PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Afsane Anand: I was born in Trier, Germany to a German Mother and an Iranian Father. The family moved to Iran when I was 7; I returned to Germany when I turned 18 to continue my education and get a German Abitur. My studies then took me to India for a 6 months internship where I met my future husband and decided I don’t want an office job. So I packed up and moved to Melbourne, Australia where I did my Hospitality Degree. After working at Hotel Front Desks in Australia, Germany and UK for 12 years I decided an office job wouldn’t be too bad and I started as a Sales Development Representative a few months before COVID hit. Definitely a good decision. Since I have combined the skills and work as Customer Success Manager.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Stefanie Janine Stölting: My name is Stefanie Janine Stölting and I live in the eastern part of Germany in a small village named Bagenz. I’m originated from the Ruhr, but have been moving around in Germany, Switzerland, and England until I ended up in Bagenz because of a very good friend of mine.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Creston Jamison: I live outside of Orlando Florida with my spouse, two kids and our dog. I run my own software development and consulting company called Ruby Tree Software, Inc. Of my technology work, I probably spend ⅓ on Postgres consulting, ⅓ on contract software development and ⅓ on our own product’s software development.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Sharan Foga: Hi I’m Sharan - I’m originally from the UK and like travelling. I’ve been lucky enough to have lived and worked in different countries. So far I’ve lived in France, Belgium, New Zealand, Czech Republic and am now based in Sweden.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Carlos Chapi: My name is Carlos Chapi, I’m a computer engineer from Ecuador and, at the time of writing this, I’m 33 years old. I also recently got married so I’m getting used to that too.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Florin Irion: I was born and raised in Romania in a little town called Campulung. When I was 20 years old I came to Italy, to Prato, where I started working in the hospitality industry, eventually becoming a Chef.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Ryan Booz: My name is Ryan Booz. I’m from central Pennsylvania in the U.S. - very near Penn State University’s main campus. My wife Laura and I have six children and live on a small hobby farm with 33 acres.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Floor Drees: I was born in Leiden, in the Netherlands. Always had an appetite for learning and reading, but went to art school instead to explore that side of me that likes to create. I worked in design at a newspaper (NRC and nrc.next for the Dutchies), and as a community manager for agencies after falling in love with the Internet.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Hécate: My name is Hécate, I am 28 years old and from the Parisian suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis. I work as a backend Haskell developer. I’m also a musician, and have been for twenty years now, so music is a big part of my life. I use they/them pronouns and farcical amounts of caffeine to retain human form.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Sébastien Lardière: My name is Sébastien Lardière, and I am from France, near the city of Clisson. The place is best known for the Hell Fest, a big metal festival, even if there are a lot of other things to do and see; and drink.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with David Christensen: I grew up in Kansas and live here with my wife, kids, and an indeterminate number of pets and foster animals in Lawrence, KS. I’m in a fairly small boat of people in the community who get to work with their spouse. My wife, Elizabeth Christensen, and I both work at Crunchy Data as a resident Postgres Power Couple™.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Katharine Saar: Hi, I’m Katharine Saar (formerly Atwood). I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I now live up in the foothills of the Sierras with my dog Lexie, my cats Waffles and Evinrude, and occasionally my daughter Quinn.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Chris Ellis: So, I’m Chris, I grew up near Wolverhampton on the Shropshire border, not too far from The Iron Bridge. These days I have been living in London for the last few years, running a software consulting company along with some friends.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Chris Travers: I guess the best way to answer this is to say I am from the US. I moved around a lot as a kid – California, Michigan, Utah, Washington State. In 2010, I moved abroad, and have not moved back. Since then I have lived in Indonesia, Sweden, and Germany. I am now living in Indonesia again.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Vincent Picavet: My name is Vincent Picavet. Originally an applied maths engineer, I created and run Oslandia since 2009, focusing on Open Source Geographical Information Systems 🌍, namely QGIS, PostGIS. I live in France in the Drôme valley, work remote since 2009, and speak French, English, Spanish and German. My favorite projection is an octant projection with Reuleaux triangles.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Samay Sharma: I’m Samay Sharma and I live in San Jose, USA with my wife and my toddler girl. I was born in India and did my university education from IIIT-Hyderabad, India. Today, I work at Microsoft and manage our open source Postgres team. It’s a great opportunity for me to work with PostgreSQL and learn from the knowledge and expertise of different committers and contributors.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Thom Brown: I was born and grew up in a town called Crawley, which is about half way between London and the south coast of England, and it’s probably best known for the band The Cure, or the comedian Romesh Ranganathan.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Frits Hoogland: My name is Frits Hoogland, I am born, raised and living in Lutjebroek, which is a tiny village in the Netherlands (of which most people don’t know it actually exists). I am married to Suzanne and have a son named Jason.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Takamichi Osumi: My name is Takamichi Osumi. I’m a Japanese born and raised in Tokyo. Currently, I live in the Shizuoka prefecture where I can enjoy an easier access to the relaxing nature. I have worked in the Fujitsu open-source team for the last couple of years and got involved in some PostgreSQL projects.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Luca Ferrari: I live in Italy, with my beautiful wife Emanuela, my great son Diego, our female cats, Sofia and Olivia, and our female dog Franzina. We live near the city of Modena, the land of sports cars like Ferrari and Maserati, and also the center of very good food and wine.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Jim Chanco Jr: My name is Jim Chanco Jr, I’m 35 years old, and I’m a father of 2 (Malachi 13, Isabelle 3). I live in Clayton, North Carolina, but I’m originally from Charleston, South Carolina.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Miroslav Šedivý: My name is Miroslav Šedivý, but most people call me Miro, which allows them to avoid typing some letters they do not have on their keyboard. I was born in Czechoslovakia (yes, I am over 30 now), studied computer sciences in France and Germany, and now I am living in Austria.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Tushar Ahuja: My name is Tushar Ahuja, I am from India. My father was a retired Indian army officer, unfortunately, he passed away in 2008 due to cancer. My mother is a homeworker, My brother is a businessman. We are very fortunate that we are living with her.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Aleš Zelený: My name is Aleš Zelený, I live in the Czech Republic in a small village close to Prague. My current job position is PostgreSQL DBA & DevOps in the Betsys company - sports betting information system provider. I’m a member of the Czech and Slovak PostgreSQL Users Group, CSPUG.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Oleksandr Shulgin: My name is Oleksandr. It is the same as “Alexander”, but in the Ukrainian spelling, so you’re right if you guessed that I originally come from Ukraine.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Tobias Bussmann: Grown up in a midsized wine-town in Germany, I started working in (Windows) System Administration during school. In doing so, I had come in touch with Programming and Databases. Still at University, I started my own business in data driven marketing and ran it for almost ten years. Today, another ten years later, I’m living in Bern, Switzerland, working for the Swiss Academy of Sciences. Over the time, I became deeply involved in the PostgreSQL community. Further, I’m supporting privacy, open-source, open-data and civil society concerns as I’m overall a political person.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Önder Kalacı: I’m originally from Turkey, and I’ve been living in the Netherlands with my wife for the last few years. I currently work at Microsoft and am involved in PostgreSQL related open-source projects.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Wilfried Roset: I’m originally from Paris area in France and I live now in Bordeaux with my wife and my 2 years old son. I’m more a SRE responsible for databases from an infrastructure perspective. I love the new term associated with this role DBRE: Databases Reliability Engineer.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Étienne Bersac: My name is Étienne BERSAC, I’m a 37 years old French man living in a small village of Périgord, France. I’m married and raising 3 young children.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Cédric Duprez: I am Cédric Duprez and I live near Montargis, in the center of France. I work as a database expert in the National Institute of Geographic and Forest Information (IGN), which is the reference public operator for geographic and forest information in France.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Christoph Berg: In Debian, I’ve been working on Quality Assurance, in the New Members team, on various random packages, and lastly of course on the PostgreSQL packages. At work, I’m a senior consultant with credativ’s PostgreSQL team. I’m a PostgreSQL Major Contributor, working on packaging apt.postgresql.org for Debian and Ubuntu.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Joseph Sciarrino: I’m the co-founder and CEO of Hydra - the open source data warehouse that’s built on Postgres. I grew up in Connecticut, but have spent my adult life all across the US; North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, New York, and at long last, California. I live by Duboce park in San Francisco which is great for our tiny dog, Titus.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Peter Smith: My name is Peter Smith. Originally from New Zealand, I now live and work from home on the NSW Central Coast, just north of Sydney Australia. My employer is Fujitsu Australia Software Technology (FAST), and for the last couple of years I have been a member of Fujitsu’s PostgreSQL open-source team.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Karen Jex: I’m originally from the North West of England and I lived in various different parts of the country before settling in the South East, commuting to London from Essex for the first few years of my working life as a DBA. I’ve spent my whole career working with databases, and I’m currently a Solutions Architect with Crunchy Data. My husband and I moved to a small village in the French Alps 17+ years ago because of our love of mountain biking (Essex isn’t exactly well-known for its mountains). Our two kids, who are now teenagers, were both born here and say they feel more French than British. The eldest is also a mountain biker and is, of course, much better at it than we are!
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Jeevan Ladhe: My name is Jeevan Ladhe. I live in Maharashtra state of India, in Pune city. I stay here with my mother, wife and son. My older brother and his family, who are dearer to us, stay in the same state in the city well known as Mumbai.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Douglas Hunley: My name is Douglas Hunley, and I live outside Columbus, OH (USA). I’m a former Oracle Jr DBA turned Unix Sys Admin, turned EDI Administrator, turned Linux Sys Admin, turned PostgreSQL DBA who is now focused on PostgreSQL security and Ansible automation of highly-available PostgreSQL.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Hou Zhijie: My name is Hou Zhijie. I am from China and live in Nanjing. I have been working at Nanjing Fujitsu Nanda Software Technology since graduation. I was working in the Fujitsu Enterprise PostgreSQL development and maintenance team, and now I work as part of the PostgreSQL open-source team at Fujitsu.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Adam Wright: I grew up as an Army brat - someone who moves from base to base. I am settled with my family now and live in a coastal town between Boston and Cape Cod.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Elizabeth Garrett Christensen: I’m not your average Postgres person of the week - I’m a non-developer as well as a Postgres fan and marketing/sales/customer facing person. I am part of a Postgres co-working couple and my husband David Christensen and I both work for Crunchy Data from our home in Lawrence, Kansas.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Laura Ricci: I was born into an Italian family who had emigrated to France. I studied literature and foreign languages before I started working several different jobs. Then I went abroad in order to work for two non-profit organizations as a volunteer.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Charly Batista: I’m born in a small town in the Brazilian Amazon area. My parents moved to Brasilia (the capital city of Brazil) when I was around 12yo. I finished high school and went to college in Brasilia, but never really finished it. During the years I’ve moved through cities and companies, and ended up moving to China to work with Postgres around 7 years ago.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Hervé Schweitzer: My name is Hervé Schweitzer and I live in Courgenay (Canton of Jura, Switzerland), but I’m originally from Alsace (France), where I was born and lived until 2019. I worked as an Oracle DBA (database administrator) from 1997 to 2010. Then, with 4 friends, we decided to start our own company - dbi-services - which is an expertise company in the database/middleware field.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Hironobu Suzuki: I’m Hironobu Suzuki, the author of The Internals of PostgreSQL and pg_plan_inspector. I was born in and mainly lived in Japan; I lived in South America decades ago; I’ve lived in Europe since 2018. See my site in more detail.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Masahiko Sawada: I’m from Japan, and live in Kanagawa. I’m a PostgreSQL user and contributor, and work for EDB. I’m the father of my kid - a 1 year old boy.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Haki Benita: I’m Haki Benita. I’m living with my family in a city near Tel-Aviv. My interest in development started at around junior-high, and I’ve been working as a professional developer since I was 18.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Abhijit Menon-Sen: My name is Abhijit, and my family and I live in a small village in the Himalayas in India, overlooking a peaceful little valley with a small river that we can hear when it rains heavily.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Abbas Butt: My name is Ghulam Abbas Butt and I am from a small town called Wah Cantt, near Islamabad, Pakistan. I am a Senior Software Architect at EnterpriseDB. I have been working for EnterpriseDB since Jan 2011. In about two years I will be celebrating the silver jubilee of my professional career, that mainly spans product development.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Philippe Beaudoin: I live in France, more precisely in Rouen, in the Normandy. I’m working at Dalibo for about 6 years. In my previous job at Bull, I have had the great opportunity to manage the migration to PostgreSQL for a large customer in France: CNAF. That was 14 years ago.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Bharath Rupireddy: My name is Bharath Rupireddy. I’m working at Microsoft on Postgres internals. I live with my wife, Mrs. Brundhavani, in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Taras Kloba: My name is Taras Kloba, I was born in Drohobych. It is a small town in Western Ukraine with a population of about 75 thousand people. Currently, I live in Lviv with my wife and our three daughters — our oldest daughter is seven years old, and the twins are two years old.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Claire Giordano: I have lived in northern California in the San Francisco Bay Area for my entire adult career, from the time I was a junior software engineer in the developer tools group at Sun. But before that, I moved around — a lot. I was born in Taiwan, and then lived in Rhode Island, California, New Jersey, Athens Greece, Mississippi, Rhode Island again, and New Hampshire.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Michael Christofides: Hi, I’m Michael Christofides. I have lived in the UK my whole life, in Essex, Nottingham, Cambridge, London, and now, with my partner Lauren, in Guildford. My surname is Cypriot, but I’m also part German, French, and English. I consider myself European, even if my country doesn’t (sorry). Work-wise, my background is mostly in product management.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Jaime Casanova: My name is Jaime Casanova and I’m starting my 40’s. I’m from Ecuador, a little country in South America, a nice place to visit with beaches and highlands, jungles and big cities too… especially I will recommend anyone to visit the Galapagos Islands. I’m also a Chilean citizen because of my dad and have a little percentage of Italian blood because of my mom’s grandfather.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Ibrar Ahmed: My name is Ibrar Ahmed. I am from Islamabad, Pakistan. I love my city, one of the beautiful cities in the world, peaceful and calm. Here in Islamabad, we have a very good presence of PostgreSQL companies, like EnterpriseDB, 2ndQuadrant (now EBD), Percona, HighGO, and Bitnine.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Gianni Ciolli: I was born in 1973 in Prato, an Italian city in Tuscany which is quite important for the history of PostgreSQL. I lived around there for a long time, and then I spent some years in Rome. Now I live in London with my teenage son.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Julia Gugel: I was born in Germany, near the Swiss border. In 2011, I moved to Switzerland to be closer to my workplace and to reduce my commuting time. I now work in Basel and I really enjoy the region. Being close to France and Germany generates an enriching cultural and linguistic diversity. It’s the best of both worlds… except there are three!
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Henrietta Dombrovskaya: My name is Henrietta (Hettie) Dombrovskaya. Originally from Russia, I moved to the US more than 25 years ago. I live in Chicago, Illinois, where I recently moved after living in the suburbs for many years. I like it a lot, especially because now I live just ten minutes walk away from a beach.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Bernd Helmle: I grew up in a small village in the south of Germany. For the last 16 years I have lived in Moenchengladbach in the very western part of Germany, known for its famous soccer team.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Álvaro Herrera: I am a 1976-vintage Chilean tinkerer who grew up disassembling all manner of things and trying to figure out how to put them back again; my father owned a Z80 computer when I was a kid, and I was amazed at some of the things it did, and it led me into developing an interest in doing things with computers. I started my journey with Linux in 1997 and was amazed at the plethora of things I could do with it – that’s where I really learned to program (in Perl).
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Flavio Gurgel: Hello, I’m Flavio Gurgel. I was born in Brazil, since 2014 I live in France, in the greater Paris area known as Île de France. I’m a Lead Infrastructure Engineer for leboncoin, a classified ads company group in France.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Kuntal Ghosh: Hi, I am Kuntal, and I live in Bangalore, India. I’ve started exploring PostgreSQL during my Master Thesis, and continued it by joining EDB in India. Currently, I’m working at Amazon on Aurora Postgres.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Vibhor Kumar: I was born and raised in India. After finishing my master’s in Computer Application, I joined CMC Ltd, where I worked as a system integrator and helped three big insurance companies digitize their insurance process.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Ashutosh Bapat: I am from Pune, Maharashtra, India. I graduated from IIT Bombay with M.Tech. in Computer Science and Engineering. As part of my masters thesis I worked on “Pitch Detection of voice in Tabla accompaniment”. I started my career working with Sybase, now an SAP company, as a database internals developer. I worked on ASE, Sybase’s flagship database server.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Emre Hasegeli: I was born and grew up in İzmir, Turkey, studied in İstanbul, lived and worked in Germany and in the UK for a while, and moved back to my hometown this year. I am currently working remotely for End Point, a US based software consultancy company which develops Bucardo.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Fabien Coelho: I’m French, born and raised in Paris over 50 years ago. I work in Fontainebleau and Paris, and live in the Centre Val de Loire region, along the Loire river.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Louise Grandjonc: I’m Louise, I come from France and recently moved to Vancouver (Canada, not Washington, I was not aware there was another Vancouver before announcing I was moving, and several US people asked) to work at Crunchy Data as a senior software engineer.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with John Naylor: I was born in Oklahoma, USA, but have been nomadic since 2017. During that time I’ve mostly lived in Southeast Asia, but in 2020-21 I lived in Barbados and now the Dominican Republic. The “thing that need not be named” slowed me down but didn’t stop me. I haven’t commuted to an office since 2011, and I’ve always had a fascination for foreign cultures, so it was natural that I’d end up doing this.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Tatsuro Yamada: I was born in Hokkaido, a prefecture in the north part of Japan, and I live near Tokyo now. I work as an in-house database engineer at NTT Comware, providing technical support, product verification, and human resource education for PostgreSQL. And I’m contributing to the PostgreSQLcommunity by developing useful features for DBAs, and by reporting problems.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Sebastiaan Mannem: I was born in a city that is nowadays called Lelystad in the Netherlands. Lelystad was founded in 1967, and is built on reclaimed land, so a few years before that it was all water, and it still is approximately 3 metres (9.8 feet) below the sea level.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Amit Kapila: I live in Bangalore, India. I have been working in databases for more than 20 years and with PostgreSQL for about 11 years. I have started my journey of PostgreSQL in Huawei, then moved to EDB and now working with Fujitsu. Prior to that, I have worked mostly with Oracle database.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Soumyadeep Chakraborty: My hometown is Kolkata, India and I have spent the majority of my life there, including 3 years in the tech industry. More recently I have been living in the United States: I lived in Long Island, NY for a year and a half. I have been living in San Jose, California for the past two years, working at VMware.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Akshay Joshi: I am from India, born and brought up in Indore, but living in Pune since I joined EDB. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computers, and post graduated with a Master of Computer Applications. I am married and have 2 kids - a 13 year old son and an 8 year old daughter.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Dmitry Dolgov: Hi, I’m Dmitry, proud inhabitant of the Earth (do not trust those rumors stating otherwise), PostgreSQL contributor, trying to make the world a bit better place.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Andrey Borodin: I’m from Russia. I was born in a village called Sarana and eventually moved to the nearby city Ekaterinburg in the Ural region. Technically it’s a border of Europe and Asia, close to the median between Beijing and Berlin.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Bryn Llewellyn: I came to PostgreSQL only relatively recently, in the spring of 2019, when I left my job in the PL/SQL Team at Oracle HQ to join Yugabyte Inc. This is an exciting Silicon Valley startup, one of whose founders had been a close colleague of mine in the PL/SQL team. My first blog post in my new job, Why I Moved from Oracle to YugaByte, explains how I was easily persuaded to make this change after close to thirty years with Oracle.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Roman Druzyagin: Name’s Roman. I’ve been born and lived most of my life in Russia. I grew up near Moscow, and since 2002 I’ve been residing in St. Petersburg, with plans to relocate to the European Union in the near future. I am currently 33 years old.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Rafia Sabih: I am basically from India, currently living in Berlin, Germany. I started my PostgreSQL journey in my masters and continued it by joining EDB, India. Then, I increased my spectrum to Postgres on Kubernetes working at Zalando.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Jean-Christophe Arnu: Hi, I’m Jean-Christophe. I live in the south of France, near Toulouse. As far as I can remember, I have always been interested in computer science and programming. I moved a lot when I was a child but I settled in the Toulouse area when I started university. I am the father of 3 children, which is my first full time job, my second being a PostgreSQL database consultant in a PostgreSQL and Cloud dedicated company (we all are remote workers): LOXODATA.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Daniel Westermann: I grew up in Germany exactly at the border to Switzerland and I am still living in this area. For my entire life I have been enjoying the region where France, Switzerland and Germany come together. Today I live very close to the city of Basel, but still in Germany.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Stefan Keller: I’m a Professor for Data Engineering since about 20 years and director of Institute for Software at Eastern University of Switzerland. I’m a spatialist; my focus is on spatial data engineering, spatial data analytics and open source, open data and educational resources.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Federico Campoli: Despite I’m looking younger, I’ve been around this planet for almost 49 years. My hometown is Napoli, Italy, I moved to Tuscany to start my first job as ASP developer on MS-SQL Server in 1999.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Josh Berkus: I’m from America. I mean, seriously, I grew up in DC, Ohio, Florida, Texas, and California, and now I live in Oregon. So really all over the USA.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Nikolay Samokhvalov: I’m from Russia, a small place in the Penza region. Born in 1981 and moved to the Moscow area in 1998 – to study Mathematics and Physics in Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, quite famous in Russia and outside it. I chose Computer Science and, particularly, Databases specialization almost in the beginning – and stick to it, without regrets. Databases are at heart of almost any computer system!
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Georgios Kokolatos: I am a Greek, born and raised in Athens. I changed many locations since and I finally moved to Sweden from Chile ca 2013. I found a haven in Sweden and I am very grateful for it.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Magnus Hagander: I was born and live in the area of Stockholm, Sweden. I’ve been involved with PostgreSQL for a long time, and been working full time with or nearby PostgreSQL for a bit over 10 years, as a consultant with Redpill Linpro in Stockholm (though customers are all over the Scandinavian region).
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Dave Page: I’m Dave Page, also known as pgSnake on IRC, Twitter and so on. I grew up and continue to live near Oxford in the UK. I’ve been working on PostgreSQL for over 20 years, contributing (or hindering, depending on your point of view!) in many different areas of the project. I currently serve on the project’s Core and Sysadmin teams, and on the board of directors for PostgreSQL Europe and the PostgreSQL Community Association of Canada.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Corey Huinker: I grew up in Wisconsin near a circus museum. I have no skill at juggling, so joining them was not an option. Instead I became a programmer and wandered around the US (Raleigh, Portland, Austin) before finally settling down in New York City.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Pavlo Golub: Hello. My name is Pavlo Golub. I’m originally from Ukraine, but now I live in Slovakia. I’m a developer and consultant at Cybertec PostgreSQL International.
PostgreSQL Person of the Week Interview with Devrim Gündüz: I’m a community person. Ex-Turkey, now Londoner. Started using Linux in 1996, and PostgreSQL in 1998. Love to travel, listen to music, and enjoy life with friends. Started working around 2000. Joined PostgreSQL community around 1999. Working for EnterpriseDB since 2010, and also running two PostgreSQL companies in Turkey and in the UK.
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 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 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 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 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’.