Since March 2014, Veni Markovski has been ICANN's vice-president, responsible for the relations with the United Nations and the UN Agencies and UN Permanent Missions in New York. He is also responsible for high-level cybersecurity cooperation. Markovski lives in New York City.
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 and Computer for you, with publications in other Bulgarian newspapers and magazines. By 1993, he co-founded an Internet Service Provider in Bulgaria—BOL.BG, the second in the country’s history. In 2008, the company was sold to an international investment fund. In 1995, he co-founded the Bulgarian Internet Society.
He was the chairman of the Bulgarian President's IT Advisory Committee (2002-2012), and advised on International Projects the Chairman of the State Agency for IT and Communications to the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria (2005-2009).
Markovski has been a member of the Bulgarian delegation to the UN 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). 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. Markovski has also served as project contact point for the Bulgarian ENUM trial (launched on April 13, 2006).
Markovski is a graduate of the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ochridski” with a Master’s of Science in Law (1997). He has also passed training by the International Law Development Institute in Rome, the U.S. Agency for International Development and others.
He has hundreds of publications in Bulgarian and foreign newspapers and magazines since 1984. 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, USA); RANS (Moscow, Russia); NATO Forum on Security (Istanbul, Turkey); Cybersecurity forums (Sofia, Bulgaria; Belgrade, Serbia; Moscow, Russia; New York, USA); and many others.
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.