Steering Committee

The Steering Committee (TSC) of OpenPOWER is composed of the chair of each OpenPOWER Work Group as well as a delegate from each of its Platinum Members. Each member of the OpenPOWER TSC shall serve for a two-year term. The operation of the TSC is governed by rules of process approved by the Board and led by an elected TSC chairman.

Responsibilities of the TSC include:

  • Recommending the charter of new Work Groups to the Board; including scope of work and confidentiality level
  • Resolving technical conflicts within and between Work Groups
  • Evaluating requests for inter-project collaboration and recommending the chartering of new Work Groups to facilitate such collaboration
  • Monitoring the technical progress of Work groups
  • Approving OpenPOWER Standards Final Deliverables
  • Establishing OpenPOWER Standards Final Deliverable quality standards, technical best practices and release dates
  • Approving changes by Work Groups to OSS Communities and OSS Licenses in the Work Group’s charter, and under section 3.5 of the Intellectual Property Rights Policy
  • Regularly reporting on progress of Work Groups to the Board

Toshaan Bharvani

Steering Committee Chair

Toshaan Bharvani

Toshaan Bharvani is a IT consultant and currently CTO at VanTosh, from Antwerp, Belgium. He has a interest in Open Source Software and IT Hardware. He started his IT interest at a very early age, when his father gave him his first own PC components. Ever since he has been interested in IT hardware and software. Toshaan started working for an IT reseller and learned a lot about the hardware part, ranging from motherboard designs, to assembly process and to technical hardware reselling. In business, he tends to combine higher level applications with lower level systems. Toshaan has been involved in open source projects and communities, and focuses on hardware and software, porting and optimizing software, running cloud and container platforms.

VanTosh has been a member of the OpenPOWER Foundation from 2017, and Toshaan has been around the POWER platform since POWER5. He was elected Chair of the Technical Steering Committee in September 2020.

Lance Albertson


Oregon State University
Lance Albertson

Lance Albertson is the Director for the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSUOSL) and has been involved with many open source projects since 2003. The OSUOSL provides hosting for more than 160 projects, including those of worldwide leaders like Debian Linux, the Linux Foundation and AlmaLinux. The most active organization of its kind, the OSUOSL offers world-class hosting services, professional software development and on-the-ground training for promising students interested in open source management and programming.

Curt Wollbrink

Accelerator TWG


Michał Żygowski

System Software TWG

Michał Żygowski

Firmware Team Leader at 3mdeb - Embedded Systems Consulting. Lead developer in the company firmware projects. Always enthusiastic about advanced hardware features and network solutions in embedded systems. Familiar with UEFI/EDK2/BIOS and numerous other technologies, but his real specialty is coreboot, which he is contributing to in the meantime. Keen on security issues and a huge fan of open-source.

Ganesan Narayanasamy

Academic BoF


Derek Williams

Hardware Architecture TWG


Brad Frey

Instruction Set Architecture TWG


Karol Gugala



Sandy Woodward

Compliance TWG


Sandy Woodward is the OpenPOWER Foundation Compliance Work Group Chair. Sandy has over 20 years of experience with the IBM POWER architecture. She is a Senior Technical Staff Member at IBM and is an IBM Academy of Technology Member.

Lionel Clavien

Machine Learning & AI SIG


Kip Warner

Machine Learning & AI SIG

Cartesian Theatre

Curt Wollbrink

Memory SIG