CONFIRMED SPEAKERS & WAY SEERS BOARD
Check out the awesome people you can meet at our meetups this year.
Birgitte is a Senior Executive with 25+ years of experience from leadership covering in-depth restructuring of all or large parts of a ministry of 8000 employees, implementation of numerous comprehensive law complexes, massive digital transformation of work processes including groundbreaking technological solutions towards companies and citizens. Improving efficiency using less resources without lowering quality and managing significant changes of corporate culture and radical shifts in customer service has also been key elements in the governance of the tax group. A comprehensive transition took the group from controls and sanctions to service and information.
Participating in a wide range of top-level decisions mirroring the demands of the actual owners – citizens and businesses – expressed by their political representatives, has provided Birgitte with an exquisite experience in inspiring, formulating and transforming far-reaching visions to sustainable strategies and tangible results for the benefit of public sector funding in Denmark.
Based on strong holistic competences, Birgitte has built, rebuilt or optimized business areas to the satisfaction of many different stakeholders including very diverse circles of managers and employees. Birgitte comes with international experiences from tireless international cooperation and sharing of knowledge and thus supporting a competitive and updated Danish legislation and regulation.
From 2008 to 2020 Birgitte served as Director of the Danish Gambling Authority responsible for the successful construction and consolidation of a liberalized gambling licensing regime covering betting, online casino, land-based casinos, lotteries and gaming machines. Birgitte is Past Vice President and President of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) and has been awarded “European Regulator of the Year” by the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL).
Birgitte is a frequent speaker or moderator at international gambling events/conferences. International cooperation is very close to the heart of BS, as well as creating a strong dialogue-based relationship between regulators and the gambling industry.
Jeremiah Maangi, the Managing Director of Bizin Africa is an Invest in Africa ambassador , an Integrated marketing leader, Investment Management specialist and an Igaming Consultant. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Technology, from Mt. Kenya University and has been involved in Start-up management projects, marketing and consultancy over the past decade. Jeremiah has overseen large-scale investment management, research and consultancy projects for clients who have interest in expanding their company operations to African countries. Jeremiah is available for startups management consulting and services in the African region under the Bizin Africa umbrella
Group Responsible Gaming manager at Kaizen Gaming (Stoiximan/Betano). Operating in 7 different countries: Greece,Cyprus, Germany, Romania, Portugal ,Brazil, Chile.
I started my career in Igaming in 2014. I have had an affinity for the responsible gaming sector in the industry from the start of my career, this interest is in line with my studies as a social cultural worker. As an expert Responsible Gaming Manager I am well experienced in this sector and fiercely devoted to this mission of promoting responsible, ethical and sustainable gambling.
Liesbeth Oost is the Sustainability Manager at Aspire Global, the leading B2B-provider of iGaming solutions. She focuses on the sustainability strategy and areas most relevant to the business, at the heart of which is responsible gaming. Annual reporting is guided by ESG guidelines, SDG goals, and GRI standards. Liesbeth is a Dutch native speaker with a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of Groningen, and is a Certified Investor Relations professional. Her public sector background at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, together with her private sector experience in business operations, gives her an edge in successfully integrating social responsibility goals into business operations.
Shalva has twelve years of experience in UX/UI Design with a focus on Fintech and Gambling. He has worked with large Georgian companies and helped FTSE 250 listed banks with internet banking and fintech projects.
For the last five years, Shalva has been involved in start-ups, including co-founding sadili.ge – a food delivery startup that was ranked in the top three innovative businesses of the year in Georgia (Geocell Business Award).
As Product Director at Spribe, Shalva is responsible for product development: this includes Product R&D: Research, UI/UX Design, working with the design team and development team. He is also part of senior management team and responsible for communicating with clients, partners & daily operations.
Ciara is a forward-thinking Commercial Director at Betsson Group with a proven focus and experience in setting strategic direction and delivering organisational change. She has a deep understanding of the Casino, as well as wider e-Gaming sector. In her current role she works across all Regulated and Regulating Regions and is a key expert in requirements and obligations for each licence Betsson holds. From customer facing products right through to lobby optimisation and retention flows, she knows what it takes to grow and build market share in each jurisdiction.
Peter-Paul de Goeij is the managing director of the Netherlands Online Gambling Association (NOGA), the Dutch trade association for online gambling operators. NOGA aspires to achieve and promote a safe, responsible and attractive online gambling offering in the Netherlands.
Next to MD of NOGA, De Goeij is a member of the Advisory Board of the All-in Diversity Project and he is also the founder of Quod Bonum Consulting, an independent Dutch IT & telecom, gambling and lottery consulting firm, drawing on his 20+ years’ experience in the fields of general management, licence application, legal and regulatory and public affairs. In this capacity he currently advises Digicel Group on legal, regulatory and public affairs.
Before starting Quod Bonum, Peter-Paul broke the Dutch lottery monopoly and in June 2018 launched the first new lottery in almost 30 years. For the ZEAL Group he also spearheaded several other successful licence applications throughout Europe and he stood at the cradle of new charity lottery UNICEF-lotteriet in Norway.
Prior to joining the ZEAL Group in February 2013, De Goeij built up a track record in the telecommunications industry in Europe, in the Caribbean and in the South Pacific region, where he acted in various senior and general management roles with BT Group, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Digicel Group.
Alba is based in the strategic region of Gibraltar. Playing a key role in the company’s rapid market expansion strategy, she is responsible for deepening the company’s UK presence and carving out opportunities for Spanish and LatAm territorial and account management growth.
Anne-Marie Furtschegger looks back at over twenty years in online gambling. For one of the global market leaders of sports betting, bwin, she accompanied regulatory processes across Europe by helping shape online gambling legal frameworks in a viable way not only for the industry but also for the customers and the States.
Since fall 2019, she is heading APAJO, Associação de Apostas e Jogos Online, which is the interest group of all major licensed operators in Portugal.
Married father of four, living in Malta, with over 16 years of experience in iGaming in three different countries. Passionate about customer focused product development with a specialisation on functionality that revolutionises gambling games. I started my iGaming career at the then industry defining Betfair, which was both post, and pre Flutter, and took 9 different roles in 9 years, transitioning from Operations to Product. PokerStars provided the next education opportunity and I was lucky enough to be part of the first casino content launch during the final throes of their private ownership, and led Business Development for casino before getting back to my true calling of casino Product at Mr Green. Green Jade Games is the culmination of experience as a consumer and customer advocate and I could not be more proud to lead our team of dedicated experts as we transform gambling and gaming.
Helen is a deal-maker, writer and marketeer who enjoys solving problems, trying out ideas and making things happen. She started out in Unilever and has worked with Boots, Frucor, The National Trust, Tate Britain, P Z Cussons and dozens of household names. Her work has included a column in the Daily Mail, naming lipsticks, saving literature (a game that won a NIBBIE) and writing an IT course that is now the BCS professional standard for Agile. In your house there will be at least one product that Helen has worked on. Today, as the founder and CCO of G she finds new things to learn about every day.
More than 10 years in Gaming market, managing and developing projects covering all the stages.
Founder of several digital businesses and entrepreneur linked to the online sector.
Actually taking responsibility over definition of strategy and business targets; planning, commercial proposals, development of product and pricing policy; market and competition analysis and benchmarking; definition, launch and follow up of commercial plans and visits to multi-national clients worldwide.
Dinos Stranomitis was born in 1969 in Greece. He attended engineering studies in Athens, Greece and in Newcastle , England as Naval Architect and Marine Engineer. After 2 years in the Navy and 4 years exercising engineering in Far East, he moved to the gaming industry as a manager in various gaming companies, mainly in the Trading and Operations departments. On 2014 he is a partner and co-founder of Altenar Ltd, offering a fully managed Sports Betting solution, growing rapidly year over year, gaining significant market share. Since 2007 he has lived permanently in Malta with his wife and two little daughters.
Kristaps Dobrajs is an industry veteran. At home on the global scene with scaling sales as his mantra, Kristaps has a 10+ year track record in driving cross-functional team successes in payments, e-commerce, retail and telecommunications. Keen on insights in managing the expectations and requirements between technology and business, Kristaps now employs his extensive experience in leading the sales team at ConnectPay.
Oliver Lietz founded nanocosmos in 1998 with a strong background in video R&D for video/audio coding and streaming for the broadcast industry.
Since then he has been focusing on developing solutions that integrate video technology into custom business applications. This includes the innovation of new technologies like H5Live for low latency live streaming, now part of nanoStream Cloud. His approach has always been building up trustful long-term customer relations. Oliver studied Electrical Engineering at Technische Universität Berlin and has founded other companies and helped startups getting their streaming applications successfully deployed.
Tamara joined Parimatch in December 2018, whilst the company was in the midst of rebranding and restructuring. In her role as Deputy Chief Marketing Officer, she is responsible for strategic planning and control of penetration, development and strengthening of position in the markets that the Parimatch Holding company and partners operate. In addition, her role entails developing and searching for new engagement channels, devising creative marketing solutions and undertaking key promotional activities.
Tamara’s notable achievements whilst working at Parimatch include recruiting a new marketing team at the company’s headquarters after restructuring, conducting a rebranding PR campaign for the company, and strengthening SEO positions for high-frequency queries.
Outside of Parimatch, Tamara has nine years of experience in the gaming industry. Her experience thus spans both the gaming industry’s emergence, and also its subsequent evolution, in the CIS regions – from the poker boom, to the heyday of online gaming and the legalization of interactive bets.
Tamara has experienced marketing first-hand since her youth, when she worked in the field of sales. But it was the digital marketing route which she eventually decided to go down, beginning with SEO optimization and now more recently strategic and tactical mix-media planning.
During her career, Tamara has worked with sports stars and CIS showbiz celebrities. She has also been successful in running a dozen promotional image campaigns against budgetary constraints. Additionally, working on a white-label platform enabled Tamara to work in European markets regulated by GDPR and other additional local licenses.
Before beginning her professional career, Tamara gained a business management qualification from the enterprise and personnel management faculty at Mainor University of Tallinn in Estonia.
In her spare time, Tamara enjoys yoga, skiing, fishing and light mountain hikes.
Robert has been involved in free-to-play and real-money gaming for 20 years. Starting with bwin in Vienna in 2000, Robert was instrumental in the early stages of product development of the sports betting and casino products.
Robert moved to Berlin in 2010 and headed the Product Development of Crowdpark, an Earlybird and Target-Partners funded venture in the area of social betting. Later, Robert co-founded Crowdbet, taking prediction market technology into the real-money sports betting market.
In 2015, Robert co-founded Glück Games, a real-money lottery game supplier for private and state lottery companies. In 2018, Glück Games merged with Gamevy, a London-based supplier of Instant Win games. Today, the company is called G Games and has multi-year contracts with the state lotteries of Italy, Norway, Turkey, Latvia, Denmark, Morocco, etc.
Today, Robert is the Co-Founder & CEO Hölle Games, an ISO 27001 certified ‘Made in Germany’ video slots company. Albeit this being an international venture, the initial focus is on the de-regulation of the German Online Casino market in 2021/2022.
His first self-established business was selling seashells on the beach to tourists in Torredembarra for 100 pesetas apiece. He was just five years old.
During his years of study, his main interests were IT and Economics.
Fast forward to life after college, Jan has gained valuable experience in various executive positions in the financial sector before entering the exciting iGaming industry.
His first contact with the world of gambling was a short career as a poker player, followed by being a manager in a poker club in Prague.
Jan is currently the CEO of Endorphina, an ambitious and trendy online slot game provider. He has been with Endorphina since 2014, when the startup originally began with zero clients. Today, the established company has their games in more than 700 online casinos. Jan is now leading the company to expand in regulated markets.
In his free time, he enjoys martial arts, archery, reading psychology books and playing boardgames.
Head of BetGames.TV’s marketing department, Yanina Kaplya boasts a wealth of experience in effectively communicating company offerings and benefits, key to the supplier’s global growth roadmap.
Starting her early career in the startup tech scene in Kyiv, Ukraine, Kaplya quickly progressed through the ranks to Marketing Manager having showcased her talent in driving brand awareness with strategically driven and fully integrated marketing campaigns.
Since joining the igaming industry with Evoplay in 2019, she built the company’s brand message from scratch and now brings that expertise to BetGames where she will be boosting the reach of its ground-breaking portfolio across regulated markets.
Rolf Sims graduated with a law degree from the University of Oslo in 1995, specializing in intellectual property and international human rights. He has previously worked on land concessions and area planning at the Ministry of Agriculture and legislation and individual cases related to oil pollution in the North Sea at the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority.
Between 1998 and 2018 he worked as a gaming regulator, first with the Ministry of Justice and Police, and from 2001 with the Ministry of Culture. The Ministry is responsible for the regulation of all gaming in Norway except gaming connected to equestrian activities. His scope of work encompassed EU/EEA-law, all aspects of legislation connected to gaming machines, I-gaming, bingo, provisions and regulations on lotteries and sportsbetting. He has also supervised the administration of Norsk Tipping, the Norwegian state-owned gaming company, as well as the Norwegian Gaming Authority. He was particularly involved in the Norwegian Slot machine case and Ladbrokes case which questioned the compatibility of Norwegian gaming law to EU/EEA-law. Rolf also participated as the Norwegian Government`s representative in the European Commission’s Expert Group on Gambling Services, which provides the Commission with advice and expertise in relation to the preparation of policy initiatives and facilitates the exchange of regulatory experience and good practices between EEA Member States. He was also a director on the board of the Gaming Regulators European Forum. In August 2018 Rolf took up a new position as public affairs manager for Kindred Group in Norway.
In January 2019 Rolf was elected board chairman of the newly formed Norwegian Trade Association for Online Gambling Companies.
Rasmus has 15+ years of experience in selling complex it-solutions B2B especially within the field of Multi-factor authentication, eID and digital signature to many of the largest and most important organizations in Denmark – both in the private and public sector. He has also participated in developing an it-startup business from a small company to market leader with all the aspects regarding customer relationships, marketing, delivery of the it-solutions to the customers and supporting the customers afterwards at a very high customer service level.
Lyubomira Petrova is the Chief Marketing Officer at UltraPlay and has been with the company for a few years now, learning and experiencing what eSports is all about.
Leading UltraPlay’s marketing team, Lyubomira uses her extensive knowledge and experience in communication to position and expand the company’s brand and key messages to diverse audiences.
Minna Ripatti is a founding partner and legal advisor at Legal Gaming in Finland. Minna has lived over 10 years abroad and has assisted various iGaming companies regarding their legal and regulatory work. She has worked as an expert legal counsel in the gaming law practice group of an Austrian law firm, acted as an in-house counsel for a prominent B2B game provider in Malta and later provided legal consultation to various B2C and B2B iGaming companies. Minna has recently returned to her roots in Finland, where she is now based and cooperating with other nordic legal experts in the field of iGaming.
Veronique is a dedicated and experienced senior executive with a broad business background, supported by a strong foundation in new technology laws. French qualified advocate with more than 13 years of experience in the online gambling industry (Pinnacle, Kambi and Unibet/Kindred). She joined Pinnacle in 2015 and was tasked to build the legal and compliance department. In the intervening years she gained legal experience in France, UK, Brazil and Curacao both as in-house counsel and in private practice (Di Blasi, Allen & Overy and Baker & Mckenzie). Her expertise in the online gambling industry covers both the B2C and B2B markets. Veronique’s work encompasses board advisory, global strategy, regulatory and compliance matters for Pinnacle through various markets and products verticals. The core of her success is adherence to commercial pragmatism within the boundaries of the company risk appetite and regulations, effective management of all stakeholders of the business while fostering a compliance focused culture.
Jessica Maier is the Chief Risk Officer and Head of Legal and Compliance at Push Gaming. In her role, she oversees all aspects of regulation, licensing and compliance, and is also responsible for managing relationships with regulatory bodies and contractual partners. She is instrumental in promoting the company’s compliance culture, as well as its regulated markets strategy. Before joining Push Gaming, Jessica was partner at Melchers, a German law firm specialising in gaming law, where she offered risk assessment strategy as well as regulatory development and licensing advice to numerous B2B and B2C clients. Jessica is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) and Global Gaming Women (GGW). She is based in Malta.
Legal and Compliance Manager of the Play’n GO Group, Sissel Weitzhandler, has since 2011 been in the gambling industry. She is a compliance specialist, managing multiple groups of companies that have successfully secured and maintained gaming licences in multiple European and non-European jurisdictions. Sissel has vast experience managing technical, legal and regulatory compliance teams and an in depth understanding in operator and supplier opportunities and challenges. She is dedicated to growing businesses by accessing new and emerging markets, while promoting a culture of compliance across organisations with a focus on the remote gaming industry. Passionate about international law, business and relations, and holds a post grad in War Studies from Kings College London and an undergraduate in International Relations from London’s University of Westminster. Sissel has been in various forums and specialist groups including EU Commission round-table workshops.
Bahar Alaeddini is a Partner at Harris Hagan and specialises in all aspects of online and land-based gambling law. She advises major B2C and B2B operators, start-up operators, investors and financial institutions. Bahar advises clients on licence applications, investor due diligence, compliance issues, Gambling Commission requirements and investigations, voluntary settlements and Panel reviews.
She is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and Global Gaming Women.
Nadiya Attard is Director of Sales at Relax Gaming and has well over 13 years of experience in B2B and B2C, entering the gambling industry via land-based bookmaker Pari Match while juggling studies in programming.
She continued her career at Betfair and later at NetEnt. Nadiya holds a Masters degree in Programming, thus fully understands the commitment of Relax Gaming as a leading supplier of the gambling industry.
Dr. Raffaela Zillner, LL.M. runs the General Secretariat of the Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG). She has been in this leading position for well over 2 years and she’s the first point of contact for all association matters. Raffaela holds a law degree as well as a Master’s degree in Information and Media Law and a doctoral degree in law. Furthermore, Raffaela successfully passed the Vienna (Lawyers) Bar exam. In her professional career, she has worked as an Associate at a Vienna-based law firm with a special focus on gambling and sports betting law.
The Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling (OVWG) is an Austrian special interest group aiming to create awareness of the industry in the minds of opinion-formers and political decision-makers. Through lobbying, the association would like to contribute to achieving greater fairness between the providers in the Austrian market and to illustrating the diversity of the industry. The association concentrates on the online gambling and sports betting sector.
The association was founded in August 2016 and comprises full members and associate members. The members are subject to stringent acceptance criteria, see also values in this respect. Most members are active as sponsors of sports clubs or sports associations. The list of members includes bet-at-home.com, Mr. Green, CashPoint, Lopoca, Interwetten, LeoVegas and Kindred Group.
The Executive Committee is headed by Claus Retschitzegger (bet-at-home.com), the President of the Association. The other members of the Executive Committee are Jan Tjernell as deputy (Mr Green), Michael Wondra (Cashpoint) and Simos Mantzouranos (Lopoca).
Odette Nestor is a Gambling specialist with a decade of successful experience in regulatory affairs.
Embracing the core values of integrity, analysis, and growth, was a valuable asset for the Romanian Government, being nominated for Secretary of State – National Gambling Office.
Under her rule as the President of the National Gambling Office, Romania has become one of the best countries among the European Union with the best legal regulations in the online gambling sector.
During the last years, Mrs. Nestor was a gambling regulatory consultant for governments such as the Republic of Croatia, the Federal Republic of Mexico, and the Republic of Tunisia, where due to her legislative know-how she helped in the process of legalizing the gambling sector.
She also represents the Remote Gambling Operators Association, the only remote gambling entity that represents and protects the sector’s interests in the Romanian market.
Odette Nestor holds a Finance Ph.D. She is a former professional finance Solutions and has 17+ combined years of experience in the finance and economic arenas, being also a valued speaker in this area of the field, being invited to speak about regulatory affairs in gambling in more than 20 international conferences.
As a seasoned compliance professional within the gambling industry, I have significant experience in managing regulatory negotiations and have developed a network of strong relationships with key individuals both working within various regulatory bodies and the wider industry. Due to the increasing significance of regulatory compliance within the sector, I am skilled at building effective and efficient teams and business controls to balance the cost of compliance against operational needs. Having responsibility for teams managing anti-money laundering, customer due diligence, responsible gambling, regulatory affairs, and product compliance during my career, I am highly knowledgeable across all areas of compliance.
I hold multiple professional qualifications which have been obtained through an internationally accredited body that is recognized as being the leading compliance training organization within the highly regulated financial sector. I have a proven track record in completing license applications across a number of different jurisdictions, including advising businesses around compliant, yet commercially savvy product design and customer journey implementation.
My abilities in this area are underpinned by my long-term experience working in a customer service team for a tier-one operator, which taught me the importance of customer focus and the impact operational decisions can have. Crucially, I have an inherent understanding of the importance of achieving a balance between regulatory obligation and commercial gain, however, as a strong, confident character, I am not afraid of engaging in challenging discussions in order to protect the best interests of the business.
In 2013, Araksi Sargsyan took her first steps in the online gaming segment as a Customer Service Representative at BetConstruct. She was quickly promoted to Account Manager, where she was in charge of developing B2B projects around the world. Subsequently, she left B2B to develop a B2C project in Kazakhstan. Then she worked as Business Development Manager for Latin America at Digitain. With an active and entrepreneurial spirit and a visionary approach, Araksi is now the Head of Business Development at DS Virtual Gaming, a leading brand in the virtual betting domain.
Yaroslav Stanev has more than 20 years of experience in online marketing and joined the gambling industry as an affiliate in 2009. He is part of the team that created the first drafts of Oddspedia back in 2013 and has been in charge of the Sales and Marketing of the company since 2016. His favorite way to relax is mountaineering.
Vasco is an explorer by temperament, always ready to gear up for new challenges. His background reflects the eclectic nature of his career pursuits. He worked in different industries, filling several roles, including Marketing, Brand and Project Manager. Vasco joined All-in Global in 2018, and is currently running the company’s SEO Department.
Assaf is an entrepreneur at heart and a software engineer by degree. He entered the online gaming industry in 2003 while establishing odds1x2.com, an odds comparison company based on artificial intelligence algorithms. Since then the company has expanded into various other markets and verticals in the affiliation world. Recently the company launched PlayWiseCasino.com based on a unique rating system – called the “Wise Rating” – which targets players who are looking for honest reviews of online casino with an edge.
Assaf is a frequent speaker and moderator at many conferences around the globe and likes to share his extensive industry knowledge and experience with fellow affiliates and operators.
Alex is an energetic person, with a wealth of experience ranging from graphic and web design, market research and marketing at international companies such as Yardi or WebBeds Europe.
He is currently occupying the role of Marketing Specialist at Hipther Agency and overviews the online marketing tasks of +20 brands owned by the company.
Marek Suchar, Head of Partnerships at Oddin.gg started his career in financial services where he held senior and managerial roles in various areas including business development and sales. His passion for esports brought him to the industry, specifically to the betting vertical. Leveraging the newest technologies at Oddin, Marek aims to significantly improve the engagement within esports betting and build partnerships that will shape the future of esports and esports betting.
Oddin is a B2B esports odds feed and risk management provider. It delivers the most engaging esports betting experience with industry leading uptime and number of live markets. The solution boosts engagement, drives volume, increases margin and thus accelerates profitability. This is only achievable by a combination of state-of-the-art technologies, advanced data science and machine learning, experienced traders and official data. The team has more than 50 years of combined experience in betting and esports, successfully doing business with the most complex platforms globally including Betfair Exchange.
I have been working within the industry for 11 years already. I have started from being System Administrator and went through all high-level positions during my gambling & casino career. During my career, I was mostly responsible for operations and product development with the extreme passion, drive, and vision that I have for igaming industry. On top of all, I am a mobile-oriented and addicted person.
Experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working within the gambling industry. Skilled in negotiation, strong operations professional, and results-focused executive. During my 11 years of experience in a number of senior positions. These positions were covering areas such as Business Development, Operations, and Development from B2C and B2B levels.
iGaming industry is with one word just life, way to live. It is super dynamic, fast, and technology-oriented. In this industry there are no boundaries, it is full of networking and it is multicultural which allows you to gain a different perspective offering valuable insights, so you can adjust your product and company while you are entering specific markets.
Tiago Aprigio is the CEO at All-in Global (formerly known as All-in Translations) and feels motivated by exposing himself to different environments as well as constantly learning from different realities and people.
Worked in Sales, Marketing and Operations Management in distinct lines of business over the past 17 years. These industries include Aviation, Outsourcing of contact centers, back-office and airline representation functions, Localization, iGaming, Marketing, and Multimedia.
Tiago has a proven track of solid results in his functions and a soft spot for start-up businesses. Questioning the “whats and hows” is vital for any business success.
Since June 2015 Ludovico Calvi is a Member of the Global Lottery Monitoring System Executive Committee and since June 2017 elected President. Since May 2015 he is a Member of the American Gaming Association Sport Betting Task Force. From 2006 to 2016, Ludovico was Head of Betting and since 2009 CEO of Lottomatica Betting Ltd. From May 2013 Ludovico was Vice President, Product Marketing Betting at GTECH Plc and from April 2015 until August 2017, held the position of Senior Vice President Global Product Marketing Betting at IGT. Earlier in his career, he worked for Sisal (Italy) and William HILL (UK).
Robert Dowling is the Chief Commercial Officer at Singular, an established iGaming software supplier focusing on bespoke solutions in all verticals, including outstanding Platform, Sportsbook, Casino Games, Live Dealer, and Payment solutions. Singular’s differentiating factor is their tailored approach. They address each requirement, each client in a bespoke, boutique fashion. There is no one-size-fits-all. The modular architecture enables a personalized experience and generates added value for each operator.
Robert has more than 10 years of experience in the iGaming industry. He started his career as a consultant aiming to deliver excellence to customers in gaming and the payment industries. He has driven significant business growth and market share for the companies he has been engaged with. Dowling has a deep understanding of the iGaming industry and knowledge to create cohesion among marketing, sales, product development, and customer service to bring value for the company and build strong relationships with the clients.
Since 2014, Keith Caruana has been involved in working with some of the most established gaming software suppliers in iGaming and has been a part of Play’n GO since 2015. Keith’s passion lies in the technical product side of customer integrations; safeguarding customers’ demands while ensuring the highest standards of regulatory & technical compliance are being met.
Keith has a wealth of experience ranging from working in key functions (including customer support) through to technical operations. More recently, Keith has also been instrumental in using his knowledge to Lead Play’n GO’s team of technical compliance specialists.
Through his work with testing labs and regulators, Keith has acquired an in-depth knowledge in both Online and Land based gambling operations from a technical and compliance perspective, and has used this knowledge to help facilitate moves for Play’n GO into several regulated markets such as Portugal, Colombia and Sweden.
Part of the company’s objectives is becoming a serious presence in regulated markets; making sure that compliance is an integral part of both its content, its tools and its products, and Keith’s work has been an essential part of realising those objectives.
Nick Tofiluk joined the Republic of Cyprus’ National Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission (NGCSC) in October 2017 as Chief Executive. His responsibility is to establish the NGCSC as the Republic’s casino gaming regulator for the planned Integrated Casino Resort (opens 2022) and other existing casinos.
He has established the NGCSC’s governance and regulatory framework of policies, operational procedures (licensing, gaming and AMl/CTF compliance and investigation, the development of a responsible gaming strategy and collection of casino taxes) and organisational financial, personnel and administrative infrastructure.
From 2007 until 2017, he was Executive Director (Operations) with the Gambling Commission of Great Britain, with responsibilities for online and offline licensing, compliance, investigations, intelligence functions, Anti-Money Laundering supervision, domestic and international partnerships.
From 2010, he led the development of the UK sports integrity (match fixing) strategy, aligning government, sports betting operators, sports governing bodies and national law enforcement agencies to produce a national Sports and Sports Betting Integrity Action Plan to address the risk of the manipulation of sports competitions.
Nick has worked extensively at international levels, as Vice President of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), UK delegate for the negotiation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, Chair of the Council of Europe (Convention Secretariat) Network of Regulators, worked with the International Olympic Committee in developing its integrity strategy and United Nations Office for drugs and Crime. He has been the UK representative on EU Expert Groups for gambling and match fixing and engaged with international sports organisations and gambling regulators on sports betting policy and match fixing matters.
Before joining the UK Gambling Commission in 2007, Nick was Chief Officer of Police with a major UK police force, and has extensive experience of organisational strategy, operations, and criminal intelligence matters.
Nick has degrees from the UK universities of Birmingham and Cambridge and an Advanced Diploma in Organisational Management from Manchester University.
Heading up Evoplay Entertainment’s rapidly expanding global presence, Vladimir Malakchi has been key to the studio’s outstanding success in 2020 as it continues to go from strength-to-strength as one of the industry’s most revolutionary suppliers.
A start-up entrepreneur at heart, Malakchi has brought a wealth of experience to Evoplay Entertainment since joining the company earlier this year, having successfully scaled multiple early-stage companies across the tech space, including one of the world’s top five blockchain developers.
Ready to offer his insights on all things global and Ukraine, he holds an extensive track record across the country’s venture capital and investment environment, having guided multiple firm through the product development and strategic development process – raising in excess of $60 million.
George Shamugia, the CEO and co-founder of Singular has an educational background in Computer Science and a deep understanding of the FinTech industry. George has more than 10 years of experience within the iGaming industry with a special focus on Platform development with high scalability demands. Shamugia holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of East London and has wide experience with Mobile APP developments. He is particularly knowledgeable in building applications for next billion users across Africa and other emerging markets. Although holding a managerial position within the company, he is actively engaged in the development of the company’s technological vision and architecture.
Richard is a Senior Regulatory Affairs and Compliance Manager at Playtech focusing on Playtech’s B2B business. He is part of Playtech’s safer gambling team and works with Product teams to develop innovative products and services that deliver greater protection for consumers. He also works closely with other gambling businesses and gambling support services to raise standards in the industry and make gambling safer. Richard also supports Playtech’s compliance function, utilizing his technical expertise to ensure the business meets high standards of compliance in regulated markets. Prior to joining Playtech, Richard spent 11 years at the Gambling Commission where he led the Commission’s online gambling team in developing the framework for online gambling regulation in Britain.
Matthias Ciappara is a gamification and player engagement specialist and consultant, focused on bringing new perspectives to bringing new innovative products and experiences in the Igaming industry across various markets and territories. His practice focuses on helping companies improve retention and player value by using Gamification, loyalty, personalization, and other exciting techniques. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on skype at Matthias.ciappara1
Dimitris Panageas is an Attorney at the Supreme Court and the Council of State of Greece and Member of the Athens Bar Association since 1999. He studied law in UK, USA and Greece. He has served as General Counsel, Head of Litigation Department and Secretary of the Board of Directors of ETHNOKARTA S.A., General Counsel of EUROBANK CARDS S.A., External Legal Counsel of PRINOS GROUP OF COMPANIES, General Counsel of CREDIT AID S.A., External Legal Counsel of OLYMPIC PROPERTIES S.A., Group General Counsel and Member of the Board of Directors of OPAP S.A., OPAP International LTD and OPAP Services S.A., Vice President of the EL Sports (European Football Pool), Member of the Executive Committee and Vice Chairman of the Regulatory and Legal Working Group of the European State Lotteries and TOTO Association, Lead Counsel of the Hellenic Republic Delegation in the Council of the European Union (Working Group on Establishment and Services), External Legal Counsel of DAMCO ENERGY S.A., Group General Counsel of CLUB HOTEL CASINO LOUTRAKI S.A., Member of the Regulatory and Legal Working Group of the European Casino Association, Member of the Auditing Committee of OPAP S.A. in the HELLENIC GAMING COMMISSION (HGC), External Legal Counsel in the HGC, Member of the Delegation of the HGC in the European Commission Expert Group on Gambling Services, Group General Counsel of TEREN MANAGEMENT EUROPE S.A. and External Legal Counsel of BREEND LTD. As of 2017, he serves as Group General Counsel of KAIZEN GAMING LIMITED (STOIXIMAN AND BETANO) GROUP OF COMPANIES.
Tassos Panagiotaros holds the position of Sales Director at Golden Race, the leading Virtual Games provider.
Tassos started his career as a Software Engineer in the Telecoms industry. He soon switched to the Operations and Sales, having held, in the last 20 years, Senior and C-level positions in Public Listed companies, in Gaming, IT and Telecoms sectors, in different countries worldwide.
His academic background includes a BSc in Physics from the University of Patras, Greece, and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde, UK
Domenico Mazzola is Commercial Director of Altenar, a leading sports betting software provider based in Malta. Altenar works collaboratively with licensed operators, combining proven stability with a flexible and personalized service to offer clients the highest quality online sportsbook solutions.
With a strong background in sales strategy and software development combined with rich experience working across international and European markets, Domenico is an expert in developing successful commercial strategies and establishing and maintaining long-term business relationships.
Domenico previously held the position of Head of Sales at iGamingPlatform.com, where he was responsible for developing and executing strategic plans to achieve and maximize sales targets, solidifying the company’s reputation as a leading gaming solutions provider. Prior to this, Domenico worked as Account Manager at World Match Ltd, spearheading the company’s successful long and short-term sales strategies. Domenico’s professional background also includes over eight years of working as a software developer, honing his technical expertise.
A highly recognized industry figure, Domenico’s in-depth experience in both the business and technical side of the gaming industry places him in the unique position of being able to advise clients on all aspects of their gambling operations, taking into account their wider business objectives.
Dr. Joerg Hofmann is a Past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law (“IMGL”) and group leader of the Gaming & Betting Law Practice Group of Melchers Law Firm. He has been practicing gaming law since the mid-90s and Melchers’ legal advice is highly valued by global market leaders in all sectors of the gaming industry. A highly recognized expert in the field, Joerg has been consistently ranked as a leading individual and expert in gaming law by prestigious legal directories including Chambers Global and Best Lawyers for many years.
Morten Ronde has 20 years of experience from working in the gambling industry.
His background is in gambling regulation. He started his career in the Danish State Lottery and worked later 12 years as legal counsel for the Danish Gambling Authority. During his time as a regulator, he drafted the Danish online gambling reform that allowed for open licensing of betting and online casino operators in Denmark. The Danish gambling model is still considered one of the best gambling regimes in the world and has inspired many countries to adopt similar regulations.
Morten received the ”European Regulator of the Year Award” in 2010 from the International Masters of Gaming Law.
Since 2012 Morten has been working in the private sector of the gambling industry and has been advising clients in all sectors of the industry on regulatory affairs issues.
Morten acts as CEO of the Danish Online Gambling Association (DOGA), a trade association for online gambling operators in Denmark and as Director of Education and Association Development of the International Masters of Gaming (IMGL), the pre-eminent global gambling law network.
Pieter Remmers is a veteran in the area of responsible gaming, consultancy and training of gambling industry professionals. He has been involved in projects with the gambling industry since 1989. Pieter started his career as the director of an outpatient clinic for addiction problems, Jellinek, in the early 80’s.
His company Assissa Consultancy Europe works/worked on responsible gaming policies and programs in a number of countries i.e. Netherlands, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, Malta, Sweden and others. He is also a very experiences trainer, over years of training and a registered MI (Motivational Interviewing) trainer. Besides Pieter is a consultant worldwide for as well as the gambling and betting industry land based and online, casinos, slot machine halls and lotteries and for regulators or other governmental bodies.
He works/worked with companies like: IGT/GTech/Lottomatica (USA, Italy), Holland Casino (The Netherlands), Unibet (UK , Malta), Sun International (South Africa), Svenska Spel (Sweden), Gauselmann/Merkur (Germany), Betsson (Sweden, Malta), Fair Play Casinos (The Netherlands), Staatsloterij (The Netherlands), Lotto NL (The Netherlands), Casino 2000 (Luxembourg), SNAI (Italy), Betfair (UK), Novomatic (Austria), Industry Branche organizations like AWI (Germany), VAN (The Netherlands), European Casino Association (Belgium) and many more.
He also works/worked for governments and regulators in a number of countries for example: Singapore, The Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa. Currently he is involved in projects dealing with the problem of match fixing and AML.
He is a member of the Executive Committee and serves as Secretary General of the European Association for the Study of Gambling (EASG).
Furthermore he is a shareholder and board member of HANDS (Human Assistance Network for Daily Support, telephone counseling services).
In 2003 he was the initiator of G4 (Global Gambling Guidance Group). G4 deals with an International Accreditation System on responsible gaming for the gambling, betting and lottery industry land based and online. Since 2004 Pieter is the Chair of the Board of G4.
Since 2009 he is a member of the Responsible Gaming Committee of IMGL (International Masters of Gaming Law).
He is also a member of the Spielerschutzkommission (Responsible Gaming Commission) of the Gauselmann /Merkur Group, Germany, a member of the Advisory Council of the AWI in Germany and until 2015 he was a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Ministry of Health in Singapore. Since 2019 he is also a member of the Responsible Gambling Committee of AGEM (Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers.
Pieter is a very regular speaker at many conference all over the world and freelance correspondent for a number of gambling industry magazines.
Gustaf Hoffstedt is the Secretary-General of BOS, the Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling since January 2015. Among the association’s members are all major operators and suppliers that operate with a license inside the European Union, but outside of Sweden. Prior to joining BOS, Gustaf served as a Member of the Swedish Parliament for the Moderate party, and as vice mayor and chairman of the Social board in his constituency Gotland before that.
Gustaf has fought for the abolition of the Swedish gambling monopoly and the implementation of a licensing system for more than a decade. He is pleased to see that things currently appear to be moving in the right direction.
Gustaf resides in Uppsala with his wife Caroline, who serves as vice mayor in the municipality for the Social Democratic party – the traditional rival of Gustaf’s own party. In their leisure time, they enjoy hiking in the mountains of northern Scandinavia.
Andrius Gabnys is a founding Attorney at Gabnys.Gabniene, a legal boutique based in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Tallinn, Estonia. The Firm specializes in entertainment (gambling, media, arts) and technology (IT, cybersecurity) legal aspects. Andrius Gabnys has been working in the online gambling sector for over 10 years and focuses on the multijurisdictional licensing, IP and related matters. He has extensive experience dealing with the gambling authorities in Europe, CIS countries, Africa and South America.
Dr. Simon Planzer is a partner at PLANZER LAW, a Zurich-based gaming law boutique.
PLANZER LAW’s team provides strategic, regulatory and legal advice to companies, regulators and other stakeholders across all areas of the gaming and entertainment industry.
The firm’s primary focus is on EU/EEA gaming law, compliance issues such as AML as well as Swiss gaming law and related commercial, corporate and financial matters.
Dr. Simon Planzer is General Member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. An alumnus of the College of Europe, he specialised early on in EU affairs and gaming law, working at the EFTA Court, the legal service of the EFTA Secretariat and as research fellow in European business law.
Dr. Simon Planzer is the author of the monograph (PhD) ‘Empirical Views on European Gambling Law and Addiction’(2014) and the book chapter ‘Gambling Law’ in The Handbook of EEA Law (2016), both published by Springer International Publishing. Simon also works as a Lecturer in Law at the University of St.Gallen where he teaches European Economic Law. He studied and did research i.a. at Harvard University, the College of Europe and the European University Institute.
Dr. Simon Planzer, founding partner of PLANZER LAW has recently received the recognition from Chambers & Partners and has been listed as a global gaming law expert. Clients and firms across many practice areas and geographies have trusted Chambers’ research for nearly 30 years.
Dr. Simon Planzer, founder of Planzer Law, is endorsed by interviewees (Chambers & Partners) as “absolutely excellent” and “the top Swiss lawyer” for gaming. He is actively involved in the shaping of gaming regulations in Switzerland, regularly interacting with the authorities, as well as providing regulatory advice to private clients. Based in Zürich, he is additionally active representing fantasy sports companies.
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INDUSTRY ECHOES ABOUT THE MEETUPS
Here is what the industry is saying about the Virtual Quarterly Meetups.
"It's great to see European Gaming Media and Events challenging the 'new normal' of gaming conferences. I'm delighted to be part of this journey as a member of the advisory board."
"This is a great initiative. I look forward to participating in this project together with the other members of the advisory board."
"Regular exchanges of experts not only strengthen the industry's networking, but also support the goal of keeping gambling safe, fun and responsible. I am therefore very pleased to support the project as a member of the Advisory Board."
"European Gaming is the organization where I feel at home. It will be interesting to say the least to be involved as a member of the advisory board."
"European Gaming has developed into the obvious choice for anyone in search of knowledge and insight regarding the gambling industry. I look forward to not merely observe its future development, but take part of it."
"I have come to know Zoltan as a self-made man who has learned to understand the gambling industry within a relatively short period of time and created a position for himself and his activities. The boutique format conferences that Zoltan set up a couple of years ago definitely created a 'must attend' event for all of us that want to stay informed."
"During the journey through a regulatory landscape that is constantly changing, regular updates are essential. The quarterly meetups series is both a safety belt and a navigation system. Delighted to be one of the navigators."