One Shoe | 19 feb 2018
The Drupal Association has announced that Michel van Velde is one of the six new members to the Board of Directors. The Drupal Association is the driving force behind Drupal, the CMS that powers millions of websites and software applications around the globe. The Board of Directors provides leadership for carrying out the Drupal Association’s mission, which is to unite a global open source community to build and promote Drupal.
Michel van Velde is the founder of creative and digital agency One Shoe, one of the leading Drupal agencies in The Netherlands and Germany. As a new member, Michel van Velde will take part in Drupal’s strategy discussions and help the Drupal Association advance its mission.
What is your first reaction to your election as new board member?
‘I’m honoured to be part of such an important component of the Drupal organization. The Board of Directors oversees the activities of the Drupal Association and as part of the governance committee I will strive to bring in new ideas and help the association in succeeding reaching their goals.’
What expertise do you bring in during the strategy discussions?
‘I have several years of experience as a board member for foundations and organizations and have strategic business experience in board rooms. I am used to participate in discussions on a strategic level, and to give guidance in discussions about a variety of subjects. I will bring in my expertise in business economics and marketing and look forward to share my knowledge and vision.’
What is your vision on the course for Drupal the next couple of years?
‘Drupal is already one of the best open source CMS’es around. We will see substantial growth in several regions around the globe. More and more ambitious projects will be built with Drupal. I also see a lot of opportunities with regards to promoting Drupal. I have helped with this in the Netherland and Germany by setting up the Dutch and German Drupal Business Association and that model could be interesting for other countries. From a technical perspective, we will see more and more headless projects with Vue.JS and React.JS.’
How do you plan to help the Drupal Association to unite a global open source community and to build and promote Drupal?
‘I have decided to join the governance committee as I see a ton of opportunities and ways to structure the growing Drupal community. My role will be to give guidance and share ideas on a strategic and operational level.’
Meet Michel van Velde at several international Drupal conferences
More questions for Michel van Velde about his position as member of the board or about his vision on Drupal? In the coming months, he will give a presentation at DrupalCamp Londen (March), DrupalJam Netherlands (April) and he will visit DrupalCon Nashville (April). Feel free to contact him or send an email.