A former sports journalist in Sydney, Australia, Ben is now Chief Content Officer for Macau-based O MEDIA, overseeing the company’s wide array of digital and print publications. He is also Managing Editor of one of those publications, Inside Asian Gaming – Macau’s leading B2B gaming industry magazine and daily e-newsletter. Ben is a former editor of PokerNews Australasia and has extensive experience covering the Asia-Pacific gaming industry in all of its forms.
With almost 20 years’ experience in traditional sports along with strategy and management consulting roles, Dave entered esports in 2016 through an initial investment in LG Dire Wolves under his business Guinevere Capital. Dave has previously held roles across top Australian, UK and International sports organisations, including the NRL, international/domestic cricket, English Premier League & English Football League. Dave holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dave oversees a portfolio of title winning esports teams including LG Dire Wolves (League of Legends OPL x 3), Sydney Drop Bears (Overwatch Contenders Australia) along with broader projects including the SCG Esports High Performance Centre.
Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and Commonwealth Games
David’s professional background is in economics, infrastructure, project management and public policy. He has had a distinguished and successful career at senior levels of the State’s public and private sectors and is currently the Projects Cheif Executive for the Queensland Department of State Development with responsibility for the delivery of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, the largest private property development in the nation, and the other prospered major integrated resort development on the Gold Coast.
In addition to his role with the department, David is a member of the State Advisory Council for the Queensland Committee for Economic Development of Australia, the Chairman of Lifetec, a not for profit organisation supporting people with disabilities, and a member of the Board of the Wesley Mission Brisbane, a not for profit community service organisation who provide a range of services to support people in need.
Deputy Director, Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic
The University of Sydney
Dr. Sally Gainsbury is Deputy Director of the University of Sydney Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic. She has over 10 years’ experience conducting research to understand the psychology of gambling with an aim to develop and evaluate policies to minimise gambling-related harms. Dr. Gainsbury is the recipient of numerous research grants, has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles, 2 books, and is frequently invited to speak at international events and provide expert input into policy discussions with international stakeholders.
Jeffrey Haas is the Chief International Officer of DraftKings, a leading Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) destination that is the fastest-growing company in the industry since its launch in 2012. Haas oversees DraftKings’ business expansion into new markets outside the United States and manages the International operations team in the United Kingdom.
Haas is a business development veteran with more than twelve years’ experience opening markets for new gaming products around the world. Before joining DraftKings, he worked in the international gaming where he gained his extensive knowledge in international business development, commercial law, regulatory compliance, game design and public affairs efforts around the world. He led award-winning online and mobile product innovation teams for PokerStars and oversaw live gaming operations in more than 40 jurisdictions.
Haas previously managed the Discovery Channel’s Interactive Group in Canada and worked as an independent consultant for numerous technology, financial, media and gaming companies.
Haas resides in London, England with his wife and children.
Martin Williams is a journalist covering regulatory and market developments in Asia for London and Washington-based GamblingCompliance. 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. Martin 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, Manila, Tokyo, Sydney, London and Taipei.
Mike was appointed Executive Director of the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation as of 1 July 2008, having formerly held the position of Executive Director of the Queensland Office of Gaming Regulation from October 2006. His responsibilities include managing the gaming and liquor regulatory licensing and compliance regimes and implementing the responsible gambling strategy and harm minimisation programs. The position also has responsibility for the administration of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.
Mike’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from the then Queensland Institute of Technology and a Graduate Diploma of Business (Professional Accounting) from the Queensland University of Technology.
Mike is also a current member of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund Committee, the Responsible Gambling Advisory Committee and is a member and former vice president of the International Association of Gaming Regulators
Stephen is the Chairman of the Esports Integrity Coalition in the Asia Pacific Region. As a forensic accountant with accompanying qualifications in law, his background as an experienced forensic expert has given him exposure to the investigation and resolution of multi-million dollar fraud cases. Further to this, his experience in business growth and technological development has guided a number of start-up digital organisations to growth and success. Stephen plays a pivotal role within ESIC, particularly in his pioneering of technological advancements and forensic expertise within ESIC’s integrity services administered globally.
Sudhir H. Kalé, Ph.D., is the Founder of GamePlan Consultants, a business that offers boutique high level consultancy and training to gaming establishments all over the world. Currently, he is also Honorary Professor of Marketing at Bond University in Australia and a Senior Consultant to the clubs industry in Australia through Bulls Eye Services. Till June 2015, Dr. Kalé was a full-time advisor to Sands China Limited, the largest gaming company in the world.
Professor Kalé is widely regarded as an expert in various aspects of gaming management such as customer relationship management (CRM), customer loyalty, customer service issues, market segmentation and positioning, and customer lifetime value (LTV). A frequent contributor to leading gaming publications and online sites, he has worked tirelessly to further the continuing education of gaming executives.
Professor Kalé has conducted over two hundred executive development seminars on a range of topics such as cross-cultural interactions, smart selling, applications of the MBTI in management, applying the Enneagram in organizations, and providing exemplary customer service. He also trains and consults for different industries on various aspects of organizational diagnosis and development, communication and leadership, corporate culture and culture change, relationship marketing and customer service.
Professor Kale’s gaming client list includes diverse casino companies such as Marina Bay Sands, Galaxy Macau, Starworld Hotel and Casino, Mohegan Sun, The Olympic Entertainment Group, Sun International, Casinos Austria, Mocha Slots, IGT and Crown Casino. He has been a regular speaker at the Global Gaming Expo (Las Vegas and Macau), Gaming, Racing and Wagering Australasia, and at the University of Nevada (Reno) Executive Development Program for senior gaming executives.
Professor Kalé has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from University of Poona, a Masters in Management from University of Bombay, and an M.S. in International Business, and a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An eloquent, intriguing, and sometimes provocative speaker, Professor Kalé’s views on a wide range of issues have been quoted by media the world over.
Sue Schneider is one of the world’s leading experts on the internet gaming industry which she began monitoring in 1995. Starting as an owner of leading gaming consumer portal from ’95-‘99, she then launched River City Group, which produced the largest i-gaming events in the world (GIGSE and EiG) as well as key industry trade publications, such as iGamingNews.com and the Internet Gambling Report.
In July, ’06, River City Group was purchased by Clarion Events, one of the UK’s largest event producers, and Schneider remained as CEO/Americas there until June ’09. She remains the principal of www.egamingbrokerage.com and consults on a variety of other independent projects in the industry.
Schneider was a founder and served as Chairman of the 120 member Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), a trade association, from its inception in l996 until 2004. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Liebert Publications’ Gaming Law Review. Until 2016, she was a partner with the US-based conference (www.igamingnorthamerica.com) which was sold to iGaming Business, a division of Clarion Events Gaming. She’s a former partner in the www.maltaigamingseminar.com and, in addition, works with the G2E event as a consultant for the iGaming Congress. She recently became a Chief Advisor to Sports Betting Communities (www.sbcevents.com) on their efforts to launch a sports betting show in the US.
She is a frequent speaker at international gaming conferences and has testified to the US Senate, the US House of Representatives as well as the National Gambling Impact Study Commission in that country.