Name: Khairul Aizat Kamarudzzaman
Affiliation: GNOME & Ubuntu
Hi Foundation Members,
I would like to announce my candidacy for the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors 2023 election. As a GNOME Foundation member for almost two years now, my goal has been to support diversity within the GNOME project.
I’ve been with GNOME desktop users for more than a decade and just recently involved with GNOME Community in 2019 where I first joined GNOME Asia Summit 2019 in Indonesia. Since then, I’m actively contributing to GNOME by organizing GNOME Asia Summit 2020 ~ GNOME Asia Summit 2022 with the GNOME Malaysia Community.
These efforts would not have been feasible without the members and contributors of GNOME, who have always volunteered to support us on this journey. I firmly believe in the value collaboration brings to open source. I aim to continue this endeavor by collaborating with more individuals and organizations within and outside the GNOME community to strengthen and broaden the GNOME project’s influence across Asia.
Open Source is not new to me, As a former System Engineer at Open Source Competency Center (OSCC) under Malaysia Administrative Modernisation And Management Planning Unit (MAMPU) back in 2008, I got involved with various open source projects and used Ubuntu as my preferred operating system. Since 2012, I’m being elected to as Ubuntu Membership Board (1) and still serving to date. Just not that, I helped the Malaysian Government, especially the Ministry of Education (MOE) by promoting Ubuntu and Endless OS to local primary and secondary schools.
This motivates newcomers to join GNOME and feel a sense of belonging in open source. Hence, if I’m selected for this next term of the board in 2023, I intend to collaborate with members and contributors in brainstorming around diversity and inclusion metrics that would help improve our effort of diversity within the GNOME projects globally.
With my more than 15 years of progressively responsible experience, I offer a distinguished career earmarked by accomplishments in leading and directing information-technology operations across broad disciplines, including hardware, software, development, testing, production support, project management, database technologies, customer satisfaction, vendor relationships, strategic planning, staff development, promoting change and improvement, and technology implementation.
My proven track record includes planning the implementation of new technology projects and developing technology strategies that align with business needs while ensuring that products meet customer needs and corporate goals. In fact, in several organizations, I have played a major role in planning and directing IT solutions to support operations and achieve goals. Your organization will gain from my strong sense of dedication, solid work ethic, teamwork skills, and ability to find solutions.
Joining the GNOME project has allowed me to contribute towards building a diverse and sustainable free software that everyone can trust. It will be a privilege to continue in this capacity and serve on the Board of Directors in 2023. As a Linux user, I am proud of our impact on desktop applications and the open-source space. I would like to use this medium to thank all GNOME contributors, volunteers, and staff serving in their various capacities in consistently releasing different versions of GNOME and aiding usability. Thank you all.
Khairul Aizat Kamarudzzaman (fenris)