Ben Edmunds


CTO of an awesome company you’ve never heard of by day, hacking on crazy ideas by night. PHP Town Hall podcast co-host. Author of http://BuildSecurePHPapps.com. Conference speaker. Open source advocate. Human.

Colin O'Dell

Lead Web Developer

Colin O’Dell is a Lead Web Developer at Unleashed Technologies, a web and hosting firm based in Maryland. He began programming at age 8, co-founded a local web shop at 15, and has over 10 years of professional experience with PHP. In addition to being an active member of the PHP League and maintainer of the league/commonmark project, Colin is also the author of the PHP 7 Migration Guide ebook.

Damien Seguy


Damien Seguy is CTO at Exakat Ltd., a company specialized in PHP code quality solutions for the industry. He leads the development of the exakat static engine, that automatically review code for version compatibility, security and clear code. Over the last 15 years Damien has contributed to the PHP, as documentation author, elephpant raisers, User group animator on several continents. He also enjoys gremlin, 狮子头 and camembert.

Jeff Kolesnikowicz

Senior Developer

Jeff has been developing websites since 1999 when he launched his first website, made with Perl. Since then he’s used a bunch of other ancient technologies like vanilla ASP, PHP 4 and Java cough. Jeff is a senior developer at Allied Health Media, and built one of their products, Simucase, using websockets. Jeff works from his home near Toronto under the close eye of his manager; his cat Benny.

Dale Attree

Senior Developer

Senior developer at Afrihost specialising in workflow implementation. I love PHP, but enjoy interacting with various technologies. Anything to get the job done and done well.

Zander Janse van Rensburg

Technical Lead

Zander is an organizer of JoburgPHP usergroup and PHP South Africa by night. By day he is the technical lead at FitChef where he is on a quest to help the company achieve world class customer service by means of awesome tech.

Bernhard Breytenbach

Senior Web Developer

Bernhard is a self taught PHP developer and Linux DevOp at MDS Technologies. He started with PHP and web development back in 2005, and spends most of his time building accounting/freight/courier management systems for MDS. He has a passion for community and advancing transparency, especially with regards to technology, programming and Open Source. He also enjoys talking about programming and sharing his knowledge with other devs.

Tim Haak

Freelancer Extraordinaire

Tim Haak is an independent contractor and one of the three organisers for the Johannesburg Php user group. With several years in the web, networking and linux world. Tim specialises in the Web Application sphere with a backend focus. Currently really enjoying docker, ionic and angular and the opportunities that provide.

Walther Lalk

Core Team Member

I am a core team member of the CakePHP framework. I’ve been doing PHP development for over 15 years, and working with CakePHP for over 8 years. I am passionate about open source, and promoting the CakePHP framework.

Francois Lubbe


Programmer, technology enthusiast and Agile/Scrum practitioner at Clickatell, solving the world’s problems with code. With over 13 years of making software development mistakes and finding ways to not repeat the same mistakes but make new mistakes.

Femi Taiwo


Femi is Co-Founder and CTO of INITS, a Technology Provider based in Lagos, focused on creating innovative and useful solutions in the Nigeria. He leads a team of software engineers, managing the development and support of several mission critical projects including OpenVR, the system used by the Electoral Management Body in Nigeria to register and manage over 70 million Nigerians for the elections; and also a Insurance Claims Management System deployed at a national scale.



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