Women in Open Source

Panel Speakers

Avni M. Khatri

Avni Khatri a senior developer and project manager at the Computing Technologies Research Lab (CTRL) at UCLA. CTRL is a software development group within the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (DGSOM). CTRL supports the bio-medical clinical and research communities within and connected to DGSOM. CTRL makes heavy use of the OpenACS, an open source toolkit, to build web-based research data collection and management systems.

Ms. Khatri is a professional software developer with 10 years of experience in the field of biomedical informatics. She has programmed with all variations of the OpenACS (http://openacs.org/), and has contributed to this open source community. In addition to more than seven years at DGSOM, Ms Khatri has held positions in software firms in the LA-Pasadena area. She has been involved with a wide range of projects, including education, information dissemination, and energy management.

Celeste Lyn Paul

Celeste is an interaction architect and open source design advocate who works towards making OSS more "user friendly" by working with developers to create better software. Some of the OSS projects she is involved in include KDE, Kubuntu, and OpenUsability as well as various professional and research projects. She can can be found at http://www.obso1337.org.

Christel Dahlskjaer

Christel Dahlskjaer is the Managing Director of Partially Pink Ltd and serves as a Director of Peer-Directed Projects Center, for which she also holds the position as Head of Staff for the IRC network freenode (http://www.freenode.net). She is a Gentoo Linux (http://www.gentoo.org) developer, ReactOS (http://www.reactos.org) testing and community co-ordinator and involved with the Irssi (http://www.irssi.org) project. With a background as a software engineer and unix systems administrator, and a degree in Adult Mental Health nursing she is passionate about both Free and Open Source Software and the people making up the community surrounding it.

Dru Lavigne

Dru Lavigne is a network and systems administrator, IT instructor, author with over a decade of experience administering and teaching Netware, Microsoft, Cisco, Checkpoint, SCO, Solaris, Linux and BSD systems. A prolific author, she pens the popular FreeBSD Basics column for O'Reilly and is author of BSD Hacks. She is the acting chair of the BSD Certification Group Inc., a non-profit organization with a mission to create a standard for certifying BSD system administrators.

Emma McGrattan

Emma McGrattan - Senior Vice President of Engineering - Ingres
Miss McGrattan is responsible for the development and integration of the Ingres database and associated products and technologies. A leading authority in DBMS technologies, Miss McGrattan has been instrumental in the ongoing success of the Ingres product line. Born in Ireland, Miss McGrattan earned a bachelors degree in electronic engineering from Dublin City University

Jean T. Anderson

Jean T. Anderson has been a software engineer for over 20 years. She is a committer on the Apache Derby project and is the Apache DB Project PMC Chair.

Karen M. Sandler

Karen M. Sandler is an attorney with the Software Freedom Law Center and serves as an officer of the Software Freedom Conservancy. Prior to joining SFLC, she worked as an associate in the corporate departments of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in New York and Clifford Chance in New York and London. Sandler received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 2000, where she was a James Kent Scholar and co-founder of the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review. Sandler received her bachelor's degree in engineering from The Cooper Union.