Career Summary

Software Developer turned Linux Systems Engineer with a profound understanding of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenStack. Focus on design, deployment, integration, maintenance and 2nd-/3rd-level support of Linux systems and OpenStack. Additional regular tasks include configuration management, automation, software evaluation, quality assurance, continuous integration and software packaging. Quick learner with enthusiasm for open source and emerging technologies. Long-standing contributor to the Fedora and RDO Projects.

Professional Experience

2016 / 09 – present
Senior PaaS
Operations Engineer


2015 / 04 – 2016 / 01
Open Source
Community Manager

(Midokura Japan K.K.)

Implementing the MidoNet Community strategy, managing engagement and interactivity with its audience, and fostering community spirit. Enabling volunteers to contribute to the community easily and efficiently. Organizing and coordinating meetings and events, both online and face-to-face. Generating compelling editorial content, authoring blog posts, articles, podcasts, videos and other community content. Measuring the growth of the community, and analyzing, reviewing and reporting on effectiveness of new initiatives. Advocating the community within the company, and vice versa.

2014 / 10 – 2015 / 04
Senior SaaS
Operations Engineer

Meltwater Group
(Meltwater News Japan 1 K.K.)

Maintained and developed the infrastructure for several SaaS applications with a large international customer base. Deployed and managed various technology required to run the SaaS applications, such as web servers, databases, search engines and message brokers. Monitored all systems' and applications' health around the clock, as part of the globally distributed technical operations team. Collaborated with the external datac enters in all these efforts as necessary.

2012 / 11 – 2013 / 12
Cloud Architect

ETH Zurich
(Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich)

Evaluated various cloud appliances and software stacks such as HP CloudSystem Matrix, StackOps Enterprise Edition, Red Hat OpenStack and RDO in order to find the ideal cloud platform for the high-performance computing needs of researchers throughout Switzerland. Designed, deployed and maintained a Scientific Linux and RDO based OpenStack cloud based on the Folsom release using the Packstack installer. Planned and prepared the upgrade to the Havana release while also switching to use advanced Puppet manifests. Evaluated and prepared the switch to Neutron with the Open vSwitch plug-in, GRE tunnels and network namespaces instead of Nova Networking. Contributed patches to Packstack and various Puppet modules to extend or fix their functionality.

2009 / 02 – 2013 / 01
Linux Systems Engineer

ETH Zurich
(Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich)

Designed, deployed and maintained diskless Fedora workstations and RHEL servers running on VMware ESX to provide lifecycle and configuration management services such as RHN Satellite or Puppet. Provided comprehensive 2nd-/3rd-level support for own services, RHEL specific issues and any Linux related questions in general. Handled typical systems administration tasks such as automation, RPM software packaging, etc. Participated in the respective communities, particularly working closely with Fedora QA. Evaluated new and upcoming technologies such as Amazon Web Services and OpenStack.

2007 / 07 – 2009 / 01
Java Software Engineer / Consultant

Noser Engineering,
and Swiss Post

Maintained in-house developed Java SE applications during the on- and off-boarding phases at Noser Engineering. But first and foremost, developed several Java EE applications for postal services as a consultant to the Swiss Post. Worked with tools, frameworks and technologies such as Eclipse, MVC, Struts, JSF, Spring, Hibernate and Oracle RDBMS.

Awards & Certifications

RHCE of the Year

Red Hat

Red Hat's annual RHCE of the Year contest is a celebration of the hard work, expertise, and ingenuity of some of the world's premier IT professionals. RHCEs continue to provide value to their organizations and clients as shown by the accomplishments of this year's RHCE of the Year winners.

Red Hat
Certified Engineer

Red Hat

A Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) is a Red Hat Certified System Administrator who possesses the additional skills, knowledge, and abilities required of a senior system administrator responsible for Red Hat Enterprise Linux systems.

Red Hat Certified
System Administrator

Red Hat

An IT professional who has earned the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) is able to perform the core system administration skills required in Red Hat Enterprise Linux environments.


2003 / 10 – 2006 / 11
Bachelor of Engineering,
Communications Systems and Informatics

(Zurich University of Applied Sciences)

Graduates possess the capabilities, competence and extensive knowledge to work in planning, evaluation, and maintenance of IT infrastructures, consulting and project planning, training, or support. Graduates have the potential for further development and concentration on a specialist or business area, or for assuming managerial responsibilities in the IT-field.

Volunteer Activities

2013 / 03 – present
RDO Project

Contributed to the development and advocacy of Packstack (an OpenStack installer) and to the quality assurance efforts of the project’s OpenStack distribution.

2007 / 04 – present
Fedora Project

Participated in various roles, as time allowed and interests shifted. Most notable roles included project advocacy, quality assurance and software packaging, as well as serving as an appointed voting member to the Fedora Community and the Fedora Cloud working groups. Also co-lead the organization of FUDCon Zurich 2010 with over 100 participants.