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The Cloudera Community Champions Program

The Cloudera Community Champions program honors community leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to assisting others in the use of Cloudera technologies. The program runs on an annual basis, beginning in February, when Cloudera Superusers are inducted and formally recognized. The Champions selection process takes into consideration Community contributions, Certifications and Events attendance, among other things.

Membership rewards include but are not limited to:

  • Special username color, Champion rank and icon
  • Private forum area to interact with other Champions and Cloudera
  • Ability to contribute to/edit Community Knowledge Articles
  • Access to engineers and an invitation to provide product feedback

Current Cloudera Community Champions:


Matt Bigelow: Murrieta, California

    Sr. Big Data Engineer building Big Data solutions using Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, and NoSQL products. Designed, built, and managed multiple Hadoop-based clusters that processed upwards of a terabyte of data per day and stored as much as a petabyte. Served over eight years in the United States Marine Corp and received many personal awards to include two Navy Commendation Medals for going above and beyond the call of duty.



SaravanaKumar Sivanandan: Virginia, USA

    Working as a Hadoop Admin/Bigdata DBA. Managing the Hadoop Environment, administering RHEL OS & Monitoring using NewRelic, Database maintenance & backup, trouble shoot & fix the environment related issues, facilitate the environment for the Users. Setup the Configuration and management of security for Hadoop clusters using Kerberos & Sentry. Involving in automation using shell script. Supporting developers & Involving in minor development activities in Spark using Scala/Python. Involving in code deployment to Prod. Active member in Cloudera Community. Maintaining a dedicated Hadoop environment in AWS to explore new technologies. Cloudera Certified Administrator for Apache Hadoop (CCAH), Also certified in Teradata and Oracle. He graduated in 2002 with a Master of Computer Application (MCA), Salem, TN, India & in 1999 with Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Coimbatore, TN, India.



Gunaranjan Sundararajan: India

    Big Data administrator managing ,deploying hadoop clusters and its eco system . Previously involved in building JAVA and J2EE application with expertise in production support for Insurance and Telecommunication domain. Graduated in 2011 with a Master of Science (Computer Information Systems ) from Bellevue University ,NE U.S.A .

Cloudera Community Champion Alumni:


Alina Gherman: Capgemini – France

    Big Data Software Engineer developing custom analytics solutions based on Apache Hadoop software. From developing the functional spec and backend applications, to administration, visualization, and reporting, Alina handles the entire customer lifecycle. She graduated in 2014 with a Masters of Engineering (Computer Science, Informatique) from INSA Lyon



Nishanth Shajahan: Englewood, Colorado

    Software Engineer building big data applications. Engineered multiple successful Hadoop implementations, including real time Big Data solutions handling billions of records, to fine tuning and trouble shooting, Nishanth has amassed an impressive skillset. He graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Technology, Mechanical Engineering from Government Engineering College, Barton Hill, Trivandrum, India.