Career Profile

I am co-founder & CEO of DOTSENSEI and responsible for providing domain industry consulting and development services. Also representing the company at international events.

I am a volunteer at various ICANN, MAG (UN) working groups and several local initiatives. Also being the lead organizer of the yearly Domain Forum conference since 2011.

Experience

Co-founder & CEO

September 2016 - Present
DOTSENSEI, London

Active representation of the company on international level. Offering domain industry consulting and development services. Business development and communication with customers. Participation in ICANN and other governance bodies for policy development.

Project manager/CIO

July 2007 - Present
REGIA/UNICART, Sofia

Management of technical activities and provisioning of domain registration services in all TLDs. Providing TLD registry vendor services to CORE Association - development of policies, communications with ICANN, daily TLD management and customer support. Providing TLD registry vendor services to a small ccTLD. Organizing different industry events. Partner collaboration and international representation at various meetings, events and conferences.

Author and project manager

February 2003 - September 2007
Tilix Linux, Sofia

Author and project manager of the first Bulgarian Linux distribution. Main tasks were to select and update list of applications, translate software in Bulgarian, compile the live CD and test it. Also promoting the distribution at various events. Project cancelled due to mass introduction of Bulgarian language in major Linux distributions.

Volunteer Experience

Member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG)

March 2016 - Present
UN, Geneva

"The Secretary-General of the United Nations established the Advisory Group (now referred to as the Multistakeholder Advisory Group - MAG). Its purpose is to advise the Secretary-General on the programme and schedule of the Internet Governance Forum meetings. The MAG is comprised of 55 Members from governments, the private sector and civil society, including representatives from the academic and technical communities."

Member of Public Council on IT and Internet

December 2016 - Present
Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, Sofia

Public Council on IT and Internet at Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications of Bulgaria.

Co-Chair

January 2016 - Present
Center for Internet governance, Sofia/Sarajevo

Representation of the Center for Internet governance at various international meetings and conferences. Created the Balkan School for Internet governance project.

Organizer

July 2011 - Present
Domain Forum, Sofia

Lead organizer of the Domain Forum conference in Sofia for 6 consecutive editions. Also organized Bulgarian Internet Week in 2015 with Domain Forum being part of it.

Member of the Executive committee

January 2011 - March 2018
CORE Association, Geneva

Participation at CORE and COREhub meetings, trainings, events and ICANN working groups. Member for third consecutive term.

Organizer

January 2017 - August 2017
Balkan School on Internet Governance, Sarajevo

The significant role and impact the Internet has on social, educational, cultural, legal, economic, and political aspects of society around the world is evident in the development of the Balkan countries in particular as well. Participation records show a significant lack of community’s participation in global Internet governance policy spaces. Disproportion representation between Balkan and other European countries is also evident, as the attendance statistics of the past 11 years of the global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) demonstrate, for instance. This leads to consequences such as the lack of substantive participation in bottom-up IG processes and disengagement in building the program of major IG events (e.g. no or very few workshop proposal submissions, very low number of participants in situ or online, lack of good practice examples from the region, little sharing of challenges in the region, etc.).

Chairman of the Executive committee

August 2012 - July 2016
CORE Association, Geneva

Chairing and management of CORE and COREhub meetings, trainings and events. Overview of the daily work of the organization. Representation of CORE at various domain industry meetings, conferences and ICANN working groups.

Member of the Executive committee

January 2015 - April 2016
SEEDIG

SEEDIG stands for South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance and it is an open, inclusive and informal space for dialogue on Internet governance issues between stakeholders from South Eastern Europe and the neighbouring area.

Chairman of the Board

May 2015 - February 2016
Bulgarian Domain Registry, Sofia

Developed the application for participation in the government tender for the IDN ccTLD registry. All documents were based on the versions originally written by UNINET. Participated in Ministry of Transport, IT and Communications working group to define the rules for the tender. Activity ceased in February 2016 when the tender was lost.

Chairman of the Board

May 2007 - April 2015
UNINET Association, Sofia

Executed a testbed project for a Bulgarian IDN ccTLD .бг and drafted the first IDN table, registration rules and dispute resolution policies. Developed first version of own registry software. Participated in correspondence with ICANN, Bulgarian government and various third parties. Participated in ICANN working groups and conferences. Participated in various Ministry of Transport, IT and Communications working groups to help shape and bring the IDN ccTLD to life. Activity ceased in April 2015 to allow creation of a new entity for participation in the government tender for the IDN ccTLD registry.

Projects

Here is a list of projects I actively participate in:

SOMNIO - Immersive experiences
Onoma - Onoma is a software suitable for domain registries - to manage a TLD, for domain registrars - to manage an ICANN accredited registrar and for domain registrants - to place content on a domain portfolio. Onoma is being actively developed by DOTSENSEI LTD, which complements the innovative software solution with support, training and consulting services.
DoctorTLD - DoctorTLD takes care of customer TLDs by monitoring them for technical issues and abuse cases in compliance with the ICANN Registry Agreement Spec 11 3b.
DoctorBrand - An application that helps brand owners to keep track of their brands and to take action on infringements by various methods and for a fraction of the cost of other solutions.
SenseiStats - SenseiStats brings advanced domain name statistics for any portfolio holders that include registries, registrars, resellers, brokers, SEO experts, brand holders or more.
NetMeetup - NetMeetup is a monthly networking and educational event for people involved or interested in the Internet domain industry. We are gathering to talk about the Internet at 19:00 in various places around Sofia.
Artefice - Artefice is the first Bulgarian persistent alternate reality game.
Ivanchev - Initiative for recognition of the old Bulgarian orthography from 1899.
Balkan School on Internet Governance - The Balkan School on Internet Governance is a pilot project to organize a yearly training in Internet Governance topics for people from Balkan region.
The 2045 Initiative - The 2045 Initiative is a nonprofit organization with the goal of creating a network community with the world’s leading scientists in the field of life extension by means of the cybernetic technologies and to support them as an investment hub, contributing to various projects.

Skills & Proficiency

Domain Names/DNS

95%

PHP and Perl development

98%

Linux (Administration, web server, database)

90%

HTML5 & CSS

95%

Inkscape/Canva

90%