Stefano Zacchiroli

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Stefano Zacchiroli
Stefano Zacchiroli 2018.jpg
Stefano, 4 April 2018
Born (1979-03-16) 16 March 1979 (age 39)
ResidenceParis, France
CitizenshipItalian, French
Alma materUniversity of Bologna
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsUniversité Paris Diderot

Stefano Zacchiroli (born 16 March 1979) is an Italian/French academic and computer scientist who lives and works in Paris, and a former Debian Project Leader, a position in which he served from April 2010 to April 2013. Succeeding Steve McIntyre, he was himself succeeded by Lucas Nussbaum in an election where he himself was no longer a candidate. Zacchiroli became a Debian Developer in 2001. After attending LinuxTag in 2004, he became more involved in the Debian community and the project itself.

In 2016, Zacchiroli founded the Software Heritage project together with Roberto Di Cosmo.[1]


Zacchiroli earned a PhD in computer science in 2007 at University of Bologna in Italy and moved to Paris Diderot University in France for his Postdoctoral research. He is involved into the MANCOOSI project working on the application of formal methods to the solution of complexity issues in the management of GNU/Linux distributions.

From the technical point of view, Zacchiroli has been involved in Debian mainly in the OCaml packaging and in the quality assurance team.

In April 2011 he was re-elected as project leader unopposed.[2] In April 2012 he was re-elected again, becoming the first-ever DPL to be elected three times. He was a director of the Open Source Initiative from 2014 to 2017[3] and is currently a member of Free Software Foundation's High Priority Projects committee.[4]

In 2015, O'Reilly awarded an open source award to Zacchiroli.[5]


  1. ^ "Software Heritage People". Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  2. ^ "Debian Project Leader Election 2011 Results". Retrieved 2011-04-16.
  3. ^ "OSI Board Changes 2014". 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  4. ^ "Committee begins review of High Priority Projects list -- your input is needed". 2014-12-08. Retrieved 2015-02-14.
  5. ^ "O'Reilly Open Source Awards - OSCON 2015". YouTube. O'Reilly. 2015-07-24. Retrieved 2015-07-27.

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Preceded by
Steve McIntyre
Debian Project Leader
April 2010 — April 2013
Succeeded by
Lucas Nussbaum