|Occupation||Xen Project Community Manager, Chairman of Xen Project Advisory Board|
|Biography||Lars Kurth joined Citrix in 2011 where he works as community manager for Xen.org. He is a passionate open source enthusiast who worked with and for many open source communities over the years and contributed to GCC, Eclipse, Symbian and Xen.|
|Lars is an IT generalist with 17 years of industry experience in infrastructure, cloud, tools and mobile industries working at ARM, Citrix, Nokia and the Symbian Foundation. Lars has spoken at OSCON, Øredev, LinuxCon, EclipseCon, Scale and other conferences.|
|lars dot kurth at xen dot org|
|IRC||lars_kurth @ freenode|
|Blog||Tales from the Community|
My name is Lars Kurth and I am the community manager for the Xen Project. In the last 11 years I have worked with various open source communities (Symbian, Symbian DevCo, Eclipse, GNU) and have developed a great passion for working in or with open source communites. My career has been quite diverse, covering roles such as community manager for Symbian, product manager, chief architect, engineering manager and software developer. This enabled me to learn to solve and understand many different business and community problems: such as building and leading virtual engineering teams, planning and executing change programs impacting 1000+ users and developing marketing and communications programs. I have mostly worked on different aspects of tooling and development infrastructure for silicon and mobile vendors helping developers be more effective. In any case, I don’t want to bore you too much: if you want to know more check out my LinkedIn profile.
Personally, I have a wide range of interests such as literature, theatre, cinema, cooking and gardening. I am particularly fascinated by orchids and carnivorous plants and have built a rather large collection of plants from all over the world which I grow in a small greenhouse. My love for plants extends into a passion for travel: I enjoy travelling to exotic places to see plants grow in their native habitats.