Governing Board

The Reactive Foundation Governing Board (GB) is responsible for marketing and other business oversight and budget decisions for the Reactive Foundation. The GB does not make technical decisions for the Reactive Foundation, other than working with the Technical Oversight Committee to set the overall scope for the Reactive Foundation. The GB currently consists of these representatives:

Jonas Bonér

Lightbend (Chair)

Jonas Bonér is founder and CTO of Lightbend, creator of the Akka project, initiator and co-author of the Reactive Manifesto, and a Java Champion. Learn more at:

Ben Hale


Ben Hale leads VMware’s Modern Application Platforms Business Unit Java efforts including being a founding member of the Cloud Native Buildpacks CNCF Sandbox project and leading the Cloud Foundry Java Buildpack. In addition to this work, he’s very involved in the Reactive Programming scene founding the Reactive Relational Database Connectivity (R2DBC) project, being a spec lead and committer on the RSocket Reactive networking protocol, and being a long-time contributor to Project Reactor.

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