ETSI elects Vladimir Poulkov (DIGITAL SME) as new Vice Chairman

ETSI, the European Telecommunication Standards Institute, nominated Vladimir Poulkov as new vice president.

ETSI members have elected Prof. Vladimir Poulkov as vice chairman of the ETSI general assembly representing the user members of ETSI. Prof. Poulkov was supported by DIGITAL SME, the first European association of the ICT sector focused on representing the interests of SMEs, and by Small Business Standards, the European association of small and medium-sized enterprises for standardisation.

Upon his election, Prof. Poulkov stated: “My duty will be to use my knowledge, experience and professional network to represent the interest of all SMEs in ETSI, as well as continue the positive dialogue with the all industry players, universities and administrations. Standardisation creates an ecosystem, where SME benefit from accessing complex technologies and develop their innovative products.”

Prof. Vladimir Poulkov has more than 30 years of teaching, research and industrial experience in the field of Telecommunications. Until 2015 he was Dean of the Faculty of Telecommunications in Sofia. He founded and is the head of telecom labs at Sofia university, namely the Electromagnetic Compatibility of Communications Systems R&D centre and the Teleinfrastructure lab. He also runs his own telecommunications engineering SME, Balkanbit Ltd, and chairs the Bulgarian Cluster of Telecommunications.

Prof. Poulkov will serve as ETSI vice-chairman for the next two years until November 2018. He replaces Mr Peter Statev, the outgoing vice-chairman (Users), who concluded his mandate.

On the same day, Simon Hicks appointed by the UK government was re-elected ETSI chairman for his second mandate. Similar confirmation was received by Isabelle Harper of Microsoft, who will be the vice-chair for Industry.

About ETSI

ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, aeronautical, broadcast and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. ETSI is an independent, not-for-profit association whose more than 700 member companies and organizations, drawn from 62 countries across 5 continents worldwide, determine its work programme and participate directly in its work.