Anthony’s practice focuses on governance, transactions and strategic advice in regulated industries and on business dealings between the private sector and government. This combines a wealth of experience in corporate law and practical experience with regulators and industry regulation.
Anthony’s expertise encompasses M&A, equity financing, joint ventures and competition law. He represents clients in dealings with governments and regulators in relation to policy, regulatory change, approvals and negotiated outcomes. He advises on strategies for the management of regulatory risk.
He has plenty of “client” experience as a former company secretary of a top-100 ASX listed company, a director, an audit committee member, an economic researcher and currently as local agent for a European financial institution.
Anthony is the President of the Victorian Government’s Health Services Review Council, was State Chairman of the Governance Institute of Australia and is an office-bearer or adviser with various industry associations including the Financial Services Council.
He is recognised as a leading corporate lawyer in “The Legal 500 Asia Pacific” and “Doyle’s Guide”.
Ben is Managing Editor of leading gaming industry publication Inside Asian Gaming (IAG). Based in Macau, IAG is Asia’s only monthly B2B print gaming magazine and also publishes daily industry e-newsletter IAG Breakfast Briefing, which is sent to 20,000 industry recipients at 8am every Macau business day.
With a background in sports journalism, Ben previously served as Sports Editor of mX newspaper in Sydney before a growing affinity for gaming saw him take on the role of Editor for PokerNews Australasia. He later contracted for PokerStars and consulted for The Star on growing its poker profile before heading to Macau as Managing Editor of World Gaming Magazine (WGM) in 2013.
As of 2017, Ben is Managing Editor of Inside Asian Gaming, IAG Breakfast Briefing, WGM and Macau’s newest luxury lifestyle magazine High Life, which is distributed in over 9,000 five-star Macau hotel rooms, as well as celebrity and personality profile magazine South China Elite.
Darren is the founding president of the Australian Esports Association being a passionate advocate for esports, driving for the recognition and respect of esports he saw the need to support the growth of esports and introduce good governance. Previously he had been involved in the financial sector overseeing investment portfolios and acquisitions exceeding $100m’s in value. He leads the AESA with over 16 years of esports experience that includes competing, advocating (including presenting the emergence of esports at a TedX event in 2010), leadership, development, planning execution and event experience.
Darren was the driving force for Australian membership to the International Esports Federation and holds broad connections in the esports community with relationships spanning the globe.
He is currently the Executive Producer for the Esports Broadcast Group, a multi-regional esports organisation with operations throughout South-East Asia. Providing quality oversight, partner relationships, strategy and development.
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 Project Chief 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 proposed 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.
Liquor, Gaming and Fair Trading Department of Justice and Attorney-General, QLD
David Ford has been Deputy Director-General, Department of Justice and Attorney-General since 2011, Commissioner for Fair Trading since 2009 and Commissioner for Liquor and Gaming since 2013. He has held a number of senior Queensland Government positions in a 38 year career including Deputy Director-General in Treasury and other regulatory departments since 2005 and has been involved in the regulation of gaming since 1993.
David is a graduate of the University of Queensland, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, and a member (and former chair) of the International Association of Gaming Regulators.
Dini has a background in law, consumer protection, corporate regulation, enforcement, change management and strategic leadership. Dini is the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs and Liquor & Gambling with Consumer & Business Services in South Australia. CBS has a very broad portfolio including consumer protection, product safety, occupational licensing, liquor licensing, gambling regulation, charities regulation, residential tenancies and births deaths and marriages.
Dini’s background is as a solicitor in private practice, working in the areas of insurance, worker’s compensation and criminal law. He then moved to the Australian Customs Service where he was the Manager Border Enforcement responsible for investigations and ship search teams. Dini then joined the Australian Securities & Investments Commission where he had national responsibility for complaints, investigations and prosecutions dealing with matters ranging from scams to liquidator misconduct to director’s duties breaches to insolvent trading.
Principal at Racing, Gaming & Entertainment LLC; and Director/Lecturer Emeritus – University of Arizona
Racing, Gaming & Entertainment LLC; University of Arizona
Principal for RGE LLC, a horse racing, racino and entertainment consulting company and director emeritus of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program.
Doug Reed is an authority in the racing and gaming industry, with 40 years’ experience. He focuses on operations, strategy and innovation.
He also is involved at the intersection of esports and gaming with his strategic partnership with Spawn Point, to utilize esports to enhance and invigorate gaming properties.
Reed was vice president of Santa Fe Racing, Inc., which operated two horse tracks in New Mexico. He also spent many years as a racing official, including leading the racing department at Arlington Park, Oaklawn Park and Rockingham Park.
PhD Candidate & Research Assistant, Gambling Treatment & Research Clinic
The University of Sydney
Dylan Pickering is a PhD candidate (3rd year) at the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic at the University of Sydney in Australia, directed by Professor Alex Blaszczynski. Dylan has a first-class honours degree in psychology and was awarded the Australian Psychological Society (APS) prize in 2013. He was a key a contributor to a major government report (unpublished) on gambling-related harms, and has published peer-reviewed articles in the Current Addictions Reports journal and the Asian Journal of Gambling Studies and Public Health. Supported by a philanthropic grant from ClubsNSW (Industry), Dylan is conducting research to evaluate the effectiveness of a multi-venue self-exclusion program. He has presented on the responsible gambling frameworks and self-exclusion at the International Conference on Gambling and Risk Taking (Las Vegas, 2016), the National Association for Gambling Studies Australia (Cairns, 2016), and the Global Gaming Expo Asia (Macau, 2017).
Co-founding partner at Neomancer, a technology strategy and management group, Hai has more than three decades of experience in technology, and more than a decade in gaming. His breadth and depth of experience fuels solutions that thrive at the intersection between industries.
Hai’s experience with gaming began when Neomancer developed an iGaming application, connecting him to Continent 8 Technologies and eventually resulting in his coming aboard Continent 8 to serve as CIO. During his tenure, Hai and his team explored and developed physical and network technologies, always with the challenges of cyber-security in mind.
Hai is no stranger to emerging technologies, working with both augmented reality and virtual reality since the mid-90s, he is responsible for the first AR demo on the floor of the NYSE and the first AR tool deployed on the floor of NYMEX. Over the last year, he has been a technology ambassador for Open-Source VR, showcasing the opportunities that VR can bring to the motion picture and iGaming industries.
Hai is also a co-founding partner of Spawn Point, a company focused where esports intersects with regulated gaming and grassroots communities. He routinely speaks publicly about about esports to the gaming industry and collaborates with groups such as Nevada Esports Alliance, UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, and Esports Integrity Coalition. His ultimate goal is to foster cooperation to form the right interface between gaming and gaming.
In addition to his business responsibilities, Hai is a regular contributor to iGaming Business, and section editor of iGaming Business North America’s Fantasy and eSports Section. Follow him on Twitter @HaiOnGaming.
Jason is the founder of social sportsbetting startup Punt Club – a web and mobile platform that lets people run their own punters clubs online without any of the admin effort. Jason spent 5 years on the board of ADMA (the Association for Data-driven Marketing & Advertising, Australia’s marketing industry peak body), owns digital agency, The Distillery, and is a co-founding director of startup incubator The Moonshine Lab.
Jonquil Ritter is currently working in a senior leadership role in the ACMA managing a range of content issues including in relation to interactive gambling and broadcasting. Jonquil oversights responses to enquiries and complaints, investigations, compliance and enforcement, the registration of codes of practice and inputs to reviews. Engaging with key stakeholders is a significant part of her work and she enjoys talking about the complex issues that arise at seminars and conferences. She has managed the ACMA’s gambling advertising and online gambling work since 2010.
Ms Ritter qualified in Arts and Laws from the Australian National University and earlier in her career specialised in administrative and communications law, culminating in her being the first General Counsel of the ACMA after its commencement on 1 July 2005.
Mark Crawley CA, is a Chartered Accountant with a background in compliance, intelligence and process improvement. He is currently a Manager in AUSTRAC’s Compliance team based in Melbourne with his main focus being on compliance with the AML/CTF Act in the gaming and gambling sectors. He has a regulatory background, working previously as an Intelligence Analyst at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) where he worked to identify breaches or issues regarding consumer protection provision and competition legislation.
Executive Director, The Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation - Department of Justice and Attorney-General
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 various gambling community benefit funds.
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, Jupiters Casino Community Benefit Fund Committee, the Responsible Gambling Advisory Committee and is a board member and former vice president of the International Association of Gaming Regulators.
Myles Blasonato is a passionate individual who’s had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented people in the business. People who have worked on titles like God of War, Heavy Rain and Destroy All Humans. He believes great games are made by great teams and Royal Wins is an awesome team!
Sudhir H. Kalé, Ph.D., is the Founder and CEO 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.
Tim is a co-founder of Silver Heritage. Today Tim manages the strategy and business development of the Group and has key responsibilities for growing the business in its existing markets as well as the development of strategic partnerships. In 2004, Tim recognised the investment opportunity in new casino gaming technologies in Indochina and launched Asia’s first sports betting lounge in land-based casino in Laos.
Tim is as acknowledged expert on the Asian gaming market, with a key focus on Indochina and South Asia and is a regular speaker at global gaming conferences.
Tim was a management consultant with Price Waterhouse and holds a BSc(Hons) from The City University Business School, London.