Chief Executive Officer, Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board.
Mabutho Zwane was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer by the Eastern Cape Gambling and Betting Board (ECGBB) in December 2009. He is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to the Board and advising the Board on all gambling related matters. Having joined the ECGBB in 2003, he has over 11 years in gambling regulation with a particular focus on audit and compliance.
Mabutho is a graduate of the University of Technology in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and finished the Executive Development Programme at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA in 2007. He is currently busy with his Masters Degree in Business Administration at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.
Director, Investigations and Enforcement Bureau (IEB) of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC)
Karen Wells has been the Director, Investigations and Enforcement Bureau (IEB) of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC)since January of 2013. As the first IEB Director of the newly formed agency, was responsible for developing protocols for Bureau operations on suitability investigations and regulatory compliance. Currently oversees Licensing Division, Financial Investigation Division, Gaming Agent Division, and State Police Gaming Enforcement Unit assigned to the Commission.
Prior to joining the MGC, served as Undersecretary for Law Enforcement at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, and as a Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant District Attorney at the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office.
Company Secretary and Director of Legal Affairs, National Lotteries Board (NLB) and the Malawi Gaming Board (MGB)
Ofwa Mary Alide is employed by the National Lotteries Board (NLB) and the Malawi Gaming Board (MGB) as Company Secretary and Director of Legal affairs. In that capacity, she acts as the two organizations' legal adviser and also serve as Secretary to the two Boards.
For the past twenty years Ms. Alide has acquired vast and diverse experience as a legal practitioner having worked in different organisations and at different levels. She has also served on the Boards of Malawi Stock Exchange, MFI Hub and was a trustee of Malawi Centre for Advice, Research and Education on Rights (CARER).
Executive Director, Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), Jamaica
Vitus Evans joined the Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) on May 1, 2017 with the mandate to merge the BGLC, the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC) and the Casino Gaming Commission (CGC) into a single Gaming Commission that will enable a viable and reputable gaming and racing industry by balancing the interest of Providers, Consumers, the General Public and Government.
He is an Attorney-at-Law and was called to the Bar in the United Kingdom, Eastern Caribbean and Jamaica. He has his own Law Practice and Consultancy firm, Vitus Evans and Associates with business interests spread across agriculture, manufacturing and management consultancy services.
Recognized as a business and management leader in Jamaica with over three decades of experience in corporate governance and law, Vitus serves on multiple boards in the private and public sectors. He is the past President of the Jamaica Exporters Association (JEA) and he is currently St. Lucia’s Honourary Consul to Jamaica.
Programme Director - Insight, Gambling Commission, United Kingdom
Ben has responsibility for a portfolio which brings together the Commission’s market and social research function, and specialists across the various industry sectors. This includes the associated stakeholder engagement, national and international, with a particular interest in best practice. He also shares the senior collective responsibility to deliver the wider Commission business plan.
Ben arrived at the Commission through the merger with the National Lottery Commission. He had worked in a variety of senior roles within the NLC across Insight, Corporate Affairs and Operations, including Head of Evaluation during the third National Lottery licence competition process.
CEO - Gambling Authority, Botswana
Mr. Thulisizwe Johnson has a distinguished varied career in Financial Services, including having led the National Development Bank of Botswana, and Metropolitan Life Botswana. Mr. Johnson also has over 7 years’ experience as Managing Director of Barclays Bank of Botswana. He was the first employee of the Gambling Authority of Botswana, as its founding Chief Executive Officer in 2014, and was tasked with setting-up and crafting the strategic direction of the Authority. He has overseen the growth of the Authority to the current 53 employees and is currently leading the licensing of the first Botswana National Lottery.
CEO - National Gambling Board
Ms. Kongwa has demonstrated herself as a leader and role model within the industry through her proven track record and high level of achievement. Her good leadership skills at the National Gambling Board (NGB) are evident in the success she has achieved to date in evaluating the compliance monitoring of Provincial Licensing Authority (PLAs), their licensees and performance. Ms. Kongwa has played a critical role in delivering the vision of NGB of SA through her creative and meticulous leadership in NBG that has aligned key performance outcome and projects outlined in strategic, annual performance and business plans to outcomes and expectations listed in the National Gambling Act (NGA) 7 of 2004.
She has specifically guided the establishment, for the first time. of a self-funding model for NGB through the collection of monitoring fees from an improved National Central Electronic Monitoring System (NCEMS that monitor's all installed and active Limited Payout Machines (more than 11,500) in South Africa. Thus, contributing to job opportunities and generation of revenue.
Chairman, Pokagon Band Gaming Commission
Bruce Molnar is an enrolled member of the federally recognized Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians of Indiana and Michigan.
Molnar was named as a Commissioner for the Pokagon Band Gaming Commission in September 2008 and currently serves as Chairman on the three member tribal gaming commission with offices at New Buffalo, Michigan U.S.A.
Bruce served as a Trooper with the Indiana State Police before concluding an automotive career as a GM/Hyundai dealer principal. Molnar is a business development consultant and serves on the Board of Directors for his tribe’s Community Finance Development Institution (CDFI).
Bruce is a Certified Fraud Examiner and earned a Master’s degree in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University and his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University.
Molnar is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, IAGA, IAGR, Institute of Internal Auditors, and the NTGC/R -National Tribal Gaming Commissioners and Regulators.
Chief Executive Officer - Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation
Catherine has been the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation in Victoria, Australia for over five years. She has an extensive background in communication, regulation, education, strategic planning and client services within the public and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Business Administration. During her period as CEO she has led extensive operational reform including the development of risk-based tools and decision making frameworks in both gambling licensing and compliance monitoring practice.
Chief Executive, Jersey Gambling Commission
Jason became responsible for gambling regulation in Jersey in 2001. Working with a small team, Jason has managed the modernisation of Jersey’s gambling legislation, culminating in the passing of the Gambling Commission (Jersey) Law 2010 and the Gambling (Jersey) Law 2012. Jason became the first Chief Executive of the Jersey Gambling Commission in 2010.
A longstanding member of IAGR, Jason attended his first conference in Lisbon (2003) and is an active participant in the e-gaming and (anti) money laundering working groups. He is a past Chairman of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF), and an Associate (Regulator) member of the International Masters of Gaming Law.
Prior to becoming a regulator Jason was an academic, receiving his PhD for research in cross-border Policing. In 2014 Jason was appointed a founding Board Member of the Jersey Police Authority, becoming Deputy Chairman in 2015 and Chairman in 2017.
Chief Executive Officer, Gauteng Gambling Board, South Africa
Steven Ngubeni is the Chief Executive Officer of the Gauteng Gambling Board (GGB) in South Africa. Ngubeni has more than 15 years of experience in gambling regulation and the public sector. This includes senior positions in the Gauteng provincial government and local municipalities in the Mpumalanga province.
Ngubeni currently serves in the Mpumalanga Town Planning Tribunal, Nkangala Municipal Planning Tribunal, and Nkangala Valuation Appeals Board.
Ngubeni has broad public sector experience having served as CEO of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and as the Deputy Director General for Economic Infrastructure in the Gauteng Department of Economic Development.
Ngubeni has also held senior positions in Mpumalanga provincial government. He was the Municipal Manager of Victor Khanye Municipality and prior to that he held the positon of Director for Technical Services at Emakhazeni Municipality. Under Ngubeni’s leadership Victor Khanye Municipality underwent a successful restructuring that improved efficiency and strengthened performance.
He holds a Btech Degree in Town and Regional Planning, MA degree, MSc degree, MPA degree, Executive Programmes in Leadership and Gambling Regulation.
Secretary/Manager, Casino Gaming Commission of Jamaica
Audrey Robinson is the Chief Executive Officer (Acting) of the Casino Gaming Commission of Jamaica. Audrey is responsible for all operational units within the Commission including Legal, Investigations, Corporate Services, Finance and Administration.
Audrey has been involved with the Commission since 2012 in her capacity of Commission Secretary / Legal Officer. In 2013, she was appointed to act as Chief Executive Officer and served in that position for one year. During this time she commenced the development of a framework for regulating the casino gaming sector. In 2015 she was appointed General Counsel and Chief Advisor to the Board of Commissioners as well as all operating departments. In that role, she has direct responsibility for the Legal Services Department with primary responsibility for the drafting of gaming regulations, reviewing and recommending amendment to the governing Act and various policies in keeping with best practices and sector changes. She is the Commission’s representative on matters relating to Proceeds of Crime and Antimony Laundering.
Since April 2016, she is again acting as CEO while retaining her substantive role as General Counsel.
Audrey has received training from the New Jersey Gaming Control Commission, Office of Technical Assistance of the US Treasury and has attended IAGR Conferences of 2014 and 2016.
Audrey is a graduate of the Norman Manley Law, Kingston Jamaica and holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of London and a MBA in General Management from Barry University, USA.
Senior Advisor, The Norwegian Gaming Authority
Trude Hogseth Felde works for The Norwegian Gaming Authority. She has a Master degree in Law, and has worked for the Norwegian Gaming Authority since August 2001. Her special area is regulation of the Norwegian market, Internet gaming, EU gambling regulation and social gaming/gambling.