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To facilitate an open ecosystem, OpenDaylight was structured with an open source license, open design, development and contribution model and finally, an, appropriate, open governance model.  The project is a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and implements many open source best practices familiar to other leading projects. Further, any individual, company or organization can engage directly and immediately to begin shaping the future of the project.

OpenDaylight is open to anyone. Anyone can develop and contribute code, get elected to the Technical Steering Committee, get voted onto the Board, or help steer the project forward in any number of ways.

Developers who are elected to the Technical Steering Committee or who participate as project leaders will provide leadership regarding the technical direction of OpenDaylight.

For more information on OpenDaylight's Governance Model, please visit the following resources:


Technical Steering Committee 

Abhijit Kumbhare

Abhijit is the project lead for the OpenDaylight OpenFlow plugin project. He is technical lead for Ericsson OpenDaylight efforts and is a Principal Architect in the Technology department for Ericsson¹s SDN unit. In the past he had been an active member of the Forwarding Abstractions Workgroup (FAWG) at the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) and has contributed to and evangelized the main example table type pattern at the FAWG meetings/ONF member workdays. He has extensive experience in networking software development as well as leading teams toward successful outcomes. Prior to joining Ericsson he was the Director, Software R&D at Blade Network Technologies / IBM (System Networking). He has been involved in OpenDaylight since its inception. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.

Alexis de Talhouët

Alexis is involved in many OpenDaylight projects, with a focus on supporting and promoting best practices. He aspires to create a global shared structure across projects that would lower the barrier for new committers to be able to easily ramp up and hack on OpenDaylight’s codebase. He joined the community during the early Lithium release, and has since been a day-to-day contributor.


Alexis has always been interested in the way information is transmitted through the network. His background in computer science and networking, combined with his interest in new technology, naturally guided him to the SDN / NFV field.


Working at Inocybe Technologies, he supports companies in leveraging OpenDaylight within their products and services, lessening the network complexity and ultimately solving their networking challenges.


He has master degrees in Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications from ECE Paris, and ETS Montreal. His primary focus was wireless networking with an emphasis on network provisioning and technology interfaces.

Anil Vishnoi

Anil Vishnoi is a Senior Staff Software Engineer at Brocade R&D, US. He has been an active participant in OpenDaylight community and associated with it since the inception of the project. He is an active contributor to number of OpenDaylight projects including the OpenDaylight Controller, OpenFlow Plugin,  OVSDB & Net-Virt project. His contribution to the projects is spread across various technology like network virtualization, clustering, southbound device management and NFV usecases.

Prior to joining Brocade, Anil was working with IBM Research, where he conducted research in SDN & Cloud technology domain for more than half a decade. He is passionate about disruptive networking technologies and prefer to contribute to these technology in Open Source way. He has masters in computer engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani-India.

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.

Christopher Price

Chris heads the network architecture and standardization team for Ericsson's IP & Broadband division where he focuses on the development of technology and innovation across transport & IP networks and gateway functions.  Chris' experience incorporates the development of technology and architecture for network management, policy control and user service management, user session control plane solutions, and DPI technologies.  Having started his career in Australia he has lived and worked in Spain and Sweden before moving to California where he is now focused on the evolution of networking technologies.

Colin Dixon (Chairperson)

Colin is a Principal Engineer at Brocade and has been participating in OpenDaylight since day one and actively contributes to the controller, l2switch and TTP projects. He also co-authored the Dixon-Erickson OpenDaylight Merged Controller Proposal, which helped to resolve core architectural issues in the controller and community early on. He has spent over a decade working on networks as a researcher, developer, and operator on networks at various scales. He has a PhD in networking and distributed systems from the University of Washington and is passionate about using open source, software, and SDN to change the way we do networking.

Ed Warnicke

Ed Warnicke is a Principal Engineer in the Research and Advanced Development group at Cisco Systems.  He has been working for over a decade in many areas of networking and Open Source.  He has a masters in Physics (String Theory) from Rutgers University.

Gideon Kaempfer

Gideon Kaempfer is a Distinguished Technologist and Chief Architect of HPE Contextream where he has been innovating in the fields of SDN and NFV long before these terms were coined.

He is a serial entrepreneur bringing with him 25 years of experience in Telecom networking, routing, hardware and software system design and development.

Before joining HPE, Gideon held senior architect or CTO positions at Contextream, Xring Technologies, Axxana, Expand Networks, FlowInspect, SilverKite and Charlotte’s Web Networks.

He has an MSc in Computer Science from the Technion - Israeli Institute of Technology.

Jan Medved

Jan Medved is a Distinguished Engineer in the Chief Technology and Architecture Office (CTAO) office at Cisco Systems, where he works on a variety SDN projects, both infrastructure and applications. Jan is also active in IETF and other standards bodies; in the past he was the chair of the ONF Hybrid Working Group. He studied electrical engineering at University of Toronto, Canada and Technical University Ilmenau, Germany.

Uri Elzur

Uri Elzur is a director of SDN System Architecture with Intel’s Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group. In this role, Uri is responsible for creating SDN and SDI long term vision, technical strategy, architectures and products for server platforms, working with multiple groups and product divisions.

Uri is a networking specialist with more than 25 years of industry experience and a proven track record of creating innovative product architectures, strategies and intellectual property in Networking, Security and related technologies.

Prior to joining Intel, Uri has held a position of a Sr. Director at Broadcom, managing an architecture team with responsibilities over the company’s NIC architecture and strategy. In that role Uri led multiple innovations in the areas of Virtualization, TCP offload, RDMA, iSER, iSCSI/FCoE and more.

Uri holds many patents, represented his employer in multiple standards organizations and industry consortiums including OpenDayLight, ONF, OpenStack, IETF, IEEE, T.11, DMTF and RDMA Consortium and is the co-author of few RFCs.

Uri holds a BSc EE and MSc EE/CS degrees from the Technion in Haifa, Israel.