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Hi all,

I'm Philippe Hemmel and as a TDF member I would like to run as candidate for the Board of Directors.

I'm based in Paris. I founded Arawa almost 4 years ago, a french company specialised in open source office and collaborative software. We are a Collabora partner. We are helping enterprises and organisations (from 100 to 70000 seats) to migrate to LibreOffice and to deploy Collabora Online (and Nextcloud). We developed an open source connector between Alfresco (an ECM software) and LibreOffice Online, with a great partnership with Collabora.

Before that, from 2003 to 2012, I was CTO of another open source IT company, with almost the same specialities. I personally worked on many OpenOffice then LibreOffice migrations, mainly for big public organisations.

In the meantime, I was CIO at the Dauphine University in Paris.

So, on the one hand, I am aware of the challenges facing companies working in the field of free software, on the other hand, I am personally a strong advocate of free software and I like to work with communities.

I have been working in the OpenOffice and LibreOffice community since 2002. In the last few years, I helped to organise workshops and a hackfest in Paris, to translate a bit, to file bugs, to promote LibreOffice (events, talks, social network). I lead the project of the LibreOffice Online connector for Alfresco. Before that, I lead the french QA team for a while.

In September, I was elected president of the La Mouette association, the french association in charge of promoting open source office tools (namely LibreOffice) and open office format (there is only one! ODF) in French speaking countries.

Full name : Philippe Hemmel

E-mail :

Affiliation : Arawa (CEO) and La Mouette (President)

75 words statement:

"If I am elected as member of the board, my goal will be to grow and strengthen the community.

I also want to help individual or corporate users to better understand the challenges of the project and to help France local governments and administrations, as well as the private sector, to use LibreOffice and contribute (or better contribute...). And I wish to develop the synergy between companies involved in the project and the community."

Please don't hesitate to contact me for any questions you may have.

Kind regards,


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