PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Jan Karremans: I was born in a very small village in the south of the Netherlands. From there I ended up, through a short time of living in Germany, at the German Border in the Middle East of The Netherlands.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Julien Riou: My name is Julien Riou. I currently work at OVHcloud, a major Cloud Computing provider in Europe. As a student, I discovered GNU/Linux. I started my career as a system administrator, then I became an open-source database specialist. I live in Belgium, a small country with cold and wet Winters but also with warm welcoming people.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Anastasia Lubennikova: Hi, I am Anastasia, and I live in Moscow, Russia. I am a core developer working at Postgres Professional and all my career so far was devoted to the PostgreSQL project. In my spare time I like reading science fiction, jogging on the embankments of the Moscow river and practicing yoga. Sometimes I sign up to do something that excites and scares me at the same time, and it usually turns out to be an amazing adventure.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Guillaume Lelarge: My name is Guillaume Lelarge. I live in Lille, France. I’m working at Dalibo, a french PostgreSQL company.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with David E. Wheeler: I’m a long-time open-source hacker in his early fifties. I’ve lived and worked in San Francisco, Portland OR, and now New York City.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Takayuki Tsunakawa: I’m a Japanese man who was born and lives in Japan, near Tokyo. I am visually impaired by nature, and I have only enough eyesight to feel the light now. But I had somewhat better vision when I was a child, and enjoyed playing video games with friends or alone. I can’t see the screen, so I use screen reader software that reads characters by synthesized voice.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Valeria Kaplan: I am originally from what is now known as Kazakhstan and what was then USSR, but I have moved around the world quite a bit and, at the moment, live in the UK. My background is in communications and marketing and I worked in the pharma industry and academia before joining Data Egret. Prior to that I only had a very remote idea about databases, the nearest that I came to working with them was my experience with FileMaker. Mind you, this experience proved to be quite handy in understanding the processes and challenges surrounding database maintenance.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Hubert Lubaczewski: I’m Hubert Lubaczewski, but I try to be better known as “depesz” (lower case). I’m 40+ years old with an undying fascination of tech. My personal hobbies (PostgreSQL + Perl + Linux) allowed me to translate to remote work years ago, and have since been loving living in a forest/wooded area. Geographically, I live close to Warsaw, the capital of Poland.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Alexander Sosna: I am from the north west of Germany near the border to the Netherlands and Belgium. My wife, my children and I live in beautiful Nettetal, the lake town on the Lower Rhine.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Franck Pachot: I’m Franck Pachot. I was born in South of France (Avignon), studied in Paris (Orsay), worked in Paris, Brussels, Dakar, Libreville, Antananarivo, Sophia-Antipolis… and now settled in Switzerland for 10 years. I’ve been working in IT mostly with databases, in development (data architecture and modeling) and operations (installation, migration, High-Availability, tuning), and mostly as a consultant, also giving training. I’m passionate about all databases and enjoy it the most when I can improve both the database performance and the dev-ops communication.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Marc Linster: I was born and raised in Luxembourg. After getting a computer science degree at the University of Kaiserslautern, I joined the Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung (today part of Fraunhofer Gesellschaft) working on expert systems and AI. In 1992, I moved to the US, working in the software and consulting business, always with a focus on data and databases. After four years at Polycom, where I had the opportunity to work on their Video as a Service, I joined EDB in 2013.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Gunnar ‘Nick’ Bluth: I’m Gunnar (aka. “Nick”) Bluth, born in ‘73, married with two grown-up kids. I grew up in Münster/Westfalen in Germany, where I repatriated to in 2016 after living near Frankfurt/M. for 13 years. So I’ll probably also rot here ;-)
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Amit Langote: Originally from India, I now live in Tokyo, Japan and have for the last few years. I am married and have a toddler daughter. I joined EDB earlier this year and before that I worked at NTT OSS Center since arriving in Tokyo. I have mostly worked on PostgreSQL in my professional life and most of it with the folks of the open source community developing it.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Keith Fiske: I’m originally from Pennsylvania but moved to Maryland around 2000 and have lived here ever since. I’ve been a Senior Database Engineer with CrunchyData for almost 4 years now.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Carole Arnaud: I was born in Nantes (~300k inhabitants, western France) 44 years ago already. I am the eldest of 3 siblings. I used to be a shy child and teenager: actually, I was more comfortable studying than socializing. Fortunately it’s much better now :-)
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Stéphane Schildknecht: I live in a small town in the East of France. After graduating in Computational Chemistry, I jumped into consulting at the beginning of the century. I was already convinced by OpenSource. I had the opportunity to discover MySQL and PostgreSQL at that time. I worked on a big PostgreSQL project, and understood PostgreSQL will be a big game changer in the database industry.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Pavel Stehule: I am from the Czech Republic, and live in my home village in Central Czech. I am an independent developer, consultant and lecturer. My work is 100% related to Postgres - training, solving customer performance issues, writing patches, bug fixing.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Markus Wanner: I’m Swiss, living in the German speaking part of Switzerland, together with my wife and our two kids. I turned 40 this year, which just makes me realize that it’s now half my life that I’m somehow involved in the PostgreSQL project.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Kaarel Moppel: Hi, I’m Kaarel, an Estonian by nationality, living currently near our capital city of Tallinn, but in the midst of forest and bogs already. I’ve been working on database and data-centric tech positions for almost 15 years and currently active at Cybertec PostgreSQL consulting as a senior consultant.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Elein Mustain: I was born in El Paso, Texas, USA. My family is mostly from California and Texas. I’ve lived most of my life in the San Francisco East Bay Area primarily in Oakland, California. A notable exception was three years in Maracaibo, Venezuela when I was starting elementary school. This was followed by studying Spanish from then into college. Another interesting locale was Albany, California in 1968/9 while my father went back to school at UC Berkeley.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Stefan Fercot: Hi, I’m Stefan. I live in Belgium, where we have a lot of good food and drinks. I’m working for EDB on database backup topics and contributing to the pgBackRest project. My main hobby is playing badminton. Not only playing, I’m also a Referee sometimes.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Damien Clochard: I’m Damien Clochard, I live in France and I’m the president of PostgreSQLFr, the French Speaking PostgreSQL association. I’m also one of the founder of Dalibo, a French PostgreSQL company and one the sysadmins behind the www.postgresql.fr platform.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Greg Sabino Mullane: My name is Greg Sabino Mullane, and I live in Pennsylvania (USA). I have been working remotely a long time - since before it became necessary this year - as a programmer and a DBA (database administrator).
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Andreas Kretschmer: I was born in Meißen, Saxony, Germany, Planet Earth. I’m married and we have 3 wonderful daughters.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Thomas Munro: I’m from New Zealand, and I live in Wellington, the tiny capital city. I’m a PostgreSQL developer and committer, and I’m employed by Microsoft to do that as part of the Citus Data group.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Dan Langille: I am Canadian. Born in Nova Scotia and attended high school and university in Ottawa. I moved to New Zealand shortly after graduation. After 16 years in Wellington, NZ, where I got into Open Souce via FreeBSD, I moved back to Ottawa. I lived there for 6 years, then moved to USA. I now live in a small town outside Philadelphia.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Anthony Nowocien: Hi, I’m Anthony Nowocien. My name comes from my Polish side and some of my looks from my Trinidadian side. I live and work in Paris as a PostgreSQL DBA.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Regina Obe: I live in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). I was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1971 and spent the first 7 years of my life there. My father is Nigerian and mother is American. I moved to the US at age of 7ish when my mother started her medical residency. I think I’m still considered a dual citizen though I haven’t been back to Nigeria since.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Marco Slot: I’m originally from a small city by the sea called Den Helder in the Netherlands, but nowadays I live in Haarlem with my wife and cat by a tiny canal.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Renee Phillips: I am a hand knitter and a competent home cook. Living in NYC means I don’t have a lot of storage so I make a lot of socks because they take up time and not much space. I have been looking into and complaining about data quality for a few decades now, so PostgreSQL is the perfect tool for me to use every day.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Charles Clavadetscher: I am a Swiss citizen living and working in Zurich at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) where I take care of the databases of the Swiss Economic Institute (KOF).
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Michael Brewer: I live in Athens, Georgia (USA), the city where I was born (and have lived in or near most of my life). I’m a Web Developer Principal for the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Georgia, my alma mater. I also play bass trombone in the Athens Symphony, am principal conductor of the Classic City Band (Georgia’s oldest continuously-operating community band), Director of Music at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, music director of the Athens Brass Choir, and also conduct a new local opera company, RespirOpera.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Tatsuo Ishii: I live in Kanagawa prefecture of Japan, which is adjacent to Tokyo, with my wife. I love to walk beaches, listen to music (classical, rock and Jazz) from my favorite audio set (mainly consisting of TANNOY speakers and Luxman amplifiers), and read Sci-Fi books. I am working for SRA OSS, Inc. Japan as a branch manager and an engineer since 2005.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Gilberto Castillo: My name is Gilberto, I live in Havana, Cuba. I’m married, with three sons. I love sports and I exercise together with my sons. My favorite sports are handball, baseball and basketball. I also enjoy dancing to all kind of music. Havana is the Capital of all Cubans, my recommendation to everyone is: do not miss the opportunity to visit the history places Havana has to offer!
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Umair Shahid: I am from Pakistan, born & raised in Islamabad. I am married with 2 kids - a 13 year old boy and a 10 year old girl. Neither of them have any interest in PostgreSQL or in computers!
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Stacey Haysler: I live in Alameda, California (a small island across the bay from San Francisco) with my husband. I’m the CFO and COO of PostgreSQL Experts, Inc.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Kohei Kaigai: I grew up in Shiga, Japan. It is known as the lake-side area of the greatest lake in our nation. I studied computer science and business administration at the University of Tsukuba. After that, I started my first career at NEC, as a developer of Linux kernel.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Andrew Dunstan: Originally from Australia, now living in North Carolina, USA. Dual citizen. Age 66, making me one of the oldest people in the Postgres community. Principal pastime: walking.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Simon Riggs: I live in the UK with my wife, and spend a lot of time with my extended family, though “kids” have now grown up and left home. Born a Londoner, so my favourite drink is Tea, but I’m partly Irish with a small hint of Chilean blood.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Tomas Vondra: My name is Tomas Vondra, I live in Prague, and I’m a PostgreSQL user, developer, contributor and committer. I work for 2ndQuadrant, one of the companies contributing to PostgreSQL and providing services related to it, and I’m also involved in the local PostgreSQL community in various ways. Aside from that I do have various sports-related hobbies - cycling for example.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Oleksii Kliukin: Hi, my name is Oleksii (people also call me Alex). I work as a Database Engineer at Adjust.com, improving their PostgreSQL infrastructure. Before that, I worked on Patroni and the Postgres Operator at Zalando. I’m originally from Simferopol, Ukraine. I moved to Germany around 7 years ago. I live in Berlin with my wife and two sons, three years old and 7 months old. When I have time, I enjoy spending it outdoors, hiking, cycling, or running.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Markus Winand: I’m living in Vienna, Austria together with my wife and my 8-year-old son. Vienna is also the base of my one-man business for SQL consulting, training and publishing.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Paul Ramsey: I’m a middle-aged guy from the blessed west coast of Canada, where the sky and the mountains meet the sea. Raising a family takes up most of my time, but I’ve managed to carve out personal time for fitness recently, and exploring the area on my bike. I grew up in the interior of British Columbia, but have lived in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, for most of my adult life.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Dimitri Fontaine: Hi! My name is Dimitri Fontaine and I’m French, currently living in the greater Paris area. When I’m not sitting in front of a computer for work, I like to be with my kids. We play board games, have fun chats, watch movies together… well or at least try to find a single movie that we would each enjoy watching… I also play the guitar.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Fabrízio de Royes Mello: Hi, I’m Fabrízio. I was born and live in the southern part of Brazil, in a city called Bagé. It’s close to the border with Uruguay. I’m married and have four daughters. Also I have three cats, one dog and two mices. I love to spend time with my family and friends. I like watching movies, series and sports (soccer, martial arts, volleyball).
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Jimmy Angelakos: I grew up in Athens, Greece, then went to Scotland to study at the University of Aberdeen. After 15 years of working in the industry with Open Source tools, I found myself working with my favourite database, as Senior PostgreSQL Architect at 2ndQuadrant in Edinburgh. Music is a big part of my life, I love listening to diverse genres, a long time ago I played in a rock band, and in the more recent past I presented a music-oriented radio show.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Melanie Plageman: I am a developer working on Greenplum at VMware. I live in the Bay Area. In my spare time, I enjoy coding side projects, taking computer science courses, running, traveling, and baking. I am an adventurous eater and love trying new foods.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Mark Wong: I am currently living in and am originally from Portland, Oregon. I am working for 2ndQuadrant who provides a range of Postgres products and services. I’ve taken up a variety of hobbies over the years. A couple of my favorites are medium and large format photography, and crocheting stuffed animals. You may be familiar with one particularly cute little elephant endearingly named Chelnik by Gabrielle Roth.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Ilaria Battiston: I am Ilaria, a 22-year-old Italian student currently studying Data Engineering at TU Munich. My main hobby, original enough, is open source advocacy: volunteering, contributing and learning. I am incredibly passionate about databases and algorithms, hoping to be able to work with them for life. I also love travelling and cooking :)
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Michael Paquier: I am from France, based in Japan. In my spare time, I happen to read a lot of books to focus on something other than work.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Sarah Conway Schnurr: I am from Southern California, where I’ve spent most of my free time hiking in the beautiful local deserts and pursuing many creative endeavors. Primarily, I am a software engineer & front-end website developer at Crunchy Data, a violin teacher & violin/viola performer, as well as a creator of zero-waste and all-natural homemade goods. I am also the co-parent of four beautiful cats, as well as the many adoptive fosters, strays, and friendly neighborhood cats that my husband and I visit on our daily walks.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Dave Cramer: I’m a Canadian currently hiding from winter in a warm southern state. As for hobbies: I started taking my car to the race track to see how well I understood physics. Turns out the theory and application are more interesting when you are the object in motion. I’ve been involved in PostgreSQL since around 2000. Through reading and answering many emails on the JDBC list I found myself contributing code to it and eventually maintaining it. I consider myself to be very fortunate to be able to make a living from PostgreSQL.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Bruce Momjian: I live in Philadelphia and have worked on Postgres for 24 years. My heritage is Armenian.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Christophe Pettus: I’m a native Californian. My background is kind of random: I’ve been involved in electronic music, movies, writing comics, historical recreation, flying, and a lot of strange eCommerce companies. My first ‘real’ job was at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, so I can legitimately claim to be a rocket scientist. Through a long, complicated set of events involving my happening to own a professional video camera, I’ve ended up as CEO of PostgreSQL Experts, Inc., a consultancy supporting PostgreSQL.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Joe Conway: I grew up in New York, went to undergraduate university at Virginia Tech, and rode nuclear submarines for a few years. After that I married and spent many years in Southern California raising a family and working. A couple of years ago my wife and I moved to Florida to be closer to family. For the past 5 years I have been VP of Engineering at Crunchy Data.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Lætitia Avrot: I’m Lætitia from France, near Lyon. If you can’t say my name because it’s too difficult, it’s ok. You may use ‘Joy’ if it’s easier for you. I like savate boxing, running and learning. I love listening to both rock and classical music, as long as it sounds ‘positive’.