10-12th November

ADVENTURE
OF CHANGE

iGaming NEXT ONLINE: Adventure of Change

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Our flagship digital event of 2020, will be organised together with 5,000 delegates on the 10th, 11th & 12th November 2020, where 60 high-level speakers will gather to discuss the future of our industry, in a highly engaging format at our cutting edge digital conference platform. The delegates will be able to join in the conversation through digital roundtable discussions and to network with each other. Our partners gain incredible, efficient tools to build their own database through the event. iGaming NEXT ONLINE: Adventure of Change celebrates the industry’s adaptability and looks to the future with excitement and curiosity. This is the must attend digital event of the iGaming industry in 2020.

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5,000
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60
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THE DIGITAL CONFERENCE OF THE YEAR

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10th, 11th, 12th
NOV 2020

Hosts

Alice Nordin
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Alice Nordin
Betsson Group
Employer Branding Specialist - CS

Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding enthusiast with several years experience in recruitment, employer branding, and talent acquisition-related activities within the innovative iGaming industry. In love with creating experiences, passionate about people, and always willing to solve recruitment issues.

Pierre Lindh
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Pierre Lindh
iGaming NEXT
Co-Founder | Managing Director

Originally spawning from an iGaming career that started at the age of 17 during the early days of the online poker boom, Pierre Co-founded the event management company Ambassadör Events in 2013. The company specialises in B2B & B2C event concepts targeting the gaming sector with more than 600 successful projects behind them for most of the major organisations within the industry. In 2016, Pierre Co-Founded the primary award show of the gaming industry, iGaming IDOL followed by the content driven conference, iGaming NEXT in 2018.

Keynote Speakers

Jason Ader
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Jason Ader
SpringOwl Asset Management LLC
Co-Founder and CEO

Jason Ader is the Co-Founder and CEO of SpringOwl Asset Management LLC – a New York based SEC-registered buyout firm and independent sponsor leading corporate turnarounds, with a particular focus on the Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging sectors.  Ader has been involved in turning around companies in the gaming and hospitality industry for many years, including high-profile successes with Las Vegas Sands Corp – where he served as an independent director from 2009-2016 – IGT, Bwin, Stars Group, and, most recently, Playtech.

Prior to founding SpringOwl, Ader served as Founder and CEO at Ader Investment Management LLC, as well as Co-Founder and CEO of Hayground Cove Asset Management.  Before branching out on his own, Ader served as a Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns where he was recognized by Institutional Investor as the top ranked Casinos, Gaming, and Lodging analyst on the Street for 10 consecutive years.

Ader earned his MBA in Finance from New York University and a BA in Economics from New York University.

 

Bob Rains
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Bob Rains
Ex CBS Ex PUMA - SEO Executive, Brand Marketer, Growth Marketing Strategist

At this point, to keep this bio brief, it would make more sense to list the companies Bob hasn’t worked for and dramatically impacted. A trusted and experienced voice in SEO, Internet Marketing and Google advertising, Bob’s inane curiosity and switch flipping leads him to constantly seek new ways of doing the same old work, but in ways that satisfy both him and the client. After amassing enough airline points to get to the Moon and back (with a sweet bucket of conference lanyards,) Bob is currently running a successful consulting business from a log home on an island off the coast of Vancouver.

Marcus Tandler
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Marcus Tandler
Ryte GmbH
Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist

Marcus Tandler, also known as the Mediadonis, is Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist at Ryte (formerly OnPage.org) – an award-winning Website Quality Management platform and superior SEO tool with the mission to help webmasters make better websites and achieve sustainable SEO success. Marcus started working in the SEO industry since 1998 and is a regular speaker at various conferences around the world such as TEDx, LeWeb, The Next Web, SMX, and O’Reilly’s web2.0expo. He was also invited to speak at various in-house events by Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.
Marcus got a lectureship at the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt, the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg as well as at the University of Applied Sciences Pforzheim, teaching students how to excel in Online Marketing. In April 2017 Marcus won “European Search Personality of the Year” at the European Search Awards in Krakow.

Navid Nazemian
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Navid Nazemian
VODAFONE
Global HR Head | Executive Coach

Navid Nazemian is a certified Executive Coach, a University Lecturer and a Global Head of HR at Vodafone. He gained professional experience in commercial roles before moving to a function he is deeply passionate about; Human Resources. Through his own background in multinational blue-chip companies, he has developed a deep appreciation for the challenges that senior leaders often face in commercially pressurised and volatile matrix environments. Navid is a cross-culturally experienced HR leader with two decades of progressive experience having worked for iconic brands such as Adidas, GE, BAT, Roche and Vodafone, holding local, area, regional & global leadership positions in five countries.

Samuel H. Liggero Ph.D.
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Samuel H. Liggero Ph.D.
Tufts Gordon Institute
Academic Director Online MSEM Program, and Professor of the Practice

Dr. Samuel H. Liggero, currently Academic Director of the MSEM Program (Master of Science in Engineering Management) and Professor of the Practice at Tufts Gordon Institute, has spent over thirty years in the Imaging Industry as an executive at Polaroid Corporation. He was Corporate Vice President of Research and Development for Polaroid’s Instant Digital Printing Division. Under Dr. Liggero’s direction, Polaroid developed the groundbreaking digital printing technologies code-named Opal and Onyx. These technologies delivered very high-quality thermal prints from digital files at low cost and faster than any other technology in the marketplace.

At Polaroid, Dr. Liggero has held leadership positions in research and development, manufacturing, sales and marketing, training and education, and customer service. He is the co-inventor of Polaroid’s 35 mm Instant Slide System, the founding Director of Polaroid’s Applications Group and the founding Director of the Company’s Customer Care Center. He also served as Corporate Vice President and Program Fellow for New Product Development, Commercial Imaging.

At Tufts, Dr. Liggero teaches New Product Development, Technology Strategy and Innovation, the Management of Innovation at Tufts Gordon Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Fordham University, a Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Georgetown University and was also an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.

Rahul Sood
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Rahul Sood
Unikrn
Co-founder, Creator of Microsoft Ventures

Rahul Sood is the co-founder of Unikrn, a global Esports entertainment and sports betting platform built on cutting edge blockchain and gaming technologies.

Previous to Unikrn, Sood created the first incubation fund for startups at Microsoft, and eventually he consolidated their global startup activities and launched Microsoft Ventures.

A serial entrepreneur, Sood spent 18 years in multiple startups prior to joining Microsoft. He founded luxury and gaming computer manufacturer VoodooPC, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. Sood is an early shareholder and advisor to Maingear, Razer, ZED, and Vrvana which was recently acquired by Apple.

Unikrn’s mission as a global esports entertainment platform is to heighten the experience of watching and participating in esports.  Unikrn uses blockchain technology to optimize the payment flow for customers while allowing them to bet using the currency of their choice on a full array of Esports and Video Game offerings.

Unikrn is venture backed with investors such as Ashton Kutcher, Mark Cuban, Liz Murdoch, Shari Redstone, and many others. Unikrn built an end to end betting platform that can be licensed by commercial operators, and they have opened their doors to multiple international markets.  Unikrn has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, ESPN, CNBC and countless publications around the world.

Sood is active in the startup community, helping and mentoring a variety of startups.  In his spare time, Sood enjoys wake surfing & wake boarding, standup paddle boarding, cycling, racing cars and spending time with his family. He lives in Seattle, you can find him on Twitter @rahulsood.  You can find Unikrn on Twitter @unikrnco.

Lisette Sutherland
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Lisette Sutherland
Author, Speaker, Remote-working champion, Director at Collaboration Superpowers

Lisette Sutherland is a remote-working German-born American living in the Netherlands who is totally jazzed by the fact that it’s possible to work from anywhere. In fact, it’s not just possible; it’s completely, productively workable – if you do it right. Her company, Collaboration Superpowers, shares just how to do it right in a variety of formats:

Work Together Anywhere: A Handbook on Working Remotely — Successfully — for Individuals, Teams, and Managers. Should you wish to purchase her book, we are offering a special promotion exclusively for the iGaming NEXT ONLINE audience. Please find special discount code WTA30 to be used @https://lisettesutherland.com/book/
Speaking engagements and webinars
Work Together Anywhere workshops
Weekly podcasts featuring interviews with remote-working experts
Bi-monthly newsletter
Guest appearances at Pilar Orti’s 21st-Century Work Life podcasts
Lisette has given presentations at a wide range of events, from conferences and Meetups all over the world to a TEDx talk on the theme Unbox the Future in Kaunas, Lithuania. Her workshop clients include Air France, ING, CrossKnowledge (Wiley), Rabobank, and Saint-Gobain. In January 2018, both the Collaboration Superpowers podcast and the 21st-Century Work Life podcast series were deemed among the Best Remote Work Podcasts by Workplaceless. Lisette is also the office manager for the 100 percent remote company Happy Melly, a global professional happiness association dedicated to helping people be happier at work.

Alexander Grabner-Jarlung
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Alexander Grabner-Jarlung
David JP Phillips Int. Business
TED Speaking Coach, Director, Partner Consultant & PowerPoint Specialist

— THE YES, MORE THAN NO MAN —
Born in south of Sweden back in the early ’80s, He came from a loving family, with two siblings and with a caring father and loving mother. Everything that he is today he learnt from his parents and his mentors. His goal in life is now to give that knowledge to the rest of the planet.

Life for Alex has not been easy even if it may seem to be that on the outside, he has struggled with dark demons on the inside through his childhood, and even when he became an adult. The stories are many and the takeaway will optimize your life if you choose to accept the honest truth. Everything started with one YES, and if Alex can do it, so can YOU.

Communication is the key to all success in the world, be a part of the movement!

Presenters

Clayton Bartolo
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Clayton Bartolo
Government of Malta
Junior Minister for Financial Services and Digital Economy

Clayton Bartolo is a certified public accountant and registered auditor by profession and currently forms part of the Cabinet of Ministers fulfilling the role of Junior Minister for Financial Services and Digital Economy. He assumed office back in January 2020 and with immediate effect got the ball rolling on how Malta can further diversify its economic portfolio by attracting new niches coming from the technological sector. Together with his team, he is piloting the Government’s vision to build a Digital Malta where the use of technology becomes the norm within our society.

Zabella Demirtshyan
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Zabella Demirtshyan
BetConstruct
B2B Marketing Manager

Zabella Demirtshyan is B2B Marketing Manager at BetConstruct. A 2014 San Diego State University alumna, Zabella started her career as a Category Manager in Adidas Group and worked for the famous sportswear and lifestyle brand for 4 years.
Starting from 2018, she joined the online gaming and sports betting software developer BetConstruct as a specialist in business-to-business marketing. Enthusiastic and passionate about the segment, today Zabella Demirtshyan excels at delivering the right messages to the valued partners of the company with advanced cross-functional marketing knowledge and a strong understanding of iGaming business.

Simon Lidzén
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Simon Lidzén
Fast Track
Co-Founder and CEO

Simon is a specialist in technology, product development, innovation and organisational scalability, with over 15 years of experience in iGaming. Having held senior positions at Betfair and within the Betsson Group, he co-founded Fast Track in 2016 as a direct response to the challenges that operators face in running an efficient, scalable business. He is now on a mission to digitalise the iGaming industry.

Simo Dragicevic
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Simo Dragicevic
Betbuddy (part of Playtech group)
CEO

Simo is Founder and CEO of BetBuddy, Playtech’s award-winning safer gambling data analytics company and leads Playtech’s responsible gambling product strategy and offerings, known as Playtech Protect. Simo is an expert in gambling products, consumer behavior, and consumer protection. Simo’s research is centered on data, gambling products, responsible gambling, and making Artificial Intelligence (AI) explainable and more human-like. His research has been published at the most respected gambling journals and AI conferences, including NeurIPS, ECAI, IJCNN, AAAI and The Joint Multi-Conference on Human-Level AI. Simo has also supported industry-wide initiatives to raise standards in safer gambling as a chair of the UKGC and BGC product and game design working group. Simo also serves as PhD supervisor at the Research Centre for Machine Learning at City, University of London and as a board member of the Responsible Gambling Council.

 

 

Karl Davies-Barrett
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Karl Davies-Barrett
Microsoft
WW Snr Cloud Solution Architect

All my career has been focused on helping people creatively use technology to drive their businesses to the next level.  Whether it’s speaking at events on the latest technical innovations or running a workshop to lead digital transformation through the adoption of Intelligent cloud topics like AI, Big Data, IOT or Blockchain, it’s always been about putting the customer at the center of the discussion or focus.  As a Technical Evangelist and Architect, it is my job to take the latest innovations and apply them to business scenarios in a way that unlocks the hidden potential of technology by creating real solutions to sometimes tough business problems.  I have presented at many industrial events across Europe in my career, always helping people envision the future in a very tangible way, where technology and creativity come together in some amazing and inspiring ways!!

Ekaterina Rusakovich
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Ekaterina Rusakovich
iTechArt Group
Business Development Director, Salesforce Services

Ekaterina is a Business Development Director at iTechArt with a background of 5+ years in Salesforce and software development services. Ekaterina is passionate about building a successful business development strategy at iTechArt – a top-tier, one-stop custom software development company with a talent pool of 1700+ experienced engineers, and a Salesforce Silver Consulting Partner. For almost 20 years of the company, history iTechArt has managed to gain the trust of numerous customers within the iGaming industry. Ekaterina participates in various iGaming events, helping iTechArt expand the customer base and strengthen partnerships. She has a great passion (both personal and business) for the Mediterranean, that’s why you can often meet her at iTechArt events in the region.

Dylan Slaney
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Dylan Slaney
SG Digital, Scientific Games
SVP Casino, Platform & iLottery

As SVP Casino, Platform, & iLottery at SG Digital, Dylan leads the global product, engineering, content and customer delivery teams across these three verticals. Dylan joined in Oct 2017 and has instilled a product-centric and data-driven approach to transforming SG Digitals Product & Content offering. Dylan joined SG Digital from dunnhumby, a world-leading data science business where he held a variety of senior commercial and product roles.

With more than 15+ years of experience spanning media, data and analytics, product & consulting gained from outside the Gaming/Gambling industry, Dylan continues to drive the product and customer-centric vision at SG Digital to all its global customers.

Alexandru Ursu
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Alexandru Ursu
Salesforce
Digital Marketing Specialist

Alexandru has an experience of over 5 years of working in the Gaming Industry with Salesforce

Peter Ekmark
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Peter Ekmark
Internet Vikings
Chief Executive Officer

Peter joined Internet Vikings in 2019 following an extensive 14-year business development venture at successful iGaming operators like Kindred, Vera&John and MrGreen / William HIll. He has been involved in various international brand and product launches, most recently in Asia and Latam.  During his career, Peter has collaborated with companies from almost every area related to the industry – from platform providers and game developers to payment providers and affiliates.

Speakers

Mats Westerlund
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Mats Westerlund
Co-Founder of Quickspin
Founder & CEO, Indie Consulting

Mats is an industry veteran with a passion for creating games and innovation.
After a few years as a video games producer in the early 2000’s he joined Netent in 2006 where he produced titles like Starburst and Gonzo’s Quest and played a big role in shaping the company’s overall slot creation and strategy.
In 2011 he left the company to co-found Quickspin where he continued his passionate games journey.
In 2019 he left Quickspin and after a sabbatical filled with his other two passions, travel and good food, he is now back in business.
Currently, he works as an investor, igaming consultant, and is on the advisory board for several companies both in and outside the igaming industry.
In a collaboration with Fantasma Games he is also producing his first game title in many years.

Todd Haushalter
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Todd Haushalter
Evolution Gaming
Chief Product Officer

Todd Haushalter has been Chief Product Officer at Evolution Gaming since 2015. Todd oversees all aspects of Evolution’s games and product development, including many of the industry’s most celebrated games. Having previously worked as Vice President of Gaming at MGM Resorts and as Vice President of Business Strategy at Shuffle Master, he has a wide and varied knowledge of the casino industry.

Andrew Burnett
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Andrew Burnett
Burlywood Capital
Partner

Since 1990 Andrew Burnett has worked as a stockbroker and investment banker at a number of city firms including Merrill Lynch, ABN Amro, Charterhouse Securities, Numis Securities and Panmure Gordon, focussing on the leisure and gaming industries. Since 1995, Andrew has concentrated on anticipating, defining and helping promote emerging trends in gaming and technology. Andrew has been a gaming investment banker for over 22 years at Merrill Lynch, Panmure Gordon and other banks. Andrew has advised many large gaming companies including Ladbrokes, Rank Group, Arena Lesiure, 888 Holdings, Empire Online, FireOne, Wembley, Sportech and others.

Andrew has built relationships with leading visionary entrepreneurs. He has helped advise start-up and high-growth companies – that have subsequently become category-defining – during their critical phases of market growth. Andrew is the author of a number of industry-defining reports and has developed methodologies and frameworks for categorising and valuing growth around the adoption of internet technology and the adoption of gaming products and services

Since 2012 he has worked alongside Mark Blandford at Burlywood Capital.

Tinatin Bonney
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Tinatin Bonney
Evolution Gaming
Head of HR Latvia, Romania, Malta, Belgium, Spain & Engineering Hubs

Tinatin Bonney is an internationally certified Senior HR Professional, with over 15 years’ experience of working in international, multicultural organizations. Tinatin joined Evolution in 2018 and is the Head of Human Resources responsible for 11 locations, with a headcount of almost 4000 employees and over 50 nationalities. Before joining Evolution, Tinatin held positions of HR Director at Telia Company and Regional HR Manager at PepsiCo International.

Calvin Ayre
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Calvin Ayre
Ayre Group
Venture Capitalist

Calvin Ayre is a celebrated entrepreneur and a fierce advocate for original protocol Bitcoin SV (BSV), the only public blockchain capable of realizing the ‘Satoshi Vision’ of Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto. He is also the founder of Ayre Group based in Antigua (Ayre.Group).

Nick Garner
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Nick Garner
Invesmore.com
Founder

Nick Garner is an entrepreneur who specialises in online marketing.  He founded the successful SEO agency 90 Digital which was subsequently sold to Racing Post group. He then founded Oshi.io a bitcoin casino which he sold in 2019. Today Nick mainly focuses on UK property investment. However, he still has an interest in a crypto ‘gamer gambling’ site.

 

Ivan Filletti
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Ivan Filletti
GamingMalta
Chief Operations Officer

Prior to joining GamingMalta, Ivan was CEO for an advertising agency, TBWA/ANG across both Malta and Greece. He was instrumental in leading his agency to winning major new business accounts including Bank of Valletta and servicing blue-chip clients such as McDonald’s, Nissan and Mr. Green. During his tenure, the agency gained international recognition for a McDonald’s Quality campaign and Nissan brand positioning for Malta.

He has also held senior marketing roles in the private sector focusing on beverage and retail specifically with Simonds Farsons Cisk pls, Malta’s largest brewer.

Jesper Kärrbrink
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Jesper Kärrbrink
Green Jade Games
Chairman

Background in e-commerce, media and gambling. Several CEO positions, among those; Svenska Spel and Mr Green. Co-founder of gaming studio Green Jade Games.

Rebecca Liggero Fontana
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Rebecca Liggero Fontana
CalvinAyre.com
Lead reporter

After four and a half years of iGaming industry experience with Casino City, in 2009 Rebecca Liggero joined industry icon and former online gaming executive Calvin Ayre to serve as the Lead On-Site Industry Reporter, Interviewer & Host for CalvinAyre.com. In this capacity, Rebecca contributes a popular weekly column “Becky’s Affiliated” and attends industry events to conduct on-camera and Skype Video interviews with senior-level gaming professionals for all to watch and read on CalvinAyre.com.

Georg Westin
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Georg Westin
Hero Gaming
Founder

Georg Westin is the largest owner and the founder of Hero Gaming, a company with roots in gamification of the gambling world and runs multiple successful brands such as Casino Heroes, Speedy Spel, Boom Casino and CasiTabi. Georg is previously co-founder of Casumo and CTO at Betsson and Betsafe. Georg is also a successful investor in digital startups via his company Maxify.

David Flynn
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David Flynn
Glitnor Group
CEO

David Flynn is a Management Executive with over 17 years iGaming experience across both B2B and B2C verticals of the Online Gaming market.
Entering the online poker business, Ongame in 2003, David quickly progressed to VP Director of Ongame Network. After a period of rapid growth the Ongame business was sold to Bwin (now GVC plc) in 2006 for €475m. After 3 years as Head of Operations at Microgaming, David moved back to Sweden for the role of CEO at NYX Interactive, launching both the Open Platform System (OPS) and Open Gaming System (OGS), whereupon the business merged with Nextgen Gaming to become NYX Gaming Group.  Within NYX Gaming Group, David held the role of CCO, with a particular focus on the growth of NYX OGS until the business was sold to Scientific Games for €500m in late 2017. Over to the Operator side as CEO Operations for JPJ Group plc, with a main focus on the brand VeraJohn.

David is now responsible for the strategic direction of Glitnor Group, encompassing its customer facing brands, Luckycasino and Gambola and its rapidly growing B2B vertical Swintt.

Little known fun fact: David used to be a Meteorologist – weather man

Alexia Frendo
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Alexia Frendo
Kindred Group
Lead HRBP

Dott.ssa Alexia Frendo B.Psy (Hons.) Malta, M.Sc (Rome) is an organizational psychologist who has worked in the HR sphere both in Malta and abroad for the past fifteen years. She graduated in psychology from the University of Malta in 2002. In 2005 Alexia completed an academic and practical Masters programme in Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Rome, La Sapienza.

Currently Alexia is Lead HR Business Partner within Kindred Group. She is an accomplished HR professional with over 15 years’ experience in the private sector. Alexia works with an international HR Team whom together enable managers to recruit, train and retain a high performing and motivated workforce. The HR Team focuses on developing and implementing on-boarding, training and development, performance management, employee retention, benefits management and employee relations policies and strategies.

Alexia provides guidance and leadership to senior managers, paying particular attention to retention. She is also responsible for a number of initiatives that contribute to the Culture and Employee Experience, ensuring that Kindred is the Best Place to Work. She works closely with Engagement Groups set in different locations to ensure that the employee’s voice is heard and suggestions are implemented in a timely manner.

Alexia has lectured at the University of Malta and the Foundation for Human Resources Development. Moreover, she carried out research about the labour market for the Centre for Labour Studies (University of Malta).

Alexia is also certified from the SHL Training Academy on Level A Occupational Testing and Level B Occupational Personality Questionnaires. Recently she was also awarded the Professional Certification in Coaching from Henley Business School – University of Henley.

 

Jimmy Nguyen
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Jimmy Nguyen
Bitcoin Association
Founding President

One of the world’s leading Bitcoin advocates, Jimmy Nguyen is Founding President of Bitcoin Association, the Switzerland-based global industry organization that advances business on the Bitcoin SV blockchain.  Bitcoin SV fulfills the original design, protocol and “Satoshi Vision” of Bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto – massively scaling to be the global enterprise blockchain, and for BSV to be the world’s digital currency.  Previously, Jimmy was CEO of nChain Group, the worldwide leader in research and development of blockchain technologies.

Matthew Dickson
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Matthew Dickson
BitBoss Corporation
Co-founder, CEO

Founder of multiple gaming companies including Integrity Gaming Corp, which was acquired by PlayAGS. Lead plaintiff in groundbreaking antitrust case stemming from a patent abuse case against Scientific Games Corp.

Currently, Matthew is the CEO of BitBoss Corporation. BitBoss Corporation is pioneers in the use of blockchain technology to make online and land-based casinos more profitable. Their cashless solution for land-based casinos is the most technologically advanced product on the market. BitBoss’ online gaming platform is changing the relationships between operators, affiliates and content creators.

Phillip Runyan
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Phillip Runyan
Hold Gaming
Founder & CEO

Serial entrepreneur and Chief Executive Risk Taker. Since 2010, a strong focus on social casino gaming. Currently testing the waters of eSports and blockchain technologies to create more engaging and transparent experiences for gamers.

 

Mikael Ångman
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Mikael Ångman
NetEnt
Chief HR Officer (interim)

Mikael has a demonstrated history of working across many different industries including Technology, iGaming, Supply Chain, FMCG and the Swedish Armed Forces.

Many years of experience within leadership and organization, previously CHRO/COO, Gaming Innovation Group, and CEO/Chair of Board, Mobenga (later part of Playtech).

Education: Bachelor’s degree Organization and Leadership, Dalarna University, Sweden.

Gavin Hamilton
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Gavin Hamilton
NetEnt
COO

Gavin is the COO of Netent and the CEO of Red Tiger, which was acquired by Netent in September 2019.

Prior to joining Red Tiger, Gavin was the Director of Gaming in Paddy Power Betfair, having previously held roles in M&A and Strategy for the operator.

Laura Probert
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Laura Probert
SG Digital, Scientific Games
Incoming CPO

Laura has had a 25 year career in HR from Nike, to Adobe, and ten years in gaming with PartyGaming which became bwin.party and then GVC.

The main populations she’s partnered have been technology and specifically digital and AI. Although Laura is a generalist her main passions and areas of greatest achievement have been in Leadership development, culture change, people performance and diversity equity and inclusion.

Jesper Svensson
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Jesper Svensson
Betsson Operations
CEO

Jesper Svensson has been in the gaming industry since the mid-2000s. Over the years he worked in senior positions in several gaming companies in Europe and Asia. He joined Betsson in 2013 as the managing director of its flagship brand, betsson.com. In 2015 he became Betsson’s Chief Commercial Officer and was then made acting CEO in September 2017. Just three months later, he was appointed as CEO for Betsson Operations.

Jesper holds a Master in International Business from EAE Business School (Barcelona) and a Bachelor in Marketing from BI Norwegian Business School (Oslo). Jesper is passionate about sports and gaming.

Blaine Graboyes
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Blaine Graboyes
GameCo
Co-Founder and CEO

Blaine is Co-Founder and CEO of GameCo, inventor of the Video Game Gambling Machine (VGM™), which combines the fun and interactivity of video games with the thrill and anticipation of gambling. Through its iGameCo brand, GameCo develops unique video game gambling titles for digital casinos and provides the first turnkey, outsourced, full-service esports betting solution built specifically for the regulated US market. Graboyes is an award-winning Executive Producer and Game Designer.

Mikael Hansson
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Mikael Hansson
Enteractive
Founder and CEO

Mikael Hansson is the Founder and CEO of Enteractive, the leading player reactivation company driving revenues for iGaming brands across the world. He graduated from LIU, Sweden, with a Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management, and previously held the position of CFO for a large Swedish company.  He has been living in Malta since 2009, when he set up the Enteractive brand to support player retention and reactivation for the growing iGaming sector.  Leading Enteractive’s unique ability to connect with players directly on a one-to-one level, Mikael is passionate about increasing the level of personalisation between iGaming brands and their players. As a champion for sustainability and longevity in the sector, he is instrumental in promoting growth and player retention alongside responsible gambling measures for players.

Lena Nordin
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Lena Nordin
Betsson Group
Chief HR Officer

Lena Nordin joined Betsson Group in October 2017 as Chief HR Officer. She is responsible for developing and implementing Betsson Group’s human capital strategy that is aligned with the Group’s business objectives and its constantly evolving requirements. In her role, Lena provides leadership to all human resources personnel globally across Betsson Group’s ten locations which together employ almost 1,800 professionals.

Prior to joining Betsson Group, Lena worked in various HR positions at Baxter, Gambro and Ericsson. She has a strong background in talent management in global tech companies and has experience across the full spectrum of the HR discipline, including organisational design, employee engagement and company culture.

Lena has studied Finance, Organisation Leadership at Stockholm University.

Robin Eirik Reed
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Robin Eirik Reed
Investor, Chair and CEO within Digital Entertainment, iGaming and Sports

Robin Eirik Reed Co-founded GiG 10 years ago and successfully grew the company to €150m revenue. In 2019, Robin became an inductee in the iGaming IDOL Hall of Fame. Now he is about to launch is new iGaming operator, Ichiban.

Fiona Ewins Brown
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Fiona Ewins Brown
Catena Media
CHRO

With over 20 years’ experience working in HR, Fiona has amassed a wealth of HR skills and knowledge in a variety of areas.
Fiona’s HR background has seen her work within global organisations with offices around the world. She has gained HR experience in Australia, the UK, and, most recently, Malta.
Prior to her current role as Chief HR Officer at Catena Media, and member of the management team, Fiona worked with such reputable organisations as GFI Software, Morgan Stanley, and Ernst & Young.
Her extensive CV has seen her working across all HR-related disciplines, with a more recent emphasis on talent management and leadership development.
Fiona has worked with a diverse range of employees throughout her work experience, and this has also informed her work as a qualified executive coach.

Scott Dodson
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Scott Dodson
Hero Gaming
CMO
Shona ODonnell
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Shona ODonnell
Better Collective
Head of strategic events

Shona is the Head of Strategic Events for the leading sports betting affiliate Better Collective.  With over a decade of experience in the iGaming sector, much of that focussed on the affiliate market, Shona has been responsible for the creation and development of some of the industry’s biggest events, including iGB Live!, LAC, Sports Betting USA and ICE.
A passionate advocate of the events industry and its ability to bring people and businesses together to make meaningful value-based connections.  The current pandemic has only confirmed the importance of human connections and the importance of face to face meetings.
In her spare time she can be found indulging her biggest love; food, eating it, writing about it, photographing it and planning what to eat next.

Sam Brown
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Sam Brown
Hero Gaming
CCO

I’ve been in iGaming since 2004, working across numerous verticals on both operator and supplier side. I’ve been involved in start-ups and also held senior roles at major listed companies. I have a passion for gambling both personally and professionally, which today I channel into my role as the Chief Commercial Officer of Hero Gaming.

Robert Andersson
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Robert Andersson
Acroud
CEO

Passionate company builder with 18 years in leading positions with a great network in Swedish and Baltic investment community. Focus on Business Development, marketing, strategic and organizational planning in the areas of Media, Games, and Product Development.

Tsachi Maimon
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Tsachi Maimon
Aspire Global
CEO
Lahcene Merzoug
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Lahcene Merzoug
Investor

Lahcene is an entrepreneurial executive with a strong background in business development and marketing. He has held several C-level titles in the industry with companies such as Mr Green, EvokeGaming and most recent as CEO for ComeOn Group.
With over 20 years of experience in angel investing he has also, prior to joining the iGaming industry, founded and successfully sold numerous companies in Sweden.

Minal Jain
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Minal Jain
RecoverMe
Junior Doctor and Co-Founder

RecoverMe – the first mHealth app to better manage a gambling addiction from your pocket.

It is an mHealth app that utilises Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) can better manage a gambling addiction. Is it a way of accessing discrete support and that can be tailored around an individuals life. Learn more about other features such as the self-monitoring diary, management of acute urges and lapses, as well as mindfulness sessions. This app is a unique offering and was developed by junior doctors working in collaboration with psychologists, psychiatrists and ex and current gamblers.

Marie Louise Theobald
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Marie Louise Theobald
Hero Gaming
CPO

Marie is the Chief People Officer at Hero Gaming. She is responsible for organisational development, talent acquisition, retention and formation of the company’s culture as the company ramps up for significant growth in the gaming industry. With a combination of an academic background in Business and People Management, over 12 years’ experience in the talent management field, and a passion for developing people and organisations, Marie brings expertise from various industries in culture transformation, reward and recognition, talent acquisition management, employer branding, performance management, talent development and employee wellness.

Mattias Bergehed
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Mattias Bergehed
ENV Media
Co-founder, CEO

Mattias has over 12 years of experience in the iGaming industry, he has previously worked as the Director of Search for LeoVegas and was a part of startup company Catena Media as their former Head of SEO.

Fredrik Brannlund
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Fredrik Brannlund
ENV Media
Co-Founder, Director

Fredrik is currently building SEO in India, he is co-founder of ENV Media which is doing really well.
Most importantly the team behind it is healthy and taking care of themselves.

Fredrik believes that the new paradigm will neglect the glorification of being busy and companies who provide value outside of their own egos will win the long game.

He is happy to work with people who resonate with that.

 

Heidi Lofthus
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Heidi Lofthus
HR Professional & HR Connect Ambassador

Heidi Lofthus is an iGaming industry veteran, closing in on 15 years within the industry having worked both with suppliers and operators alike. Her iGaming journey started with operational roles in Gibraltar and Sweden and she has been active in Malta over the last 10 years. She has broad experience ranging from managing start-ups, mid-sized and larger corporates across multiple geographical locations.

 

Advisory Board

Fiona Hickey

Head of Sales at Push Gaming

Fiona Hickey has 10 years in the iGaming space, starting her career in the industry with leading headhunting firm, Bettingjobs before joining slots provider Push Gaming to head up Sales and New Business. Having partnered with the largest and most influential companies in the industry as well as start-ups and service providers, she has gained extensive Commercial knowledge that sees her well placed to drive business growth.

Rebecca Liggero Fontana

Lead Video Interviewer & Media Partnership Manager for CalvinAyre.com

After four and a half years of iGaming industry experience with Casino City, in 2009 Rebecca Liggero joined industry icon and former online gaming executive Calvin Ayre to serve as the Lead On-Site Industry Reporter, Interviewer & Host for CalvinAyre.com. In this capacity Rebecca contributes a popular weekly column “Becky’s Affiliated” and attends industry events to conduct on-camera and Skype Video interviews with senior-level gaming professionals for all to watch and read on CalvinAyre.com.

 

Sam Brown

Chief Commercial Officer at Hero Gaming

I’ve been in iGaming since 2004, working across numerous verticals on both operator and supplier side. I’ve been involved in start-ups and also held senior roles at major listed companies. I have a passion for gambling both personally and professionally, which today I channel into my role as the Chief Commercial Officer of Hero Gaming.

Shona ODonnell

Head of strategic events at Better Collective

Shona is the Head of Strategic Events for the leading sports betting affiliate Better Collective.  With over a decade of experience in the iGaming sector, much of that focussed on the affiliate market, Shona has been responsible for the creation and development of some of the industry’s biggest events, including iGB Live!, LAC, Sports Betting USA and ICE.
A passionate advocate of the events industry and its ability to bring people and businesses together to make meaningful value-based connections.  The current pandemic has only confirmed the importance of human connections and the importance of face to face meetings.
In her spare time she can be found indulging her biggest love; food, eating it, writing about it, photographing it and planning what to eat next.

Agenda

Nov 10 Business Day
Nov 11 Marketing Day
Nov 12 HR Day
10:00 AM CEST
Topic: Welcoming speech
Speaker
Pierre Lindh
Co-Founder | Managing Director
Speaker
Alice Nordin
Employer Branding Specialist - CS
10:10 – 10:25 CEST
Topic: Fireside Chat. Where things are going tomorrow and beyond
Moderator
Pierre Lindh
Co-Founder | Managing Director
Speaker
Todd Haushalter
Chief Product Officer
10:25 – 10:45 CEST
Topic: Panel Discussion. A day in the life of the CEO
Moderator
David Flynn
CEO
Panelist
Tsachi Maimon
CEO
Panelist
Robert Andersson
CEO
SPONSORED BY:
10:50 - 11:05 CEST
Topic: Presentation. The Winners Won't Wait - Adapt or Die!
Speaker
Simon Lidzén
Co-Founder and CEO
SPONSORED BY:
11:05 - 11:40 CEST
Topic: Fireside chat. Forget gambling - learn entertainment. Or how to compete with Netflix and Amazon?
Moderator
Jesper Kärrbrink
Chairman
Speaker
Dylan Slaney
SVP Casino, Platform & iLottery
11:40 – 11:55 CEST
Topic: Presentation. Malta - Home of the iGaming Industry
Speaker
Clayton Bartolo
Junior Minister for Financial Services and Digital Economy
SPONSORED BY:
11:55 – 12:00 CEST
Topic: NEXT Insight. Using Bitcoin to run your online gambling business
Speaker
Calvin Ayre
Venture Capitalist
12:00 – 12:30 CEST
Topic: Panel discussion. How can Blockchain entice the iGaming industry?
Moderator
Jimmy Nguyen
Founding President
Panelist
Matthew Dickson
Co-founder, CEO
Panelist
Phillip Runyan
Founder & CEO
12:35 – 13:00 CEST
Topic: Fireside chat. Turning ideas into a product
Speaker
Blaine Graboyes
Co-Founder and CEO
Speaker
Mats Westerlund
Founder & CEO, Indie Consulting
13:00 - 13:15 CEST
Topic: Presentation. Disruption is the new normal – gaining a tech advantage in challenging times
Speaker
Karl Davies-Barrett
WW Snr Cloud Solution Architect
SPONSORED BY:
13:20 – 13:55 CEST
Topic: Investors panel. The best deals and biggest fails in iGaming
Moderator
Lahcene Merzoug
Investor
Panelist
Georg Westin
Founder
Panelist
Andrew Burnett
Partner
14:00 - 14:20 CEST
Topic: Interview. Pandemic proof investments - Emerging market trends!
Moderator
Rebecca Liggero Fontana
Lead reporter
Speaker
Jason Ader
Co-Founder and CEO
10:00 - 10:10 CEST
Topic: Welcoming Speech
Speaker
Ivan Filletti
Chief Operations Officer
SPONSORED BY:
10:10 – 10:30 CEST
Topic: Fireside Chat. What Relationship Marketing Can Do for You?
Moderator
Rebecca Liggero Fontana
Lead reporter
Speaker
Rahul Sood
Co-founder, Creator of Microsoft Ventures
SPONSORED BY:
10:30 – 10:45 CEST
Topic: Presentation. Data and insights to drive player engagement
Speaker
Dylan Slaney
SVP Casino, Platform & iLottery
SPONSORED BY:
10:50 - 11:15 CEST
Topic: Panel discussion. How to Attract and Retain Millennials?
Moderator
Pierre Lindh
Co-Founder | Managing Director
Panelist
Mikael Hansson
Founder and CEO
Panelist
Jesper Svensson
CEO
Panelist
Gavin Hamilton
COO
SPONSORED BY:
11:15 - 11:35 CEST
Topic: Presentation. Intelligent Marketing: How to target the right players with the right message at the right time.
Speaker
Ekaterina Rusakovich
Business Development Director, Salesforce Services
Speaker
Alexandru Ursu
Digital Marketing Specialist
SPONSORED BY:
11:35 – 12:05 CEST
Topic: Debates. Radical Innovation is dead, long live incremental innovation?
Moderator
Sam Brown
CCO
Panelist
Nick Garner
Founder
Panelist
Robin Eirik Reed
Investor, Chair and CEO within Digital Entertainment, iGaming and Sports
12:10 – 12:25 CEST
Topic: Presentation. Player Engagement in the context of Responsible Gambling
Speaker
Simo Dragicevic
CEO
SPONSORED BY:
12:30 – 12:45 CEST
Topic: Presentation. The time is now: How to use online activity surge for digital branding purposes
Speaker
Peter Ekmark
Chief Executive Officer
SPONSORED BY:
12:45 – 13:05 CEST
Topic: Fireside chat. Search trends for post-COVID-19 recovery
Moderator
Fredrik Brannlund
Co-Founder, Director
Speaker
Mattias Bergehed
Co-founder, CEO
13:05 -13:20 CEST
Topic: Presentation. BetConstruct: Intelligent Ways to Integrate AI into iGaming
Speaker
Zabella Demirtshyan
B2B Marketing Manager
SPONSORED BY:
13:35 – 14:00 CEST
Topic: Fireside chat. The Future of SEO
Speaker
Marcus Tandler
Co-Founder & Chief Evangelist
Speaker
Bob Rains
Ex CBS Ex PUMA - SEO Executive, Brand Marketer, Growth Marketing Strategist
SPONSORED BY:
10:05 - 10:10 CEST
Topic: Welcoming Speech
Speaker
Heidi Lofthus
HR Professional & HR Connect Ambassador
10:10 – 10:35 CEST
Topic: Keynote speech. Optimize communication in your workplace
Speaker
Alexander Grabner-Jarlung
TED Speaking Coach, Director, Partner Consultant & PowerPoint Specialist
SPONSORED BY:
10:40 - 10:45 CEST
Topic: NEXT Insight. Why iGaming?
Speaker
Enrico Bradamante
Chairperson
10:45 - 11:25 CEST
Topic: Panel Discussion. Handling your remote, cross-cultural team
Moderator
Marie Louise Theobald
CPO
Speaker
Tinatin Bonney
Head of HR Latvia, Romania, Malta, Belgium, Spain & Engineering Hubs
Speaker
Mikael Ångman
Chief HR Officer (interim)
SPONSORED BY:
11:25 - 11:30 CEST
Topic: Lightning talk. RecoverMe - the first mHealth app to better manage a gambling addiction from your pocket
Speaker
Minal Jain
Junior Doctor and Co-Founder
11:30 - 12:00 CEST
Topic: Panel discussion. COVID-19 Business Travel Policies activated!
Moderator
Shona ODonnell
Head of strategic events
Speaker
Laura Probert
Incoming CPO
Speaker
Alexia Frendo
Lead HRBP
SPONSORED BY:
12:10 – 12:40 CEST
Topic: Fireside chat. Succeeding in remote onboarding
Moderator
Lena Nordin
Chief HR Officer
Speaker
Scott Dodson
CMO
SPONSORED BY:
12:40 – 12:55 CEST
Topic: Keynote: Leadership in an Era of Ambiguity
Speaker
Samuel H. Liggero Ph.D.
Academic Director Online MSEM Program, and Professor of the Practice
12:55 – 13:35 CEST
Topic: Fireside chat: My best tools to optimise remote HR work!
Moderator
Fiona Ewins Brown
CHRO
Panelist
Lisette Sutherland
Author, Speaker, Remote-working champion, Director at Collaboration Superpowers
SPONSORED BY:
13:40 – 14:15 CEST
Topic: Keynote Speech. Resilient Leadership in High Performing Teams During Challenging Times
Speaker
Navid Nazemian
Global HR Head | Executive Coach
14:20 CEST
Topic: Closing remarks
Speaker
Pierre Lindh
Co-Founder | Managing Director
Speaker
Alice Nordin
Employer Branding Specialist - CS