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#PragueGamingSummit3 announces Alina B Gleiss (Zendesk), Dr. Manfred Galdes (ARQ Group Malta), Francesco Baranca (Federbet), and Martin Stöfler(OSM Solutions)

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As announced earlier this week, we are honored to host an important panel discussion which focuses on several topics that include IT Security, Safe Gambling, AML, KYC, CRM, Match-fixing and the use of AI in Responsible Gambling.

For such an interesting topic selection, a seasoned speaker lineup has been added in order to best achieve the goal of debating with the best in the verticals.

You can read more about the speakers of the “(Horus Session) Safe Gambling – IT security and AML / KYC” panel discussion below. They will join Kim Mouridsen (Professor at Aarhus University, Founder and Managing Director Cercare Medical, Founder at Mindway AI) and Pieter Remmers (CEO, Assissa), the moderator of the panel.

Picking the right CRM for Responsible Gambling with Alina B Gleiss (EMEA Sales Manager at Zendesk)

Alina has 10 years of experience in SAS Sales Leadership and International Team Management, and she aims to excel in the delivery of Zendesk’s Customer Service Solution to the Central EMEA Market.

One of her main drivers is the successful implementation of one of the Garter Magic Quadrant leading CRM & Customer Support Software solutions. This success is key to making the Customer Service domain a far better and customer-centric driven environment for all, setting up all companies for growth and success through better and innovative customer experience.

IT Security with Martin Stöfler (Co-Founder, OSM Solutions)

Martin has worked in the IT Security and Compliance field since 2001. He has excelled in a wide variety of roles ranging from penetration testing to heading up the security and compliance teams for major international B2B and B2C iGaming providers. Having been on the forefront of entering newly regulated markets in Europe and the US, he has accumulated a vast amount of experience in the practical aspects of online gaming regulations from an operator and platform provider perspective.

In 2017 Martin co-founded the Austrian Startup OSM Solutions, which focuses on iGaming security and compliance and is about to launch a revolutionary compliance product which will support operators and regulators through the often very complex processes of audit and certification management.

Martin is a former IT Security & Compliance Manager at NYX Interactive (Currently SG Digital) and has also worked with Amaya Gaming Gaming Group.

Combating Match-fixing with Francesco Baranca (Chairman of Committee on Ethics and Fair Play of Football Federation of Ukraine, Secretary General at FederBet Austria & Belgium)

Francesco Baranca is an expert in detecting fixed matches, who has revealed hundreds of matches featuring unfair players and teams over the years of his work.

Francesco is an Italian national who is the Secretary-General of FederBet, an anti-match-fixing organization based in Brussels.

He was head of the legal department of Stanleybet Malta Ltd. from 2001 to 2006, GoldBet Sportwetten GmbH from 2006 to 2009, and SKS365 GmbH from 2009 to 2013.

He has a Masters Degree in Law from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, in Milan.

He speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish and German.

Francesco has been newly elected as Chairman of the Committee for Ethics and Fair Play of the Football Federation of Ukraine.

AML / KYC with Dr. Manfred Galdes (Partner at ARQ Group Malta)

Until two years ago Manfred held the position of Director of the FIAU, Malta’s financial intelligence unit. During his eight-year tenure, he acted as the operational head of the FIAU, which besides being the country’s FIU is also the body responsible for the supervision of all obliged entities (both financial entities and DNFBPs) under Maltese law. He also previously held the position of Manager, Legal and International Affairs Unit at the Malta Financial Services Authority, the single regulator responsible for the supervision of all banks, financial institutions and other entities providing financial services operating in or from Malta.

During his tenure at the FIAU, Manfred spearheaded the development of an effective risk-based supervisory framework and dedicated himself to refining Malta’s capabilities in fighting financial crime both through his efforts within the FIAU but also through his involvement in other high-level domestic committees. He was also entrusted with the coordination of Malta’s first AML/CFT national risk assessment.

Over the years he represented Malta on international bodies and expert groups such as the EU Expert Group on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, the EU FIUs Platform and the Egmont Group. He was also a member of Malta’s delegation to MONEYVAL for several years and Malta’s delegation to the Conference of the Parties set up for the purpose of assessing adherence to the Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism (CETS no°198) for two years.

In September 2016 Manfred joined the ARQ Group, a multi-disciplinary professional firm, as Managing Director of ARQ Risk & Compliance, leading a team of professionals providing specialist advisory and support services to private and public entities in the field of financial crime compliance. He is also a partner of Fenech Farrugia Fiott Legal, a Malta-based law firm with offices in Valletta and Birkirkara.

Today he advises a number of banks, financial institutions, and top-tier gaming companies and assists them with strengthening their compliance structures and systems. He also leads a team of international experts that provide advisory services to governments and public institutions involved in the prevention, supervision, detection, and investigation of financial crime.

In July 2018 Manfred was appointed Chairman of the ARQ Group.

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.

You can Register here or View the Agenda

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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Latvian regulator, Mrs. Signe Birne, to join the speaker lineup at MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2019 in Vilnius

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It has been reported by industry media that Latvia’s parliament has decided to ban gambling halls throughout the country. The representatives of the political parties have stated that amendments are needed and that casinos can only be located in luxury hotels.

The representative of the Ministry of Finance, Yana Salminia, stated that the streamlining of the gambling business is already underway. Politicians and other interested parties can submit their proposals, the draft consideration was already completed.

Meanwhile, the country’s gambling revenue increased by 11.7 per cent compared with 2017 and amounted to 277.701 million euros, according to the Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of the Republic of Latvia.

The total turnover of gambling operators in 2018 grew by 10.5 per cent to 293.467 million euros and the total estimated profit of these active 16 companies, amounts to 80.998 million euros in 2018, which is 18.5 per cent more than in 2017.

During the second edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and Awards, which will take place in Vilnius on the 9th of May, Mrs. Signe Birne, Director of Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection of the Republic of Latvia, will join the “Focus on the Latvian and Estonian gambling industry” compliance panel discussion.

You can find more details about the Agenda here or you can register here!

About Signe Birne

Since 1993, Mrs.Birne has worked as Director of Securities department and Financial Market Policy department of the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia.

With the establishing of Lotteries and Gambling Supervisory Inspection in 1998, Mrs.Birne starts her career as Director of Inspection.

Mrs.Birne has been graduated from the University of Latvia, Finance and trade faculty – Master’s Degree in Economics and in 2001 she earned the Master’s degree in Social science.

Signe Birne has an in-depth understanding of organizational practice and theory as well as experience within the regulation of the Latvian gaming market – land-based and online, illegal online gambling and payment blocking.

Signe Birne is very active with her country point of view on developments of gaming business all around Europe since 2001 till 2009 she held a position as a member of the Executive Board of GREF, Gaming Regulators European Forum, and 2009 – 2012 she was a Chairman of the Executive Board of GREF.

Since 2012 Mrs.Birne participated as the Latvian 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 EU and the EEA Member States.

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in the Baltic and Scandinavian region via the MARE BALTICUM Gaming platform which has been launched in 2018 and is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the Baltic and Scandinavian region on a yearly base.

Register here!

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

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Tom Horn Gaming announced as Silver Sponsor at MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2

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The second edition of MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit – The Baltic and Scandinavian Gaming Summit and Awards will take place in Vilnius this year on the 9th of May at the prestigious Radisson Blu Royal Astorija Hotel.

The MARE BALTICUM Gaming platform has been launched in 2018 and is committed to bringing together industry shareholders and government officials from the Baltic and Scandinavian region on a yearly base. The inaugural event was held in Riga and has recorded a huge success for the growth of the industry in the region. You can read the post-event result on the following page.

You can find more details about the Agenda here or you can register here!

We are honored to announce that in 2019, we will have the support of Tom Horn Gaming as Silver Sponsor.

MARE BALTICUM Gaming Summit 2019 is a highly professional and detailed conference, with a fantastic line-up of expert speakers who will fill in participants about the requirements and development in the Baltic and Scandinavian markets.

As always all delegates will not only be fed the latest information but will be well looked after and entertained at the accompanying social events.

A very good industry focused event I can only recommend!” stated Sara Urbanovicova, Chief Commercial Officer at Tom Horn Gaming.

You can find more details about the Agenda here or you can register here!

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

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7 facts why you should not miss #PragueGamingSummit3

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We are slowly gearing up to the host the most important Prague Gaming Summit and here are 7 facts that we would like to share with you that make the 2019 edition a not to be missed event!

  1. Largest speakers lineup up to date
  2. New formats
  3. New topics
  4. Entertainment session
  5. Excellent networking opportunities
  6. Attendance of Malta’s gambling regulator
  7. IMGL MasterClass

1. Largest speakers lineup up to date

Prague Gaming Summit 3 will host over 40 expert speakers which will share their knowledge about essential topics for operators and service providers. You can view the full speaker lineup here.

2. New formats

Starting with the 2019 edition, we have added keynote presentations and have created more dynamic panel discussion that will enable all participants to take part actively in the conversation.

3. New topics

New topics such as Virtual Sports, eSport, Relationships between Regulators, Operators and Affiliate, iGaming and Financial Industries, Daily Fantasy Sport, Online Slots Games, the use of AI and several other discussions which you can find in full detail by browsing the agenda.

4. Entertainment session

Exclusive for European Gaming Media and for the first time ever on a stage in Prague!! – Tal Ron will perform live 3 of his newest songs for Prague Gaming Summit attendees and iGamingRadio. Hear Tal Ron singing and performing live to our audience his original music: “Four on the Floor”, “It’s Only Natural (Alone in the Dark with You)” and a surprise hit.

5. Excellent networking opportunities

We are proud to announce that the Networking Sessions that we organize during the events are considered to be among the top quality networking breaks in the industry. We will continue bringing these opportunities and have also adjusted the Evening Social Gathering accordingly. Starting in 2019, the Evening Social Gatherings will start at 20:30 in order to give the opportunity for all delegates that have early flights to attend the session.

6. Attendance of Malta’s gambling regulator

We are honored to have for the first time in Prague, the Maltese gaming regulator who will join the starting panel at the event and give key feedback to the market. Mr. Heathcliff Farrugia 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.

7. IMGL MasterClass

To top the incredible speaker lineup, topics, and special guests, we are honored to have the partnership with the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) and feature a special IMGL MasterClass that focuses on Advertisement banning trends in the European Union and the Balkans.

You can Register here or View the Agenda

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