Simon Phipps
Open Source Initiative

Simon Phipps is founder of Public Software CIC, Europe’s first fiduciary hosting umbrella for public open source projects.

He has worked in roles such as field engineer, programmer and systems analyst, as well as run a software publishing company. Currently CEO of open source policy and practice consultancy Meshed Insights Ltd., he was previously head of open source at Sun Microsystems where he oversaw the conversion to Free software of the Java platform, Solaris UNIX, the SPARC architecture and the rest of Sun’s portfolio, all under OSI-approved open source licenses; CSO of startup Forgerock; and a founder of IBM’s Java business unit.

Apart from his participation at Public Software CIC, he is also on the board of the Open Rights Group and of The Document Foundation (the hosts of LibreOffice), and is the immediate past president of the Open Source Initiative, stewards of the Open Source Definition and license list. He has been widely involved in standardisation activities, including as a founding director of the Open Mobile Alliance and as one of the Sun executives sponsoring the donation of resources to OASIS to create Open Document Format (ODF). He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society as well as an Open Forum Fellow. Find out more about Simon via his personal home page and blog.

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