OSM Governance

The OSM governance structure is made up of a Leadership Group, an End User Advisory Group, a Technical Steering Committee, Module Development Groups and various Task Forces.

Leadership Group (LG)

The role of the OSM Leadership Group is to set the policies of the project, to make administrative decisions and to guarantee vendor-neutrality. The members of the Leadership Group coordinate marketing efforts together with the Marketing Task Force and act as the main external representatives for OSM.

Francisco Javier Ramón - Chair

Francisco joined Telefónica Group in 2000 and became Head of IP Network Technologies R&D in 2008. In 2010, he was named Head of the Network Virtualisation Initiative in GCTO, in charge of developing network virtualisation use cases for Telefónica and responsible the unit released OpenMANO as the first open source MANO stack focused on resource orchestration. During the last 3 years he has chaired 2 different groups in ETSI NFV ISG and has been in charge of their experimental activities and PoC Framework. Francisco holds a Master in Telecommunications Engineering from ETSIT of Málaga (Spain) and a Master's Degree in Economics at UNED (Spain). Author of 8 patents and numerous papers in the fields of network virtualisation, traffic analysis, quality of experience, network Planning, and Internet of the Future, he’s also a member of the program committees of several national and international conferences.

Pål Grønsund - Vice-Chair

Pål joined Telenor ASA in 2007 now holding a senior research scientist position, mainly focusing on NFV, SDN, Orchestration and Hybrid Clouds. He has experience with radio access and core network technologies including 3GPP, WiMAX, WiFi, cognitive radio technologies and Cloud-RAN. Pål has been working on virtualization of network and IT functions since 2008, also working with open source software solutions in both the mobile radio and core network domains as well as on the virtualization platform side. Since 2013 he has been fully focused on NFV and SDN while working in research, technology strategy and technology execution divisions. As a researcher he has been involved in several EU funded research projects and is currently involved in 5G Exchange (5GEx) focusing on cross-domain orchestration of services. His standardization experience includes being involved in ETSI NFV ISG and ETSI RRS (Reconfigurable Radio Systems). Pål holds a PhD in Informatics from the University of Oslo (UiO), Norway and has been a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Electrical Engineering at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Mark Shuttleworth

Senior Advisor

Ecosystem Development and Strategic Directions
Mark Shuttleworth is founder and CEO of Canonical, the publisher of both Ubuntu and Juju which serves as VCA in OSM. Mark leads a number of open source communities for both consumer and enterprise audiences.

Technical Steering Commitee (TSC)

The role of the Technical Steering Committee is to coordinate the project’s technical activities.

Gerardo García

TSC Chair

Gerardo García is a Technology Expert in Telefónica. He is working for Telefónica’s Global CTIO Unit in the Cloud & Infrastructre Area, where he is involved on different topics related to muti-cloud tools and technologies, Kubernetes, GitOps, NFV, OSM, public and private clouds,  orchestration, and automation in the telco area. Gerardo has been technically involved in the NFV  ecosystem from its birth, contributing to the ETSI NFV ISG, with special dedication to data plane performance of Network Functions. In April 2016, with the foundation of OSM, he became one of the TSC members. As part of the OSM community, he has been actively contributing to the code and has led different key technical discussions such as the introduction of the micro-service architecture, the support of Kubernetes-based Network Functions and the connectors to public cloud platforms. He currently performs the role of Chair of ETSI OSM Technical Steering Committee. He is also author of several patents and over 20 research papers related to traffic measurements, routing, network QoS, P2P and content-aware networks.

Navdeep Uniyal

TSC Member

Navdeep Uniyal is a Telecom engineer working with Indra for the past 1 year. He has a background in Network Orchestration research for 7 years with publications in multiple peer-reviewed conferences and journals. 
Navdeep has worked on various EU Horizon projects involving OSM and has contributed to the WIM feature in the past.
Currently, Navdeep is working on a project involving Open Source MANO environments with a tier-1 European operator in the U.K. With a background in NFV research and recent experiences with the deployment and operation of production environments using OSM, Navdeep can provide some focused perspective in the forthcoming releases of OSM.


Ramesh Ramanathan 

TSC Member

B. Ramesh Ramanathan, is Principal Architect, CTO office at Tata Elxsi. He leads the SDN / NFV and IOT solutions and offerings space. This includes building IPs in a variety of domains like SDN / SDWAN, NetOps, IOT, Digital Convergence and of course Orchestration solutions.
He works with Operators and Enterprises worldwide to solve their business problems by either using Tata Elxsi’s IPs or by building bespoke solutions. He has a couple of conference publications and is an active participant in industry trade shows like MWC and IBC. His hobbies include cricket, NFL, tech toys, following blogs, spending time with family, watching movies, listening to music and travelling.

Pedro Escaleira

TSC Member

Pedro Escaleira is a Ph.D. student at the University of Aveiro and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Informatics Engineering, achieved in 2020, and a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity in 2022 at the same University. He is currently a Researcher at Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), where he has taken part in several 5G-related projects, such as Route 25, NETEDGE, and AUGMANITY. In 2022, he was awarded the “ETSI OSM Release Twelve Outstanding Technical Contributor” distinction for recognition of his work within ETSI OSM during its release twelve cycle. Also, in 2022, he discovered two critical vulnerabilities related to OSM, which later led to two Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) records. His Master’s thesis was also the subject of multiple awards, all granted during 2023, namely the “APDC Best Thesis Award,” the “IEEE Portugal Outstanding MSc Thesis Award,” and the “AP2SI Merit Award for Master’s in Information Security”. His current research interests include Cloud Computing, Serverless, Cybersecurity, Moving Target Defense (MTD), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC).

Mark Beierl 

TSC Member

Mark Beierl is a senior engineer at Canonical, with over 25 years of experience in software development. From unified messaging, security policy systems, point of sale transaction processing, WAN acceleration engines, HSS and PCRF systems,
Mark has a breadth of experience in engineering, agile and test methodologies. He has contributed to a number of different open source projects, serving as the project leader for two. Mark is a longstanding member of Anuket (formerly OPNFV) and has served as TSC member there for 3 terms, and TSC vice chair for 1 term.