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Veni Markovski was born 1968 in Skopie, Macedonia. He started working on the Internet in
September 1990, by becoming one of the first system operators of a FidoNet Bulletin Board System
in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Between 1990 and 1993 he was working as freelance journalist for Standard Daily, Computer for you, with publications in other Bulgarian newspapers and magazines.
By 1993 he co-founded the second in history Internet Service Provider
in Bulgaria - BOL.BG. In 2008 the company was sold to an international
In 1995 he co-founded the Bulgarian Internet Society.
He was the chairman of the Bulgarian President's IT Advisory Committee
advised on International Projects the Chairman of the State Agency for IT and
Communications to the Council of Ministers or Republic of Bulgaria
Mr. Markovski has been member of the Bulgarian delegation to the U.N.
World Summit on Information Society, and a member of the Advisory Group
to the Internet Governance Forum. He was a member of the ICANN Board (2003-2006).
He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society (2002-2007),
the Internet Society of New York (2007-2010), and on the Board of Directors of the Computers Professionals for Social Responsibility (2003-2005).
Veni Markovski was Project Manager of UNDP projects for support of e-government
initiatives in South-eastern Europe. His efforts have been positively reviewed
at The New York
Times, The International Herald Tribune, heise.de and others.
Veni Markovski has also served as project contact point for the Bulgarian ENUM
trial (launched on April 13, 2006)
In his various positions, Veni Markovski has:
Helped launch the Bulgarian
version of the Creative Commons licenses (2006).
Served as the legal expert to the Bulgarian Parliamentary Committee on
Transport and Telecommunications (2001-2005).
Participated in drafting and passage of two Telecommunications Acts (2001,
Participated in drafting and passage of the E-Document and E-Signature Act
Participated in drafting and passage of the Computer Crimes chapter in the
Penal Code (2002).
Participated in drafting the Free and Open Source Software Usage in the
State Administration Act.
Successfully sued the Bulgarian government at the Supreme Court to stop the
licensing of Internet Service Providers because it would lead to censorship
Coordinated with the Bulgarian and other E.U. governments to define
positions on the WSIS and other Internet-related policies.
Coordinated with the Bulgarian government to define better policies for
using Free and Open Source Software in e-government.
Advised the American Bar Association and the Department of Justice in their
Central and East European Law Initiative.
Mr. Markovski is a graduate of the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ochridski” with
Masters of Science degree in Law (1997), he has also passed training by the
International Law Development Institute in Rome, the US Agency for International
Development, and others.
He has written hundreds of articles for Bulgarian and foreign newspapers and magazines since 1984. He is author of one book, "Caught in the Net" (Sofia University Press, 2018). His work is also published as chapters in couple of textbooks - for Bulgarian media students and for the Military Academy in Sofia.
He is also a frequent presenter at different IT- and cybersecurity-related conferences, among
them CFP (San Francisco, CA, USA), MMAWG (Washington, DC, USA), WSIS (Geneva, Switzerland and
Tunis, Tunisia), Wizards of OS (Berlin, Germany), iWeek (Joburg, South Africa), FBI/Fordham (New York),
RANS (Moscow, Russia), Nato Forum on Security (Istanbul, Turkey),
Cybersecurity forums (Sofia, Bulgaria; Belgrade, Serbia; Moscow, Russia; New
York, USA), and many others.
Mr. Markovski is currently serving as Chairman of the Board and President of the
Internet Society of Bulgaria.
From 2012 until 2014 he served as the vice-president of ICANN for Russia, CIS, and Eastern Europe.
Since March 2014 Mr. Markovski is ICANN's vice-president, responsible for the relations with the United Nations, the UN Agencies and UN Permanent Missions in New York. He's also responsible for high-level cybersecurity cooperation.
Mr. Markovski lives in New York city.
His personal blog is at blog.veni.com.
More information about Veni is to be found online at this site, at Wikipedia or just
online at LinkedIn, flickr, twitter, or Facebook.