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Ms. Ranjana Adhikari co-heads the Media Entertainment & Gaming practice groups at Nishith Desai Associates in Mumbai.
While she has been engaged in the advisement and representation of clients across various industries and sectors, her niche focus has been advising gaming clients including a number of top operators from UK, Europe and India especially for poker, sports betting, rummy and skill gaming businesses. She has experience particularly on the structuring and documentation for cross-border joint ventures and technology collaborations, international commercial contracts, licensing agreements and intellectual property issues. Ms Adhikari and her colleagues at the firm, Nishith Desai Associates are reckoned as the thought leaders for the Indian gaming industry and often lead the delegations working towards policy change and reformation for the growth of the industry, both as a part of government representations and formulating industry self-regulation.
She has been listed as the Recommended Attorney for Gaming Laws in India by Global Law Experts since 2015 and won the “Excellence in Gaming Law – India” awards at both the 2015 and 2016 Corporate Live Wire Legal Awards. She has also been inducted as a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law.
Ms Adhikari is also a regular author and contributor to many international and domestic journals and publications. She is often invited to speak and share her perspectives at a number of seminars and conferences, both within India and abroad.
Willy Allison is the Founder & Managing Director of the World Game Protection Conference in Las Vegas, an annual international conference & expo dedicated to casino surveillance and game protection professionals. The World Game Protection Conference (WGPC) debuted in 2006 and has grown to become the casino industry’s leading conference for examining current and real security threats that can cause potential harm to a casino operation.
Willy started in the casino industry in 1987 as a surveillance operator in Australia. His career progressed into various surveillance management roles that allowed him to experience and take advantage of opportunities in an expanding global industry. Over a 15 year casino operations career, Willy worked in Australia, Asia, South America and the U.S.A.
Willy considers himself to be an educator and information sharer. He has consulted and conducted training seminars for the top casino organizations in the world and every now and then...he writes articles, makes videos and tweets about casino protection stuff.
Silje Sægrov Amble works for the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority.
She has a Master degree in Law, and has worked for the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority since 2006. Her special area is regulation of the Norwegian market, illegal gambling, Internet gambling, payment blocking and pyramid schemes.
Santiago Asensi is the Managing Partner of Asensi Abogados, a boutique law firm in the Gaming and Gambling sector with offices in Spain and Colombia. Asensi provides legal advice to a large number of bookmakers, poker, casino, bingo and skill games operators, software providers, slot suppliers with interests located in Spain and Latin America as well as to gaming jurisdictions. Asensi Abogados was the official advisor of Coljuegos (the Colombian regulator) in the development of the first regulation for online gambling in Latin America.
He is co-author of the Gaming Law Book published by Thomson Reuters and of the Spanish Gambling Market Report for MECN.
He is member of the industry IAGA, IMGL, J-Digital and the portal Gaminglaw.eu. Asensi is frequent speaker at the major international gaming conferences and publishes articles about the gaming industry on a frequent basis.
Khalid Ezat Azam is an adviser at The Norwegian Media Authority within the field of computer games. He has a background from sociology with an emphasis on game studies, and has previously worked as a gaming journalist. In his current role at The NMA he works with topics such as problematic gaming, media trends and content classification.
He also functions as a national representative in the PEGI Council (Pan European Game Information).
Professor Chris Brady has had a varied working life ranging from a line-worker at Chrysler in Detroit in his teens to managing a bookmaker's shop, from a land surveyor to a semi-professional footballer, from a naval officer to a management consultant. Currently he is Professor of Management Studies and Director of the Centre for Sports Business at Salford University. Prior to these roles he was the Dean of BPP Business School; Dean of the Business School at Bournemouth University and Deputy Dean responsible for external affairs and business development at the Cass Business School in the City of London. Professor Brady also served in the Royal Navy for 16 years including appointments in the joint HQ intelligence cells during the first Gulf War and the Balkans crises.
He is the author of books and articles on subjects as varied as US foreign policy, British Cabinet government and business. Most recently he has co-authored the award-winning book Quiet Leadership with Carlo Ancelotti. Previously his books include the best-selling The 90 Minute Manager. He has also written on specific business issues in The End of the Road, the story of BMW’s ownership of Rover and its aftermath, The Extra Mile, which deals with employee engagement, and Intelligent M&A, an analysis of the intelligence function within the M&A process.
Professor Brady is a former trustee of GambleAware and he is independent commissioner on the Football Association’s Football Regulatory Authority as well as contributing a business module to the Football Association's UEFA pro-licence management course. He played, coached and managed football semi-professionally throughout his working life. Professor Brady has also been qualified as a coach in tennis, squash and trampoline and admits that he draws most enjoyment from movies and football.
Martin Britton is the Managing Director of GLI EMEA. Offices covered being The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, South Africa and UK. In his current position he oversees the entire operation for GLI EMEA with a key focus on customer service and assisting regulators in emerging markets.
Mr. Britton has over 20 years of experience in the gaming industry. His success from Technical Director to Commercial Director for TCS/John Huxley demonstrated his talents as he increased the growth of the business, designed products, worked with legislators and implemented key agreements with customers, suppliers as well as with distributors. He later became the Commercial and Technical Director of VIP Gaming, developing gaming products and then moved onto Cyberview Technology as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Britton joined GLI 11 years ago overseeing the engineering area in The Netherlands and has expanded his role to the current position.
Mr. Britton received his education at the University of the West of England in electrical and electronic engineering and telecommunications. He furthered his management studies at the Soundwell Technical Institute of Industrial Managers.
Commissioner Cameron was appointed to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in April of 2012 by Governor Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steve Grossman. She was reappointed to a second term in 2016 by Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. Commissioner Cameron has oversight and advisory responsibility for investigations, licensing and horse racing.
Prior to her appointment to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Gayle Cameron worked as a public safety consultant after a distinguished career with the New Jersey State Police. She retired as a Deputy Superintendent, the second highest rank.
Prior to her retirement, Lieutenant Colonel Cameron commanded the Investigations Branch which had authority over the areas of: casino regulation, specialized investigations, intelligence gathering and analysis, and forensic sciences. In this position she held the agency’s top security clearance and interacted on a regular basis with the US Attorney from the District of NJ, the State’s Governor, the NJ Attorney General and was the primary liaison with all federal law enforcement agencies.
Commissioner Cameron’s gaming experience began as an undercover operative while conducting casino criminal and organized crime investigations. She also gained valuable expertise as a detective vetting individuals and companies during the application process for licensure to Atlantic City’s casinos.
Commissioner Cameron has also been called upon to sit on numerous promotional boards both in the United States and abroad. She was appointed to serve as a Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) which evaluates police agencies’ best practices both nationally and internationally. She is a founding member of New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement and frequently serves as a panelist for the international association of Chiefs of Police and the National Center for Women and Policing.
Lt. Colonel Cameron holds an M.A. from Seton Hall University, a B.S. from Bridgewater State College, and is a graduate of the FBI Leadership Development School, the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command, and the International Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations certification.
Mr. Capozzi is the Director of the Information System Security Audit and Testing function, for the certification & assurance of Internet & Land-based Gaming organizations. He is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Payment Card Industry Qualified Security Auditor (PCI QSA), Payment Card Industry Professional (PCIP), ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH8), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) and has led compliance & security audit and testing worldwide for land based and online market.
Peter is Director Regulatory Affairs for The Agenda Group, having joined the company in February 2011.
Peter joined the Victorian gaming regulator in 1996. He was appointed its CEO, Director of Gaming and Betting and Director of Casino Surveillance in 2002 and subsequently Executive Commissioner and CEO from 2004 to 2010. As the inaugural Executive Commissioner of the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation, Peter was responsible for all aspects of gambling regulation in Victoria including oversight of Crown Melbourne, 27,500 poker machines in pubs and clubs as well as keno, lotteries, sports betting, parimutuel betting on horse racing and charitable gaming.
Peter has provided advice on gambling regulatory, licensing and responsible gambling issues for industry, governments and regulators in Australia, Cambodia, Macau, Singapore, Japan, Ireland and Massachusetts.
Peter is on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) and was previously a board member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators from 2005 to 2010, including a period as Chairman in 2009 and 2010. Peter is also a member of the Advisory Board of the UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation and has been a member of the Advisory Board of the annual US National Center for Responsible Gaming conference for the last six years.
Paul is a researcher and lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide where he teaches learning theory and statistics. He has published around 300 papers, reports and book chapters in a range of topics, including: the psychology of gambling, child protection and child welfare and has been a regular advisor to State and Federal Government departments over the last 15 years. He has worked in a number of areas of gambling research: population prevalence studies; adolescent gambling; erroneous beliefs about gambling; and, the structural characteristics of gaming machines and how they affect behaviour. He has also conducted research and written review papers relating to gambling co-morbidity and gambling harm.
Trude Hogseth Felde works for the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority. She has a Master degree in Law, and has worked for the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority since August 2001. Her special area is regulation of the Norwegian market, Internet gaming, EU gambling regulation and social gaming/gambling
Barry Felstead was promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer - Australian Resorts in August 2013, with responsibility for Crown’s Melbourne and Perth properties, and Crown’s VIP International business. He is also a Director of Crown Melbourne Limited and Burswood Limited.
Prior to this, Barry was Chief Operating Officer of Crown Perth (formerly Burswood Entertainment Complex) where he held the position from 2005 to 2007, before being promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Crown Perth in 2007. First joining Crown as Casino Cage Manager in March 1994, Barry has held the roles of General Manager – Cage & Count Operations, Executive General Manager – Gaming Machine Operations and Executive General Manager – Casino Operations, overseeing the operations of 2,500 gaming machines and 350 tables at the Southbank site, before his move to Perth in May 2005. Barry’s career in Casino’s began in November 1985 when he joined Conrad Jupiters on the Gold Coast as a Gaming Cashier, progressing through various Casino Cage roles until his move to Crown.
As Chairman of FutureNow and Board member of Burswood Park Board and Alumni of Celebrate WA, Barry has a keen interest in the community and a desire to make a significant contribution corporately.
A most successful community ambassador, and one of the principal Western Australian fundraisers for the St Vincent de Paul Society CEO Sleepout, Barry is also involved with Anglicare WA, Youth Focus and Foodbank WA amongst many other charity partners. In 2017, Crown Perth donated $2.5m to Telethon, another charity that Barry has embraced both personally and professionally.
Dale Fuga is the Chief Operating Officer of the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Gaming Control Commission). Dale is responsible for all operational units within the Authority including Licensing and Compliance.
Dale has been involved with gaming regulation since 1987 when he began as an Auditor with the Manitoba Lotteries Foundation, subsequently serving as Audit Manager; Manager of Licensing and Audit; and Director of Licensing Services. In 1997 he was transferred to the newly created Manitoba Gaming Control Commission as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Licensing and Registration. He assumed the Chief Operating Officer’s role in June, 1999. In 2014, this role was expanded to include additional responsibilities for liquor licensing and compliance.
In addition to serving on the IAGR Board of Trustees, Dale has been an active member of North American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA) since 1989 and served as its President on two occasions. He served as a Director from 2000 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2008 which included terms as President in 2002/03 and 2006/07. Other positions previously held within the organization include Chair of the NAGRA Past Presidents’ Council, Co-Chair of the Internet Gaming Committee, and Chair of the Casino Gaming Committee. Dale also served on the Bingo Standards Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Nominating Committee. He is also an active participant with the Canadian Association of Gaming Regulatory Agencies (CAGRA). Dale has been a speaker and/or session facilitator at many conferences including NAGRA, CAGRA, IAGR, G2E and the Canadian Gaming Summit.
Dale is a Chartered Professional Accountant/Certified Management Accountant (CPA/CMA) and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba.
Dale is a member of the IAGR Board of Trustees, served as Vice President in 2016 and currently serves as President of the Association.
Andrew Gellatly was part of the founding management team of Gambling Compliance and now heads its global research services division. As a journalist he has covered technology, gambling and sport. He wrote the Financial Times special report on the global gaming industry and has been a regular FT contributor on sport, gaming and technology. He has chaired and spoken at gambling conferences worldwide and regularly appears on television and radio as a commentator on the gambling industry.
James Green is a Programme Director at the Gambling Commission (Great Britain). He joined the organisation in 2016 and currently leads the data management, data analytics and risk management functions. His role includes oversight of the Gambling Commission’s statistics publications.
James is a member of the IAGR Statistics Sub-Committee and is both a Trustee / Director of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF) and a member of GREF’s InfoStat group. He has a particular interest in how operators use their data to support responsible gambling and prevent gambling-related crime.
Before joining the Gambling Commission, James worked as a transformation lead in local government. He spent his earlier career serving with the British Army, where he completed a range of command and staff appointments in the UK and overseas, specialising in operational planning and intelligence.
James is also a Trustee / Director of the UK’s Institute of Leadership and Management, a professional body that connects like-minded people with the shared purpose of inspiring great leadership everywhere.
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.
Alexander Haberl has more than 17 years of experience within the gaming industry. He began his career at Novomatic - Austrian Gaming Industries GmbH as a Project Manager in the Server-based Products R&D in 2001. During his time in the R&D Alex was involved in development of electronic table game products, linked progressive and VLT systems for the international gaming market. As Technical Compliance Manager for PC technology based products Alex has gained experience with regulated markets worldwide. In 2011 Alex switched to the online gaming industry acting as Head of Group Projects at Greentube. After many exciting years in the manufacturing industry Alex joined BMM Testlabs as Managing Director of BMM Europe GmbH located in Austria. Since March 2018 Alex is working with GLI Europe B.V. in the role of a Regulatory Development Manager to support regulators all over Europe in respect to technical requirements for all gaming sectors.
Recognized as a leading expert in national and international gambling and licensing law, Julian Harris is highly regarded by both operators and regulators throughout the world. Harris Hagan is the first and only UK law firm specialising exclusively in legal services to the gambling and leisure industries.
With over 30 years experience of gambling law, Julian has advised some of the world's largest gaming industry corporations. He and his team have also advised governments, trade associations and private equity houses in both online and land based gaming.
Julian is an experienced advocate, a respected and sought after conference speaker and author. He is the editor of the Practical Law Global Guide to Gaming, published by Thomson Reuters, now in its third edition, and covering 46 jurisdictions. He is recommended in all guides to the legal profession, and has been described by Chambers Guide as "the best gaming lawyer in London". Julian is a Counselor and a past President of the International Association of Gaming Advisors.
Nina Henningsen is head of Horten's well-respected Gaming & Gambling Law Group, which is the largest and most experienced in Denmark. Based on more than 10 years of sector specific experience she and her team advises a unique number of major international operators, financial service providers and suppliers on all aspects of legal issues with relevance to the gambling sector including regulatory and contractual matters, Licensing, M&A processes, AML law, IP and marketing law, company law, data protection, e-commerce and tax-law. She is Board member of The Committee for Media Industries under the Confederation of Danish Industries and the Danish Association for Entertainment and Media Law. Nina is highly ranked and recommended in Chambers as well as Legal 500. She is the author of the chapter regarding Danish Gaming and Gambling law in the leading publications and speaks regularly on international Gaming and Gambling law conferences.
Anne Mette Hjelle is Head of Communications at The Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority. She has more than 20 years’ experience from journalism in Norway and has later been adviser and board member of different foundations, organizations and companies. Her specialties are reputation management, digital communication management and media relations.
Dr. Joerg Hofmann is head of the Betting and Gaming Group of Melchers Law Firm in Germany. He is a Past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), the pre-eminent global gambling law networking and educational organisation. He has been consistently ranked as a “Leading Individual” in Gaming & Gambling by Chambers Global since 2011 and is listed among “Germany’s Best Lawyers” in the category “Gaming Law” by Handelsblatt and BestLawyers since 2014. Joerg is based in Heidelberg/Germany. He frequently publishes articles in international expert’s magazines and periodicals and speaks regularly on international gaming law conferences around the world.
Julia Hörnle is a Professor in Internet Law at Queen Mary, University of London, where she has been teaching and researching Internet Law since 2001 and is the Director of Taught Programmes at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies.
Julia trained with the international lawfirm of Eversheds, qualifying as a solicitor in 1999. She practised in their London and Brussels Offices before joining Queen Mary, University of London.
She is an expert in internet law, focusing on regulatory issues, the regulation of online gambling, and online consumer protection.
Julia has taught Internet law internationally, for the prestigious British Council funded European Young Lawyers Scheme at the College of Law, at Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications, East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, the University of Vienna, the National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University.
Julia speaks regularly at many high-profile international conferences and has appeared on several occasions on National Radio and TV (BBC Radio 4’s Law in Action Programme; Woman’s Hour; Sky News).
She was a Board Member of ATVOD, the independent co-regulator for television on demand 2010-2014.
She has managed a team of researchers in several publicly funded research projects, for the Information Commissioner, the European Commission, the Chinese Government and the UK Government (OFT and BIS) on Marketing to Children on the Internet, E-commerce Law, Consumer Protection and Online Arbitration.
Julia is the Managing Editor of IJLIT (Oxford University Press), the leading UK journal in the computer & communications law field.
She has published three books and over 60 Articles in the field of Internet Law.
Initiator of treatment- & prevention programmes for problem gamblers/compulsive gamblers and their relatives.
Co-initiator of the Nordic Association for Information on gambling dependency (SNSUS). SNSUS can celebrate a 20th anniversary at the 12th conference which will take place next year in June, Finland.
Author of the first Danish book about gambling and gambling problems.
The Center for Ludomani appears today as the largest center for treatment and prevention in the Nordic countries with departments in the three biggest cities: Aarhus, Odense and Copenhagen
Susanne Mørch Koch is the CEO of the Danish gambling company, Danske Spil. Danske Spil is the market leading game provider in Denmark offering a wide range of games on the monopolised (Lotto) as well as privatised, competitive (betting, online casino and draw based games) market. Danske Spil’s games are distributed by contracts with more than 4.000 retailers across Denmark as well as via own digitalised platforms.
Prior to managing Danske Spil, Susanne held executive positions at DSB and ARRIVA, MCKINSEY & CO and KPMG. Furthermore, Susanne is a skilled Board Professional, e.g. previous Chairman of DSB Kiosker/7- Eleven, Deputy Chairman of Rejsekort A/S and currently board member of Coop Danmark A/S.
Susanne has an in-depth understanding of organisational practice and theory as well as extensive experience within retail, customer intelligence, sale and marketing, customer services, digitalisation of customer touchpoints and implementation of new digital models for serving customers in an underlying environment of legacy systems and traditional thinking.
Global COO of SportPesa, a gaming company with a growing reputation for innovation and community involvement across three continents. Jakob harnesses the power of sport to unify people everywhere – connecting customers with excitement, sports clubs with funding and society with opportunities.
SportPesa began operations 2014 and is the world’s fastest growing company in its sector. Today, SportPesa is a major global brand with over 750 talented and dedicated employees serving millions of customers around the world from offices in the iconic Liver Building in Liverpool as well as in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Russia, Italy and Isle of Man.
SportPesa plays a major role in the lives of players, clubs and communities in all the countries in which we operate. We are leading the way in the gaming market through our partnerships with some of the world’s biggest sports clubs and leagues. SportPesa is the African partner for LaLiga and proudly sponsor Everton FC, Arsenal FC, Southampton FC, Hull City, Torino FC, Cape Town FC, Gor Mahia FC, AFC Leopards, Singida FC, Simba SC, Yanga SC.
Edward is the Chief Operating Officer Officer of the Gauteng Gambling Board. He joined the Board in June 1997 as Manager : Legal Services.
Gauteng Province accounts for approximately 40% of the country’s GDP and it has the biggest gambling industry in the country.
He holds Broc(UL), LLB(Wits), LLM(UJ), Post Graduate Diploma in Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts (UJ)(Cum Laude) and qualified as an attorney in 1994. Prior to becoming a gambling regulator he was an associate partner at Fluxmans Attorneys.
Dr Alan Littler advises the national and international gambling industry as a member of the Gaming Practice. The focus of Alan’s work is for remote gambling operators and adjacent activities, such as social gaming. He also advises those providing services to the sector, e.g. payment services providers, and covers regulatory developments in the lottery and casino markets. Current interests include issues concerning data protection and privacy around gambling.
Alan has a strong academic background in European law, holding a LL.M. (cum laude) in European Community Law from Leiden University, and moreover having been awarded his PhD from Tilburg University for research on the regulation of gambling and EU law. His research was published under the title Member States versus the European Union: The Regulation of Gambling by Martinus Nijhoff in 2011.
In keeping with his academic background Alan contributes to both academic conferences and publications, as well as industry outlets. He regularly contributes to publications such as European Gaming Lawyer, has authored the chapter about the Netherlands in Thomson Reuter’s Global Gaming Guide as well as writing the monthly “Legal and Regulatory Update” for Gaming in Holland. He co-organised a one-day conference entitled Regulating Online Gambling in the EU – Recommendation 2014/478/EU on Player Protection – Where Do We Go From Here?, with the Centre for Commercial Legal Studies, Queen Mary University of London, hosted in Paris in November 2014. In addition to lecturing on the topic at QMUL, as of 2016, he convenes the module on the regulation of online gambling in QMUL’s LLM in Computer and Communications Law by Distance Learning. He also undertakes research about gambling regulation with QMUL. Alan also served on the Advisory Board of A Full House: Developing a New Socio-Legal Theory of Gambling Regulation (“The Bingo Project”) at Kent Law School (University of Kent, Canterbury) which ran from 2013 until 2016.
Alan is an Extramural Fellow of the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), Tilburg University and a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors.
James R. Maida, Esq. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gaming Laboratories International, LLC (GLI®), headquartered in Lakewood, New Jersey. Mr. Maida began his career in 1985, testing gaming equipment with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement. In 1989, he opened an independent game testing and consulting business with co-founder Paul J. Magno. Today, GLI employs over 1,000 professionals and consults and tests for more than 46 state agencies, 250 tribal gaming commissions, 475 jurisdictions, and 1,000 equipment suppliers from its 21 offices located on six continents.
Mr. Maida has testified as an expert witness in numerous gambling cases on both the state and federal level and has appeared before the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, and the National Indian Gaming Commission and state legislative committees.
Mr. Maida has been named one of the “25 Most Influential Persons in the Gaming Industry” and one of the “Most Influential People in Gaming.” He was also the 2013 recipient of “The Arthur E. Armitage, Sr. Distinguished Alumni Award” from the Rutgers School of Law.
Mr. Maida is a member of many charitable boards, including the Rutgers University Foundation Board of Overseers; the Lehigh University’s Board of Trustees; the Monmouth Medical Center Board of Trustees; and is the trustee of his own family foundation, The James and Sharon Maida Foundation.
Mr. Maida resides in Newtown, Pennsylvania with his wife, Sharon O. Maida, Ed.D, and their four children.
Adrian McKenna is the Executive Director of the Office for Police within the Department of Justice in Sydney, Australia. Adrian has over 30 years’ experience, reaching executive rank in the NSW Police Force. His career has included leadership in investigations, child protection, ethics and professional standards, human resources and prosecutions.
Reporting to the Secretary of Justice, Adrian supports the Minister for Police and the Commissioner of Police. His office provides advice and drives policy and legislative changes on a wide range of areas including counter terrorism, crisis management, governance, organised crime and community safety.
Adrian has recently completed a structural review of the NSW Police Force and police oversight. His office is also leading the introduction of facial biometrics for NSW in Australia.
Adrian is also involved in Police Legacy, a charity raising money for children where their parents have been killed or injured while on police duty.
Andrés Méndez is the Head of Penetration and Vulnerability Testing Services of GLI UK, serving companies in the gaming sector within Europe and Israel. Mr. Méndez is an experienced information security and risk management professional with over 20 years experience in the field. Andrés' career includes senior manager positions on security consulting and project manager roles across many sectors in Spain, Ireland and UK. During his career, he has created commercial cyber security tools and worked for certification entities. His broad experience in areas such as networking and systems administration serves to provide better solutions around application vulnerabilities to GLI customers. Mr. Méndez holds a degree in Computer Systems Administration (HNC), together with Master’s in Digital Business and multiple cyber security certifications such as CISA, CISM, CRISC, CISSP, SSCP, C|CISO, C|EH, PCI ASV, ISO 27001 LA, etc.
Steven Münchenberg is a Director at Futureye. He has over 30 years’ public policy experience in both the public and private sectors. For the last 20 years he has worked directly to the chief executives and chairs of Australia’s largest companies. Steven was previously the CEO of the Australian Bankers’ Association, Chairman of the International Banking Federation and Chairman of the Finance Sector Council of Australia. Prior to that, he led government relations for a major bank during the financial crisis.
Before joining the finance sector, Steven was Deputy CEO of the Business Council of Australia and an inaugural member of the Australian Stock Exchange’s Corporate Governance Council. Steven previously worked in the minerals and energy sector, including as CEO of an environment focussed not-for-profit. He began his career in government as a policy maker and regulator.
Paul Newson commenced in the Deputy Secretary, Liquor, Gaming & Emergency Management role in the New South Wales (NSW), Department of Justice in September 2016. Paul brings an extensive range and depth of regulatory knowledge and experience from leadership roles across a number of Australian State and Federal organisations.
Paul’s experience in law enforcement, defence and regulatory practice includes commercial assurance activity in the import/export environment, interdiction of criminality in the border environment, educating and strengthening business resilience in response to anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing risks, consumer protection and energy market compliance. Prior to his secondment as interim Chief Executive of Greyhound Racing NSW in February 2015, Paul was the Executive Director of the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing.
Paul has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Directors Course and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics), a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Legal Studies, and a Master of Law & Management.
Wolfram Nix started working in the gaming industry as game designer and mathematician at Novomatic in 1999. In the following years he designed some of the company’s most popular games to date, defined processes and built up a strong and competent game design team. In 2007 he founded his own company, DNA Game Design, and has been working for the Gauselmann Group since then. He creates games with a strong focus on novelty for both land-based and online casinos, and he trains and manages other game designers.
Mr. Nix is a graduate in Technical Mathematics. This degree together with his keen interest in graphics, arts, music and algorithms made casino game design the ideal career choice for him.
Luke Orchard is a corporate compliance executive with more than 25 years of global gaming and lottery experience. He has spent the majority of his career managing global teams with a focus on corporate compliance.
As Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance and Risk Management Officer, Mr. Orchard oversees IGT’s Regulatory Compliance, Licensing Compliance, Product Compliance, Corporate Security, and Enterprise Risk Management functions globally. Mr. Orchard joined IGT (formerly GTECH) in 2002. He advanced to roles of increasing responsibilities and was appointed GTECH’s Chief Compliance Officer in 2008.
Mr. Orchard started his career in gaming with Aristocrat Technologies, and spent over a decade working throughout Australia, New Zealand and North and South America as Aristocrat’s Director of Compliance for the Americas.
Mr. Orchard is Treasurer of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and is an Officer of the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers.
Bill Pascrell III (BP3), a partner in Princeton Public Affairs Group, is New Jersey’s leading expert on online gaming and has a diverse worldwide client base ranging from Hard Rock Casinos to Sportech to the Meadowlands Race Track to Camelot to PokerStars. Mr. Pascrell recently led the campaign to legalize NJ Sports Betting after managing a successful statewide referendum. BPIII is known nationwide for his sports betting and online gaming expertise as well as his influence in crafting horse racing and lottery legislation. And most notably, Mr. Pascrell spearheaded the multi-year campaign to pass the landmark New Jersey On Line Gaming Act recently signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. Mr. Pascrell is also a member of the GiGSE (Global Internet Gaming and Sports Experts) Board of Advisors, as well as a member of the National Council of Problem Gambling Federal Affairs Committee. Mr. Pascrell has been routinely cited as one of the 100 most influential personalities in New Jersey politics by PolitickerNJ.com.
Valérie is an attorney-at-law member of the Rome bar and co-founder of EGLA – European Gambling Lawyers & Advisors (www.egla.eu).
Valérie consolidated competence in gambling law starts as a full time advisor to SOGEI, technological partner of the Italian Gambling Authority within the International Gambling Observatory established from 2004 to 2008.
Since 2009, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for the Studies of Gambling (EASG). In September 2014, she was appointed as Vice-President.
From 2015 to 2018, she is among the Experts group of the Italian Chamber of Deputies IV Permanent Commission (Finance) for gambling matters.
She contributes as coordinator and author to gambling and legal reviews both at national and international level and is a regular speaker at key gambling conferences.
Post-graduated in law from the University of Paris XII and the University of Auckland (New-Zealand), I hold a professional lawyer certification delivered by the Bar School of Paris.
I practiced as an intellectual property lawyer between 2008 and 2012.
I have since been in charge of the European and International Affairs for the French Online Gambling Regulatory Authority (ARJEL) under the direct supervision of its Chairman (who is nominated by decree of the President of the French Republic).
I have closely followed the implementation of the European Commission action plan on online gambling services and its initiatives related to digital services while representing France in the Expert Group on Gambling Services chaired by the Commission.
I developed international negotiation skills on the occasion of discussions on the Recommendation 2014/478/EU on principles for the protection of consumers of online gambling services, the Cooperation Arrangement between EEA gambling regulators dated 2015, the Commission's standardization request as regards a European standard on reporting in support of supervision of online gambling services.
Between 2012 and 2014, I was part of the French delegation negotiating the international Convention of the Council of Europe on the manipulation of sport competitions (CETS No.215). As a continuation, I participated in the European Commission Expert Group on match-fixing (EU Work Plan for Sport 2014-2017) on behalf of France.
After the drafting and negotiation of 4 bilateral cooperation agreements between ARJEL and its European counterparts since 2012, I have lately been at the forefront of the drafting and negotiation of the multilateral agreement concerning online poker liquidity sharing signed in July 2017 by the French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese gambling regulatory authorities.
While co-chairing the e-gambling working group of the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF) since 2015, I became a member of GREF Board in June 2017 and Vice-Chair of the Board in June 2018. I have been acting as GREF Chair designate since August 1st 2018.
In June 2018, I was nominated Chair of CEN/TC 456, the Technical Committee of the European Committee for Standardization in charge of the development of a European standard on reporting in support of supervision of online gambling services by the gambling regulatory authorities.
Dr Simon Planzer shares his time between law practice and academia specialising in gaming matters. He is recognised as a leading expert on gaming regulation and has published extensively on regulatory issues and public policy goals. He has served as expert witness in parliament and advised regulatory authorities.
Simon found his passion for gaming regulation while clerking on gaming cases at the Court of Justice of the European Free Trade Association. Fascinated by gaming, public policy and human nature alike, he decided to dedicate his PhD to gaming regulation, a project for which he also worked as Visiting Researcher at Harvard University.
In his publications he has addressed various public policy issues relevant to the gaming sector such as “Anti-Money Laundering and Online Gambling: Guidance on How to Implement Broad and Indistinct AML Notions in Regulatory Practice” (2017, SSRN); “Empirical Views on European Gambling Law and Addiction” (2014, Springer); “Gambling Law” in The Handbook of EEA Law (2016, Springer).
Simon practises as a (Swiss) qualified attorney and Lecturer in Law at the University of St.Gallen (CH) and has further given guest lectures at the King’s Inn and UCD (Dublin) as well as at Science Po (Aix-en-Provence). He read law and/or did research inter alia at Harvard University, the University of St.Gallen, the College of Europe, the European University Institute and the Academy of International Trade Law (Macau).
Mr Pot has been Member of the Board of Directors of the Netherlands Gambling Authority since 1 November 2014.
His portfolio within the Board of Directors concerns finances, ICT, problem gambling prevention, consumer protection and international affairs.
Mr Pot is trained as an economist and graduated from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands).
Mr Pot held several senior positions at the Dutch Ministry of Finance and he was the Deputy Director General of the Central Government Real Estate Agency. Before he joined the Board of Directors, he was a non-judicial member of the Council for the Judiciary.
Mr Pot is a regular speaker at the National Academy for Finance and Economics (the training institute of the Ministry of Finance of the Netherlands).
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. 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 (Italy , USA), 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), National Lottery(UK), 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. Pieter is a very regular speaker at many conference all over the world and freelance correspondent for a number of gambling industry magazines.
Morten Ronde founder and Managing Partner of Nordic Gambling, a new law firm focusing on the Nordic region. He is also CEO of the Danish Online Gambling Association (DOGA), a trade association for the licensed online gambling operators in Denmark.
Morten has 18 years of experience from the gambling industry. He worked 12 years as legal counsel to the Danish Gambling Authority where he drafted the Danish online gambling reform that allowed for open licensing of betting and online casino operators in Denmark.
Morten received the ”European Regulator of the Year Award” in 2010 from the International Masters of Gaming Law for his achievements in the Danish government.
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. In 2016 and 2017 he was a part of Swedish government mandated Inquiry for licensing of online gambling in Sweden. The Inquiry presented a draft law in 2017 which is expected to be presented to the Swedish parliament in 2018.
Morten is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Birgitte Sand is Director of the Danish Gambling Authority. She took up her current position after several years of work as a member of the Executive Board of the Copenhagen Tax Center.
Birgitte Sand holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of Copenhagen; 1985. She started her career in the Danish court of Taxation and moved on to a wide range of different tasks and management positions in the Ministry of Taxation covering legal advice on corporate tax structures and tax on private companies and property, the central IT department and projects regarding leadership, innovation, strategy, change of organizational structures and the development of a nationwide IT salary system. She was for many years also a member of the Board covering the nationwide planning of tax compliance projects.
Since late 2011 Birgitte Sand has been a member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) Board of Trustees and chair of the IAGR Membership Subcommittee; she has served as Vice President of the association since October 2013 and served as IAGR President until October 2015.
Rolf 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.
Chief Operating Officer, Access Canberra. Over 20 years of regulatory, enforcement and senior management experience in Commonwealth, Territory and New Zealand public sector agencies, encompassing Transport, Customs and Competition and Consumer protection. Holds the statutory positions of ACT Commissioner for Fair Trading, Registrar General and Chief Executive Officer of the Gaming and Racing Commission.
Board Member Transport Certification Australia, Australian Capital Territory Liquor Advisory Board and Australian Capital Territory Gambling and Racing Commission Board.
Mr. Sergio Suárez García is a young professional currently based in the Netherlands. He graduated with a degree in technical engineering in computer science and management from the University of Oviedo-Spain. Before joining the GLI family, he brainstormed, designed and programmed Web/iPhone applications in Amsterdam.
Mr. Suárez began his career with GLI as a test engineer in November 2011. During his time at GLI, he tested many different types of land-based games, including slots, poker, baccarat, blackjack, roulette and sports books. Also, he tested base platforms and performed integration testing, mainly for the Spain Online Jurisdiction and Italy and Denmark.
He was selected to join the compliance department at GLI in January 2013. In his new role as Compliance Engineer, he had the opportunity to continue working and learning with the most important jurisdictions in Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, UK, Malta, Gibraltar, Isle of Man and Bulgaria – all online. The involvement in all of these European jurisdictions together has placed Mr. Suárez in direct contact with their regulators.
He was promoted to Senior Compliance Engineer in 2016, which motivated him to further his knowledge and begin hosting internal and external trainings for several jurisdictions. Currently, he is in charge of maintaining relationships and acting as counselor between GLI Europe and all regulators from Spain Online as well as land-based, for a total of 20 jurisdictions. He was also recently assigned to Sweden and Switzerland.
Teck Wang has been the General Counsel of the Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore (CRA) since 2009. With the opening of the two Integrated Resorts in Singapore in 2010 (Marina Bay Sands and Resorts Word @ Sentosa), Teck Wang has been responsible for leading the legal team to assist CRA to develop and operationalise the legal and regulatory regime for casino gambling in Singapore.
Prior to joining the CRA, Teck Wang was a Partner in Singapore’s oldest law practice, Rodyk & Davidson LLP which was founded in 1861. Teck Wang was a partner in Rodyk’s Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group, with close to 10 years of experience as a private practitioner. Teck Wang’s legal practice focused on Banking and Insolvency Law, and well as Construction Law. Teck Wang has extensive experience in litigation before the Singapore Supreme Court as counsel, as well as in international commercial arbitrations.
Christina has over 25 years’ experience in the global betting and gambling sector, including 15 years at Director level and above. Starting out in the pre-dotcom era, she has a career spanning land, online and mobile, covering all aspects of gaming operations with some of the world’s best known brands such as William Hill and Virgin and responsible for managing multiple business disciplines, functions and teams across a range of channels, products and customers, including regulatory compliance, responsible gaming and money laundering.
She is currently Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming Ltd working with start-ups, investors, operators, regulators, law enforcement and industry groups across the world, advising on all aspects of the betting, gaming and gambling cycle – from developing legislation and regulation to business strategy and full operational set-up and business re-engineering, and continues to work as an active Compliance Officer and MLRO for licensed operators in a number of jurisdictions.
She is a committee member of the National Council on Problem Gambling and Co-Founder of the All-In Diversity Project and a regular contributor to industry publications and events.
Henrietta is the General Counsel, Regulatory Strategy and Financial Crime at Tabcorp. As a member of the Group General Counsel leadership team, she is responsible for all of Tabcorp’s key regulatory relationships and delivering an effective regulatory stakeholder engagement framework.
Henrietta has market leading commercial and regulatory experience. Henrietta started her career at Australia’s corporate regulator, following which she was part of leading practices at King & Wood Mallesons and Herbert Smith Freehills.
Henrietta’s core specialties include Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing law, Financial Crime Regulation, Financial Services Regulation, Gambling Regulation, Personal Property Securities legislation, Consumer and Retail Banking Law and Payments Systems Regulation.
Henrietta also chairs the Financial Services Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.
Prior to joining the National Lottery in Belgium in 2010, Piet Van Baeveghem was advisor to the Minister of Justice and subsequently to the Belgian Prime Minister between 1999 and 2004. He became Deputy Director of the office of the Belgian Minister of Economy in 2004 and Secretary-general of the Belgian federation for credit institutions in 2007. In these positions he gained a great deal of expertise in the area of regulation of specific sectors. As Secretary-general of the National Lottery Piet Van Baeveghem is head of the legal department and responsible for regulatory affairs. Since a few years he is also the executive chair of the Legal and Regulatory Working Group of the European Lotteries Association.
Group Compliance Manager of Play’n GO, Sissel Weitzhandler, has been working in the gambling industry a number of years. She is a compliance specialist, being responsible for several groups of companies and has successfully obtained and maintained gaming licences in numerous European and non-European jurisdictions. Sissel coordinates and manages legal, regulatory and technical compliance teams and has engaged with operator and supplier challenges. She has been responsible for growing businesses by accessing new and emerging markets, while promoting a culture of compliance across organisations with a focus on the remote gambling industry. An IMGL member, with an interest in regulatory frameworks and international business.