Speakers

ALEKSANDAR ALEKSANDROV

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CEO, Cookie App - Football Chat AI
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Aleksandar Aleksandrov is the founder CEO & CTO of Football Chat AI, a mobile app for predicting football scores using machine learning. He is also the sole developer of the scores betting predicting algorithm and has overseen the full project growth and acquisition of new users.
Prior to Football Chat, Aleksandar has worked for several companies on developing their web and mobile solutions. His specialities are in mobile development using Ionic and Cordova. Before that he was the founder of ilovethismusic.com a website for searching music based on keywords.
Aleksandar holds a Bachelors degree on Internet and Mobile technologies from Univerzitet 'Sv. Kiril i Metodij' from Skopje.

 

ALEKSANDAR KOVACEVIC

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Partner, Kovacevic/Kolesan Attorneys at Law
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Aleksandar Kovacevic is a Founding Partner in Law Firm Kovacevic/Kolesan with over 9 years of professional experience. He has practiced in all areas of Corporate & Commercial law and has advised private stakeholders on matters including legal due diligence, drafting transaction documents and communication with authorities and regulators.
 

ALEXIA COUCCOULLIS

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Senior Partner, Law Offices Couccoullis & Associates
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Alexia studied Law at the University of Athens and continued her studies at the University of London, awarded MPhil in the European Company (Societas Europea). She is a PhD(c) in Gaming Law researching “the compatibility of all gambling bans and restrictions with the EU fundamental freedoms to establish and provide services.”. She has extensive experience in litigation and international commercial arbitration, as a lawyer and arbitrator being included in list of the 100 arbitrators the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry; she is also co-founder, member of the Board and Secretary General of the Institute of Arbitration. She has been educated at Harvard Law School focusing on Advanced Mediation and Negotiation.

 

Andreas Hartmann

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COO & Co-founder, Vaix
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Andreas is responsible for product and operations at VAIX. He has over 16 years of experience in running product, technology and operations in internet, online gaming, mobile and fintech companies. Before VAIX, he was the CPO at PPRO Group (fintech) and Upstream (mobile commerce), at PartyGaming / bwin.party, he built core gaming platform as well as casino and poker product. He started his career at AltaVista, and Yahoo! in Silicon Valley after graduating from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. He holds four patents in gaming & web search.

 

ANGEL IRIBOZOV

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Bulgarian Trade Association of the Manufacturers and Operators in the Gaming Industry (BTAMOGI)
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Angel Iribozov 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.

ARJAN KORSTJENS

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Lecturer, Totally Gaming Academy
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Arjan Korstjens is a consultant, speaker and trainer in the international Casino industry. Working from his own company, Explayner, he helps casinos improving the result and effect of their Marketing in both the online and land-based world. He has worked for, amongst others, Holland Casino, Lottomatica, Grand Casino Luzern,  Sun International Chile, International Hotel & Casino Bulgaria and Partouche Casino Oostende.
Arjan has a background in international advertising, being a founder of one of the first digital agencies in The Netherlands back in 1995. After his digital start he worked in traditional advertising, TV and for advertising companies.
Arjan speaks at various conferences around the world, has been a speaker at The Slot Summit from its conception and is a favorite amongst attendees.

 

ASSAF DOR

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CEO, Cellxpert LTD
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Assaf Dor (LLM), CEO and Founder of Cellxpert, A leading affiliate tracking company.
Cellxpert develops & provides the leading affiliate tracking software, tailored for the iGaming industry. From Ad-serving and tracking to performance management and regulatory tools.

BAHAR ALAEDDINI

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Partner, Harris Hagan
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Bahar Alaeddini is a Partner at Harris Hagan and specialises in all aspects of online and land-based gambling law.  She advises major B2C and B2B operators, start-up operators, investors and financial institutions.  Bahar advises clients on licence applications, investor due diligence, compliance issues, Gambling Commission requirements and investigations, voluntary settlements and Panel reviews.  She is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and Global Gaming Women.
 

BOGDAN COMAN

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Executive Director, Rombet Association
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Bogdan Coman has graduated from the Academy of Economic Studies from Bucharest and has been engaged in the gambling industry since 2008. Bogdan is involved in several start-ups in the field and in his experience has covered all the gambling spectrum from Romania - betting, live casino, slot operations, live bingo and lately online gambling as well. He is very passionate about the industry and doesn't see himself ever going out of it.
 

COSMINA SIMION

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Co-Head of Gaming, NNDKP
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Cosmina Simion co-heads the Gaming and Consumer Protection & Advertising practices of NNDKP, a preeminent business law firm in Romania. In addition to the gambling industry, her practice focuses on IP/IT, media & entertainment and online industries, having acquired a strong expertise in these fields in her over 18 years of professional activity.

In the gaming field, her experience encompasses the full range of regulatory and operational gaming aspects, assisting betting and gaming operators, software & platform suppliers, financial services providers, auditors & certifiers, industry relevant associations or marketing affiliates. Cosmina has also been actively involved in the review and drafting of the Romanian primary and secondary gaming legislation.

Previous coordination roles include heading the IP, media and technology practice of a Tier 1 global law firm and acting as an in-house counsel at a US media group.

Cosmina is a General Member of IMGL.

DAN ILIOVICI

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Executive Manager, ROMBET
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Dan Iliovici has been appointed as President of the Romanian National Gambling Office in March 2017.
During the last six years Iliovici represented the interests of the gambling operators, as executive manager of two of the most important associations of the industry. He was also member of the Consultancy Council from the gambling authority, actively contributing at the new gambling regulatory framework in Romania.
Dan Iliovici is dedicated to the study of problem gambling, initiating and promoting the most important Responsible Gambling projects in Romania. He participated as speaker at conferences and seminars on gambling across Europe, and published many articles on responsible gambling topic.

 

DAVID PERRY

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Director Leisure & Gaming, Deloitte LLP
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David is a Director in the Deloitte’s Leisure advisory team, and manages the firm’s international Betting and Gaming practice. David has extensive experience within the Leisure space in the external audit, transaction services and advisory spheres. David has focused in particular on Betting and Gaming and has worked with most major players.
Recent diligence work has included the commercial and financial due diligence on a major UK bookmaker, acquisition support in the UK casino sector, acquisition due diligence of a poker operator by a North American group, commercial due diligence in the UK bookmaking sector and the merger expert work for the combination of a European betting and gaming group. David has also performed a number of operational assessments and accounting expert work for a major UK bookmaker.
He has also assisted the Cyprus government with their implementation of casino regulations and the development of a large-scale integrated casino resort.

DESISLAVA PANOVA

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Head of Legal Department, Casino Technology
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Desislava has a Master degree in Law and has worked as a legal advisor in the sectors of Public Administration, Communication and information systems, Real Estate Development and Tourism. Since 2010 she is practicing in the gambling industry. Desislava was Secretary General of the Bulgarian State Commission on Gambling until 2013, when she become Head of the Legal Department at Casino Technology. 

DIMITRIJ PICIGA

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Director, Diogenes
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From 2010 to 2013 Dimitrij is the Executive director of the biggest Slovenian tourist agency ‘Kompas dd’. From 2010-2016 he is also the General director of the Slovenian tourist board - a nationаl agency for tourism promotion. In 2013 he becomes the President of the board of ‘Hit dd’ - state owned company with 6 casinos in Slovenia, one in Montenegro and one in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 2017 Dimitrij is owner of an indеpendent consulting company for tourism and gambling development.

 

 

DR. IAN GAUCI

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Partner, GTG Advocates
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Dr Ian Gauci is the Partner responsible for Communications, Media and Technology within GTG Advocates.

Dr Gauci provides legal, regulatory and strategic advice to operators in the gaming industry, content providers, electronic communications providers, data centers, e-commerce providers, payment institutions and software providers. He also advised and assisted in mergers and acquisitions and represented clients in local and cross-border negotiations, mediation and arbitration. Dr Gauci is also one of the leading lawyers on Data Protection Law, whereby he has built a specific service offering on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Dr Gauci also provides consultancy on legal matters related to blockchain technology and crypto-currencies.

He also assisted the Maltese Government on issues dealing with E-Commerce and E-Trust certification as well as assisted the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).
 

DR. SIMON PLANZER

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Partner, Planzer Law
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Dr. Simon Planzer is founding partner at PLANZER LAW, a Zurich-based gaming law boutique. PLANZER LAW’s team provides highly specialised services on all matters relating to Swiss and European gaming law, compliance (e.g., AML) and general business law (e.g., establishment).

An alumnus of the College of Europe who used to work with the legal service of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the EFTA Court, Simon Planzer has a strong background in EU and EEA law as well as the agreements between the EU and Switzerland. He practises in English, German and French. Simon wrote his PhD on the regulation of gaming in the European Internal Market; he is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and the International Association of Gaming Advisors. Simon did studies and research inter alia at the universities of Harvard, College of Europe, St.Gallen and the European University Institute.

 

 

DUSAN MIHAJLOVIC

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Partner, Scott Mihajlovic Associates Ltd
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Former Head of Compliance and Risk Management at Finsoft / GTECH G2, Dusan Mihajlovic specializes in Compliance, Security and Risk Management in the financial and gaming industries. He has been involved in nationally regulated gaming markets from the early days and has hands-on experience in regulatory compliance for on-line sports betting, gaming and lottery. His experience includes regulated on-line jurisdictions in North America, Europe, Australia and Africa as well as achieving and maintaining ISO certifications, PCI DSS compliance and regulatory accreditations for non-gaming organizations. Lectured on Information Security, the Internet and Compliance in the UK, Europe, USA and the Middle East. www.s-m-a.com
 

ELENA BISERKOVA

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Global Community Manager, UltraPlay
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Elena is fluent in German, French, English, and Chinese. With her bachelor's degree in Chinese studies and year-long specialization in China, she has key insights into both Chinese and Asian market trends. Previously, Elena worked at a sports betting company – communicating closely with clients and regularly posting on Chinese social media (company blog management). She is excited to be a part of the eGold project, the ultimate eSports betting cryptocurrency, by combining her excellent language skills and her extreme passion for gaming in order to ultimately popularize eGold with the eSports fans worldwide.

 

GABOR HELEMBAI

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Senior Associate, Bird & Bird LLP
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Gábor Helembai is a senior associate in the Corporate and Commercial team of the well-known international law firm, Bird & Bird's Budapest office. He advises on both domestic and cross-border transactions and investments in various industries. Gábor provides regulatory advice and support to clients with (international) corporate/restructuring and commercial cases. He has a special sector focus on gaming/betting, advising major online and land-based operators, slot machine manufacturers on regulatory matters. Gábor has represented clients in negotiating a concession agreement with the Hungarian State, assisted different clients from non-gaming industries in their gaming related matters (e.g. promotional games), and supported clients in transaction matters in the gaming sector. He regularly speaks in international gambling conferences and his articles can often be found in well-known gambling journals and/or websites.

GIOVANNI CARBONI

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Founder, EGLA (European Gambling Lawyers and Advisors)
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Giovanni had been ADM’s consultant for the introduction of remote gambling in Italy. He founded Carboni&Partners srl consulting company in the gambling industry and EGLA (European Gambling Lawyers and Advisors – www.egla.eu) network of layers and consultants expert in the gambling sector. He provides consultancy to many international gambling companies. Speaker in conferences on gambling he writes regularly on gambling specialised magazines.

 

HENNING KRIPPENDORF

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President, Skal International Sofia
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Plus 35 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. Education at Steigenberger Hotels (Deutsche Hospitality), Germany. Development and management for international hotel chains in Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, North Africa, Egypt, Thailand. Individual hospitality consulting activities (investment, operations, branding) in Eastern Europe. Heading the hospitality asset and operations management in investment funds in Croatia and Bulgaria. Partner in Sortis Hospitality Investment Consultancy. Group Hospitality Director for Hotels Central Park and Thracia (Sofia) and Swiss-Belhotel Dimyat (Varna).   

IAN SMITH

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Integrity Commissioner, The Esports Integrity Coalition
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Ian Smith is the esports integrity commissioner. Ian is a UK lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in traditional sports, primarily in regulation and governance. His particular focus has always been the connection between the athlete and the rules and regulations that govern the athletes’ professional life. Ian left private practice in 2004 to go in-house as legal director of the Professional Cricketers’ Association in the UK where he was responsible for advising players on a range of issues, but also negotiating, on their behalf, the contracts, rules and regulations that applied to them, such as the Anti-Doping and Anti-Corruption Codes. For two years between 2013 and 2015 Ian also ran the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA), the umbrella body for all the Player Associations in International cricket, which meant he dealt with the terms and conditions under which players participated in the Cricket World Cup, the World T20 Championships and the Champions Trophy and was the player representative on the Security Directorate of all major events through to 2015. He sat on the Athletes Committee of UK Anti-Doping for five years.

JAMES SCICLUNA

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Partner, WH Partners
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James Scicluna, is co-managing partner and founder of WH Partners. He is a Malta Advocate and a Solicitor of the Senior Court of England and Wales. He is well-known for his in-depth knowledge of the gaming and gambling industry and advises some of the World’s major gaming brands on significant transactions. James is highly-ranked lawyer by the foremost independent legal directories in a number of practice areas, including gaming and gambling by Chambers & Partners Global. James is a member of the Advisory Team to the Malta Gaming Authority on the overhaul of gaming regulation in Malta and has also advised the MGA on other matters. He is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and of the International Masters of Gaming Law, amongst others and is a lecturer in gaming law at the University of Malta.

JESSICA MAIER

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Attorney-at-law, MELCHERS LAW
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Jessica Maier advises German and English speaking clients on all aspects of gambling law with a focus on regulation, licensing and compliance. She has been involved in regulatory due diligence reviews in the context of corporate acquisitions and also supports clients in competition and antitrust related issues as well as in administrative court proceedings or out-of-court negotiations and interactions. She has provided guidance to clients in various licensing proceedings and advises clients on the regulatory developments in Germany which impact on their business or marketing strategies. Jessica is also experienced in lobbying and regularly contributes to gambling law and industry publications.

JOSEPH F. BORG

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Senior Advisor, WH Partners
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Dr. Joseph F. Borg is currently a Senior Advisor to WH Partners, practicing mainly Gaming, Corporate, IT, Telecoms and Intellectual Property Law. He also lectures Gaming Law at the University of Malta and is the Secretary General of the Malta IT Law Association. Before joining WH Partners he occupied the post of Chief Regulatory Officer of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority – Malta (now the Malta Gaming Authority). Joe was also an elected Member on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), a position which he held throughout 2012.
Joseph was conferred with an LL.M. in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law at the University of Strathclyde (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.
In 2009 he completed a Regulator Development Program organized by the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV). In 2012 he was awarded a certificate in Casino Management by the UNLV.
 
 

KOSTANDINA ZAFIROVSKA

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CEO, BtoBet
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She has been appointed BtoBet’s Chief Executive Officer after being COO for 2 years in the company. She has over 17 years of experience in Computer Science Engineering and since the beginning of her career her challenge has been to design and develop IT software products aimed at improving customer experience and providing simplicity of use. Then, with growing experience and expertise, Kostandina gained more involvement in technology project management. She has built a successful career as COO in the multinational software provider Seavus and came to that position after spending 6 years as Head of other departments, assisting high profile clients from various industries as insurance and finance. At BtoBet she has been involved in all the processes of software development, facing interesting and challenging research concerning the gaming environment.

 

LASHA MACHAVARIANI

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CEO / Founder, Setanta Sports Media/ Sports Betting Community (SBC) Ambassador
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Currently the SBC (Sports Betting Community) Ambassador and the Founder of the largest sports media holding in CIS region, Lasha is a seasoned executive with a demonstrated history of working in Online Gambling and Sports Media Industries.
Huge experience and deep knowledge of Sponsorships, Branding, PR and Advertisement, with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) focused in Marketing Management from Grenoble Graduate School of Business (GGSB).
More than 6 years of experience in the Online Gambling Industry for C level positions, out of which 3 years in adjarabet.com as a Chief Business Development Officer & CMO, that is considered to be the regional market leader gambling opertator.

 

MAAYAN M. DANA-NIR

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Senior Lawyer, Tal Ron, Drihem and Co., Law Firm
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LLB, Advocate, Econ., a seasoned e-commerce lawyer and entrepreneur. Maayan has been involved in the online commerce industries for years. Prior to pursuing her legal career with Tal Ron, Drihem and Co., she has been working with Tadmor Levy (Professor Yuval Levy & Co.) – one of Israel’s largest law firms, where she dealt with Israel’s largest payment institutions ongoing legal affairs. As a senior hi-tech and gaming attorney in Tal Ron, Drihem and Co., Law Firm, heading the Contracts department, she handles complex corporate matters, affiliate partnership programs, insertion orders and websites terms and conditions, as well as labour law and partnership agreements for B2B platforms, ad-tech companies and top tier operators. Maayan has been a well-known speaker in worldwide events, published articles in the local and international press and has been advising many of the leading players in the iGaming, forex and Ad Tech industries worldwide.

MARIO OVCHAROV

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Chief Commercial Officer, UltraPlay
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From planning to developing and executing, Mario Ovcharov has a wide range of responsibilities and expertise covering sales management, new business development, product development and customer service offering UltraPlay’s business partners unrivaled eSports, sports betting and Bitcoin solutions. In 2015 UltraPlay launched the first-ever live betting on Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Mario was the actual person that live traded the first match and shall remain in eSports history. Among other things, Mario has followed and advanced in the Blockchain and cryptocurrency world, being able and working to set eGold as the #1 choice for cryptocurrency of all eSports punters globally.

 

MICHA GOLOD

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CEO, Tradologic
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Micha has extensive experience in Gaming and Finance sphere. He is the Co-Founder of Crowdwiz.io, which is the first-a-kind self-governed investment eco-system driven by the wisdom of crowds. The combination of the latest blockchain technologies and the crowd wisdom put in its best use will reshape the financial industry as we know it. Investors will benefit from financial services in a new, transparent way, and will be in full control of their investments. All of this will happen with no middlemen, no hefty fees and no need to deal with the greediness and shadiness of the conventional financial institutions. CrowdWiz Funds and CrowdWiz Exchange are just the beginning and we will continue our mission with Crowdwiz Lending, Crowdwiz Insurance, CrowdWiz Real Estate and many other financial investment platforms.

Micha is also the CEO of Tradologic - a turnkey solution, which presents a full set of services that ensure maximum profitability from day one and attends all aspects of an operator business activity. Tradologic bring new innovation products suitable to the gaming industry and of the sophisticate players.

 

MICHELE MAGRO

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Senior Legal Advisor, Malta Gaming Authority
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Michele is a Senior Legal Advisor at the MGA. His work includes advising on gaming regulation, policy, legal and EU affairs.

 

MIGLENA DIMITROVA

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Partner, MDMI Legal
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Miglena Dimitrova is a member of Sofia Bar Association. She holds a master degree in law. Miglena Dimitrova has worked for more than 6 years in the National Parliament for various parliamentary groups. She headed the legal department for the first domestic payment instrument in Bulgaria lodged by the biggest oil company in Bulgaria. Since more than 10 years Miglena Dimitrova has her own legal practice and successfully advises and represents clients on intellectual property rights, digital services and regulatory matters focusing mainly on online media, services and transactions. Miglena Dimitrova is a Founding Partner in MDMI Legal (www.mdmilegal.com) Sofia, Bulgaria.

MINZE ZWERVER

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Trainer / consultant, Totally Gaming Academy
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Minze Zwerver started out as his 30 years experience of working in casinos as a French Roulette Croupier in his hometown of Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Since then he worked his way up by opening several Casinos in Holland and abroad. He worked for Swiss Casinos and Casino Austria International. Minze then began to help other organisations in Europa as a Auditer and Consultant. The last years he is working as a trainer for Clarion Totally Gaming Academy and developed the Table Games Academy.
 

NADYA HAMBACH

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Gambling Lawyer, Velchev&Co
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Nadya Hambach is a specialized gaming lawyer advising for almost 15 years gambling companies doing business in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe. She works in cooperation with Velchev&Co Law Offices in Sofia - a boutique law firm specialized in new technology law (telecommunications, banking, media, IT, Entertainment Law)  and leads its Gaming and Entertainment Law practice Group. Nadya is a recognised speaker at the most prominent international gaming forums and publishes regularly in key industry editions worldwide.

PETER IVANOV

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Head of eSports, UltraPlay
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Peter Ivanov is Head of eSports at UltraPlay holding a solid expertise in pre-match & live trading, odds compilation and odds movement training.

 
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PIOTR DYNOWSKI

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Partner, Bird & Bird
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Piotr advises on all aspects of gaming law, in particular online gambling and social gaming. His expertise covers licensing regimes, regulatory issues as well as advertising and provision of services such as electronic payments in relation to gambling products.

In 2011, as the Polish expert he participated in the research conducted by Cambridge Health Alliance together with Harvard Medical School and Harvard Law School, investigating associations between European gambling regulations and the actual gambling behavior of players.

In 2011, he represented the two largest European online gambling industry organisations in complaint proceedings against Poland to the European Commission for violation of the EU law by Polish gambling regulations, which resulted in the European Commission launching proceedings concerning violation of the EU law by Poland at the end of 2013 which terminated only in January 2016 after a number changes to the Polish gambling regulations were introduced.
He is a legal expert to the Polish Chamber of Commerce.
 

RADKA ALEKOVA

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Business Development CMS, Casino Technology
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As the Casino Management System is the backbone of the omni channel solution, developed by Casino Technology, the Company has appointed one of its young and perspective talent - Radka Alekova, to further accelerate the process of systems` installation in the casino halls. She has been working for Casino Technology and group of companies since 2008, starting her career as croupier. Soon after she was named as a manager of casino Ritz. Alekova was amongst the first casino managers in Bulgaria to operate with the RHINO Casino Management System that gave her the needed experience with the system and its application. Now she is stepping into her new role as Business Development CMS in the Company and will continue to pursue new challenges on the field with focus on customer satisfaction."Radka brings new ideas and adds the necessary energy and new perspective for the Company, that will help us drive our path forward”, said Milo Borissov, President, Founder and CEO of Casino Technology.

 

RICHARD LEATHER

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Chief Content Officer, Gambling Compliance
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, Chief Content Officer, Gambling Compliance
Richard heads up the legal and regulatory team, and ensures that our content continues to provide the insights required for the evolving global challenges that our clients’ face. Previously, he worked for Betclic Everest Group where he was responsible for advising on gambling regulation and risk, managing local licensing initiatives and ensuring the business' compliance with UK gambling regulation. Richard trained with international law firm Eversheds LLP and holds a BA in History from University College London.

 

ROBERT SKALINA

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Senior Advisor, WH Partners
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Robert Skalina, Senior Advisor, WH Partners
Robert Skalina is Czech Attorney as well as a Registered European Lawyer in Malta. He is currently a Senior Advisor to WH Partners, a Malta-based leading law firm with a business focus and expertise in gaming & gambling, technology, financial services, tax, M&A and corporate finance.
Robert has vast experience advising clients in the gaming/gambling industries on all aspects of their operations. He also provides advice to wide range of investment managers and funds, and regularly advises clients on complex cross border transactions and mergers and acquisitions.
He has previously held the position of head of legal of a London based investment advisor active throughout EMEA region.
Robert holds Master of Laws degrees from the London School of Economics and the Charles University in Prague.

 

ROBERT TOTH

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Key Account Manager, Media Stream AG
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Responsible for high profile customer accounts (€3.6M in net annual revenue). Robert is overseeing and managing various aspects of business development, project coordination and account management. As a pro-active all rounder with excellent interpersonal skills, he is involved in all major company projects and manage the customer support team in the EMEA-region (Europe, Middle-East and Africa).
In a nutshell:
• IT specialist with more than 16 years of experience
• exceptional interpersonal skills and fluent in 4 languages
• strong problem solving skills and ability to deal with multiple tasks simultaneously
• passionate, forward-thinking and can-do attitude

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ROMAN CZUBAK

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Sales Director CEE, Novomatic Gaming Industries GmbH
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Active in casino industry since September 1989. Worked in various roles in operations, sales (including systems sales) and R&D. Currently holding Sales Director CEE position at Novomatic Gaming Industries GmbH and Vice-Chairman position of Gaming Standards Association (www.gamingstandards.com) representing Novomatic.
 

ROSSI MCKEE

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Vice Pesident, Casino Technology
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Rossi McKee is the Vice President at Casino Technology, a global provider of casino products and technology solutions for the gaming industry. She is in charge of the worldwide marketing and international business development strategies for Casino Technology. In her 15-years experience in the gaming industry, she has been responsible for various projects related to the launching of new brands, new products and operations, and development of new markets. Rossi McKee is one of the founders of BTAMOGI, an honorable member of the Association, and currently heads International Affairs and relations development for the Association. McKee serves on the Advisory Board of BEGE, and is member of the Editorial Council of Game Spectrum magazine. She actively participates in various industry initiatives and speaks on international industry forums. Rossi McKee is also president of AvantX Technologies, marketing consulting company offering services to non-gaming companies. Mrs. McKee is EMBA graduate from Georgia State University, holds MD degree, PMP and PhD in Marketing.

TAL ITZHAK RON

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Advocate and Notary, Tal Ron, Drihem & Co. Law Firm
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Adv. and Notary Tal Itzhak Ron - a General Member of International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), practicing in Hi Tech, i-Gaming, Mobile Applications law, Digital Media and Financial Entertainment. Tal graduated from Haifa University School of Law (LL.B.) and Faculty of Computer Science (B.Sc.), and while working as a software developer at a publicly traded software company, NESS Technologies group, has further obtained a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Bar Ilan University (M.Sc). Tal established Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm in 2003, focusing on Ad Tech, Hi Tech, M&A, Financial Entertainment and iGaming, quickly becoming the first firm in the Middle East practicing solely on these areas, advising top-tier international clients in these fields.

Tal Ron, Drihem & Co. Law Firm - the award winning financial entertainment law firm since 2003, boasts a team of 11 lawyers and jurists in Tel Aviv, part of a larger group of privately owned companies consisting of alumni of prestigious universities and global law firms. The group, headed by Advocate and Notary Tal Itzhak Ron, focuses exclusively on Hi Tech, iGaming and Financial Entertainment.

 

VALENTINA DOBRE

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Member of the Board of Directors, Romslot
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Valentina Dobre is a Board Member of Romslot-Slot Organizers’ Association- the most powerful industry voice of the slot machines in Romania and Regional Director at Casino Technology Romania. She has over 14 years of experience in gambling industry and she has been heavily involved on strategic and commercial level regarding sales, marketing, administrative, operational and legal activities. She has extensive expertise and implication in major aspects regarding the industry and also, as Board Member of ROMSLOT, she constantly engaged in social responsibility actions of the industry and she is an important member of the Working Group of the “Responsible Gambling” program.

VALERY BOLLIER

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Co-founder, OulalaGames
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Valery Bolier has over thirteen years of experience in the iGaming industry. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars, as well as a contributor to various B2B publications. Equipped with a passion for Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and ''Big Data'', Bollier is the co-founder and CEO of Oulala, a revolutionary fantasy football game which was launched four years ago.

 

 

VOJTĚCH CHLOUPEK

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Partner, Bird & Bird
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Vojtěch is a Partner in the Czech Bird & Bird office and Head of the Intellectual Property, Tech & Comms and Media groups in Czech Republic and Slovakia.
His expertise covers intellectual property (IP)/ information technology (IT) law, gaming and media law. He also regularly assists clients in connection with various data protection and related compliance matters, as well as competition law matters.
For the past 5+ years Vojtěch has been actively involved in advising gaming companies on a broad range of legal issues including provision of online system operations, preparation of contractual documentations, related licensing and regulatory matters as well as enforcement of intellectual property rights.
He is an author of the Czech chapter in Duisberg A., Picot H. The Law of Video and Computer Games and the Czech Chapter in 3rd edition of Thomson Reuters' Gaming: A Global Guide from Practical Law.
Vojtěch has been repeatedly recognized as a leader in his field of expertise (Intellectual Property and Technology, Media & Telecommunications). He received ILO Client Choice Award 2014-2015 and was named WIPR Leader by World IP Review and IP Star by Managing IP (2016, 2017).
He is the President of LES Czech Republic and Slovakia, local representative of ITech Law and active member of ALAI. Vojtěch was also recently admitted as a member of IMGL (International Masters of Gaming Law).