SiGMA

SIGMA 'Manila' EDITION SPEAKERS

Albert Climent

Founder

Oneblock Technologies

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Founder of Bluesea Gaming, entrepreneurial, hands-on, and goal-oriented individual, with a knack for deal-making. Problem solver, and comfortable in complex business scenarios.

Alidad Tash

Managing Director

2NT8 Limited

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Alidad Tash is the managing director at 2nt8 Limited, a consultancy specializing in international casinos and integrated resorts. He has 20 years of gaming experience, leading analytics at Venetian Las Vegas and Sands China before overseeing strategy and gaming operations at Melco Resorts.

Allen Yan

Director & Co-founder

Spade9

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Andrea D. Domingo

Pagcor

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Andrew Pearson

Founder & MD

Intelligencia Limited

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Andrew Pearson is the founder and MD of Intelligencia Limited, an AI and analytics company working in the gaming & hospitality, retail, and manufacturing industries. Pearson has authored several books on technology, is a contributor to Forbes Middle East, as well as several respected peer-reviewed journals and has a podcast on the future of tech.

Andy Welling

Regional Sales Director

Pegasystems

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Andrew leads Pega’s Gaming presence in the Asia Pacific Region. He has over 16 years’ experience in the IT strategy and Innovation space, including 7 in Asia. He’s formerly held customer experience leadership roles with EY, ASG, and Stratasys.

Annie Siara

CEO & Founder

86 CONNECTS

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Annie is a proven entrepreneur within the leisure and hospitality sectors internationally. Prior to 86 Connects Annie delivered enterprise technology to the integrated resorts opening in Asia. Currently focused on 86 Connects. Delivering sales and marketing strategy for integrated resorts, hospitality, and retail industries into the Chinese consumer markets.

Christina Thakor Rankin

Principal Consultant

1710 Gaming Ltd

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Christina has 30 years’ experience in the global betting and gambling sector. Starting out in the pre-dotcom era with a career that spans both on and off-line, covering all aspects of gaming operations and responsible for managing multiple business disciplines, functions and teams across a range of channels, products, and customers, including licensing, regulatory compliance, responsible gaming and money laundering with some of the world’s best known brands including William Hill and Virgin. She is currently Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming Ltd working with start-ups, investors, operators, regulators, law enforcement and industry groups across the world, advising on all aspects of the betting, gaming and gambling cycle - from developing legislation and regulation to business strategy and full operational set-up and business re-engineering, and continues to work as an active Compliance Officer and MLRO for licensed operators in a number of jurisdictions. She is a committee member of the National Council on Problem Gambling, advisor to the All-India Gaming Federation, Co-Founder of the All-In Diversity Project and a regular contributor to industry publications and events.

Curtis Matlock

CEO

Proto

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Curtis Matlock is the co-founder and CEO of Proto, which developed the first AI-driven player support & protection solution for online gaming markets in the Global South. Proto uses localized natural language processing with cross-lingual understanding to process player queries via messaging apps & feature phones and detect trends in misconduct across gaming ecosystems. Curtis is a recipient of the Huayu Scholarship for Chinese language studies at the National Taiwan University and a graduate in politics & government from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Danny Too

Regional Commercial Manager, Asia

Yggdrasil Gaming Ltd

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20 years’ experience in the gaming, hospitality and travel industries with insight from entry level staffing up to senior management. Worked in four continents and spent the last 14 years predominantly in South East Asia. Accumulated ample experience and is thoroughly familiar with the business ethics and code of conducts of both gaming & hotel corporations. Multi lingual and experience spans management positions in gaming establishments (land-based & online), gaming manufacturer, gaming regulator and licensed operating, distribution and consulting company.

Felix Mago

Co-Founder

DASH

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Felix is Co-Founder of Dash NEXT & Dash Thailand. Dash is the leading cryptocurrency for real-life payments. Dash Next is focused on biz-dev and partnerships. Dash Thailand has established the first crypto payment ecosystem in Asia. He published the “Bitcoin Handbook” and is Co-Founder of FUTERIO and the Blocktech Institute.

Gaurav Mallawat

Solutions Engineering Team Lead, ASEAN

Cloudflare

Cloudflare is a leading security, performance, and reliability company on a mission to help build a better Internet. Today it runs one of the world's largest networks that powers more than 20 million Internet properties, with nearly 10% of the Fortune 1,000 companies using at least one Cloudflare product.

Georg Washington

CEO

Synergy Blue

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Georg Washington, CEO of Synergy Blue, is an entrepreneurial pioneer in the IT and gaming industries. His passion for vintage arcades and the desire to progress the gambling industry led Georg to focus on skill-based gaming; and, with his team, he invented the HAWG® System and games to accompany it. The team’s hybrid brainchild reimagines the gambling experience for a new generation of players, like Georg. Prior to Synergy Blue, Georg founded Synergy Information Solutions, a leading technology provider specializing in gaming and tribal gaming enterprises. He led the entity from startup to an award winning industry competitor, which continues to thrive to this day. In Georg’s spare time he enjoys working on Synergy Blue projects in-between rounds of PUBG.

Jaydeep Chakravartty

Vice President Commercials

NEKTAN PLC

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I am a Techno, Marketing and Gaming Evangelist with 12 years of Business Development, Marketing & Product Development experience across Online Gaming, E-commerce, Social Media, Internet & mobile applications etc. I have also been very enthusiastic about gaming industry in India, which is at its nascent stage. I have professional and personal relationship with all the key players and stake holders in India. I am very keen to play a role in establishing a vibrant Gaming and Regulated Sports Betting industry in India. Currently working as a Commercial Director at Ingenuity Gaming and responsible for new client acquisition and managing existing relationships with some of the top gaming companies. I have been Part of the Top Management team driving business development, marketing & product for various business verticals, through last 8 years.

Joe Pisano

CEO

Jade Gaming

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Johan Styren

CEO

Dilanti Media

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After working as CEO of LeoVegas from startup to unicorn Johan now started a new venture within affiliate marketing. Johan is also a Board Member at Hero Gaming. Dilanti Media operates on a wide range of markets in Europe, America and Asia and is already, with their technical approach growing into one of the leaders in affiliate marketing.

Kurt Quartier

President

Tyche Gaming International s.l.

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Kurt Quartier, born in Ostend, Belgium, developed a passion for the gaming business after a journey which started in 1990 when joining Sun City, in South Africa. Having held several management positions with Sun International, he moved to Greece in 1995 to join Casino Magic, a US based operator, to open the first privately owned casino resort in Greece. Here he became Operations Manager, responsible for both the Hotel and Casino side of the business. In 1997, he embarked on a 14-year career with IGT, which saw him become VP - International Casino Markets, responsible for the overall business in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia. Since 2012 Kurt through his company Tyche Gaming International has been consulting to Premier Operators and Suppliers. The last three years this included taking on the roles of President and CCO of a start-up big-data cloud based CMS with real time marketing overseeing the go to market strategy in Europe, US and Asia.

Lloyd Purser

COO

FunFair Technologies

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Lloyd Purser, COO of FunFair Technologies has been working in Igaming for over 15 years, leading marketing for B2C brands like Betclic, Expekt & Mecca Bingo and running commercial teams Scientific Games Digital. Lloyd’s most recent role at FunFair focuses on bringing the benefits of blockchain to gaming across both B2B commercial and B2C marketing and operations.

Manish Tripathi

CEO

Probability Gaming

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Michael Charlton

Asia Pacific Director

GVC Group

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With 25 years in the industry and 15 of those years in Asia, Michael is one of the most experienced sportsbetting & lottery operators in the region. He is currently responsible for developing GVC interests in Asia and has held various senior management positions within the Group since joining Ladbrokes in 1996.

Michael Lim

Chief Advisor

MCA Asia

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Michael Maerz

Managing Director APAC

Sportradar

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Nicholas Chapman

Casino Gaming Consultant

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Nicholas Chapman is currently consulting to the industry worldwide based in the UK. He has Board level experience and this extends to the various facets of Casino operations including but not limited to Slots, Tables and Marketing. He has a wealth of experience in the industry, opening and managing units for 28 years for companies such as Casinos Austria, Tsogo Sun and Caesars Entertainment. He enjoys interaction with diverse cultures and has international experience in Africa, Europe and the Middle East

Paris Smith

CEO

Pinnacle Gaming

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Paris Smith is in her 11th year as CEO of Pinnacle (www.pinnacle.com) one of the world’s largest and most respected online bookmakers.

Philip Katsaros

Board Member

The Nevada Gaming Control Board

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Phil Katsaros was appointed a Board Member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board by Governor Steve Sisolak in April 2019. Katsaros’ term runs until January 28, 2023. Katsaros has over 20 years of gaming industry experience, having served in a variety of positions and leadership roles during that time, including time spent as a regulator with the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Much of Katsaros’ career has been focused on the international and online gaming sectors, where for example, he led efforts on a number of fronts for IGT’s international land-based business during a period of record growth. All told, Katsaros has gaming industry experience in over 70 international markets. Katsaros was most recently the Chief Executive Officer and a Director for Certus Gaming USA, Inc., a gaming systems supplier whose parent company is based in Luxembourg. Prior to this, Katsaros served as the Head of Business Development for Inspired Gaming’s Virtual Sports business for both land-based and online casino markets in N. America. Before Inspired, Katsaros was employed by IGT and one of its international subsidiaries, with responsibility for regulatory compliance, technical compliance and related market development activities for all European and Asian jurisdictions (land-based) where IGT conducted business. Katsaros also spent time a number of years working for IGT’s online gaming side of the business. Katsaros initially began his career in the industry with the Nevada Gaming Control Board, where he was first employed as an Agent in the Tax and License Division conducting regulatory and financial audits of Nevada licensees. Katsaros later transferred to the Corporate Securities Division where he was promoted to the position of Senior Agent, and later Special Agent. As a Special Agent, Katsaros was responsible for conducting and overseeing various types of investigative functions, including for instance, compliance reviews and licensing investigations of current and prospective Nevada licensees. Prior to his gaming career, he was an IT professional in the banking industry. Katsaros earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting from the Eastern Michigan University. Katsaros currently resides in Reno, Nevada with his wife and their two daughters. Apart from his time spent living overseas, he been a resident of Reno for the last 20 years.

Rebecca Liggero

Industry Reporter

CalvinAyre

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Richard Hogg

CEO - Openbox

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Richard Hogg has been involved in online gaming since 1999. In a career that has spanned across three decades and three continents, he has overseen the induction of many brands and products into various marketplaces. Starting in Asia where he launched a number of sportsbooks, Richard moved to the UK market with the successful development of the Superodds brand which went onto acquire Centrebet. From 2012-2014 Richard was CMO for Betting Promotion, leading market makers in betting industry, where he remained as an advisor for a number of subsequent years. More recently Richard has worked in the USA with Miomni providing a platform for bettors in the USA. At Betgames.tv as CCO, Richard focuses on working with new and established betting and gaming entities from around the world including Europe, Asia and Africa, providing their award-winning live content.

Tommi Pirttinen

Vice President

Corona Resort & Casino

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