Initial list of EPS Board Candidates for 2017/2018

At this year’s General Assembly we will vote in a new board of the EuroPython Society.

List of Board Candidates

The EPS bylaws require one chair and 2 - 8 board members. The following candidates have stated their willingness to work on the EPS board. We are presenting them here (in alphabetical order).

All members of the EPS are free to nominate or self nominate board members. Please write to no later than Friday, July 7 2017, if you want to run for board and send a nomination text to put on the list.

The final list of candidates will be posted just before the conference.

Christian Calogero Barra

Curious / Teacher / Pythonista / Freelancer

Board member of the EuroPython Society from 2016.

He is also an EuroPython organizer From 2015 and chair of the On-Site team for the EuroPython 2017.

He is a Free Software enthusiast and loves to teach.

During 2016 he started the Microbit:Polska project with the goal to teach Python to Polish students and the PyData Wroclaw meetup.

Founder & CEO of Cassiny, a Python company that makes it easy to deploy machine learning models.

When he is not having fun with his computer he likes to enjoy travels, the Nature, sports and books.

Dr. Darya Chyzhyk

PhD / Python programming enthusiastic for research and science

Currently, Darya is a Post-Doc at INRIA Saclay research center, France.

She has a degree in applied mathematics and defended her thesis in computer science. Last 7 years Darya has been working on computer aided diagnostic computer systems for brain diseases at the University of the Basque Country, Spain the University of Florida, USA and she is a member of of the Computational Intelligence Group since 2009. Her aim is to develop computational methods for brain MRI processing and analysis, including open sours tools, that help to the medical people in their specific pathologies research studies.

She has experience in International Conference organization and take part in the events for the teenagers and kids such as Week of science. Participant in more than 10 international science conference, trainings and summer courses.

Board member of Python San Sebastian Society (ACPySS), on-site team of EuroPython 2015 and 2016, EPS board member since 2015.

Gilberto Gonçalves

Python Developer / Speaker / Coach

Gil has been developing with Python for half his professional life, he
moved countries to be able to do so, that’s how much he loves Python.

Very early in his career he started going to programming events and fell in
love with them. In order to get more Python in his life, he created the
Lisbon Python Meetup and later organized the Oxford Python Meetup for close
to 2 years.

He’s also mentored for Django girls and also for some time in the Oxford
Coder Dojo.

Volunteered on-site for Europython 2016 and wants more.

Anders Hammarquist

Pythonista / Consultant / Software architect

Anders brought Python to Open End (née Strakt), a Python software company
focusing on data organization, when we founded it in 2001. He has used
Python in various capacities since 1995.

He helped organize EuroPython 2004 and 2005, and has attended and given
talks at several EuroPythons since then. He has handled the Swedish financials of the EuroPython Society since 2016.

Alexander Hendorf

Pythonista  / Consultant / Trainer / Speaker / Data-Nerd

As partner of German management consultancy Königsweg, Alexander is guiding enterprises and institutions through change processes of digitalisation and automation implementing agile data analytics.

Alexander always loved data almost as much as music and so no wonder he’s talking a lot about like Pandas, Data-Science and - being one of the 25 mongoDB Masters - databases.

He loves to share this expertise and engages in the global community as program chair of the EuroPython and PyConDE & PyData Karlsruhe conferences, speaker and trainer at multiple international conferences.

Since 2015 he is member of the EuroPython core organisation team.

Marc-André Lemburg

Pythonista / CEO / Consultant / Coach

Marc-Andre is the CEO and founder of, a Python-focused project and consulting company based in Germany. He has a degree in mathematics from the University of Düsseldorf. His work with and for Python started in 1994. He became Python Core Developer in 1997, designed and implemented the Unicode support in Python and continued to maintain the Python Unicode implementation for more than a decade. Marc-Andre is a founding member of the Python Software Foundation (PSF) and has served on the PSF Board several times.

In 2002, Marc-Andre was on the executive committee to run the first EuroPython conference in Charleroi, Belgium. He also co-organized the second EuroPython 2003 conference. Since then, he has attended every single EuroPython conference and continued being involved in the workings of the conference organization.

He was elected as board member of the EuroPython Society (EPS) in 2012 and enjoyed the last few years working with the EPS board members on steering the EuroPython conference to the new successful EuroPython Workgroup structures to sustain the continued growth, while maintaining the EuroPython spirit and fun aspect of the conference.

For the EuroPython 2017 edition, Marc-Andre was chair of the EuroPython Society and ran lots of activities around the conference organization, e.g. managing the contracts and budget, signing up sponsors, helping with the website, setting up the conference app, writing blog posts and many other things that were needed to make EuroPython 2017 happen.

Going forward, he would like to work more on broadening the scope of the EPS, aiding Python adoption in Europe, enable it to provide full financial backing of the conference and prepare it for a bright future.

Dr. Alexandre Manhaes Savio

Pythonista / PhD / Co-Founder and CTO / Trainer / Spokesperson

Alex has a PhD on machine learning applied to different modalities of brain MRI for the detection of neurodegeneration and psychiatric disorders. After that he tried to start a company, but instead co-founded a local Python society called ACPySS. He was one of the core organizers of EP2015 and now EP2016.

He currently works as a researcher in the Nuclear Medicine Department of the university clinic of the Technical University of Munich in Germany. There he contributes to and create neuroimaging modules with Python as well as code to improve the efficiency of the EuroPython organization tasks. He doesn’t know very well what to do with his life so he is trying to enjoy it for now.

What does the EPS Board do ?

The EPS board runs the day-to-day business of the EuroPython Society, including running the EuroPython conference events. It is allowed to enter contracts for the society and handle any issues that have not been otherwise regulated in the bylaws or by the General Assembly. Most business is handled by email on the board mailing list or the board’s Telegram group, board meetings are usually run as conference calls.

It is important to note that the EPS board is an active board, i.e. the board members are expected to put in a significant amount of time and effort towards the goals of the EPS and for running the EuroPython conference. This usually means at least 100-200h work over a period of one year, with most of this being needed in the last six months before the conference. Many board members put in even more work to make sure that the EuroPython conferences become a success.

Board members are generally expected to take on leadership roles within the EuroPython Workgroups.


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