Nina received a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the Institute for Fine Mechanics and Optics, St. Petersburg, Russia in 1991, followed by a PhD in Computer Science (thesis "Novel computer methods for molecular modelling") in 2001 in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a PostDoc at the Central Product Safety department, Procter & Gamble, Brussels, Belgium (2002 - 2003) Her professional career started as a software developer first at the oil refinery Neftochim at Burgas, Bulgaria (1991 - 1995), then at the Laboratory for Mathematical Chemistry, Burgas, Bulgaria (1996 - 2001). She joined the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences at 1996 as a researcher and network engineer at the Network Operating Centre of the Bulgarian National Research and Education Network. She is founder and co-owner of Ideaconsult Ltd and is technical manager of the company since 2009. She participated in a number of R&D projects in Belgium and Bulgaria, authored and co-authored about 40 scientific papers in Bulgarian and international textbooks, as well as several book chapters. Nina received the Blue Obelisk Award in 2010 for achievements in promoting Open Data, Open Source and Open Standards.
Vedrin received a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University Paris VII – Denis Diderot, Paris, France in 1998. From 1996 to 1998 he worked for the R&D department of Electricité de France, Clamart, France, as a software developer and was responsible for the design of quality assurance tests. From 2001 to 2002 Vedrin was employed by the European Commission as an advisor to the director of "Essential Technologies and Infrastructures" at the Information Society Directorate-General. From 2003 to 2007 he was researcher at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and network engineer at the Network Operating Centre of the Bulgarian National Research and Education Network. Vedrin is one of the founders and co-owners of Ideaconsult Ltd and is a full-time researcher at the company since 2007. He participated in a number of R&D projects in France, Belgium and Bulgaria, authored ten research papers, co-authored one book and gave several talks in scientific conferences.
Luchesar holds Masters degree in Finance from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria. He started his professional career in IT when he was still in high school and served as system administrator and later head of the IT department of a small pharmaceutical company between 1993 and 2001. After his military service, in 2003 Luchesar joined the Bulgarian National Research and Education Network as network engineer at the NREN's Network Operations Centre. He became security officer of the network in 2005 and established the academic certification authority in 2006, serving as its chief manager ever since. Up until he left the NREN in 2010, Luchesar had also held the position of Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Luchesar joined Ideaconsult in 2010 and currently serves as its operations and information security officer.