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Ian Neilsen

Ian Neilsen

Ian is an open-​source software developer and Linux system administrator with strong product and program management skills, acting as an experienced jack of all trades. Ian has worked with and managed diverse teams of developers, system administrators, architects, and technical project managers, helping with DevOps transformations.

Ian’s broad technical knowledge of Linux, security practices, and development environments, and his passion for automation spans nearly 20 years. He has worked on large projects, often with complex and disruptive software, including Docker, OpenStack, Red Hat Virtualization, Gluster storage, and OpenShift. Ian has helped to open-​source various projects, such as Nitrate (a test case management software) and PDC for Fedora and has worked with Polarion, Jenkins, Ansible, Puppet, Foreman, and many other testing and configuration tools and open source projects.

He has been involved with large-​scale integrations and migrations of financial and academic content management systems for the Australian law courts, Australian police, Hitachi, Red Hat, and others. Ian also enjoys working with various initiatives implementing free wireless meshes using Linux.


Senior Manager, Red Hat, 2012–2017.

Founder, 7Functions & Wired Technology, 1998–2009.

System Specialist, The Alpha School System, 2007–2009.


  • Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), 2012.
  • Microsoft Certified Professional, 2000.
  • BA coursework, Geographic Information Systems, University of Queensland.
  • BA, Applied Science—​Biology, University of Queensland, 1993.


While being passionate about Linux and other open source tech, Ian also dreams of his next cross-​country paragliding or big wall mountain climb mission.