Alexander has over 10 years lottery and gaming experience with a focus on regulation and product requirement analysis, market research and forecast, strategic planning and business development. For the past 7 years, he has focused on VLTs and has been responsible for developing VLT markets and opportunities in EMEA region. Alexander holds a Business degree from Cologne University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and MBA in Entrepreneurship from Baldwin-Wallace College (USA). He has lived in multiple countries and is fluent in English, German and Russian languages.
He has graduated Law Department of University of Sofia in 1999. From 1998 to 2004 he has been an expert in Regional Administration of Sofia and State Commission of energetic and water regulation. In that period he has participated as a representative of State Commission of energetic and water regulation in development and execution of the first normative acts related to authorization of energy and gas operations.
From 2004 he is a Chief Legal Advisor of the biggest gambling operator in Bulgaria Eurofootball and he is Senior Law Advisor at the Bulgarian Association of Entertainment and Gambling Games. In that period he has been a part of realizing of many projects in the field of the Gaming industry.
As one of the leading law experts in gaming business, he has participated in sessions of different parliamentary commissions, which are focused on the problems of the taxation, regulation and developing of the gaming industry. He is invited as a narrow specialist in that area for elaboration of legal documents and consulting many cases. He has been a lecturer in different conferences, which are focused on regulation of the gambling games in the context of the challenges, which 21st century offers.
He is a Chairman of the Management Board of BTAMOGI and CEO of BEGE Expo. He also serves as a C-level Officer of various operating companies in the Gaming Sector. He has served as CEO of many local and international companies in the Insurance and Pension Funds Sector. He has also served as a consultant in many projects in the financial sector, insurance and pensions, SME, and is a Member of the Board of Management of the Bulgarian Actuarial Society. He has MSc Degree in Engineering, MSc in Applied Math, MSc in Actuarial Science from City University in London and Diploma of International Economic Relations.
French avocat and Attorney at Law (New York State Bar), Annabelle Richard practiced law in New York before coming back to France and joined Ichay & Mullenex Avocats in 2005. Since then, Annabelle Richard has been an active member of the Technologies, Media and Telecommunications department. In January 2011, she was promoted as a partner in the TMT department. Her strong background on new technologies, both from an operational and regulatory standpoint, as well as her international education have made her a strong asset on all telecom and new technologies projects. She is particularly involved in all matters pertaining to Internet law and is a recognized expert notably in e-commerce, online gaming and gambling, data protection and cybersecurity. Annabelle has earned her sterling reputation by working on complex projects, largely international, which required not only outstanding legal competence but also a perfect understanding of the business and operational constraints. She is an active member of many national and international professional organisations among which the Association Internationale de Jeunes Avocats (AIJA), the American Bar Association (ABA), the ItechLaw Association, the CLUSIF (French Information System Security Association), the International Bar Association and the International Association of Gaming Advisers (IAGA).
Education: Master of Public Relations, Sofia University ’St.Kliment Ohridski‘. Working in the past year in different areas of PR and Marketing, as a specialist of sports and sports betting, organizing events and activity to promote and develop Classic Cars and Luxury business in Eastern Europe with organization of Concours d’Elegance events. In the past year active in the development and promotion of sports betting market in Macedonia as marketing director of the biggest land based betting company ’Sport Life‘. Preparing with the various activity company online image for the future approval of online betting in our market. Organizing BTL activity to lounge and promote various games and platforms that boost client interest and trust in our brand.
He has a diploma of engineer for automation in railway field and diploma in Management at the Open University School, U.K. Experience in gaming sector: He started his work immediately after revolution, in 1990, with service and maintenance for Novomatic gaming machines; established joint-venture with Novomatic from 1992 till 2000 and operated machines all over country. In 1994 he started operation in Bingo sector, trained by Vaprel – Spain for operating more bingo halls. Since 2000 he’s taking part in London shows, ICE, ATEI, - contacting most of the major producers for operating their machines. Since 2004 he started cooperation with Stella, Merkur Gaming - Germany and operates and distributes their video-slot machines. He is a founder member of the Romanian Gaming Association of Organizers and Producers (AOPJNR) since 1995. He is also directly involved in the project and adoption of the actual gaming law in Romania. Since 2001 he is elected as a Vice-president and since 2007 as Executive President of AOPJNR.
Until mid 2012, Cyril was acting as Business Adviser for e-Gambling markets at KEYNECTIS. He has over 10 years of consulting and business development experience in e-Gaming, Social Gaming and e-Business. Cyril’s served in e-Gaming sector for more than 7 years as Business Adviser for established leading edge technology companies in Europe like MICROGAMING and BWIN.PARTY. In 2010 and 2012, Cyril prepared two strategy studies for the ARJEL (French Regulatory Agency of On-Line Gaming) on Social Gaming (2012) and Process Organization (2010). In 2011, Cyril has been auditioned by the FRENCH SENATE as expert, to optimize the French Taxation Model on e-Gaming.
Beforehand, Cyril has served as International Business Development Director of MONACO TELECOM active in Balkans, Central Asia, Western Europe, South America and the USA. Cyril is graduated from Ecole de Hautes Etudes Commerciales (EDHEC), French Business School. He is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
David has worked for the Financial Services Authority and Pensions Regulator. In 2001 he joined the Gaming Board for Great Britain (latterly the Gambling Commission) as Inspector for Intelligence & Operations, he was also Money Laundering Reporting Officer for the Board. In 2006 he joined the Jersey Civil Service as Legal and Intelligence Manager for Regulatory Services and transferred to the Jersey Gambling Commission in 2010. He has responsibility for probity investigations on applicants and the production of guidance and Codes of Practice. He is a member of the States of Jersey Anti-Money Laundering Strategy Group and is Secretary of the Social Responsibility Panel.
After graduating in Budapest, Gábor Helembai joined to Forgó, Varga & Partners Law Firm (predecessor of Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm) in 2006. Following that Gábor passed the bar exam in 2010, he was admitted to the Budapest Bar Association. Besides being involved in the law firm’s dispute resolution and real estate practice Gábor has gained particular expertise in the gaming, betting and licensing industry. Having provided general corporate advice to casino investors his experience includes regulatory, transactional counsel and concession agreement negotiations with the Hungarian State, as well. In addition, he has also considerable experience in gaming regulatory issues by advising betting companies and those involved in online gaming.
Director – General for the Swedish Gambling Authority and former Head of Swedish Broadcasting Commission. Before this he worked ę years as Chief Legal Counsel at the Gambling Authority. Hakan Hallstedt is a trained judge and has been an associate judge at the Court of Appeal for Western Sweden. He has served as Vice-President for the Consumer Complaints Board and also worked for the Government as senior advisor in the Ministries for Culture and the Environment. Hakan Hallstedt is Chair for Gaming Regulators Forum (GREF) 2012-2014.
He is in the trade since 32 years. He has business interests and experience in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Cyprus, UK and in Austria. He is president of Austrian Automatenverband.at, first Vice president of EUROMAT, Brussels, Technical Expert of the Spielapparatebeirat of the county of Vienna, Expert for the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, and Member of the working group on Responsible Gaming/EUROMAT;
Herbert Beck is Certified Addiction Counselor, Member of the European Lotteries Responsible Gaming Working Group, and Member of the European Casino Association Responsible Gaming Working Group. He has joined Casinos Austria in 1982 as Assistant to the Head of the Corporate Responsible Gaming Department. Since 1989 he is a Head of Corporate Responsible Department. Since 2008 he is Head of Division, Group Function Responsible Gaming, Advertising and Sponsoring since 2008. His Project Experience includes development and implementation of effective and lasting responsible gaming programs and concepts at Casinos Austria and Austrian Lotteries. Organizer and speaker at the annual, international Responsible Gaming Academy.
Born in Croatia in 1962, the study of Engineering in Agronomy finished at University of Osijek. His casino career started 20 years ago at position of craps dealer in the American Palace Laguna Casino at Poreć, Croatia. Afterward, he has spent 5 years at HIT Casinos Group in Slovenia, over 5 years at Casino Mulino (HR) and over 4 years as Managing Director of Royal Casino (HR). He has managed the Casino Cibalia of the Croatian Lottery in Vinkovci (HR) for about 3 years. Presently he is employed at the Croatian Lottery in Lottery Regional Office in Osijek.
Ivar has worked with-in the Regulated gaming industry for the past eleven years in various positions and leading projects covering most aspects of Internet regulated gaming. Has a diverse background and experience handling various roles as a top executive, chief account officer, head of development, Head of Project Management Office and a senior developer during the past ten years. Before joining the regulated gaming industry Ivar was focused on delivering entertainment gaming multimedia and mobile solutions. Ivar holds a MBA degree as well as a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Reykjavik University.
A lawyer at the Brussels bar since 1991, Jan Decorte has specialized in corporate law, mainly M&A and investment projects. He is also a ’Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales‘ since 1998, which allowed him to practice in London and acquire an in-depth knowledge of Anglo-Saxon business law.
For many years now, Jan has developed a special interest in the media with special focus on Technologies Media & Telecommunication (TMT). He has acquired an extensive knowledge of this sector and is often required by several major actors to assist them in larger TMT projects (mainly cross border transactions and investment projects). Since 2008, he has also been very active in the specific sector of online gaming, gambling and betting in which he closely follows-up the recent evolutions in legislation and case law on European and Belgian level for several international clients and associations.
His established practice combined with an excellent knowledge of the sector allows him to give his clients comprehensive counsel that covers their various needs. His top tier clients are international groups, mostly active online but he also assist several start ups and companies of all sizes outside the TMT area. His approach is often described by clients as to-the-point, pro-active and innovative. His clients mostly appreciate his combined knowledge of their technical processes and strategies and his ability to fit those in with appropriate corporate structures.
Besides Dutch, he speaks French and English fluently, and has good understanding of Spanish and German. Jan assists his clients in negotiations and litigations on both national and international level. Jan regularly gives lectures, both nationally and internationally.
He has been actively involved in the creation of E-Commerce regulations and has been director of the I.A.B. (Internet Advertising Bureau) since 2005, where he is also head of the legal team (regulatory). Since 2008, he is also the Belgian representative in the ’public affairs‘ committee of IAB Europe.
He worked in Ministry of Defense, lawyer on public procurement procedures. Till year 2003 various positions in sphere of marketing, customer services and sales in leading telecommunication enterprises in Latvia – Tele2, Lattelecom. Till year 2006 worked in Ministry of Defense as a Lawyer on public procurement procedures. Professional activities include supervising licensing procedures in Latvia, legal developments, participation in professional conferences and organizations. He is a member of Gaming Regulatory European Forum – GREF.
In 1989 Jasmina Milasinovic graduated Faculty of Special Education and Rehabilitation. Her fields of researches are Addiction diseases, family and marital therapy, family secrets and rituals. Since 1994 she is a Special educator, Special Hospital for substance abuse in Belgrade, Serbia.
Joseph F. Borg occupies the post of Director Legal and Enforcement of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority – Malta for almost two years. Before joining the Authority, Joseph, acted as a Legal Counsel to Vodafone Malta Limited for three years.
Joseph was conferred with an LL.M. in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow with Distinction. Earlier, he was awarded the LL.D. from the University of Malta, after writing and successfully defending a thesis entitled ’Protection of Trademarks against Domain Names‘. In November 2000, Joseph graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal and Humanistic Studies.
Kaloyan Krustev was born 1970 in Pleven. He has graduated the Lovech Language High School and has a LLM in Law from the Sofia University ’St. Kliment Ohridski‘. From 1995 to 2000 he works for the legal department of the Privatization Agency. In 2001 he takes the position of General Director of the ’Control on gambling‘ in the General Directorate in the Insurance and Gambling Supervision Agency. From 2002 to 2005 he is with the legal department in State Insurance Supervision Office. During 2006 he works in the legal department of the insurance company ’Bulgarski imoti‘ and from 2007 to 2010 he is legal advisor compliance in ‘ING Lives Insurance‘ and ’ING Pension Services‘. From the beginning of 2010 he is appointed as a Chairman of the State Commission on Gambling.
A lawyer by training, Laurie has been researching and writing about regulatory and market developments for GamblingCompliance for more than five years. Laurie has had a specific focus on developments across European jurisdictions during this time and has spoken at conferences, parliamentary hearings as well as various in-house seminars and workshops on gambling regulation.
The Slot Academy, which provides knowledge for Management of Slot Departments and/or those involved in operating Slot Machines, on how to anticipate and respond effectively to the growth of the Casino competition and technological advancements. With its Principle Mr. Lucien Wijsman who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, brings clarity and innovation to Casino operations and has aided many different Casinos in 17 countries, including Europe’s Top Casinos.
Mark Rutherford is the director of policy and legislation within the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission with responsibility for ensuring that the Isle of Man’s gambling legislation remains fit for purpose and for ensuring that the inspectorate’s policy is properly aligned with the law. Prior to working for the GSC, Mark spent twelve years as an officer in the Income Tax division.
Martin Britton is Director of Operations for GLI Europe BV. He joined GLI Europe in 2008 to assist with the UK market. Since 2009 his role covered operations in both GLI facilities in The Netherlands and Italy. During his time with GLI he has been responsible for UK clients, working with global customers, developing the engineering teams and has a key role with VLT and iGaming development in Europe.
Martin Britton has more than 14 years of experience in the gaming industry. Starting out he joined TCS/John Huxley as Technical Director and later Commercial Director increasing the company’s business within Europe. Over the seven years at TCS/John Huxley he developed and manufactured a range of successful products while securing key distribution partnerships. Later he joined Cyberview Technology as Chief Operating Officer, directing activities out of the London office which covered managing key clients, developing new products and managing the development and manufacturing teams.
Member of the Rome and Paris Bars, after having graduated at University of Rome La Sapienza in 1997 and at the London School of Economics (General Course Degree) in 1995, she took an LL.M degree at Harvard Law School in 1999. She started her international career at the Centro Studi Unidroit in 1997. After one year and a half spent in Cambridge at the Harvard Law School she joined the Brussels team of the American law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and then moved to the European Commission DG Competition where she spent one year working on competition law matters in the telecoms sector. In 2002 she joined as in-house lawyer the French branch of the Italian car manufacturing company, Fiat. Since 2006 she serves for the Italian Bar Council (Consiglio Nazionale Forense) as a delegate of the CCBE (European Bar Council) and heads the Italian desk of the law firm Vovan & Associés in Paris advising in the field of European law, company law and French and Italian law in the gambling sector.
Martina Barcaroli is co-founder of the Franco-Italian association Progetto Giochi, a think tank on regulatory and market development in the gambling sector (www.progettogiochi.org).
A number of international conferences have been organized by Martina Barcaroli in the field of gambling law among which ‘Le marché des jeux: entre exigences de securité et d'ouverture a la concurrence’ (Venise, 13-14 March 2009), ‘La liberalisation du secteur des jeux d’argent et de hasard: quelles perspectives pour l’Italie et la France?’ (Rome, 9 April 2010). Since 2010 je contributes to the organizarion of the Monaco iGaming Exchanges (MiE) In July 2011, she lectured the class on Italian gambling law at the Summer school european and national gambling law organized by the Belgium Gambling Authority and the University of Leuven.
She is author of a number of law review and press articles, such as La nouvelle réglementation italienne du marché des jeux en ligne: l’attribution de nouvelles licences et l’ouverture des jeux de casino (IGA Magazine, June 2011), Les jeux en ligne: face à l’explosion annoncé, la nécessité’ d’une étude d’impacte? (La Tribune, May 2010), Les jeux en ligne entre libéralisation et regulation (La Tribune, March 2010), Le secteur des jeux en Italie: un modèle d’ouverture équilibrée (review Ace, June 2009), La libéralisation du secteur des jeux en France, (review UionCamere, April 2009).
Prior to Denmark’s liberalization of online casino and betting on January 2012, Morten Thulstrup was part of the team that evaluated more than 40 incoming license applications from national and international gaming operators. He is head of his authority’s efforts with regards to problem gambling and he is a member of the Membership and Communications Subcommittees in the International Association of Gaming Regulators. Additionally, he specializes in result based management and financial controlling. Morten holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and EU studies from the University of Roskilde.
Since 2006 he is Attorney at law in Lazarov Law Office. He previously worked as Project Coordinator at UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, Project Director at CHICAGO-KENT SCHOOL OF LAW – POST CONFLICT FOUNDATION and other positions. He is an active Member of Macedonian Bar Association, President of European Association of Young Lawyers – Republic of Macedonia chapter.
Nikos Roumnakis studied Physics at University of Athens and has a Master Degree in Automation Engineering and a Master Degree in Business Administration. He is founder of Virtual 3IT Reality Ltd, a company that focuses on the sales, marketing and distribution of innovative technology products for the gaming and hospitality industries in Greece and Cyprus. Furthermore, the firm can represent or provide support and consulting services to other companies of the same industry that want to establish their business in the above mentioned regions. Prior to this he was General Manager in Hellenic Horse Racing Organization and has 20 years of experience working in various managerial positions for multinational companies.
He is a veteran in the area of responsible gaming, consultancy and training of gambling industry professionals. He is involved in projects since 1989. Starting his career as the head of an outpatient clinic he served as managing director of Jellinek Consultancy since the early 1990s. He also runs his own company Assissa Consultancy Europe working on responsible gaming policies and projects in a number of countries all over the world. The co-chair of the gambling section of ICAA (International Council on Alcohol and other Addictions) and EASG Board member (European Association for the Study of Gambling).
Robert W. Stocker II is the Chair of the Gaming Law Committee of the American Bar Association; a founder of and the Immediate Past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law; a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors; and an Equity Member of Dickinson Wright PLLC, and on Law Top 200 law firm which has offices in a number of states in the United States as well as in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Stocker serves as the Chair of the firm’s Gaming Law Practice Group, which consults with clients on a worldwide basis. He has an international practice in gaming, regulatory, corporate and alternative insurance programs law. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he teaches gaming law, business planning and business organization courses and has received the Frederick Griffith Adjunct Faculty Award for excellence in teaching. Mr. Stocker is listed in Chambers Global, Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Superlawyers for his expertise in gaming law. He has written and spoken extensively on an international basis on a variety of gaming issues, including internet gaming. Mr. Stocker is senior editor of the law firm’s popular Gaming Law Newsletter, which covers land based, internet and Native American/First Nation gaming issues on an international basis and is emailed three times a month to over two thousand recipients worldwide.
Sue is Director of Projects and Policy at the Remote Gambling Association, the largest trade association for the global online gambling industry. It represents 30 of the world's largest licensed and stock market-listed remote gambling companies and provides the industry with a single voice on all the issues of importance to regulators, legislators, and key decision makers around the world. She has a wide ranging background in gambling, including being Principal Officer of Gambling Therapy which provides online support for problem gamblers and was Head of Policy at the UK Gambling Commission.
She has gratuded on the University of Zagreb, obtaining a Masters Degree in Economics. She first worked for the Croatian National Bank's Research Department as as intern in the Real Sector Division. Tihana joined Global Betting and Gaming Consultants, a UK-based specialised gambling consultancy, in March 2007 as the Research Analyst, working on various company reports. When GBGC formed a Croatian subsidiary, she took over running the Zagreb office, while keeping and expanding her previous duties. Her analyst work now includes forming and updating GBGC's database of major world gambling markets, assesing the size of other markets, preparing country and regional forecasts and tracing the top listed gaming companies through various Company Reports as well as two GBGC indices; GBGC 50 and iGBGC index, as well as participating in various bespoke consultancy projects. She also works on preparing various reports, such as the Global Gambling Report, once dubbed the „Gambling Bible“, as well as ad hoc smaller reports, including Interactive Lottery Report, the Eastern European Gambling Report etc.
Tracy Cohen is Director of Europe for the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), a trade organization comprised of the top international gaming suppliers whose mission is to further the interests of its members around the world. She also currently serves as Marketing Manager for TCSJOHNHUXLEY the leading casino gaming equipment manufacturer and supplier with 11 offices worldwide. With more than 20 years experience in design and marketing communications for the international casino and gaming industry, Cohen oversees global trade shows and events, Public Relations, advertising, sales and marketing communications and product launch activities.
Tzvetoslav Yotov graduate Labor and organizational psychology in Sofia University St. Clement Ochridski, Master in psychology. Already 7 years he works in the field of Human Resources and is HR Manager at “RS Consult”. Since 2008 Tzvetoslav is the Consultant Corporate Social Responsibility at the Bulgarian Gaming Association (BTAMOGI)
Mr Casalone has a deep experience in gambling rules gained as regulator in the Italian public administration and as manager in leading gaming companies
Zoran Puhac was born 1962 in Vrsac, Serbia. He is the Coordinator of Association of Gambling Providers, Serbia and holds position of deputy director of Marketing sector and PR manager at Mozzart Company, since 2008. Z. Puhac has more than 20 years experience in external and internal public relations, five years experience as journalist and editor in printed media. He specialized in public relations in crisis at post graduated studies at Faculty of political sciences in Belgrade, Serbia, media trainer for public appearance, graduated at Air Force Academy.