We are pleased to confirm the following speakers, panelists and moderators for the Sydney 2016 conference. This page will be updated as new speakers are confirmed.
Harry Ashton is Director of Government Relations at Aristocrat. He is responsible for leading the company's engagement strategy with policy makers and stakeholders in Australia, Asia Pacific and in relation to digital platforms. He is also responsible for advising the business on a variety of regulatory, legal and compliance issues. He has an extensive background in global gaming law and regulatory issues having previously led the legal and research team at the UK based GamblingCompliance Ltd.
Professor Alex Blaszczynski is a Professor and Director of the University of Sydney’s Gambling Treatment Clinic and Chair, Responsible Gambling Research Group. He is a researcher and clinical psychologist with a long history of involvement in treatment and clinical research covering a range of impulse control disorders, in particular, pathological gambling.
Professor Blaszczynski has published extensively on the topic of gambling, carried out randomized treatment outcomes studies using behavioural interventions, assessed the prevalence of depression and suicidality, the relationship between crime, gambling, and personality characteristics of impulsivity and sensation-seeking in pathological gamblers. He has developed a conceptual pathways model explaining the aetiology of pathological gamblers, evaluated the impact of changes to the design of electronic gaming machines and in conjunction with collaborators from Harvard and Laval Universities, developed policy guidelines for the Australian Gaming Council. He has authored or co-authored books, scientific articles, reports and papers; conducted numerous training workshops; was chairman of the Working Party for the Australian Psychological Society and committee member of the Australian Medical Association’s position papers on problem gambling. He has held a number of research grants including a National Health and Medical Research Council, Criminology Research Council of the Australian Institute of Criminology grant, Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre, NSW Casino Community Benefit Fund, Responsible Gambling Fund, and Queensland Treasury.
He is the Editor-in-Chief of International Gambling Studies Professor Blaszczynski is undertaking collaborative research with the researchers at Laval, McGill and Rutgers Universities.
In 1995, Professor Blaszczynski was a co-recipient of the American Council of Problem Gambling Directors Award, and in 2004, the National Centre for Responsible Gambling senior investigator’s research award for his work in the field of pathological gambling. In 2013, the NSW Government’s Responsible Gambling Fund awarded him an excellence award for his contributions to gambling. In 2014, he received the American National Council of Problem Gambling’s Lifetime Research award.
Professor Blaszczynski holds a BA (Econ) (University of NSW), MA (University of Sydney), Dip Psych (University of Sydney), PhD (University of NSW), MAPS. He is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society & Member, College of Clinical Psychologists and the NSW Psychologists Registration Board.
Gareth’s career began in law enforcement in the police in UK. Since that time, Gareth has focused on criminal (particularly fraud) investigation and prosecution, both as an investigator and lawyer. The entities Gareth has worked for in this capacity includes Serious Fraud Office, NZ Customs, NZ Police and Immigration NZ. Gareth also spent 12 months in the private sector as the national Investigations Manager for a large loss adjusting company. Gareth is currently the acting Director of Gambling in the Department of Internal Affairs, NZ where he focuses on building a modern regulatory approach to the gambling sector.
Don Bourgeois is a Principal of Gaming & Regulation Group Inc. and has a private practice of law. Don has over 20 years of experience in the gaming sector, primarily in executive positions, in all aspects of the gaming sector, including casinos, charitable gaming, lottery, internet gaming, and horse racing. He was most recently General Counsel for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, where he was also Deputy Registrar. He was previously counsel for the Ontario Racing Commission and its Executive Director.
Don was the architect of the AGCO’s shift to a risk-based approach to regulation and the modernization of the Gaming Control Act and its regulation, the development of the Registrar’s Standards and Requirements, the Registrar’s eligibility assessment process for applicants for registration or licensing, and the AGCO’s regulatory assurance program.
He is active in his community and is also the recipient of several awards and honours, including The Amethyst Award for Outstanding Achievement by Ontario Public Servants, AMS/John Hodgson Award in recognition of his leadership, development of the law and service in the charitable arena, The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Canadian Gaming Association’s Industry Leadership and Outstanding Contribution.
Phill Brear was appointed as Head of Gambling Regulation for Gibraltar in October 2007 following two years as Director of Operations with the British Gambling Commission. In July 2011 he was appointed as Gibraltar Gambling Commissioner.
Phill has steered through a series of changes to Gibraltar’s regulatory regime, working closely with operators and their representatives on a wide range of operational and organisational changes, whilst the industry has continued to develop against an ever changing international background.
Before gambling regulation, Phill had a 30 year police career, concluding as Deputy Chief Constable in West Yorkshire. He holds a First Class Management degree from Manchester University, a Diploma in Criminology from Cambridge University and the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished police service.
Patrick is the General Counsel & Corporate Affairs Manager with Ladbrokes Australia. Patrick has been in this role for over 2 years, and manages the legal, compliance, risk and corporate and regulatory affairs functions, in addition to having joint-responsibility for responsible gambling. Prior to Ladbrokes, Patrick worked in various legal, compliance and risk roles in the gambling and financial services industries. Patrick has legal and finance qualifications including a Master of Laws, and has volunteered in the not-for-profit sector as a lawyer and board member for about 10 years.
Commissioner Cameron was appointed to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in April of 2012 by Governor Deval Patrick, Attorney General Martha Coakley and Treasurer Steve Grossman. She was reappointed to a second term in 2016 by Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg. Commissioner Cameron has oversight and advisory responsibility for investigations, licensing and horse racing.
Prior to her appointment to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Gayle Cameron worked as a public safety consultant after a distinguished career with the New Jersey State Police. She retired as a Deputy Superintendent, the second highest rank.
Prior to her retirement, Lieutenant Colonel Cameron commanded the Investigations Branch which had authority over the areas of: casino regulation, specialized investigations, intelligence gathering and analysis, and forensic sciences. In this position she held the agency’s top security clearance and interacted on a regular basis with the US Attorney from the District of NJ, the State’s Governor, the NJ Attorney General and was the primary liaison with all federal law enforcement agencies.
Commissioner Cameron’s gaming experience began as an undercover operative while conducting casino criminal and organized crime investigations. She also gained valuable expertise as a detective vetting individuals and companies during the application process for licensure to Atlantic City’s casinos.
Commissioner Cameron has also been called upon to sit on numerous promotional boards both in the United States and abroad. She was appointed to serve as a Commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) which evaluates police agencies’ best practices both nationally and internationally. She is a founding member of New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement and frequently serves as a panelist for the international association of Chiefs of Police and the National Center for Women and Policing.
Lt. Colonel Cameron holds an M.A. from Seton Hall University, a B.S. from Bridgewater State College, and is a graduate of the FBI Leadership Development School, the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command, and the International Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations certification.
Andrew Cappie-Wood is the Secretary of the NSW Department of Justice. In this capacity he leads the Department in advising and supporting three ministers. These include the Deputy Premier, (who is also Minister for Justice and Police, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Racing), the NSW Attorney General and the Minister for Corrections who is also the Minister for Emergency Services.
The Department is diverse, incorporating areas such as Corrective Services NSW, Juvenile Justice NSW, Liquor and Gaming NSW, the NSW Trustee & Guardian, Office of Emergency Management, the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Victims Services, the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, Arts NSW and Screen NSW. The Department also administers and supports the system of courts in NSW in cooperation with the Judiciary.
The Department is the lead agency in the Justice Cluster which includes the NSW Police Force, NSW Emergency Services, the NSW Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office, the NSW Legal Aid Commission and the five cultural institutions (Sydney Opera House, State Library, Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences and the Australian Museum. The Cluster employs over 40,000 staff and over 80,000 volunteers with a vision of creating a safe, just and resilient place for the people of NSW.
Prior to joining the Department in December 2013, Andrew was Head of the ACT Public Service and Director-General of the Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate for 6 years.
Andrew spent ten years as Director General of several NSW Government departments, including the Department of Education and Training and the Department of Housing. He also established the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Homecare.
Andrew has also served as Chief Executive Officer to a number of Ministerial Councils, has chaired a number of national and state companies and boards and is the current President of IPAA NSW.
Cate Carr is the Executive Director of the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing at the Department of Justice & Regulation. She is responsible for delivering on the Victorian government’s legislative and policy agenda in relation to liquor, gaming and racing. Cate was instrumental in the design and delivery of YourPlay, Victoria’s networked state-wide voluntary pre-commitment scheme for gaming machines. She is currently overseeing policy reviews and licensing processes for Victoria’s major gambling licences and creating a new tri-code integrity body for the Victorian racing industry.
Previously, Cate was Director of Liquor and Gambling Policy, where she was responsible for gambling and liquor policy and research, and has worked as a solicitor for the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation, managed a busy community legal service and held various policy roles in government.
Cate holds an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the University of Melbourne, has been admitted to Legal Practice as a Barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Melbourne.
Peter is Director Regulatory Affairs for The Agenda Group having previously been the Executive Commissioner and CEO of the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation. As the VCGR’s inaugural Executive Commissioner, Peter was responsible for all aspects of gambling regulation in Victoria including regulatory oversight of a casino, slot machines, lottery operators, a parimutuel operator, bookmakers, sports betting, keno and charitable gaming. Peter’s main areas of expertise are providing gambling policy advice to governments and regulators, developing compliance regimes, recommending improvements in regulatory processes and assisting industry to achieve improved regulatory compliance. Peter is a Trustee of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and a member of the Advisory Board of the UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation.
Bill Curran is a Partner with Ballard Spahr LLP and concentrates on administrative and government law, particularly in the areas of real estate development, land use/zoning, and gaming law. He has built a strong gaming practice through both his tenure as Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission and his assistance to some of the gaming industry’s largest casinos. Mr. Curran serves on a number of compliance committees for gaming companies and resort hotels and frequently participates in corporate compliance and internal investigation activities for major corporations.
Mr. Curran served with the Nevada Gaming Commission, from his appointment in 1989 through his tenure as Chairman, 1991 to 1999. He also served as Chairman of the International Association of Gaming Regulators from 1993 to 1994. In 1995, he was recognized by International Gaming & Wagering Business magazine as one of the 25 most influential individuals in the gaming industry.
Mr. Curran served as County Counsel for Clark County, Nevada, from 1979 to 1989, and as DeputyDistrict Attorney from 1975 to 1979.
Mr. Curran is a frequent lecturer at both gaming and zoning/land use conferences and has testified before the U.S. Congress and the Nevada Legislature. Mr. Curran attended the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (J.D. 1972) and the University of Minnesota (B.A. 1969, magna cum laude).
Mark currently works for the UK Gambling Commission as their remote gambling advisor. Prior to this he was the National Compliance Manager for Remote Gambling responsible for compliance oversight of online gambling operators licensed by the Gambling Commission. During this time he provided the technical expertise for a review of remote gambling legislation which ultimately led the Department to change the British Gambling Act into a point of consumption model of regulation in 2014.
Mark has a background in gambling regulation having previously worked in various roles for the Queensland state regulator in Australia for ten years. Starting in the internal testing lab performing game testing as well as system and communication protocol evaluation and technical standards development. Following this he worked in the Compliance division responsible for performing technical and controls related inspections of the machine gaming, betting, lotteries and casino sector.
He has been actively involved in international cooperation between regulators has co-chaired the eGambling working group for the Gambling Regulators European Forum. He currently acts as Secretariat for the International Association of Gambling Regulators eGambling knowledge sharing group. Mark’s formal education is in Information Technology and he is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Paul is a researcher and lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide where he teaches learning theory and statistics. He has published extensively in several areas, including the psychology of gambling, child protection and child welfare and has been a regular advisor to State and Federal Government departments over the last 17 years. He has worked in a number of areas of gambling research: population prevalence studies; adolescent gambling; erroneous beliefs about gambling; and, the structural characteristics of gaming machines and how they affect behaviour. A principal focus of Paul’s recent work has been on the changing face of technology in gambling and gaming.
David Edwards’ 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 in the field of economic policy and infrastructure development. He is currently the Projects Chief Executive of the Special Projects Unit with responsibility for the delivery of Queen’s Wharf Brisbane, the largest private property development in the nation, and other major Integrated Resort Developments including those on the Gold Coast and in Cairns.
David was previously the Director-General for the Department of State Development Infrastructure and Planning, the state’s central economic development agency.
Before joining the department David was the Manager Strategy and Market Development at GHD and prior to that he was the State Director for Queensland at CEDA.
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 and 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 service to support people in need.
Tracey Elkerton has been with Aristocrat since June 1998 within the Compliance department where she is responsible for all aspects of leading the compliance culture within Aristocrat, development of educational and training programs, suitability of all key associates, internal and external investigations and providing regulatory advice to the business.
A core aspect of her role is to foster strong working relationships with gaming regulators throughout the world and to continue to uphold the integrity of the industry by ensuring the Company and its employees act with honesty and integrity at all times.
Tracey holds a Graduate Diploma in Fraud Investigation, a Graduate Diploma in Compliance and a Master of Arts in Compliance from Charles Sturt University, NSW.
Ross Ferrar has worked in the Gaming Industry since 1979, in several jurisdictions in Australia and Europe. He has held senior management positions in casino table gaming, networked keno gaming and machine monitoring and networked jackpot operations; along with a number of industry representative roles. Ross is the CEO of the Gaming Technologies Association, whose members provide products and services to hospitality venues around the world. He routinely liaises both domestically and internationally with many segments of the gaming community including Casinos, Clubs, Hotels, Suppliers, Media, Social Commentators, Politicians and Regulators. Ross has a very clear vision of the future of Gaming in Australia and in the Asia-Pacific region.
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, a member of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia and a member (and former chair) of the International Association of Gaming Regulators.
Dr. Sally Gainsbury, PhD, Doctor.ClinPsych, BPsych(Hons), is a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience conducting gambling research. Her research has focused on understanding gambling to inform the development of responsible gambling strategies and harm minimisation policies. She has been awarded numerous research grants including to examine responsible gambling options for electronic gaming machines, to further the understanding of Internet gambling and social gaming, and to review Internet-based treatment options. She has been invited to give keynote and conference presentations internationally and has provided expert input for policy makers and key stakeholders in Australia and Canada.
Dr. Gainsbury is the Editor of the academic journal International Gambling Studies. She has published over 70 peer-review journal articles, two books, and numerous book chapters and research reports. She has been featured in numerous international media stories, including CNN International. Her research excellence and contribution to the wider community has been recognised with numerous awards including an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award (DECRA), Southern Cross University (SCU) Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research for Early to Mid-Career Researchers (2015), and Australian Psychological Society Early Career Researcher Award (2014).
After a 10 year career as a tax partner with Deloitte and Arthur Andersen in Australia, David Green relocated to Macau in 2001 to work with the SAR government on its casino liberalization program. Subsequent to the demise of Andersen, he spent more than 6 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers Macau, as a partner and director of the firm’s gaming practice. Except for a brief stint as South Australia’s Commissioner for Consumer and Business Affairs, in 2009-10, he lived in Macau until February of this year. He continues to consult to Asian gaming stakeholders on both regulatory and policy issues.
During his time with Arthur Andersen in Australia, he was appointed to the Board of South Australia’s Gaming Supervisory Authority. He was the last Presiding Member of that Authority, and the inaugural Chair of its successor, the Independent Gambling Authority. He relinquished that role in 2002 due to his earlier re-location to Macau.
Green established Newpage Consulting in 2010. The company specializes in advising on gambling regulation in the Asia-Pacific region. Until December 2015, the company was a contracted advisor to DICJ, the Macau gaming regulator.
Green attended and spoken at many IAGR conferences, beginning with the 1995 conference in Puerto Rico. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants, and a former Fellow of the Taxation Institute of Australia. He is admitted to the Bar in Victoria and South Australia. He is a permanent resident of Macau.
As Senior Manager Regulation Compliance & QA at GLI, Mr. Phillip Harrison is responsible for managing the regulatory and technical interface between regulators/customers in the Asia Pacific region and the technical departments of GLI Australia and GLI Asia. He also contributes as a member of GLI’s Global Development team to the management of compliance, quality and performance.
Mr. Harrison holds a degree in Information Technology with certifications in Electrical Trade and Industrial Electronics. Prior to joining GLI, he worked as an Advanced Engineering Tradesperson for the South Australian Department of Housing and Construction and as a Gaming Installation Inspector – Attorney General’s Department at the Office of the Liquor Licensing Commissioner, where he was later promoted to Inspector-Financial Examiner and then, Manager Gambling Operations. He became Executive Officer and Director for Club Safe Ltd in 2010, where he managed all aspects of the operation of South Australia’s club industry responsible gambling initiative and represented the club industry’s interests to government, regulators, service providers and other stakeholders on all gambling matters. In 2014, he became a part of the GLI team.
Andrew is an experienced corporate lawyer and governance professional. He joined William Hill Australia (WHA) in April 2015 as Director, Legal and Regulatory Affairs having previously spent six years at global gaming technologies supplier Aristocrat Leisure Limited (ASX:ALL) as Company Secretary and Corporate Counsel.
WHA is one of Australia’s leading responsible providers of online wagering products, licensed in the Northern Territory and employing more than 270 people in Australia.
Prior to Aristocrat, Andrew spent six years in private practice advising clients on complex corporate transactions, equity capital markets and corporate governance matters. During 2008 he was seconded as Legal Counsel to the Takeovers Panel, which is a function of the Federal Treasury and the primary forum for resolving disputes about a takeover bid until the bid period has ended.
Andrew has always had a keen interest in sport and wagering, believing that responsible licensed operators can make a valuable contribution towards the sustainability of Australian sport through the payment of product fees and associated sponsorship and promotion.
Mr. Ian Hughes is Vice President of Global Services for GLI. Mr. Hughes is responsible for directing and overseeing professional services provided by GLI laboratories and providing technical advice and certification services to regulators globally. Mr. Hughes has been actively engaged in the compliance of gaming equipment globally for the past 20 years and is currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
He is also responsible for GLI Operations in the Asia Pacific region, is the Managing Director of GLI Australia and was responsible for the compliance evaluation of both national and state systems, including the NSW monitoring system and the New Zealand system. He is a regular liaison of GLI’s global laboratories, planning to achieve maximum utilization of resources and client services. As part of that responsibility, he contributes and oversees implementation of operating and strategic plans. He ensures the development and use of tools and other methods to make sure client expectations are consistently being met. In fact, he led the development of many of GLI’s innovative and value-added tools, including GLI Link®, Point.Click.Transfer.SM, and GLI S.C.A.L.E.SM.
Mr. Hughes takes an active role and represents GLI interests on various committees and industry forums with regard to gaming policy and standards where he brings his passion, expertise and knowledge. Mr. Hughes holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Rick has led Manitoba’s gaming regulatory agency since 1997. During that time, he has observed the evolution of the public’s acceptance and consumers’ appetite for gaming matched with technological advances that have created an environment and access inconceivable at the end of the last century. Throughout this period, Rick has overseen diverse regulatory developments in the province including the introduction of Craps, the licensing of Texas Hold’em poker, the regulation of online gambling offered by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, charities’ option to manage and conduct gaming over a computer and casino development and operations by First Nations. Most recently, the rise and acceptance of online gambling offered by other jurisdictions and challenges to the Canadian Criminal Code’s definition of gambling have presented new challenges to regulators and their public interest mandate. Having proposed common regulatory standards for gaming equipment and suppliers at the national level, Rick is looking forward to raising the profile of this challenge for discussion at IAGR’s international forum.
Raj Krishnan is currently the General Manager of Regulatory Services in the Department of Internal Affairs, New Zealand. His group is responsible for delivering high quality regulatory services in gambling, censorship, anti-spam, anti-money laundering and private security.
Raj is an experienced senior manager in the public service having held roles managing and leading various policy and regulatory functions. Raj has a Bachelor of Arts degree in social policy and education and holds a Masters of Public Policy.
Edward is the Chief Operating Officer of the Gauteng Gambling Board. He joined the Board in June 1997 as Manager : Legal Services.
Gauteng Province accounts for approximately 40% of the country’s GDP and it has the biggest gambling industry in the country.
He holds Broc(UL), LLB(Wits), LLM(UJ), Post Graduate Diploma in Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts (UJ)(Cum Laude) and qualified as an attorney in 1994. Prior to becoming a gambling regulator he was an associate partner at Fluxmans Attorneys.
Edwina Licari is the Chief Officer Legal, EU and International Affairs of the MGA. Edwina is responsible for legal affairs, international relations, bilateral relationships with other gaming regulators and relevant entities worldwide relating to the Gaming Industry, together with the relevant EU institutions. Edwina also chairs the Supervisory Council of the MGA which is entrusted to supervise and review the regulatory objectives of the MGA underpinning the regulatory framework in force.
Edwina holds a Doctorate in Law from the University of Malta and a Masters in Information Technology and Communications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Having joined the Legal Department of the MGA in 2008, her practice and experience covers the whole spectrum of gaming and betting-related activities (both online and land-based), together with International and European gaming-related regulatory and legal affairs. Throughout her career, Edwina has gained working experience in private practice and various directorships in other Government entities.
Edwina is a member of the Chamber of Advocates (Malta), as well as of a number of gaming related associations namely, the Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF), the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) and the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA). She is also a regular speaker at international conferences related to gaming and regulatory issues.
Mr. James R. Maida, Esq. began his career testing gaming equipment with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement in Atlantic City from 1985 to 1987. In 1987, he left the Division to study law and to begin an independent game testing and consulting business. He co-founded GLI with Paul J. Magno in June 1989, and the company has since grown to more than 875 employees located in 20 offices on six continents.
Mr. Maida has testified as an expert witness in numerous gambling cases on both the State and Federal level. He has appeared before the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the National Indian Gaming Commission along with numerous appearances before state legislative committees. He testified before the U.S. House Committee on Indian Affairs and the State Select Committee on Indian Affairs as a witness regarding the adoption of Class II and Class III regulations and their application to finite video pull-tab devices.
He was named one of the “25 Most Influential Persons in the Gaming Industry” by International Gaming and Wagering Business magazine in 1995, and in September 2009, Mr. Maida was chosen as one of the “Most Influential People in Gaming” by Global Gaming Business magazine.
Mr. Maida also has numerous Bar Admissions, including Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He graduated from Rutgers School of Law with a Juris Doctorate Degree with High Honors, Honors in Taxation, and from Lehigh University with a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science Engineering.
Michael has held a number of key senior positions in his career in the gambling industry, including:
Additionally, Michael has engaged in a more than two year-long project to explore and research global offerings for real cash, social and simulated online gaming, the relevant system providers and how best to bring an online offering to the Australian market. This has included international research, travelling to overseas jurisdictions to meet with Government regulators as well as system & platform providers to evaluate systems and companies.
Michael established Australia’s first simulated online gaming site and associated company on behalf of six Queensland based RSL clubs.
Michael McQueen is an award-winning speaker, social researcher and best-selling author.
He has his finger on the pulse when it comes to emerging trends shaping business and culture, and understands what it takes to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. With clients including KPMG, Pepsi and Cisco, he has helped some of the world’s most successful organisations navigate change and stay ahead of the curve.
As a leading specialist in demographic shifts, change management and future trends, Michael features regularly as a commentator on TV and radio and has written four bestselling books.
His first book, The ‘New’ Rules of Engagement focuses on strategies for leading and connecting with Generation Y. His newest release, Winning the Battle for Relevance, is a revealing look at why even the greatest brands and organisations become obsolete – and how to avoid their fate.
Michael is a familiar face on the international conference circuit having shared the stage with the likes of Bill Gates, Whoopi Goldberg and Larry King. He has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people across five continents since 2004 and is known for his high-impact, research-rich and entertaining conference presentations.
As a speaker, Michael is known for his compelling, humorous and practical presentations. He provides audiences with powerful insights into what the future holds and how businesses and leaders can ride the waves of change rather than being engulfed by them.
In 2015, Michael was named Australia’s Keynote Speaker of the Year and was inducted into the Speakers Halls of Fame.
Mr. 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. He served as Vice President of the Association in 2015 and currently serves as IAGR President.
Jamie Nettleton enjoys a global reputation as a gambling law expert. He advises Australian and international gambling operators on Australian legal issues, as well as in relation to investments overseas. Clients include gaming machine manufacturers, wagering operators, casinos and other gambling service providers. Jamie also has extensive specific expertise and knowledge in the field of online gambling and social media as the industry moves into these areas.
Jamie is Vice-President of the International Masters of Gaming Law and a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne where he teaches Gambling and the Law. Jamie has been ranked as a leading gaming lawyer by Chambers Global every year since 2008.
Paul commenced at the New South Wales Office of Liquor, Gaming & Racing (now Liquor & Gaming NSW) in early 2012 overseeing the agency’s industry supervision and enforcement function. In December 2013 he assumed the role of Executive Director and led the organisation through a pivotal change in liquor and gaming regulation in NSW. In February 2015, in response to revelations of disturbing animal cruelty and concerns around systemic animal welfare, integrity and governance failures, he was asked to assume an interim role as Chief Executive Officer for Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW), the sports controlling body responsible for commercial and regulatory functions for greyhound racing in NSW. Paul performed the role of CEO and exercised the powers and functions of the Board of GRNSW, while the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry in NSW completed its investigation and prepared its findings and recommendations to government.
Prior to working in the liquor and gambling space, Paul held a number of senior leadership roles in law enforcement and regulatory agencies including the Australian Customs Service, the Australian Transaction Reports & Analysis Centre, Consumer Affairs Victoria and the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.
Paul is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics), a Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Legal Studies, and a Master of Law & Management.
Following his retirement after nearly 35 years of service on the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Judge Philip M. Pro was appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission by Governor Brian Sandoval in December 2015.
Coming to Nevada immediately after graduation from law school in 1972, Judge Pro has dedicated much of his legal career to public service. Prior to his appointment to the federal bench, he served as a Federal Prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice, a Deputy Attorney General for the Nevada Gaming Division, and in private law practice. In 1980, he was appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Nevada, where he served until his appointment by President Ronald Reagan as United States District Judge for Nevada in 1987.
During his tenure on the federal bench, Pro was actively involved in national and circuit court governance, and served as Chief Judge for the District of Nevada from 2002 to 2007. He was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist as Chair of the Magistrate Judges Committee of the United States Judicial Conference from 1993 to 1998, and by Chief Justice Roberts to the Board of the Federal Judicial Center from 2007 to 2011. He also is a founding member of the Howard D. McKibben Nevada American Inn of Court, serving as its President from 1988 to 1990.
Since 1998, Pro has participated in over three dozen international “Rule of Law” programs with judiciaries in over 20 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Central and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South America on behalf of the United States Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce, the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and the American Bar Association. Throughout his career, Pro also has been actively involved locally and nationally in law related education programs including We the People…the Citizen and Constitution, and the State Bar of Nevada’s Law Related Education Consortium.
Pro received his law degree in 1972 from Golden Gate University School of Law, and his Master of Laws in Judicial Studies from Duke University School of Law in 2014. He served as a member of the Advisory Board for the founding of the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV, where he also serves as a member of the adjunct faculty, and as a member of the Advisory Board of Boyd’s Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution. Judge Pro currently provides arbitration, mediation and special master services through JAMS, the largest provider of Alternative Dispute Resolution services in the United States.
Tony is a corporate/commercial lawyer who has specialized in the gaming and wagering industry for over 25 years.
He has acted in most of the major projects and transactions in Australia as well as many offshore, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. His expertise covers all sectors including race wagering, sports betting, online/mobile gaming, lotteries, gaming machines, casinos, hotels, clubs, racing, and social gaming.
Tony works with domestic and international public and private sector clients. His practice ranges from sector-specific and strategic advice work to complex projects and transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, privatisations, start-ups, floats, licence awards, joint ventures, commercial arrangements, industry restructures and regulatory projects.
Tony is recognised as a leading expert by various respected rating agencies. For example, he has been ranked in Band 1 in Chambers Asia Pacific for Gaming and Gambling each year it has been published and has attracted high praise, including: "a household name across the industry in Australia"; "a gaming and wagering guru nationally"; "known in this sector as being really switched-on"; and "a first class understanding of the sector from the legal, regulatory and commercial standpoints".
Tony holds degrees in Commerce and Law from the University of New South Wales and is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law.
An entrepreneur focused on the online consumer engagement, sports and data industries, Nathan holds degrees in commerce and science (majoring in mathematics and statistics) from the University of Melbourne. Co-founder and partner of iSport Genius, specialising in the analysis of big sports data, since 2014.
Birgitte Sand, Director of the Danish Gambling Authority (DGA). In 2008, appointed to her current position after being a long-standing member of the Executive Board of the National Tax Administration in Copenhagen. Birgitte Sand has been responsible for the successful implementation of a partly liberalisation of the Danish Gambling Market. The results show that the market is now stable, highly compliant and well-functioning. DGA is responsible for issuing licences – and furthermore supervising and controlling – a wide range of gaming providers that stretches from land-based casinos to lotteries, gaming machines, charity lotteries, betting, online casino, public poker tournaments and horseracing.
Birgitte Sand holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of Copenhagen and among several executive educations including an INSEAD Executive Programme.
She began her career in the Danish Court of Taxation, but has since then covered a wide range of different tasks and management positions in the Ministry of Taxation. Her experiences span from legal advice on corporate tax structures and taxation of private companies and property to central IT responsibilities, and furthermore includes projects regarding leadership, innovation, strategy, change of organizational structures and the development of a nationwide user-friendly IT solution for salary payments. She has also been a long-standing member of the Board coordinating the nationwide tax compliance projects.
Since 2011, Birgitte Sand has been a member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) Board of Trustees and served as President from October 2014 to October 2015. She is still serving as a trustee and furthermore as chair of the subcommittee for statistics.
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 Committee, the Responsible Gambling Advisory Committee, and is a member and former vice president and board member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators.
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.
Mrs. Karen Marcela Sierra-Hughes is currently the Director of Latin America and Caribbean Government Relations and Business Development at Gaming Laboratories International, LLC (GLI®). Prior to joining GLI, Mrs. Sierra-Hughes practiced Law in the Republic of Panama with one of the most prestigious law firms and was later appointed as the Legal Director of the Panama Gaming Regulatory and the Panama Gaming Control Board.
She has been with GLI since 2004, developing new gaming jurisdictions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean while driving GLI’s strategy for both regulatory and supplier development. With her Law Degree and Masters Degree in Commercial and Public Law from the Latin America University of Science and Technology, one of Mrs. Sierra-Hughes’s main goals is to help the regions’ government agencies understand the importance of a well-regulated environment by providing valuable information that will lead to developed laws, decrees and regulations.
Mrs. Sierra-Hughes is fully responsible for developing all relationships with the gaming regulators in the region. She analyzes the gaming environment in each jurisdiction throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in order to determine the regulatory development opportunities as well as promote the regulatory training in the technical aspects of the gaming industry. She has created and built a successful partnership with GLI South America in Argentina and NYCE in Mexico.
Mrs. Sierra-Hughes is well known as a speaker in many of the International Gaming Conferences in the countries of Puerto Rico, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Mexico, and Argentina as well as at G2E in the United States.
Christina has over 20 years’ experience in the betting, and gambling industry. Starting out in the pre-dotcom era, she has a career spanning land, internet and mobile, covering all aspects of gaming operations, holding senior roles with some of the world’s best known brands (including William Hill and Virgin) responsible for managing multiple business disciplines, functions and teams across a range of channels, products and customers, including regulatory compliance and money laundering.
She is currently Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming Ltd working with start-ups, investors, established operators, regulators, law enforcement and industry groups across the world, advising on all aspects of the betting, gaming and gambling cycle – from market research and analysis, to licensing and compliance, products and marketing, project management and business strategy, to full operational set-up and customer engagement.
She remains an active Compliance Officer and MLRO, and regularly contributes to industry publications and industry events. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Politics, and a Master’s degree in Classics.
Nick 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.
As the Chief Executive Officer of the Gambling Control Authority of Samoa (GCA), Tuala is responsible for administration of Gambling and Gaming legislation, including its licensing and regulatory function. As CEO, his responsibilities include vetting applicants for Casino licenses and conduct due diligence and recommend to the Board for approval and issuance of a Casino license(s). This also includes drafting, reviewing and recommending to Government, Gaming Legislation and Regulations to maximise the benefits to Samoa’s economy while also ensuring the protection of our Local communities by ensuring that gambling is well regulated. The GCA provides policy leadership across a wide range of Gambling and Gaming issues including many of the department’s operational responsibilities under our current Casino and Gambling Control Act 2010.
Tuala’s career encompasses management roles in both the private and public sector. Prior to taking up this role in September 2013, he was the Principal of Tuala Law, which he founded after serving as Managing Director for an Offshore Trustee Company for 5 years.
Tuala has a particular interest in conflict resolution, public policy and intercultural issues. He is an Australian Accredited Mediator from the University of Western Australia as well as an accredited mediator from Hong Kong’s Shue Yan University as well as being one of the first accredited Mediators in Samoa.
Tuala holds a Bachelors degree in Politics from the Flinders University of South Australia and a Law degree as well as a post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Southern Queensland.
Damian Voltz is a Senior Intelligence Analyst currently on secondment from the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission to Australia’s National Integrity of Sport Unit.
Damian has 18 years experience in law enforcement with the majority of this time focussed on the monitoring, analysis and assessment of Australian and international illicit drugs markets, transnational organised crime groups, and emerging illicit markets.
In 2010, Damian conducted the first assessment in Australia of the threats to the integrity of Australian sport from organised crime and in 2011 was involved in the major Australian investigation into new and emerging performance enhancing drugs and organised criminal infiltration of Australian sport. Over the past five years he has been involved in the monitoring, analysis and assessment of a range issues relating to organised crime and the integrity of professional sport in Australia.
Nathan has more than 20 years of experience in gaming innovation across Slots, Electronic Table Games and Casino Table Products; including 15 years with Scientific Games’ combined companies. He is currently responsible for Global Research & Development within Scientific Games’ Gaming Division. After almost 7 years working in Las Vegas Nevada, he is now based back in Sydney Australia.
Nathan is passionate about technology and entertainment. Having a Bachelor Computer Engineering and Diploma in Business Administration, he is constantly looking to use technology innovation to make better games and products for our gaming customers.
André is the Executive Director of International Center for Gaming Regulation, established in partnership between UNLV’s International Gaming Institute (IGI) and the William S. Boyd School of Law, aimed at promoting international best practices in gaming regulation.
André is a graduate of the University of Pretoria in South Africa and worked for the University of Pretoria, Africa Institute of South Africa, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Ernst &Young and the South African Government prior to a longstanding career in gaming.
In 1995, he was appointed to a Commission aimed at advising the South African Government on the legalisation of gaming in South Africa. During the period 1995 to 2000 he was CEO of one of the South African provincial gaming boards whilst serving on the National Gambling Board of South Africa. In 2001 he was appointed CEO of ZMS, a private company established to render electronic monitoring systems and services to the National Gambling Board of South Africa. In 2002 he was appointed Executive Director of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and served in this position until January of 2016.
In his capacity as gaming regulator André was instrumental in promoting regulatory best practices around the world. He was the keynote speaker at the first international eGambling Summit held in the United Kingdom in 2006. He provided testimony to the Financial Services Committee of the US House of Representatives concerning the introduction of the Internet Gambling Regulations Enforcement Act, 2007. He was a keynote speaker at the American Gaming Association’s 2008 Global Gaming Summit in Las Vegas, and in 2012 provided testimony to the UK Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee regarding their new regulatory framework.
André is a former President of the International Association of Gaming Regulators and is an active member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and the International Association of Gaming Advisors.
Linda is currently the Executive Director (Policy & Projects), Office of Regulatory Policy in the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General.
She co-chairs the (Australian and New Zealand) Gaming Machine National Standard Working Party and was a member of an interjurisdictional working group which, in conjunction with industry, recently completed a review of, and reformed, the Australian and New Zealand Gaming Machine National Standard. In addition, she recently led a team that developed a new contemporary casino regulatory framework and legislation to support the multi-billion dollar Queens Wharf Integrated Resort development in Brisbane.
Linda has an extensive career in gambling, liquor and consumer policy, legislation and regulation. In the gambling sphere, her responsibilities included policy, legislation, licensing, product and system approvals, research and responsible gambling programs. Linda led major gambling reforms in Queensland and represented the state in a number of national and inter-jurisdictional working parties including responsible gambling, gaming machine national standard, lotteries, wagering and interactive gambling. She co-chaired with the Australian Government, the senior officials working group on national responsible gambling reforms.
In addition to her role with the department, Linda is also a member of the Expert Advisory Group of the Australian Gambling Research Centre; the International Think Tank on Gambling Research, Policy & Practice and the National Association for Gambling Studies.
She is a graduate of the University of Queensland (Commerce) and the Queensland University of Technology (Laws).
Wai Ming Yap counsels corporate clients on merger and acquisition transactions, project finance, and equity and debt capital markets (including Islamic finance), as well as gaming and leisure. Wai Ming’s experience spans more than 25 years of managing sophisticated corporate transactions in Singapore and Malaysia. He also acts as a sponsor to issuers on Catalist, the sponsor-supervised board of The Singapore Exchange (SGX).
Wai Ming’s dedicated and practical approach to guiding clients’ multifaceted corporate transactions has earned him recognition by legal industry publications. IFLR1000, Legal 500, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, Best Lawyers in Singapore, and Chambers Asia-Pacific have ranked him as a leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions in Asia. Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific also recognized him as a leading lawyer in gaming and gambling law in the Asia-Pacific region. Chambers Global (2015) described him as “straightforward, eager to find solutions, and deeply involved;” Chambers Asia-Pacific (2013) mentioned him as having “quick turnaround time and ability to provide clarity and solutions;”and IFLR 1000 (2014) noted that he is “dexterous, intelligent and easy going.”
Wai Ming is the author of several articles on corporate law, as well as gaming-related papers. He sits on the editorial board of Gaming Law Review and Economics and is the editor of Asian Gaming Lawyer: Gambling Legal Developments in Asia Pacific. He is the immediate past Secretary-General of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and the Singapore member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. He also serves on the boards of a number of charities in Singapore, namely Ren Ci Hospital, the SingHealth Foundation, and Tan Tock Seng Hospital Community Charity Fund.