Asim Hussain’s Speaker Rider

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I’m delighted you want to invite me to speak at your event. I love talking with people about the intersection of sustainability and software engineering, what it is, why it is necessary, how an organization or individual can start down this path, and where it ends.

You can find more information about me in my bio below.

I am asked to speak a lot, but my time is limited these days, so to help streamline the decision-making process, I’ve created this rider.

Inside it, you will find all you need regarding:


Asim is a developer, author, and speaker with over 24 years of experience working for organizations such as the European Space Agency, Google, Microsoft, and Intel. He’s also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Green Software Foundation, a global industry consortium with a mission to create a trusted ecosystem of people, standards, tooling, and best practices for building green software.

You can find my headshot picture here:

I’m a very experienced speaker; you can find some of my past talks here:

Although I’d recommend just searching on YouTube to find the latest. I love speaking; I’ve spoken at over 100 events over the years, from keynotes to thousands to more intimate private affairs.

What topics do I talk about?

I’m fortunate to have been able to focus on just one question for many years now, “How can we build software so it has zero harmful environmental effects?“. That’s how I’d describe green software more broadly. To be clear, you can write software that makes the world more sustainable, for example, software that helps you farm with less waste; that’s not my topic. I focus on how software causes negative environmental impacts and how software developers and the software industry should build software so it has no harmful environmental effects.

I helped define the field of green software. I’ve seen the field grow, know its history, drive its current direction, and have an excellent insight into its future.

I’m a great speaker and get asked to speak a lot. I really do enjoy crafting a great talk and presenting it on stage. I also love answering questions at the end of my talk or in a panel discussion. Sharing my opinions is one of the ways I help shape the direction the field moves in.

Every year, I decide what message I want to get across that year, and I craft one or more talks that help get that message across. I’m always happy to give an introductory talk on green software, but right now, I’m more interested in giving talks about measuring software, which is where the frontier of the green software space currently is.

I don’t give talks like “Top 10 ways to reduce the emissions of your cloud application.” Some people give great talks like that. I talk about the bigger picture and focus on more complex problems.

I don’t give talks to scare folks into paying attention to sustainability. One of my values is to never motivate through fear.

What I’m like as a person?

I’m an introvert; I know that might sound strange since I’m actually a speaker, communicator, and great in groups. Being an introvert doesn’t mean you’re bad at those things; it means those activities drain you, and you need time alone to recharge.

When I have the energy, I love socializing, so please invite me to any social gatherings; networking is a large part of why I attend conferences. Please don’t be upset if I leave early or need to recharge with some alone time.

Speaker Fee

My time is precious; it’s the most valuable thing I own. I have a limited amount of it, and it’s very important that my time is used well. To help prioritize my time, I have a speaker fee, which varies depending on whether it’s in person or remote, for-profit or non-profit, public or internal/private. The fee below is a guide. I may choose to lower or waive it, but that’s a decision up to me, how busy I am at that time, and how much I have a message I need to get out to your audience.

Panels or keynotes are a maximum of 1 hour long (including Q&A). The fees below assume I can travel in and out on the same day or within 24 hours.

If your event is a commercial, public event (recordings will be made public), these are my standard fees:

If your event is internal or private to your organization (recordings will be kept private), my standard fee is $10,000 for in-person (+ T&E) and $5000 for remote.

The above is my default for all larger commercial or private/corporate conferences; I’m happy to discuss a reduced or waived fee for smaller, non-profit, non-commercial conferences. Please send me details of your proposal as well as expected audience size and makeup for my talk and general event details, such as ticket costs and any sponsorship package.

Travel & Expenses


If a train is part of the journey to your event, I expect the train tickets to be covered; I prefer you book them for me after discussing options.

From an environmental and lifestyle perspective, I used to love to take the Eurostar to speak at venues in Western Europe. However, the station closest to me, “Ebbsfleet,” was shut down during COVID-19 and has not reopened. Taking the Eurostar is too complex, so unless Ebbsfleet reopens (which it might), it’s unlikely to be an option for me.




Stage Requirements

Making contact

Email is preferred and most reliable. You can email me at [email protected] - This email goes to my assistant (who ensures you receive a reply) and me.

For best results, please include the following details if you can:

Thank you for considering me as part of your lineup. I’m honored to be thought of. If you have any questions or concerns about the rider, please do let me know via email.