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Malta’s gaming regulator, Heathcliff Farrugia to speak at Tal Ron’s opening panel in Prague Gaming Summit 3

Zoltan Tundik

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With just one week left until the most important edition of Prague Gaming Summit will kick off we are honored to confirm that Heathcliff Farrugia, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) will join the “Case Study: Relationships between Regulators, Operators, and Affiliates Storming the iGaming and Financial Industries” panel discussion, moderated by Tal Itzhak Ron.

This panel discussion will touch base on many current industry related topics which shape the important relationship between regulators, operators, and affiliates, with distinguished speakers hand-picked by the event’s legal and banking sponsor Tal Itzhak Ron (Chairman & CEO at Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm).

Among the experts of the discussion, you will find Assaf Stieglitz (President, Odds1x2 Holdings), Amir Mikay (Co-founder, TrafficLightMedia), Yoav Dotan (Co-Founder, Affiliate Cruise and Genesis Global), Stephanie Attias (Global Head of Regulation, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co.), and Vasilije Lekovic (Director of Gaming Accounts at Trustly), as well as Mr Farrugia, which is considered by many gaming industry experts as one of the most forward-looking and influential regulators in the gambling sector in Europe and abroad.

Do not miss this opportunity to attend the leading conference in the region which offers the option for both new companies and veterans, to learn about industry insights and compliance updates, while also take part in several industry related discussions with the leading groups that are at the forefront of the gambling industry in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Switzerland, and Germany.

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About Heathcliff Farrugia

Heathcliff Farrugia is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). He is specialized in business management, operational efficiencies, strategic planning, and regulation; and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Leicester, UK. Throughout his professional career, he held various senior executive positions both within the private and the public sector. In 2014, Heathcliff joined the Gaming Authority in the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO) and was pivotal in the transformation process which the Authority underwent. He held this position for two years, up until he moved to the Regulatory department to hold the role of Chief Regulatory Officer (CRO) in 2016. In this role, he was responsible for all Regulatory aspects of the Authority, with four teams focusing on Regulatory Supervision, Authorisations, Compliance, and Player Support respectively.

At the same time, he was also a member of the Supervisory Council and co-chaired the Fit & Proper Committee, entrusted with the assessment of the fit and properness of the individuals and companies applying for an MGA license. Heathcliff was a board member on the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF), where he is now a member and is also a member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) and the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA).

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After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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SEG Awards: Three Nominations for NSoft

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After the online public voting stage for this year’s SEG Awards to be presented in Milan at the upcoming European Gaming Congress, the official list of the nominees has been announced. The SEG Awarding ceremony will acknowledge the business excellence in 26 categories.

NSoft has been shortlisted in three categories: Best Sports Betting Innovation, Rising Star in the Virtual Sports/Fantasy Sports as well as Best Overall Virtual Sports/Fantasy Sports Provider in 2019.

“2019 is surely the year where the expert community recognized and wanted to praise our innovations as well as results we have accomplished in the category of virtual sports. We are really proud to be recognized in several occasions as a trustworthy partner who nurtures innovation and always strives for excellence in business. The latest nomination for the SEG Awards proves that we are right on track”, said Dario Jurčić, Chief Business Officer of NSoft.

The European Gaming Congress is scheduled for November 8, 2019, at Radisson Blu Hotel Milan, Italy. The SEG Awards 2019 ceremony will follow the promising panel discussion where industry professionals from different fields of expertise will tackle current topics. NSoft representative, Mr. Zlatan Omerspahic, will participate at the panel discussion: Marketing for Operators in Regulated Markets.

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Donáta Szabó (GamblingCompliance) to moderate the Benelux Market Update at EGC2019 Milan

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Legal analyst for GamblingCompliance who specializes in legal and regulatory developments across Europe and Israel to moderate the Benelux Market Update at EGC Milan 2019!

 

Without any doubt, the second edition of European Gaming Congress (EGC) is shaping up to becoming the key conference in the European region this November with some of the biggest names of the gambling industry making their way to the speakers’ list.

The compliance and marketing related updates from +14 jurisdiction will be shared by operators, software providers, lawyers and last but not least the most influent regulators of the gambling industry.

As you may already know the conference will take place on the 8th of November at Radisson Blu Hotel Milan, and delegates will have the opportunity to once again take part in engaging discussion and several networking sessions.

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The Benelux Market Update is new in the European Gaming Congress’s agenda and will focus on bringing a wealth of information about the gambling industry in Luxembourg, Netherlands and Belgium.

The already confirmed speakers of the panel discussion are Willem van Oort (Founder of Gaming in Holland / Gaming in Spain) and Marko Jankovic (Head Of Business Development at G-Core Labs S.A.) and as mentioned above, the panel discussion will be moderated by Donáta Szabó (Junior Legal and Research Manager at GamblingCompliance), who has a unique style of bringing out some of the vital information from the panelists.

Donata is a legal analyst for GamblingCompliance and specializes in legal and regulatory developments across Europe and Israel. She also currently manages the Responsible Gambling Portal. She graduated first in her year from the LLB and holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge. She also completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and was called to the Bar in July 2016. Donata has previous experience in human rights and international law. She previously worked at the European Parliament, the University of Cambridge and Israeli NGO Movement for Quality Government.

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in Europe via the EGC platform every year.

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Browse the official event website here:  www.europeangamingcongress.com

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André Wilsenach (BMM Testlabs) is the guest of the Fireside Chat at EGC Milan 2019 moderated by Dr. Simon Planzer (PLANZER LAW)

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Senior Vice-President and Government Relations Manager of BMM International will be the guest at EGC Milan 2019 Fireside Chat!

 

We are happy to announce that the final Fireside Chat of the year will have a special guest, which comes in the form of André Wilsenach, Senior Vice President and in charge of Government Relations at BMM Testlabs.

With this news, we are excited to announce that the series of fireside chats will also continue in 2020 as well at Prague, Tallinn, and Budapest.

In the early 1930s, Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced the world to the “fireside chat” when he directly addressed the nation via the radio 30 different times. To achieve his goal — assuaging the fears of the American people as they navigated the Great Depression and World War II — he invoked a casual tone.

Contrary to what their name suggests, these fireside chats did not feature Roosevelt warming his toes by a flickering fire as he spoke. Harry Butcher, a CBS reporter, coined this term because he believed “it perfectly evoked the comforting intent behind Roosevelt’s words.”

Today, fireside chats are used more and more often, from conferences and low-key meet-and-greets to television interviews.

They’re quite a bit different than they were over 80 years ago. Today, they’re conducted in-person (or via video) and typically include a moderator and at least one guest. But the intent is the same — to put everyone at ease and leave the audience with more information and knowledge than before.

The fireside chats were introduced to the European Gaming Media and Events series in 2018 and have continued to reach new heights and success among the delegates.

On the 8th of November at Radisson Blu Hotel Milan, delegates will have the opportunity to once again take part in a fireside chat during the second edition of European Gaming Congress (EGC).

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As mentioned above, the guest of the fireside chat in Milan is André Wilsenach, who holds the position of Senior Vice-President, Government Relations at BMM International, a private independent gaming testing laboratory.

He is a graduate of the University of Pretoria, South Africa and amongst others worked for the Africa Institute of South Africa, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, Ernst & Young as well as the South African Government prior to a longstanding career in gaming regulation.

André’s career in gaming goes back to 1995 when he was appointed to the South African Lotteries and Gambling Board which was set up to advise the South African government on the legalization of gambling in South Africa. Following the adoption of this report, he was appointed as Executive Officer of the Mpumalanga Gaming Board and a member of the National Gambling Board. In 2001 he was appointed as the first Executive Officer of Zonke Monitoring Systems, a private company established to render electronic monitoring services to the National Gambling Board of South Africa. In 2002 he was appointed Executive Director of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission which regulated online gambling. In 2016 he was appointed as Executive Director of the International Center for Gaming Regulation at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, a position he held until the end of 2018.

André is a former President of the International Association of Gaming Regulators and an active member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and the International Association of Gaming Advisors.

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in Europe via the EGC platform every year.

Register here!

Browse the official event website here:  www.europeangamingcongress.com

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