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Photo: Plamen Vatchkov, State Agency for Information Technology and Communications

Biography, Dr. Plamen Vatchkov

Chairman, State Agency for Information Technology
and Communications

Bulgaria

Dr. Vatchkov has been a Chairman of the State Agency for Information Technology and Communications since 2005. In Bulgaria, he also chairs the National Radio Frequency Council and the Interdepartmental Commission for Space Research. Internationally, Dr. Vatchkov has been elected as a Chairman of the ITU Council for the period November 2008-October 2009.

Dr. Vatchkov obtained a M.Sc. in Industrial Electronics and PhD in Technical Sciences at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute at 1977. He is Associate Professor in Technical Sciences at the Higher Commission for Attestation. Dr. Vatchkov has specialisations in Microprocessor Devices, Management and Quality Management.

Dr. Vatchkov started his career in 1973 as engineer at the Central Computing Institute in Sofia. He has gained his wide professional experience both in the public and private ICT sector. His professional and personal qualities have allowed him to hold a number of highly responsible positions, like Assistant Professor at the Technical University in Moscow; Deputy Director of the Institute for Technical Cybernetics and Robotics of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; General Director of Micro Processing Systems; Managing Director of Bulvar Electronics, Ltd; Director of Information Technology, Overgas Holding; Deputy Director Operations of Cabletel.

From 1985 until 1992 Dr. Vatchkov was a member of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Technical Cybernetics and Robotics. Now he is a member of the Academic Council of the International University and a member of the Balkan Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Vatchkov is a member of the Federation of the Scientific and Technical Unions in Bulgaria and the Union of Scientists in Bulgaria. He is the 2007 prize-winner of the Bulgarian Association of Information Technologies for overall personal contribution to the development of the information technology in Bulgaria.