Amrita Verma, AVP- Marketing and Operations, currently working at Essel Group’s Sports and Gaming Division. She has extensive experience in all aspects of gaming products specializing in Poker and Fantasy Sports, including regulatory compliance, financing and project development. She has been in the Indian gaming Industry for more than 8 years and counsels businesses on customer acquisition and retention and the overall operations for the project. Prior to getting in the gaming domain, she has secured bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering.
Andrew was born in Australia and moved to Hong Kong in 2005 and Macau in 2009, when he founded O MEDIA, which publishes High Life, Inside Asian Gaming, IAG Breakfast Briefing, South China Elite and WGM.
He has vast casino experience globally, visiting over 200 casinos. He was the 2014 Macau Person of the Year, and regularly appears on national television in Macau and Australia.
He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, a permanent member of the Macau Gaming Management Association, President of the Macau Taxi Passengers Association and a member of the International Federation of Journalists, the Portuguese and English Press Association of Macau and the Poker Tournament Directors Association.
Andrew has a BCom and will complete an MSc in Integrated Resort Management at the University of Macau in 2017.
AYAKO NAKAYAMA is currently an Executive Director of Japan IR Association. She has created and executed projects in the field of education, strategy, and business development in Japan’s IR industry. She contributes to develop and expand Japan IR Industry associating with domestic and international organizations. She also serves technical IR translation to the Japan government and private sectors. Ms. Nakayama also serves President of consulting company in Tokyo. Earlier her career, she worked as a digital strategic consultant for international brands.
Christina has over 25 years’ experience in the global betting and gambling sector, including 15 years at Director level and above. Starting out in the pre-dotcom era, she has a career spanning land, online and mobile, covering all aspects of gaming operations with some of the world’s best known brands such as William Hill and Virgin and responsible for managing multiple business disciplines, functions and teams across a range of channels, products and customers, including regulatory compliance, responsible gaming and money laundering.
She is currently Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming Ltd working with start-ups, investors, operators, regulators, law enforcement and industry groups across the world, advising on all aspects of the betting, gaming and gambling cycle – from developing legislation and regulation to business strategy and full operational set-up and business re-engineering, and continues to work as an active Compliance Officer and MLRO for licensed operators in a number of jurisdictions.
She is a committee member of the National Council on Problem Gambling, All-India Gaming Federation board advisor and Co-Founder of the All-In Diversity Project. She is also a regular contributor to industry publications and events.
Harmen has a long-standing track record in regulated gaming sectors across emerging markets. Today his company Dynamic Partners is focused on Global Chain. Global Chain is about networked trade and commerce of products across the I-Gaming and landbased sector. It’s to bring technological development and distribution together to come up with customized solutions to the many challenges and opportunities the gaming industry faces.
Harmen has worked in over 65 countries actively supplying gaming equipment, advising and developing the gaming business. Until recently Harmen was full time SVP Strategic Markets for Inspired Gaming Group (INGG), Prior Harmen was founder and CEO of Octavian Global Technologies, a $90m casino technology supplier with over 35,000 networked slot machines and offices in 10+ countries. Before founding Octavian, Harmen partnered with the Gauselman Group to establish Avalon Casino Management, setting up the Playboy Casino in Rhodes amongst others.
John Lee is Managing Partner for Blockchain Valley Ventures (BVV), a blockchain investment fund headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, as well as a Venture Partner for True Global Ventures (TGV), a $1 billion plus venture capital fund based in Singapore. Most recently, John was Executive Chairman, Asia for ESL, the largest eSports league in the world, and is currently a board member to eSports teams in the US, Europe and Asia. Prior to ESL, he held management roles at several video games companies including Bethseda, idSoft and Time Warner Interactive. Earlier in his career, he was a associate at Softbank Venture Capital and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. John currently sits on multiple public boards and is an active investor and advisor to ICOs and the emerging STO space, and is an advisor to the Futurama Blockchain Summit.
After completing a doctorate on Taiwanese ethnic politics and history, Martin spent four-and-a-half years as chief copy editor, editorialist and columnist at the Taipei Times newspaper. He later served as Taiwan correspondent for the English-language service of Kyodo News, Japan’s biggest news agency. Fluent in Chinese, Martin is based in Taipei and is a former president of the Taiwan Foreign Correspondents Club. He has spoken at or moderated gaming conferences and seminars in Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, London and Taipei.
Headquartered in India, Grid Logic is one of the fastest growing group’s with diversified interests across various sectors including media and hospitality apart from gaming.
Pariekshit previously has been a part of many successful ventures and advises various startup companies and products in one of the multiple roles as investors, board member and mentor.
Pariekshit played a significant role in getting B2B space active for rummy in India with TRN (Taj Rummy Network), which is Grid Logic’s rummy platform with 6 award winning brands which are unique and have custom branding. Most importantly this helps maintain the liquidity needed to operate successfully.
Paul comes from a family of Scottish bookmakers & was born and raised in the industry. From working as a tic-tac on course & settler in the shops during his teens he progressed to managing a chain of shops before moving to Guernsey to join Sportingbet as a football trader. From there he was part of a team of 3 who moved to Manila in 2009 to open Sportingbet’s Manila Office & has been in Manila ever since. Joining Bodog as Director of Sportsbook in 2012 then running his own operation in 2015. He joined LeTou in 2016 & was promoted to CEO earlier this year.
Prof. Augustine Ha Ton Vinh has 30 years of professional, technical, and management experience in more than 20 countries in the Asian-Pacific, European, and West African regions, with a concentration in economic development strategies, public-private partnerships, business restructuring and enterprise reform, private participation in infrastructure.
Prof. Vinh serves as Senior Investment Advisor to Vietnam’s Special Economic Zone and Integrated Resort in the Van Don Island, Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. He also advises leading gaming technology and service companies in Vietnam the past 10 years. Since his assignment to Vietnam in 1995, Prof. Vinh helped establish the Executive MBA program of the University of Hawaii in both Hanoi and HCM City (2001-2008). Before that he led a management consulting practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; generated an active flow of new projects funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and other multilateral donors; provided direct assistance to key government officials responsible for approving and allocating Official Development Assistance (ODA) and private sector financial commitments. He was, for several years, Asia Regional Advisor for Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) which is owned and directed by major countries and multilateral agencies, including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and UNDP. Prof. Vinh, as Multilateral, Bilateral and ECA Financial Advisor, helped structure the financing options for a US$2.5 billion program to build Vietnam’s largest hydropower plant.
Prof. Vinh has completed his Master’s program and Doctoral Fellowship at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington, D.C. (1978) and Catholic University of America (1983), respectively. In 1981, Prof. Vinh was awarded a three-year Ph.D. Fellowship by the US National Institutes of Health. He has been subsequently recommended by several US Senators, Congressmen, and government officials for a Presidential Special Assistant position in the first Reagan-Bush administration.
Prof. Vinh has served four years on the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hanoi. Prof. Vinh is a US citizen and lives in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city.
While she has been engaged in the advisement and representation of clients across various industries and sectors, her niche focus has been advising gaming clients including a number of top European and domestic poker and sports betting businesses. She has experience particularly on the structuring and documentation for cross-border joint ventures and technology collaborations, international commercial contracts, licensing agreements and intellectual property issues.
She has been listed as the Recommended Attorney for Gaming Laws in India by Global Law Experts since 2015 and won the “Excellence in Gaming Law – India” awards at both the 2015 and 2016 Corporate Live Wire Legal Awards. She has also been inducted as a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law.
She has been invited to speak at a number of seminars and conferences, both within India and abroad and is also the recipient of the Microsoft Scholarship for Intellectual Property Rights in 2008.
10 years of experience in Eastern European online gambling marketing and operations. CEO & Founder Quints – Artificial intelligence solutions for online gambling since 2018. Speaker at Sigma AGS, RGW and RACE. iGA 2018 Gaming Innovation Start-up Launchpad Winner.