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Veni Markovski

Veni Markovski was born on April 3, 1968, in Skopie, Macedonia.

He started working on the Internet in September 1990, by becoming one of the first system operators of a Bulletin Board System in Sofia, Bulgaria. By 1993 he has founded the second in history Internet Service Provider in Bulgaria - BOL.BG. In 1995 he founded the Bulgarian Internet Society.

He is chairing the Bulgarian President's IT Advisory Committee. Mr. Markovski is member of the ICANN Board, selected by the Nominating Committee in 2003. He also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Internet Society (from 2002 to 2008), and on the Board of Directors of the Computers Professionals for Social Responsibility (2003-2005).

Veni Markovski is the Project Manager of the UNDP project "Support to e-government initiatives based on Free/Open Source Software at the local (municipality) level in South-eastern Europe" Through the project ISOC-Bulgaria has launched e-government services in eight cities within six months; has trained more than 200 city officials in three different countries; has migrated approx. 80 percent of participating city computers to using free and open software applications and tools, and about 20 percent to use Linux OS. The UNDP project has been positively reviewed in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and others.

Currently Markovski advises on International Projects the Chairman of the State Agency for IT and Communications to the Council of Ministers or Republic of Bulgaria.

Veni Markovski is also leading the team to organize the Bulgarian ENUM trial (launched on April 13, 2006)

Among his many interests, Veni Markovski has three areas where he spends most of his time: Cyber-security, Internet Governance and Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).

On cybersecurity, the Internet Society of Bulgaria organized international conference, drafted legislation, and published policy recommendations; on Internet governance, Mr. Markovski has been member of delegations at the U.N. World Summit on Information Society, and has numerous publications and presentations; on FOSS he drafted national legislation and is leading the implementation of an UNDP project in South Eastern Europe.

As a President and Chair of the Board of the Internet Society of Bulgaria Veni Markovski has:

  • Been a legal expert to the Parliamentary Committee on Transport and Telecommunications
  • Helped to draft and pass two Telecommunications Acts (2001, 2003)
  • Helped to draft and pass The E-Document and E-Signature Act (2000)
  • Helped to draft and pass the Computer Crimes chapter in the Penal Code (2002)
  • Helped to draft the Free and Open Source Software Usage in the State Administration Act
  • Implemented first ever legal strategy to successfully eliminate legal barriers to free Internet access (1999 )
  • been helping the Bulgarian government to define positions on the WSIS and other Internet-related policies

Mr. Markovski is a graduate of the Sofia University "St. Kliment Ochridski" with Masters of Science degree in Law (1993), he has also passed training by the International Law Development Institute in Rome, the US Agency for International Development, the Open Society Institute, and others.

He has also hundreds of publications in Bulgarian and foreign newspapers and magazines since 1984. He is also frequent presenter at different IT-related conferences.

Veni Markovski has two children from his first marriage, and is now married again.

His personal web site is at

Veni was selected to serve on the Board by the Nominating Committee. His term expires at the conclusion of the 2006 annual meeting.

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