Stefan Nikolov

Name of nominee
Stefan Nikolov

Nominee's country of residence
Bulgaria

Nominee's organisation or employer
Telehouse EAD

Nominee's email address:
snikolov [at] telehouse [dot] bg

Name of nominating individual
Valentin Nikolov

Nominator's organisation or employer
Telepoint

Motivation for nomination:
Stefan is currently in charge of operating about half of the traffic and internet resources in Bulgaria, as a senior technical manager of the largest LIRs in Bulgaria (LIR.BG, Global Communication Net, Telehouse).

He has registered more than 20 LIRs and he is constantly helping other LIRs and Registrars to operate and deploy IPv6. My nominee is always involved in community-driven projects that attend to fight floods, spam or network resource hijacks. He is always aware of any activities that don't match the principles of RIPE, ICANN and the community. In addition to his great analytic thinking skills, my nominee has a significant networking, security, automatisation, and amazing Linux skills, that will ensure fast and correct technical research if needed.

It has been four years since I know Stefan Nikolov, and I can definitely say that he has a native intolerance to any unprincipled actions. With his positive and constructive view of the technical issues (that aren't left behind until they are fully resolved), he can devotedly assist and represent the RIPE community.

Biographical information:
Stefan Nikolov is currently employed as a senior system and network administrator at Telehouse Bulgaria – one of the leading ISPs in the country.

He graduated from the National High School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences “Academician Lyubomir Chakalov” in 2013 with the prestigious “Academician Lyubomir Chakalov” award in Mathematics and Informatics.

In 2013 Stefan won the Cisco NetRiders International EMEA competition and as a prize he went on a study trip to California. There, he met diverse people and exchanged useful know-how and trends in the sector.

Stefan has a solid technical background, extensive expertise in network management, deep understanding of the operation of various networking protocols and significant knowledge of IP address space management and fraud prevention. He has more than six years of experience working with the RIPE NCC services including various RIPE Database and LIR Portal operation. Process automation counts also among his strengths.

Apart from work, Stefan loves to travel and spend time with friends. He is always open to learning new things and taking on different challenges.