Neil McGovern has been involved with open source software for over 20 years, both personally and professionally. Starting in the Debian project, he held various roles, cumulating in him becoming Debian Project Leader from 2014-2015. He has also served on the boards of numerous organisations, including Software in the Public Interest, Inc. and the Open Rights Group.
Professionally, Neil has run the engineering team of a large open source software consultancy, and is currently the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation.
He lives in Cambridge, UK. In his spare time he enjoys socialising with friends and has a private pilot licence.