  Before joining Sun, he co-founded Vxtreme where he was the architect.  He studied Computer Science at University of Wisconsin and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Chris Wright

Chris Wright is the Technical Director of SDN at Red Hat.  During his nearly 20 years as a software engineer he has worked in the telecom industry on high availability and distributed systems and in the Linux industry on security and virtualization.  He has been a Linux developer for over a decade, most of that time spent deep in the Linux kernel working on security and virtualization.  He is intrigued by the challenges that cloud computing brings to virtualization and networking, and is now focused on the cloud, KVM and network virtualization.  He lives in sunny Portland, OR where he is happliy hacking on Open vSwitch and OpenStack.

David Meyer

David Meyer is currently CTO and Chief Scientist at Brocade Communications, where he works on future directions for Internet technologies. Prior to joining Brocade, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco Systems, where he also worked as a developer, architect, and visionary on future directions for Internet technologies. He has been a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) of the the IETF ( and the chair/co-chair of many working groups. He is also active in the operator community, where he has been a long standing member of the NANOG ( program committee (and program committee chair from 2008-2011). He is also active in other standards organizations such as ETSI, ATIS, ANSI T1X1, the Open Networking Foundation, and the ITU-T. Mr. Meyer is also currently Director of the Advanced Network Technology Center at the University of Oregon. One of his major projects at the University of Oregon is routeviews (see Prior to joining Cisco, he served as Senior Scientist, Chief Technologist and Director of IP Technology Development at Sprint.

David Ward

As CTO and Chief Architect of Engineering at Cisco Systems, David is responsible for defining strategy and leading research and development of new innovation via tight partnerships with customers and academia. He is known in the industry because of his knowledge and expertise in IP/MPLS routing, high availability, network design, and systems software. He is the Routing Area Director at the IETF and chair of four Working Groups: IS-IS, HIP, BFD and Softwires. Also, he is leading the work on defining a transport profile for MPLS at the ITU-T. He speaks frequently at the North American Network Operators’ Group (NANOG), IETF, IEEE and RIPE conferences and collaborates with several university and private research groups, including Stanford, MIT, Cambridge and Tsinghua University. 

David held the roles software architect for IOS-XR; co-system architect of the CRS-1 multi-terabit router & ASR9000; and co-system architect of several next generation routers, line cards, route processors and service blades for multiple routing products in Cisco’s Service Provider portfolio. 

David served as CTO of Platform Systems Division in Juniper Networks, responsible for the switches, routers and data center products in the portfolio as well as the Operating System (Junos) and ASICs. David was also a Juniper Fellow and Chief Architect working on operating system and next generation routing systems. 

David graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in International Relations, and later received a Ph.D. (ABD) and Master of Science in Forestry from University of Minnesota. 

David has a small vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains and an heirloom tomato farm along the St Croix River in Somerset, Wisconsin. 

Francois LeMarchand

Francois Lemarchand is heading Ericsson SDN product & solutions group. He was previously responsible for strategy in Ericsson IP & EPC product line. Before joining Ericsson Francois headed Consulting Sales Engineering for Redback and held various Product Management and Sales positions at CoSine Communication and Cisco.

Inder Gopal

Inder Gopal is Vice President for Networking Development and is responsible for all hardware and software networking products in IBM. Previously, Inder Gopal was Vice President of Big Data  in the IBM's Software Group. Before IBM, he was the founding CEO of two venture-funded start-up companies, ReefEdge and Iptivia, and worked in senior executive roles at AT&T and Prodigy. He has a long record of successful commercialization of leading edge technology, often creating new markets and product categories. Inder has also had a distinguished research career in the area of computer networks, with 20 patents and more than 70 technical publications to his credit. He has served as editor of several technical journals and was elected Fellow of the IEEE. He has a PhD from Columbia University, New York and a BA from Oxford University, England.

Neela Jacques (OpenDaylight Executive Director)

As OpenDaylight's executive director, Nicolas “Neela” Jacques works with the OpenDaylight community to advance SDN and NFV with a developer-driven open source platform for products and technologies that expand the intelligence, programmability and performance of network infrastructures. He oversees and provides guidance for all aspects of the project, from governance and technology to community and marketing and reports to the OpenDaylight board of directors. Formerly at VMware, Jacques was part of the core team that took virtualization from a niche development and testing product to ubiquitous use. He developed and took to market the company’s software-defined data center vision and strategy including VMware’s vCloud Suite. Jacques also founded and launched VMware's first cloud computing initiative in 2007. Prior to VMware, Jacques was a consultant with Bain & Company. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with High Honors and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University.

Rajeev Nagar

Rajeev Nagar oversees the Core Networking team in Windows responsible for infrastructural networking/connectivity technologies for Microsoft operating system platforms, devices, and services (datacenter/Cloud). Past responsibilities have included strategic, business, & technological leadership for storage, clustering, and high-availability offerings within Microsoft Windows. Prior to Microsoft, Rajeev was founding-CEO and CTO of Kuokoa Networks, Inc. (focused on storage networking solutions for large enterprises), and founder/CEO of NTCS, Inc. (delivering file-systems, storage, and security solutions for Windows NT based deployments). Rajeev has also held technical leadership positions with Hewlett-Packard, and Transarc Co. (IBM). Rajeev’s credits include multiple patents and publications, including a book. Rajeev holds a BE in Computer Engineering, MS (Computer Sc. – UCF), and MBA (Haas School – UC, Berkeley).

Terry Nakajima

Terry Nakajima is Senior Manager in NEC Corporation of America, leading business strategy and engineering for NEC’s Software defined networking products. As a founding member of NEC ProgrammableFlow product line, he was instrumental in launching the world’s first production ready SDN product in Q2 2011. Prior to ProgrammableFlow, Terry led NEC's strategic corporate alliance for IT platform.  He also has over 10 years of experience in carrier optical network business. Terry holds a Master's degree (Quantum Engineering and Systems) and a Bachelor's degree (Nuclear Engineering), both from the University of Tokyo.

Yoshiya Eto

Yoshiya Eto is a director at Fujitsu and has been involved in operating systems at Fujitsu including development and development management of Fujitsu proprietary operating systems and Linux. For over ten years he has been leading Linux community engineers in Fujitsu and working with Linux community. This team is one of the biggest contributors to the Linux kernel and is continuously contributing patches to improve feature and stability of Linux for enterprise usage. In addition, Eto is also leading core engineering team for enterprise customer support through collaboration with distributor and community. This team has been providing highly reliable customer support to mission critical customers.