Gunnar Hellekson

Chief Technology Strategist
Red Hat, Inc.

Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He was recently named co-chair of Open Source for America and one of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 for 2010. He is an active member of the Military Open Source working group and a GTO-21 commissioner. He is specifically interested in cross-domain security, edge innovation, and interagency collaboration through the open source model. Prior to joining Red Hat, he worked as a developer, systems administrator, and IT director for a number of Internet businesses. He has also been a business and IT consultant to not-for-profit organizations in New York City. During that time, he spearheaded the reform of safety regulations for New York State’s electrical utilities through the Jodie Lane Project. When he’s not spreading the Good News about open source, he’s wishing he had a dog.