National Cybersecurity Coordinator & Adviser to the Prime Minister Office; Director ESI CEE & Head Cybersecurity Lab

Dr George Sharkov

National Cybersecurity Coordinator [Security Council @ Bulgarian Government] Adviser on Cyber Defense, Ministry of Defense Managing Director, European Software Institute – Center Eastern Europe (ESI CEE) Dr. George Sharkov graduated Mathematics/Computer Science at Sofia University, obtained his PhD in Artificial Intelligence, with specialization in applied informatics, biophysics, thermography and genetics, enterprise intelligent systems. Since 1994 he is leading international software projects and companies for banking and financial systems, e-business, online markets and innovative e-trading solutions. Since 2003 he is managing ESI – Center Eastern Europe (www.esicenter.bg), the regional excellence center of the European Software Institute (ESI), covering 12 countries in Eastern Europe and Caucasus region. He is a trainer and coach in SPI (Software Process Improvement), software engineering quality management (CMMI – CMMI Institute, Carnegie Mellon), IT Mark (ESI) appraiser. Leading the CyResLab (Cyber Resilience Lab) at ESI CEE, and a research network in cybersecurity and resilience (www.cryptobg.org). Lead appraiser (apprentice) with CERT-RMM (Resilience Management Model, CERT/SEI). George is a lecturer in Sofia University, Plovdiv University, NBU. He is leading a Program for modernization of Software Engineering education (SEMP) in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University and 6 Bulgarian universities. Steering Committee member of the EC CEN Workshop in ICT-skills and e-competences. Among the founders and first Chairman of BASSCOM (Bulgarian Association of Software Companies), board member of Bulgarian ICT Cluster. Pioneer in new digital ecosystems development, mentor and supporter of startup and accelerator programs.

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