FOSDEM 2021 MySQL Devroom: the Committee

The MySQL Devroom is pleased to announce the committee that will decide on the talks to be presented for this totally new format of the next FOSDEM edition. Indeed, if you are not yet aware of it, FOSDEM 2021 will be an online event. Every year we are overwhelmed with submissions and it’s the committee that has the thankless task of deciding on the final selections and agenda.

Every year, we try to have a mix of experienced members knowing the process of the devroom talks rating and expect them to mentor the new members.

This year’s committee members are:

Let me introduce them (not sure it’s needed ;-) ) and as usual, don’t hesitate to thank them (this year a virtual thank has the same value as a drink at FOSDEM’s bar).

Elisa Usai

Elisa is an Italian living in the French speaking part of Switzerland since 2010. She has more than 12 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. Her expertise includes MySQL and Oracle technologies as well as monitoring solutions. She actually works for dbi services as Delivery Manager and Consultant.
Elisa is MySQL 5.7 OCP certified.
She is active in the Oracle community, she participates as a speaker to conferences and events. Elisa is a member of the ITOUG board and Oracle ACE Associate.

Gabriela D’Ávila Ferrara

Gabi is a Developer Advocate at Google Cloud and a passionate Software Engineer. She likes simplifying complex systems, and believes abstractions are best when they can be understood in a real life example. She’s driven to go beyond DBA lingo to make database and storage technology more accessible to software developers.

Liz Van Dijk

Coming from a long-term MySQL background, Liz is currently focused on helping businesses scale horizontally with Vitess as a Solution Architect at PlanetScale. Though her roots are in tech, her true passion is understanding the drive and motivations behind systems and people alike.
Lizz is an optimizer at heart, always focused on gaining deeper understanding and re-evaluating her knowledge and place.

Silvia Botros

Silvia is a Software Architect at Twilio.
She focuses on ways to break databases but is also talented at finding bugs in all your software.
Whether she helped build it or not. When she is not helping teams at Twilio build more resilient software, she is busy training her little replicas on also breaking computers and trolling her friends on Twitter.

Miguel Araújo

Miguel is a Principal Software Engineer on the MySQL Team, at Oracle.
He’s the Tech Lead of the AdminAPI, core component of MySQL InnoDB Cluster, at the MySQL Shell team.
In the past, he has worked on different projects and teams, mostly related to Middleware and High-Availability.
He has a Computer Science Engineering degree and Master’s degree, from the University of Minho, Portugal, where he was also a researcher.
His backgrounds are on distributed systems, scalability, database replication and high-availability.
He is based in Portugal.

Marcos Albe

After 12 years working as a developer for local and remote firms, Marcos decided to pursuit true love and become full time DBA.
He has been doing MySQL Support at Percona for the past 10+ years, providing advise on anything-MySQL and in-depth performance analysis to Inc.50 firms as well as startups with explosive growth rates.
Besides his technology knowledge, Marcos is also appreciated for his good mood and his sense of partying.
He is an expert of BBQ in the wilderness.

Markus Winand

As the SQL Renaissance Ambassador, it is Markus Winand‘s mission to make developers aware of the evolution of SQL in the 21st century.
His book “SQL Performance Explained” has been published in five languages and can be read online free of charge at
His next book is currently in the works and can already be read online as it’s being written (
Markus is available as a trainer, speaker and consultant for all companies and developers interested in SQL.

Giuseppe Maxia

Giuseppe aka Datacharmer, is a Software Explorer and creator of tools.
Formerly at MySQL AB, and then through acquisitions at Sun Microsystems and Oracle, and currently at VMware through a merge.
Giuseppe is an active member of the MySQL community and long timer open source enthusiast.
During the past decades he has worked in various IT related fields, with focus on databases, software development, quality assurance, and system administration.
Fluent in Italian, English, Go, Spanish, SQL, Bash, and a good speaker of C, French, and Perl.
He works in cyberspace, with a virtual team.

Thank you !

Once again, thank you to all the Committee to have started this new journey to FOSDEM 2021 MySQL Devroom.

Stay tuned, the Call for Paper will be announced shortly !

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