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Bozhidar Bozhanov
Chairman
BSc in Computing and Information Systems, Goldsmiths, University of London. Throughout the past 8 years he has been a member of the problem committees of the Bulgarian linguistics olympiad, the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad and the International Linguistics Olympiad (since 2008). He has authored dozens of linguitic problems assigned at competitions all over the world. As a student he took part in the 2nd IOL. Currently he is a senior software engineer at TomTom. Previously he has worked at Ontotext, a computational linguitics R&D company.
Aleksejs Peguševs

Aleksejs Pegusevs /Alexey Pegushev/ participated in the IOL 2008-2010 winning a silver medal and other awards. Aleksejs has a Bachelor degree in Music from the Latvian Music Academy. Organizer of the Latvian Olympiad in Linguistics since 2011. IOL problem committee member since 2011. Author of 20 problems for different National Olympiads.
Alexander Piperski

BA in German Language and Literature from Moscow State University (2010), MA in Medieval German Studies from University of Bremen and University of Palermo (2012), is currently finishing his PhD in Germanic Linguistics at Moscow State University. He teaches courses in general and computational linguistics at Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow.
He participated in the IOL twice (2004 and 2005), winning a gold and a bronze medal. He has been composing problems for linguistics contests in Russia since 2004 and has (co-) authored 5 IOL problems, as well as more than 30 problems for national contests in Russia, Bulgaria and English-speaking countries.
Arthur Semenjuk

I hold a BA with Honours in Linguistics from University of Essex and am starting a PhD program in Cognitive Science at the University of California San Diego this year. Besides the work done in this problem committee, I’m also one of the organizers of the Latvian Olympiad in Linguistics.
Boris Iomdin

Linguist, head of theoretical semantics department at the Russian Language Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, assistant professor, teaching linguistics at Higher School of Economics and Yandex Data Analysis School (Moscow); Ph.D. Has been awarded diplomas at Moscow Linguistic Olympiad in 1989–1993. Member of the organizing committee and the problem committee of Moscow Linguistic Olympiad since 1998. One of the organizers of several other competitions in linguistics and Russian language, member of the organizing committee of the summer school of linguistics (Dubna, Russia) since 2006. Problem committee member (chair in 2004) and jury member of all IOLs since 2003. Author of more than 60 linguistic problems used at various linguistic olympiads (including 10 individual problems and 4 team problems at the IOL).
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Bruno L’Astorina
 

Bruno L’Astorina studied Applied Mathematics in Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Founding member (of the organizing and of the problem comittee) of the Brazilian Linguistics Olympiad, since 2010. Teacher of linguistics in secondary school in Brazil. Member of IOL Problem Committee since 2011.
Daniel Rucki

Daniel Rucki has participated in IOL8, 9 and 10, winning three individual contest medals. Currently studies Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.
Dmitry Gerasimov

Junior research fellow at the Institute for Linguistic Studies (Saint Petersburg) and a working field linguist with hands-on experience in several lesser-studied languages. Member of the Problem Committee since 2005, Jury member in 2005-2010 and 2012-2013; chair of both bodies in 2007. Author of several linguistic problems.
Elitsa Milanova

Elitsa Milanova has participated in IOL 8. She is a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. She has studied Russian and Chinese at the University of Veliko Tarnovo and at Dalian University of Foreign Languages. Currently studies for her Master’s degree at the University of Plovdiv and works there as a Chinese lecturer.
Estere Seinkmane

Estere Seinkmane /Esther Sheynkman/ participated in 5 IOLs (2009-2013), winning gold in 2013, bronze in 2012 as well as several special awards. She is currently studying Molecular Cell Biology at the University of York, UK. Organizer of the Latvian Olympiad in Linguistics and member of the IOL problem committee since 2013.
Gabrijela Hladnik

Mathematician, member of problem committee for Slovenian National Competition in Logic and Linguistics since 2006, lectures about logic and linguistics problems to students and teachers in Slovenia, member of IOL problem committee and jury since 2011. Member of IMO jury in 2006.
Hugh Dobbs

For many years secondary teacher of maths and sciences, computing, enhancement, vocational preparation, lateral maths, lateral studies, achieving the impossible*. Now teaching linguistics part time. Author of many short and some long puzzles in maths, polyglot and other linguistic-related areas, notorious for the problem on barcodes in IOL 2011 ( http://www.ioling.org/problems/2011/i5/). Teacher of the winning team in the first All – Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (2009). Irish team leader in IOL 2009 (Wroclaw). Member of the IOL PC (zkmoling) from 2010 to the present. Member of the IOL Jury 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Hacker, poet, orienteer, gardener, bridge player, chess player (most of these in the past!). But mostly problem solver and creator.
Ivan Derzhanski

Ivan Derzhanski (Assoc. Prof., PhD) is a linguist working at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has been in charge of problem selection and jurying at all national linguistic contests in Bulgaria since 1998 and repeatedly served as a problem committee or jury member at contests in North America and Russia. He is one of the founders of IOL and has chaired its problem committee and jury three times (at IOL1, 6, and 10). He has authored or co-authored nearly 100 linguistic problems, three books and several articles on enigmatic linguistics. He has lectured on linguistics to secondary school students in Bulgaria, Russia, Estonia and Serbia. He is acquainted (to one degree or the other) with all working languages of IOL1 to 12 and coordinates the multilingual editing of the IOL problem sets.
Jae Kyu Lee

Participated in IOL6 2008: Gold Medal in Team Contest and Best Solution Award in Problem 4.
Received A.B. (Bachelor in Arts) in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University (June 2014).
Participated several years in the IOL Problem Committee and Jury since 2009 and was the Chair for IOL12 2014.
Currently enrolled at Korean Literature Translation Academy (Seoul) in Korean-Russian translation.
Ksenia Gilyarova

Ph.D. in linguistics (2002, Moscow State University). Affiliation: senior lecturer at the Linguistics Department of National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, teaching French. Scientific interests: semantics, numerals and counting systems in world languages, the language of Internet communication.
Organizing committee and Jury member of Moscow Linguistic Olympiad. Lecturer at the Summer School in Linguistics (Dubna, Russia), 2011-2014.Problem committee member of all IOLs since 2003, Chair in 2005. Jury member in 2004, 2005, 2007-2010, 2012-2014. Author of more than 70 linguistic problems given at various linguistics olympiads in Russia and Bulgaria, author of six IOL problems (Solvers’ Choice award in 2003, 2008, 2012).
Maria Rubinstein

Graduated from Russian State University for the Humanities. MA in Theoretical and Applied Lingustics. Works in IT. Current position: senior spam analyst at Kaspersky Labs. Member of Moscow Olympiad Problem Committee since 2000, member of IOL Problem Committee since 2003.
Miina Norvik

I study and work at the University of Tartu, Estonia. I have a Master’s degree in the Estonian language and currently I am doing my PhD in the Finnic languages. I am also employed as a younger research fellow.
My main research interests are the expression of future time reference in the Finnic languages and the (morpho)syntax of the Finno-Ugric languages in general. I like learning languages, teaching them, and doing field-work on the Finnic-speaking minorities in Russia.
But above all I am interested in linguistics and language diversity in general. And this is what brought me once to the Linguistic Olympiad.
I have been involved in organising the National Linguistics Olympiad of Estonia since 2011. Throughout this period I have participated in creating, solving, and marking the linguistic problems as well as preparing students for the International Linguistics Olympiad. Three times I have attended the IOL as a team-leader.
Languages: Estonian (mother tongue), English, Finnish, Russian, German, Hungarian (fluent), Swedish, Latvian (basics).
Milena Veneva
 

Milena Veneva is a mathematician who has a Bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics from Sofia University (2013), currently she is a master student in Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Modelling at Sofia University. She has won “Evrika Foundation Award for extreme achievements in the field of Mathematics named in the eminent Bulgarian mathematician akad. Nikola Obreshkov” for the academic year 2013/2014 and the National Award “Student of the year in the field of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Computer Sciences” for 2013.
Milena Veneva is a jury and problem committee member at the national linguistic contests in Bulgaria since 2010. So far she has 3 authored problems given at the national linguistic contests in Bulgaria. She is also a jury and problem committee member at IOL since September 2013.
Currently she is working at Sofia University and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Pavel Sofroniev

IOL gold medallist and Computer Linguistics student at the University of Tubingen.
Qitong Cao
Has been introducing, translating, and contributing linguistics puzzles to China since 2011. Currently studying at Stanford University, USA.
Stanislav Gurevich

Stanislav Gurevich, master in Spanish and Romanic Linguistics (1996), a regular orginiser of linguistic Olympiad in St.Petersburg, Russia (since 1996), an adviser and co-author of problem sets for Spanish LO (OLE), a non-stop head of Linguistics Summer School in Estonia since 2001 (twice held as an International school). A member of the problem committee and jury since 2004, once chaired the problem committee and jury in 2013. SG has lectured on different aspects of linguistics to secondary school students in Russia, Bulgaria, Estonia and Spain, being also a regular lecturer on general linguistics for such students in Anichkov Lyceum and School # 642 in St. Petersburg.
Todor Tchervenkov

Todor Tchervenkov teaches literature in secondary school in the Lyon region, France. He has participated in IOL 2 and 3 as student, being awarded a silver medal at IOL 2. Member of the jury at IOL 5, 6 and 7, chairing the jury at IOL 7. His problems are regularly solved by students at the Bulgarian Linguistics Olympiad and have been solved on occasions at NACLO and the Russian Olympiad. His has published translations of verse in various periodicals.
Tore Haglund

Tore Haglund participated in the 9th IOL in Pittsburgh 2011. He then continued to be engaged, as a team leader at IOL in Ljubljana 2012 and as a volunteer at IOL in Manchester 2013.
Academically, Tore Haglund has studied East Asian Languages at Stockholm University, with his main focus being Japanese, and he is now studying Cognitive Sciences at Linköping University.
Wang Wei

Wang Wei (Assoc. Prof., PhD) is a linguist and editor working at the Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He is co-head coach for National Linguitics Olympiad of China.