Officers & Trustees

 

President – Birgitte Sand

Director, Danish Gambling Authority

Birgitte SandBirgitte Sand is Director of the Danish Gambling Authority. She took up her current position after several years of work as a member of the Executive Board of the Copenhagen Tax Center.

Birgitte Sand holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of Copenhagen; 1985.  She started her career in the Danish court of Taxation and moved on to a wide range of different tasks and management positions in the Ministry of Taxation covering legal advice on corporate tax structures and tax on private companies and property, the central IT department and projects regarding leadership, innovation, strategy, change of organizational structures and the development of a nationwide IT salary system. She was for many years also a member of the Board covering the nationwide planning of tax compliance projects.

Since late 2011 Birgitte Sand has been a member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) Board of Trustees and chair of the IAGR Membership Subcommittee; she has served as Vice President of the association since October 2013 and currently serves as IAGR President.


Vice President – Bheki Mlambo

Chief Executive Officer – Mpumalanga Gambling Board

Bheki MlamboMr. Mlambo holds a Masters degree in Business Leadership (MBL) from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

He joined the Mpumalanga Gambling Board in 1998, and has served in different capacities, including that of Investigations and Compliance Officer, head of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2008. He therefore has extensive experience in the gambling industry, the gambling regulatory environment in particular, having been involved in the rollout of the first casinos in South Africa. The Mpumalanga Province was also the first Province to introduce Limited Payout Machines (LPMs) in South Africa, in 2003.

He is currently a Member of IAGR’s Board of Trustees.


Treasurer – A.G. Burnett

Chairman, Nevada Gaming Control Board

A.G. Burnett currently serves as a member of the Nevada State Gaming Control Board. He was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval in January 2011. Prior to his appointment to the Board, he was the Deputy Chief of the Corporate Securities Division of the Gaming Control Board and was responsible for all legal matters that came before the Division. He oversaw regulatory and investigative activities conducted by the Division and worked extensively with emerging and foreign gaming jurisdictions in their efforts to regulate gaming.

 


Secretary – Trude Felde

Senior Advisor, Norwegian Gaming & Foundation Authority

Trude Hogseth Felde works for the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority. She has a Master degree in Law, and has worked for the Norwegian Gaming and Foundation Authority since August 2001. Her special area is regulation of the Norwegian market, Internet gaming, EU gambling regulation and social gaming/gambling.

 

 


Blair Cairncross

Executive Director, New Zealand Gambling Commission

Cairncross, Blair (web)Blair Cairncross is the Executive Director of the New Zealand Gambling Commission, a role that he has held since December 2007.  Prior to this, he was the Senior Legal Advisor to the Gambling Commission.

Previously Mr. Cairncross was a lawyer in private practice having worked in New Zealand and the United Kingdom in the areas of civil and commercial litigation.

Mr. Cairncross has a BA and LLB from the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

 


Dale Fuga

Chief Operating Officer, Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba

Fuga, Dale (2014) webDale Fuga is the Chief Operating Officer of the Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Gaming Control Commission).  Dale is responsible for all operational units within the Authority including Gaming Integrity, Gaming Compliance and Corporate Services (Finance and Information Technology).

Dale has been involved with gaming regulation since 1987 when he began as an Auditor with the Manitoba Lotteries Foundation, subsequently serving as Audit Manager; Manager of Licensing and Audit; and Director of Licensing Services.  In 1997 he was transferred to the newly created Manitoba Gaming Control Commission as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Licensing and Registration.  He assumed the Chief Operating Officer’s role in June, 1999.

In addition to serving on the IAGR Board of Trustees, Dale has been an active member of North American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA) since 1989 and served as its President on two occasions.  He served as a Director from 2000 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2008 which included terms as President in 2002/03 and 2006/07.  Other positions previously held within the organization include Chair of the NAGRA Past Presidents’ Council, Co-Chair of the Internet Gaming Committee, and Chair of the Casino Gaming Committee.  Dale also served on the Bingo Standards Committee, the Audit Committee, and the Nominating Committee.  He is also an active participant with the Canadian Association of Gaming Regulatory Agencies (CAGRA). Dale has been a speaker and/or session facilitator at many conferences including NAGRA, CAGRA, IAGR, G2E and the Canadian Gaming Summit.

Dale is a Certified Management Accountant and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba.


Håkan Hallstedt

Director-General, Swedish Gambling Authority

Photo . Hallstedt, HakanHåkan is Director-General of the Swedish Gambling Authority since 2008.  Before this he was Head of the Swedish Broadcasting Commission.  Prior to this he worked 3 years as Chief Legal Counsel at the Gambling Authority.

Håkan is a trained judge and has been an Associate Judge in the Court of Appeal for Western Sweden. He has served as Vice President of the Consumer Complaints Board and still serves as a chairperson when the Board settles disputes between consumers and business operators. Previously Håkan worked for the Government as a senior advisor in the Ministries for Culture and the Environment.

Håkan was Chair of Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF) 2012-2014.


Susan Hensel

Director of Licensing, Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board

Hensel, Susan 29-Sep-2014 (web)Susan Hensel was named Director of Licensing for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board in November 2005 after previously serving as Acting Director and as a Special Assistant to the Board. Hensel oversees the licensing of the state’s casinos and other gaming related companies doing business in the state as well as the employees working in and supporting the gaming industry.

Hensel is the immediate past President of the International Association of Gaming Regulators having previously served as Vice-President and Secretary of the association. She also serves on the association’s Board of Trustees.  Hensel is a frequent speaker on gaming issues and has also authored several articles on topics including regulator and industry collaboration; best practices for Internet gaming; and leadership.

Hensel is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law.  Previously, Hensel worked on gaming implementation issues to lay the foundation for creation of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, which was established by law in 2004.

Prior to her involvement with the Board, Hensel served in executive level positions with Pennsylvania state government, including serving an Assistant General Counsel in the Governor’s Office of General Counsel. Before entering state government, Hensel was a television news reporter in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Hensel earned her J.D. degree from Widener University Law School and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


David Rebuck

Director, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement

David RebuckDavid L. Rebuck was nominated by Governor Chris Christie on April 29, 2011 to be the Director of the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement, the casino regulatory agency within the Department of Law and Public Safety.

Rebuck was appointed as Assistant Attorney General on May 9, 2011 by Attorney General Paula Dow.  Rebuck was confirmed by the New Jersey Senate on January 9, 2012.  He was officially sworn in on January 24, 2012.

Rebuck has served as an attorney for 23 years as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey and specializes in policy guidance and regulatory reform.  He was assigned to the Governor’s Office as a Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Christie in February 2010 and assisted in the Governor’s initiative to reinvigorate Atlantic City and participated in overseeing regulatory reform efforts as a member of Governor Christie’s Red Tape Review Group.

Rebuck joined the Department of Law & Public Safety in January 1988 as a Deputy Attorney General.  He was instrumental in providing legal advice in the review of programs and operations within the department and assisted in the evaluation of the performance of various agencies in accomplishing their mandated governmental role and in the development and implementation of corrective action.

Rebuck earned a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College in 1974.  He earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Vermont in 1978, and earned his law degree from Delaware Law School of Widener University in 1986.  Rebuck was Associate Dean of Student Life at Ursinus College from 1978 through 1986, and was Assistant to the President of Radford University from 1986 through 1988.

He is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bar.


Michael Sarquis

Executive Director, Queensland Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation

Sarquis, Michael (web)Mike was appointed Executive Director of the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation as of1 July 2008. Previously, from October 2006, he held the position of Executive Director of the Queensland Office of Gaming Regulation. His responsibilities include managing the gaming and liquor regulatory licensing and compliance regimes and implementing the responsible liquor and gambling strategies and harm minimisation programs.

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 steering committee member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators.


Jerry See

Chief Executive, Casino Regulatory Authority of Singapore

See, Jerry (web)Mr Jerry See is the Chief Executive of the Casino Regulatory Authority (CRA) of Singapore, the agency responsible for the regulation of casinos in Singapore.

Jerry is a career police officer who had held key appointments such as the Commander of the Police Coast Guard, Training Command and Director of Manpower in the Singapore Police Force. He was seconded as the Chief Executive of the Home Team Academy before taking on his current appointment.

Jerry is married and has two sons.


Fortune Sekgaphane

Chief Executive Officer, North West Gambling Board (South Africa)

Sekgaphane, Fortune (2014) webIn November 2007, the North West Gambling Board (South Africa) appointed Mr Fortune Sekgaphane to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective from January 2008. Mr Sekgaphane studied law at the University of the North West (South Africa). He was employed as a Legal Officer in 1991 by the Consumer Council in the North West Province (South Africa). He left the Consumer Council of the North West in November 1996, as a Manager for the Education Department.

He commenced employment with the Mpumalanga Gambling Board (South Africa) in 1997, where he served at various levels over a period of ten (10) years. He was appointed the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Mpumalanga Gambling Board in January 2003 and was subsequently appointed permanently to the same position in January 2004. During that period, he led a team which introduced Limited Payout Machines for the first time in South Africa. He served the Mpumalanga Gambling Board for a period of five (5) years, as a Chief Executive Officer with remarkable results, until his resignation in November 2007.

He was appointed the Chairperson of the Illegal Gambling and Technology Committee of the Gaming Regulators of Africa Forum in Mangoshi (Malawi) in 2007 and in Nairobi (Kenya) in 2008, and has since been re-appointed to the same position in Limpopo (South Africa) in 2014. He presented papers and participated in panel discussions at various international conferences, including a paper on Illegal Gambling and Distribution of Gambling Machines in Africa (Nairobi, Kenya in July 2008 and Manzini, Swaziland in August 2009) and amongst others, a panel discussion in Rome (Italy) on Social Responsibility in the gambling industry.


Nick Tofiluk

Director of Regulatory Operations, Gambling Commission (United Kingdom)

Photo . Tofiluk, Nick webNick joined the Gambling Commission in 2007, before which he was an Assistant Chief of Police with extensive policy and operational command experience with territorial policing, serious and organised crime and criminal intelligence matters. He has held positions as UK programme director for the resultant National Ballistics Intelligence Service, chair of the UK firearms Intelligence Committee, vice chair of the UK Firearms Strategy Group and national Director of the Police National Database programme.  Nick holds degrees from the Universities of Birmingham and Cambridge and an Advanced Diploma in Organisational Management from Manchester University.

As a member of the Gambling Commission’s Executive Group, Nick’s main focus is on corporate leadership of the Commission and the delivery of its business plan , with strategic focus upon our programmes of work that encompass licensing, compliance, intelligence and enforcement delivery through partnership activity. He has particular responsibility for our work addressing sports betting integrity issues.