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Datadog Ambassadors


What is a Datadog Ambassador?

Datadog Ambassadors are technical experts and community leaders who share their knowledge, helping people build better applications infrastructure, and welcoming others to join the conversation. They love to learn new things and new technologies, solve problems, and share their solutions with the world. As community role models, you’ll find Datadog Ambassadors writing technical blog posts, sharing video walkthroughs, and contributing to open source code.

Our Ambassadors

Mike Stemle

Mike Stemle

Arc XP

Mike Stemle brings 25 years of experience to his role as a software professional, along with 27 years of active involvement in the open-source community. He specializes in troubleshooting, integrating different technologies, and spreading a healthy love of legacy code. Beyond his professional pursuits, his life is enriched by his wife, Krista, and their three sons.

Among Mike’s contributions to the Datadog community, he has authored the Datadog Service Catalog Metadata Provider custom GitHub Action, which is freely available in the GitHub Marketplace.

Kristina Kondrashevich

Kristina Kondrashevich


During her career, Kristina has been responsible for writing code, managing teams, and improving software delivery processes. Today, as an SRE Product Owner at Electrolux, she supports the platform team to bring traditional product management practices into their way of working. Her primary objective is to prioritize the satisfaction of developers within her organization, viewing them as consumers and striving to enhance their overall experience. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys reading and has a profound love for lifelong learning. Exploring new ideas, concepts, and perspectives truly ignites her curiosity.
Benjamen Pyle

Benjamen Pyle

Pyle Cloud Technologies

Benjamen is a genuine and resourceful technology executive with over 20 years of hands-on software development, team building, and leadership experience spanning the gamut from startups to established enterprises. He is Co-Founder and CEO of Pyle Cloud Technologies, an AWS-focused cloud consultancy that specializes in cloud strategy, architecture, training, and cost optimization. He works with customers large and small, using a pragmatic approach to tailor solutions for purely serverless and cloud hybrid operations. His passion is enabling technology teams to be their best by bridging modern technical design and outstanding business problem-solving. He’s also an AWS Community Builder recognized for his deep expertise in event-driven architecture, serverless computing, and cloud-native and containerized solutions. When Benjamen doesn’t have his head in the clouds, he’s either playing golf with his wife and two boys or outside with their 12 paws.
Suraj Tikoo

Suraj Tikoo


Suraj is a seasoned cloud consultant with specialized expertise in monitoring, particularly within the Datadog domain. His role involves assisting businesses in optimizing performance, scalability, and cost-effectiveness, all while empowering them to extract valuable insights from their data.

Within the Datadog community, Suraj has made notable contributions. He’s developed a sample Java Spring Boot application tailored for use with Datadog APM and authored technical pieces on Datadog for the Towards AWS blog. Learn more here:

Furthermore, he’s curated a comprehensive Datadog certification course available on the Udemy platform. This course has already proven immensely beneficial, with numerous users successfully certifying themselves. For those aiming to obtain Datadog certification, Suraj’s course provides a valuable resource.

Divya Gupta Arora

Divya Gupta Arora


I am Divya Gupta Arora, currently serving as an Engineering Manager at Expedia Group. I have the privilege of leading a highly skilled and dedicated team focused on leveraging technology to enhance the travel experience. My expertise spans a wide array of technologies, including Kotlin, Java, GraphQL, AWS, Datadog, Angular, Git, and microservices. In addition to my technical proficiency, I actively contribute to architectural design, people management, and product development, further enriching my skill set. With over a decade of industry experience, I have had the opportunity to work across various domains, including hospitality, travel tech, education, real estate, and finance. I take pride in my contributions to the field of Swarm Intelligence, with around 10 research papers published in renowned international journals. Additionally, I am an avid writer, with several blogs that explore emerging trends and share valuable insights. You can find me engaging actively on Medium and LinkedIn, where I eagerly welcome connections and conversations with fellow professionals. Beyond my professional pursuits, I have a deep-rooted passion for travel, which aligns perfectly with my role. On a personal note, I am also a professionally trained classical dancer, combining my love for the arts with my technical expertise.

You can read more on some of my contributions:

Willian Valerio

Willian Valerio


Willian has always found a home on the “Ops” side, serving in roles such as SysAdmin, DevOps, and SRE. Currently, he dedicates his efforts to helping engineers use Datadog to better diagnose and resolve issues within complex environments.

In line with his mission, Willian is the co-founder of Appoena, a consultancy in Brazil specializing in observability. Through Appoena, he is also the co-instructor of an online course for mastering observability with Datadog.

Martin Amps

Martin Amps

Stitch Fix

As a platform architect, Martin primarily supports workloads performing batch compute, recommendation pipelines, and other functions for data science. Prior to his current role, he was a Technical Lead at Twilio and the CTO of iCracked, a YC- & a16z-backed venture. Martin is originally from the UK and currently resides in Austin after an eight-year stint in San Francisco. Outside of work, he enjoys skydiving, traveling, cooking, guitar, and reverse engineering.

Among his contributions to the Datadog community, Martin has helped create and deliver an on-demand webinar that showed how his company Stitch Fix optimized cloud costs with the help of Datadog.

Juliano Marcos Martins

Juliano Marcos Martins

Mercado Libre

With over 20 years of IT industry experience, Juliano is a passionate tech leader and coder who thrives on complex project management and high-performance delivery. He has led teams in various locations worldwide, combining leadership with hands-on coding skills in Java, .Net C#, Go, and Node.js. He has extensive experience in cloud-based environments, utilizing AWS, GCP and Azure.

As a Technical Manager on the Cloud and Platform team at Mercado Libre, Juliano is part of the team responsible for the Mercado Libre Internal Developer Platform - FURY, its services, and resources used by over 15,000 developers. He helps to assemble and mentor a team of platform engineers and full cycle developers, working with NERDs passionate about what they do. He also gets involved with the community at events, helping to build a people-focused ecosystem and a terrific work environment.

Ashley Parks

Ashley Parks

Toyota Connected

Ashley is a senior devops engineer and innovator with a passion for problem solving and stability. With almost 6 years of experience at Toyota Connected North America, she has played a crucial role in the infrastructure for their Telematics Service Platform. Known for her expertise in Datadog’s platform, Ashley is always open to sharing insights and best practices, and has spoken at DASH twice.

Ashley also enjoys enriching her community by involvement with the Women in Tech program at Toyota Connected and mentoring a high school FIRST Robotics team. Outside of engineering, she enjoys dancing, crochet and reading.

Apostolis Apostolidis

Apostolis Apostolidis


Toli is a Software Engineering Practitioner who believes that learning and working together are catalysts for high-performing software-first teams who care about how their software serves their customers.

Toli’s career began in the field of maths and physics, which led him into the world of software engineering, where he spent his formative first few years learning the craft while writing algorithms for solving large-scale “travelling-sales-person” problems across the globe. He has since worked with Brent from The Phoenix Project for a B2B energy company, the initial core team at cinch to build the fastest-growing unicorn in UK startup history, while he is currently helping Flipdish build the next generation of restaurant tech.

Throughout this journey, Toli fell in love with DevOps, Observability and Team Topologies, while he discovered a new passion for serverless, event-driven socio-technical architectural paradigms and product thinking.

Changhyeon Yoon

Changhyeon Yoon

Granter Inc

Changhyeon Yoon works in Frontend and DevOps. He uses React.js and Flutter.

He is interested in UI/UX monitoring, CI/CD optimization, and error tracking to provide stable and pleasant services to users.

He is active in the AWS local community and is also a Microsoft Learn Student Ambassador.

Outside of work, he enjoys traveling and loves learning and sharing new technologies.

Santiago Gómez Sáez

Santiago Gómez Sáez

Volkswagen Financial Services AG

Santiago enables teams in Volkswagen Financial Services AG to migrate workloads to Cloud environments as part of digitalization. As a Lead Cloud Architect, he is responsible for a skilled team owning a multi-region API platform, and fosters the adoption and compliant rollout of Datadog world-wide. His overarching objective is to develop architectures that optimize through standards and automation compliance bottlenecks encountered in highly regulated ecosystems.

In the scope of Datadog, his team has standardized the rollout and usage of Datadog for different types of applications running in AWS. Moreover, he built a governance framework that enforces compliance for rolling out a multi-org Datadog setup in the Volkswagen Group. Outside of work, he is passionate about traveling and a professional sailing skipper.

Carles Javierre

Carles Javierre

Independent Consultant

I’m a young entrepreneur that has been in the IT industry for over 10 years. I help businesses improve their infrastructure: migrating them to the cloud, improving their cybersecurity posture and providing them with the highest level of observability available on the market. With Datadog, I guide teams in the right path to tidy up the performance of their services, reducing costs, improving reliability, their overall user experience as well as finding logical reasons to what seemed to be impossible problems.

The only downside is that my customers have to withstand my dad jokes (and I’m not a dad yet…). Their security systems didn’t sniff that packet!

Oh! And I’ve always been a dog person (although now I also have two cats).

Kano Ichiro

Kano Ichiro

TOSHIBA Digital Solutions

Kano in Toshiba Digital Solutions, who leads the Cloud Managed Services team, who imprement architecter and operates 8 multi-clouds and hybrid clouds as the IT platform for the solutions provided by Toshiba Group. 8 clouds means AWS, Azure, Google, Oracle, IBM, NTT communications, VMware, Nutanix, and on-premise, and the challenges of operating multiple clouds in one method and team are solved by an integrated security and operation center system. And observability was solved by Datadog’s broad adaptability and the comprehensiveness of its IT layer. Outside of work, he writes some technical articles on the blogs preferred by IT engineers in Japan.
Ibukun Itimi

Ibukun Itimi


Ibukun is an Engineering Manager with experience across several Platform Engineering domains. She has a passion for building high performing teams and advocating for a culture of building platform products that improve developer experience and productivity.

Ibukun’s dedication to knowledge sharing is evident through her role as a three-time LinkedIn course author, where she has crafted comprehensive courses covering best practices in Observability, empowering professionals to optimize their systems effectively.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Ibukun is deeply committed to nurturing talent and fostering growth within the tech community through her platform ‘Come Tech With Us’. Through coaching, mentorship and community engagement, she endeavors to empower individuals to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of technology.

You can check out her course on LinkedIn Learning DevOps Foundations: Monitoring and Observability

Code of Conduct

The following guidelines foster a welcoming, inclusive culture and help us define our values. This code of conduct applies to the actions and communications of all members of the program, whether acting in capacity as a Datadog Ambassador or not.

Be Inclusive and Respectful

  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Be open and welcoming to people of all backgrounds and skill levels
  • Help new community members feel welcome

Act as a Role Model

  • Be professional, humble, and kind
  • Encourage behavior that is helpful and gracious
  • Never disparage, insult, or otherwise engage in rude behavior

Encourage Participation

  • Work to create a comfortable environment where everyone can contribute
  • Ask questions and support others when they do the same
  • Share knowledge freely and celebrate those that do the same

Be an Advocate for Datadog

  • Be enthusiastic about what Datadog is doing
  • Use Datadog products and share what you learn

Browse FAQs

How are individuals selected to be Datadog Ambassadors?

Datadog Ambassadors are selected from nominations submitted by Datadog employees and current Datadog Ambassadors. Nominees are evaluated based on their contributions to the community by a panel, and those who best exemplify our values are invited to participate. After the evaluation process, we may also reach out to some nominees that were not selected in order to help prepare them for next year’s program.

How long does membership in the program last, and what is expected of Datadog Ambassadors?

Membership is evaluated on a yearly basis. Datadog Ambassadors are expected to remain active in the community throughout their tenure, sharing knowledge and contributing in the same fashion that led to their nomination. Current members will be invited to reapply at the end of each year’s program.

What are the benefits?

Datadog Ambassadors receive a number of exclusive benefits in recognition of their outstanding contributions and to further support their community engagement efforts. These benefits include free Datadog certification exams, limited-edition swag, tickets and travel to DASH, professional profiles, opportunities to collaborate with the Datadog team, and much more to come.

Who is the Datadog Ambassadors program open to?

The program is open to everyone worldwide, regardless of location, background, or affiliation. Diversity and inclusion are core parts of the program. Our goal is to recognize individuals from a variety of communities and backgrounds.

Can I self-nominate to be a Datadog Ambassador?

Currently the program is not open to applications, and nominations must come from Datadog employees or current Datadog Ambassadors. If you are interested in joining, the best way is to start contributing and sharing your knowledge about Datadog.