Percona Live Europe 2019 Conference Committee

Community Contributors

Antonios Giannopoulos

Database Administrator, Object Rocket

Antonios Giannopoulos is a Database Administrator at ObjectRocket supporting MongoDB and Cassandra. Antonios has 16 years experience in databases and system engineering. He really enjoys challenges in sharding and schema design, and loves migrations from Relational to NoSQL world.


Colin Charles


Colin Charles is a Consultant at Codership, the makers of Galera Cluster. Previously, Colin was on the founding team of MariaDB Server, and was an early employee at MySQL. He has also worked on The Fedora Project and


Frédéric Descamps

MySQL Community Manager, Oracle

"@lefred" has been consulting OpenSource and MySQL for over 15 years. After graduating in Management Information Technology, Frédéric Descamps started his career as a developer for an ERP under HPUX. He will then opt for a career in the world of open-source by joining one of the first Belgian start-up dedicated 100% to free projects around GNU/Linux. It is in 2011 that lefred joined Percona, one of the leading MySQL-based specialists. He decided to join the MySQL Community Team in 2016 as a MySQL Community Manager for EMEA & APAC. Frédéric is also a regular speaker of OpenSource Conferences. His blog mostly dedicated to MySQL is


Giuseppe Maxia

Software Explorer

Software Explorer working with a virtual team and maker of exploration tools.
Make difficult things easy.
MySQL community member for long, long time.
Four time receiver of MySQL community awards, twice as contributor, and twice as application of the year developer.
The Data Charmer blog


Valerie Parham-Thompson

Cassandra Consultant, Pythian

With experience as an open-source DBA and developer for software-as-a-service environments, Valerie has expertise in web-scale data storage and data delivery.


Laine Campbell

Director, Production Engineering, Facebook

Laine has been working with distributed, mission critical datastores since her first job as an Oracle database architect at Travelocity. In her 20 years of experience, she has led global engineering organizations, founded and built her own managed services company and partnered with some of the most amazing engineers in the world of the internet. Some highlights include working with the teams at Obama for America, Chegg, Adobe Echosign, Livejournal, Call of Duty/Activision and Zendesk. Having recently co-authored Database Reliability Engineering with O'Reilly, she is incredibly excited to participate in the evolution of the role of the database engineer. She is excited to be a coach, mentor and advisor to those looking to evolve their own careers in data.


Nicolai Plum

Database Engineer,

Nicolai Plum works in the Database Engineering team of managing database product features and service design. His previous roles at have ranged widely from Linux systems administration team lead through storage and systems architecture to regulatory compliance and construction project management. Previously he managed UNIX systems for the Internet backbone of UUNET UK and MCI Worldcom. In his spare time he travels the world and takes pictures.


The Percona Team

Alkin Tezuysal

Senior Technical Manager

Alkin Tezuysal is a Senior Technical Manager in Percona’s Managed Services team. He has extensive experience in enterprise relational databases working in various sectors for large corporations. With more than 20 years of industry experience, he has acquired skills for managing large projects from the ground up to production. For the past 10 years, he's been focusing on e-commerce, SaaS and MySQL technologies. He managed and architected database topologies for high volume site at eBay Intl. He has several years of experience in 24X7 support and operational tasks as well as improving database systems for major companies. He has led MySQL global operations team on Tier 1/2/3 support for MySQL customers. In 2016 he joined Percona's expert technical management team.


Jobin Augustine

Senior Support Engineer

Jobin Augustine has an overall experience of 17 years in PostgreSQL, Oracle, MySQL databases technologies. He has always been an active participant in the OpenSource communities, especially database communities and as an OpenSource advocate. He is a contributor to various OpenSource Projects and he loves to code in C++ and Python in his free time. He worked for OpenSCG for 2 Years and Dell for 10 years as a Database expert.


Sveta Smirnova

Principal Bugs Escalation Specialist

Sveta Smirnova is Percona’s Principal Bugs Escalation Specialist. Sveta has been a MySQL support engineer since 2006 and is author of the book MySQL Troubleshooting. She is also the author of JSON UDF functions for MySQL. From 2006 - 2015 she worked in Bugs Analysis MySQL Support Group in MySQL AB, then Sun, then Oracle before joining the Support Team of Percona in 2015.


Vinicius Grippa

Senior Support Engineer

Vinicius Grippa Vinicius Grippa is a Percona Senior Support Engineer. Vinicius has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and has been working with databases for 10 years. He has experience in designing databases for mission critical applications and in the last few years has become a specialist in MySQL and MongoDB ecosystems. Working in the Support team, he has helped Percona customers with hundreds of different cases featuring a very wide range of scenarios and complexities. Vinicius is also active in the OS community, participating in virtual rooms like Slack, and speaking at conferences, and MeetUps in Europe, North and South America.