Vice-president UN Engagement, ICANN
Mr Veni Markovski from ICANN is based in New York, and is responsible for the relations with the United Nations, the UN Agencies in New York, and the Permanent Missions to the United Nations. 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 1995 he co-founded the Bulgarian Internet Society. In 2002 Mr Markovski was appointed as Chairman of the Bulgarian President's IT Advisory Council, a position he held until 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. He was also adviser to the Bulgarian national cybersecurity coordinator from 2009 till 2013. Since the beginning of his career, Veni has been involved in different international organizations and programs on different levels. He has served on the Boards of CPSR, ISOC, ICANN, 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.