Andrew Brown is the Executive General Manager, Wagering & Gaming of News Corporation Australia.
Andrew started his professional life as a lawyer with Baker & McKenzie, a Management Consultant with Oliver Wyman, and Director of Business Development of ITV Plc. He was then the co-founder and COO of Racing UK, and the CEO of the NZ Racing Board, which operates the NZ TAB.
He was also non-exec Director of online bookmaker McBookie, Managing Director of the Clermont Club, a high-roller casino in London, and has worked as a consultant to betting and gaming clients in the UK, NZ and Australia.
Andrew holds a BSc and an LLM from the University of Sydney and an MBA from INSEAD.
A motivated leader and passionate Wagering and Gambling executive, Andrew focuses on the people and customers, putting people first, then product, then profit. He has a proven history of relentless execution against customer led strategy, with best in class engagement and development of people and teams with a win but not at all costs mantra.
Now of Unikrn, a global leader in esports development merging wagering, blockchain, media and cutting-edge customer experience into a single crossroad, Andrew formerly worked as a deputy COO at Tabcorp’s Wagering business, which employed over 2,000 staff with turnover in excess of $12.9 Billion.
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.
Ben Reichel is an executive and company director in the gaming, media, and technology sectors, with more than twenty years’ experience in major Australian listed public companies and law firms.
Ben is currently Executive Director of Donaco International Limited (ASX: DNA). Donaco operates leisure, entertainment and associated technology businesses across the Asia Pacific region. Ben’s role at Donaco incorporates the functions of Group General Counsel, Company Secretary, and Head of Investor Relations.
Ben joined the Board of Donaco following its acquisition of Two Way Limited (ASX:TTV). Ben held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Two Way from July 2007 to January 2012. During his tenure he improved the Company’s bottom line by 85%.
Previously, Ben was General Counsel of Tab Limited, a $2 billion ASX listed company with
operations in wagering, gaming and media. Prior to that, he was General Counsel of racing broadcaster Sky Channel Pty Limited, and held a number of executive positions at Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.
Ben has also advised a number of companies, including News Corporation, Fox Sports Australia, and Virtual Gaming Worlds, on gaming and technology opportunities.
Ben was educated at the University of Sydney and the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and Master of Laws with First Class Honours.
Christian Bowman has been helping organisations for over 15 grow by solving customer problems and business dilemmas through more effective use of Marketing, Technology and Customer Experience design.
Currently the General Manager, CX & Engagement at Australia’s newest betting app Neds, Christian Bowman was previously the General Manager of CX & Innovation at Ladbrokes Australia where he spent 12 months growing their customer experience capability.
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 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.
Eileen was the first professional female gamer in Australia, she has with 15 years experience in gaming & esports and 7 years experience within the financial industry. She has most recently played CS:GO for Athletico-Fem and has been featured in various publications including BOSS magazine, the AFR, PwC and others. She is a Senior Manager of Digital & Innovation at BT Financial Group, Chair of the Athletes Committee for the AESA and consults in esports as her side-hustle, with a deep knowledge and understanding integrating corporate strategy and digital trends within the esport industry. She is extremely passionate about advancing women in esports and linking the cognitive aspects of gaming to that of transferrable corporate skills and gamification principles.
Hai is co-founder of Spawn Point, a strategic advisory firm that operates at the intersection of gaming and esports. He routinely speaks publicly about esports to the gaming industry and collaborates with the Nevada Esports Alliance, UNLV’s International Gaming Institute, and Esports Integrity Coalition on emerging esports issues. With more than three decades of experience in technology, and more than a decade in gaming, his acumen fuels solutions that thrive at the intersection between industries. He is a regular contributor to iGaming Business, and section editor of iGaming Business North America’s Fantasy and eSports Section. He is also an owner of Chaos Theory, Singapore’s first professional esports team.
An expert technologist, Hai is also co-founding partner at Neomancer, a technology strategy and management group. He is credited with designing and orchestrating the first AR demo on the floor of the NYSE and the first AR tool deployed on the floor of NYMEX. Over the last several years, he has been a technology ambassador for Open-Source VR, showcasing the opportunities that VR can bring to the motion picture and iGaming industries.
Under his leadership at Neomancer, the company forged a development relationship with Continent 8 Technologies that led to Hai’s appointment as CIO. During his tenure, Hai and his team helped the company expand into Asia.
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.
Julian Hoskins is a Principal of Australian law firm Senet Legal. He specialises in providing legal services to clients in all sectors of the gambling and entertainment industry.
Prior to commencing with Senet Legal, Julian held various General Counsel roles within Tabcorp, being Australia’s largest gambling and entertainment company, over a period of almost 10 years. Before that, he held several senior positions in international law firms in Australia and Europe, predominantly acting for highly regulated clients including those in the gambling sector.
Julian was recently recognised by Legal500 (in relation to his former GC roles) in the GC Powerlist: Australia and New Zealand, as one of the Top 100 General Counsel for Australia and New Zealand. He is a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and regularly presents at conferences and industry events.
Lucas is a full stack software and solidity developer, previously working for startups and banks has a background in mathematics. He first heard about bitcoin in 2011, started mining soon after that, and has been talking about bitcoin to who ever will listen ever since. He has worked with Accenture and the Monetary Authority of Singapore on “Project Ubin“, using JP Morgans enterprise Ethereum product “Quorum”. He now works with Consensys developing Ethereum clients like Quorum.
Previously, he ran is own software consultancy company, providing education and developing software for bitcoin and blockchain projects. He runs the Bitcoin Brisbane meetup, is a board member of Blockchain Australia and is the Australian Coloured Coin Ambassador. He is also developing a decentralised bitcoin poker protocol called BitPoker.io
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.
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.
Mary Mendoza is managing director of The Platinum Limited a gaming-hospitality consulting firm. Mary has 20 years of experience within hospitality, gaming and tourism industries. She previously held positions as Vice President of Marketing at The Grand Ho Tram in Vietnam, prior to that Vice President of Marketing at Imperial Pacific in Saipan CNMI U.S.A., she also held management positions at Sands China Ltd in Macau. She specializes in Asian Markets by providing marketing strategy with focus on branding, destination marketing, casino mass marketing, and market research.
Mary has proven track record in leadership role, operations and business management through revenue generating ventures, service innovation and monetization.
Matt has covered the gaming sector for over 10 years and recently joined UBS to lead Australian Gaming research. His work in 2017 in the casino sector focused on the shift in premium play from Asia and the outlook for returns from major projects being built in Australia. In wagering and lotteries, he focused on evaluating risks around new competition. Structural changes in online betting were explored where the impact on margins was a key focus.
Megan Lavender has served as a Committeeman of Sydney’s Bankstown Harness Racing Club since 2008 and is a past recipient of the Harness Racing NSW Volunteer Award. She has also been an independent board member of the NSW Government appointed racing industry controlling body, Greyhound Racing NSW and, with over three decades’ experience as a public company director and chairman, Megan currently serves on sixteen boards. Professionally, Megan has worked as a chief executive in the Australian health industry, national head of corporate affairs for a global pharmaceutical and biotechnology group, federal ministerial advisor and as an elected city councillor.
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.
Stephen Conroy served as a Senator for Victoria in the Australian Parliament for more than 20 years, including as the Leader of the Government in the Senate and as Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate.
During his time in Parliament, Mr Conroy worked across multiple portfolio areas, most notably as the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy where he was responsible for the design and implementation of the National Broadband Network between 2007 and 2013.
Before entering Parliament, Mr Conroy worked at the Transport Workers Union. In 1993, Mr Conroy was elected to Footscray City Council.
In November 2016, Mr Conroy was appointed as the Executive Director of Responsible Wagering Australia.
Steven has been involved gambling related matters for 5 decades. His Master of Science thesis in mathematics at the University of Melbourne completed in the late 1970’s addressed certain casino games. He was instrumental in the development of the Adelaide Casino in the 1980’s. He led various other consulting teams on casino related projects in the 1990’s and 2000’s and has been a wagering systems provider in the 2010’s. He was the inventor designated in a patent re bet exchanges awarded in 1999.
Currently he is a director of Australian Bookmakers’ Data Pty Limited, (“ABD”) a company he owns with the Australian Bookmakers’ Association. ABD operates a system for Australian horse racing developed by Steven’s company which uplift prices to cloud from up to 50 on-course bookmakers and several online bookmakers. The system then takes the weighted median price and publishes it as tradable industry price. There are several other ABD products soon to launch.
Steven is also a director of companies involved in supplying on-course systems and web-apps to bookmakers and data-integrity for sports.
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.