Gabriele is an open source technologist at heart.
He spent over 15 years building developer ecosystems to deliver value through open source across Europe and the US.
He thrives on driving innovation both contributing to open source communities and joining commercial open source ventures, whether it's for an early stage tech startup, a Fortune 500 firm or a non profit foundation. He has recently won the Tech Leadership Award at FinTech Futures USA Banking Tech Awards. As Executive Director Gabriele grew the Fintech Open Source Foundation (FINOS) from the ground up, with the vision of creating a trusted arena for the global financial services industry to innovate faster, leveraging open source as a model of collaboration.
He then led FINOS to join the Linux Foundation umbrella to accelerate growth, ensure long term sustainability of efforts and reduce fragmentation in the open source finance ecosystem.
In 2022, he took on a dual role as General Manager of the newly launched Linux Foundation Europe, which was created to foster regional open collaborations in the European continent and expand the global platform of the Linux Foundation.
Gabriele holds a Master in Computer Engineering, is a Committer for the Apache Software Foundation and advises open source startups. He's a passionate soccer fan, reggae music connoisseur and special needs dad and advocate wannabe.
The Linux Foundation is a global federation of projects collaborating on open technologies, supported by the global developer community and our member organizations. For more than 20 years, we have enabled some of the largest and most successful collaborations in open source software, hardware, standards and data - spanning all industries and all layers of the stack.
Europe is home to a thriving community of open source contributors - from individuals to enterprises to governments - who deliver innovation that positively impacts the region and the world.
Today, open source is widely recognized by policymakers as a unique tool to achieve ambitious European-wide goals like the digital commons and digital sovereignty. As digital transformation accelerates and open source innovation continues to be a critical competitive differentiator, we established Linux Foundation Europe, a Bruxelles based non-profit, in September 2022 under the leadership of General Manager, Gabriele Columbro.
Linux Foundation Europe's mission is to accelerate the growth of thriving open collaborative efforts focused on challenges and opportunities of all European constituencies, from individuals to public and private sectors, while providing an on-ramp for European projects and companies to succeed and collaborate on a global scale.
Koen is a Hacker in the field of Open IT Infrastructure, Open Storage, Open Source.
He is founder of ProcoliX and it's brand Protagio a company focused on delivering IT Infrastructure (Cloud, Hosting) based on three values: Human Rights, Sustainability and Transparency. ProcoliX/Protagio runs Mastodon and Peertube servers and hosts a lot of websites for the public good in the Netherlands since 2000.
Koen is board member of the NLUUG and the Open Internet Discourse Foundation, with which he is part of the Fediversity Project for the NGI Pilots program.
Husband of Tessa Peters, Father of three very nice children. As hobbies Koen plays Viola (though not as often as he would like) and he rides Horses (dressage) at a local manage.
Anthropologist, sociologist and political scientist with passion and commitment for applied methodologies in social sciences to technology development. I have professional and academic experience in UX Research, project management and testing of technological tools within the HE projects.
I have also taken part in UX consulting and research projects. This includes multi-sited ethnographies about educational tools, designing a participatory mapping with elderly people in London and docummentary filming about racism in social media.
Currently I lead the UX research efforts in several HE projects, such as Trustchain, where I mentor and guide the user-centric approach for the Open Call project winners.
My objective is that the technological solutions resulting from these projects think about the user, and are designed in a way in which they are accessible, give answer to the user's real needs and take into account societal impact.