Karl Beecher is a research associate at the Institute of Computer Science, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, Germany.

He obtained his PhD from the University of Lincoln, UK in 2009, where his main research interest thesis concerned the evolution of FLOSS (Free/Libre/Open Source Software). Now he has a proper job on the Saros Project which involves research into both FLOSS and Agile Methods. His duties include sharing responsibility for coordinating Saros and also being its Chief Architect.