Virgilio A. F. Almeida is the Secretary for Information Technology Policy of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil and chair of the Brazilian Internet Steering Commitee (CGI.br). He is also a Full Professor (on leave) of the Computer Science Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. His areas of research interest include large scale distributed systems, the Internet, social computing, autonomic computing, and performance modeling and analysis. Almeida received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University, an MS in Computer Science from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, and a BSEE from UFMG, Brazil. He was a visiting professor at Boston University in 1996, at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona in 2003, at Polytechnic Institute of NYU in 2007, and held visiting appointments at the Santa Fe Institute in 2008, at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratory in 2001 and 2004, and at Xerox Research Center in 1997. Almeida has published over 150 technical papers and co-authored five books on performance modeling, including "Performance By Design" in 2004 and "Capacity Planning for Web Services" in 2002. He has supervised more than 50 PhD theses and MSc dissertations. Prof. Almeida has received, among others, the National Award in Informatics in 1991 and the Great Cross of the National Order of the Scientific Merit in 2009. He is a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and TWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.