Veni Markovski has graduated law, but before that, back in September 1990 he started
his work on the Internet, as a system operator of the first Sofia-based
bulletin-board system, part of FidoNet.
In 1993 Mr. Markovski formed with another of the Bulgarian Internet
pioneers, Mr. Dimitar
Ganchev, their company - bol.bg,
which is the first Internet service provider in the capital of Bulgaria.
Veni Markovski was CEO of bol.bg for nine
years. The two owners sold the company successfully in 2008 to an international investment
In 1995 he co-founded the Bulgarian Internet
Society, a non-profit, of which he serves
still as Chairman of the Board. In 1999 ISOC-Bulgaria sued the
government over the imposed licenses for the Internet service providers, and
later through his active work, Bulgaria accepted the most liberal
In March 2002 Mr. Markovski was appointed as the Chairman of the Bulgarian President's
IT Advisory Council, a position he
held until the President stepped down from office at the end of his second
term on January 22, 2012.
In 2005 he was invited to be the senior international projects adviser to
the chairman of the governmental Agency for Information Technologies and
communications, a position that he held until 2009.
As of March 2014 Mr. Markovski is the ICANN vice-president, responsible for the relations with the United Nations, the UN Agencies, and the Permanent Missions to the UN in New York.
In 2018 he served as a member of the High-Level Expert Group on fake news and online disinformation to the European Commission.
Since the beginning of his career, Veni has been involved in different international
organizations and programs on different
levels - as adviser, senior adviser, advocate for policy changes, mediator, board member, etc.
He has served on the Boards of CPSR,
ICANN, New Symphony Orchestra among others.
Widely recognized as a computer geek and expert in cyber, Mr. Markovski is a frequent speaker at
international conferences, and is often being approached for advice by
companies, organizations, and governments. He is author of one book, "Caught in the Net" (2018, Sofia University Press).
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