Plone Ambassadors are community members who have agreed to help represent Plone in their region or in regard to a particular interest such as web accessibility. They also offer advice to the Plone Board in regard to their region or speciality. Appointed ambassadors are encouraged to use the title "Plone Ambassador" when they represent the community, but not when pursuing their own business or personal interests. The Plone Foundation has limited funding available to assist ambassadors in travel connected with their representation of Plone.

  • Ramiro Batista (Curitiba, Brazil) - Software Engineer, obtained a master degree in Software Engineering with an emphasis in Agile Methods on the Applied Computing Postgraduate Program at the Technological Federal University of Paraná (Portuguese: Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná, UTFPR). Programmer at Câmara Municipal de Curitiba (Town Council, the city parliament). Founder of the group Python Paraná (regional python user group) and co-founder of the Paraná Coding Dojo Group. PythonBrasil[6], 2010, chairman. SciPyLA 2018 chairman. Member of the Python Brazil Association.
  • Leonardo J. Caballero (Mérida, Venezuela) - Leonardo is a Technical Director at Conectivo. He is a partner of PloneGov communities such as CommunesPlone in Belgium and Interlegis in the Brazilian Federal Senate. He is also a co-founder of the Venezuelan Plone community and was a technical reviewer of Packt's "Plone Intranet" book. He is an open-source activist and contributor to several projects, including Opencore Software (used in the website) and Canaima GNU/Linux (a Debian-based GNU/Linux distribution from the Venezuelan government).
  • William Fennie (Maryland, United States) - William has been a member of the Plone community since 2008, working mainly in education with some consultant/development initiatives. He describes himself as an integrator who can read Python and knows his way around the various moving parts in a Plone instance. His focus is on making life easier for non-technical users.
  • João Henrique Gouveia (Brasília, Brazil) - Gouveia has been an integral member of the PloneGov-BR community, contributing significantly to the planning and execution of numerous events. Notably, he played a key role in organizing the Plone Symposium South America in 2012 and the Plone Conference Brasilia in 2013. Beyond event coordination, Gouveia has spearheaded several impactful Plone projects. Among these are the development of a revamped portal for Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (Ministério da Agricultura), as well as the creation of the first-ever transactional system for internal operations within the Brazilian Federal Senate (Senado Federal).
  • Joël Lambillotte (Namur, Belgium) - Joël is Deputy Managing Director of Imio, which he helped to create. Graduated in computer science he has a long experience as IT manager of a municipality and co-founded the open-source communities CommunesPlone and PloneGov, finalists at the EU eGovernment awards in 2007 and 2009. He also was one of the organizers of Plone Conference 2022 in Namur, Belgium.
  • Manabu Terada (Tokyo, Japan) - a.k.a. terapyon - Manabu is the founder and the CEO of CMS communications Inc., a Tokyo-based professional Plone and Python development company. He is a contributor of east Asian language functions in Plone, and has been chairman of PyCon Japan 2011 and 2012 and of PyCon APAC 2013 in Japan. Manabu was Guest Associate Professor of Hitotsubashi University in 2011 and he has been a core member of the Plone Users Group. He also was one of the organizers of Plone Conference 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

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