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The IAGR Johannesburg 2017 Conference general schedule of activities is presented below.  Session topics and speaker information will be updated as they are confirmed over the coming months.

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Monday, 16  October


Registration – Information desk open

GLI Regulators Seminar (Optional)

Monday sessions are organized as part of the GLI Regulator's Seminar. Delegates may sign up to attend this half-day of content - at no additional cost - as part of their general conference registration.


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Speaker: Martin Britton, Managing Director, GLI Europe & Africa


The Where of iGaming

iGaming has been live successfully overseas and in Canada for years, and since expanded its footprint into U.S. States. The diversity of business models embraced by different jurisdictions has been matched only by the diversity of their technical requirements. This session will take stock of the industry by focusing on key questions of where iGaming is now and where do we go from here?

Speaker: Martin Britton, Managing Director, GLI Europe & Africa


Sports Betting and Wagering: The Risks and Differences in a Live Environment

Sports betting and wagering is on a fast track as more and more operators transition from traditional betting to online betting. In this session industry leaders will discuss best practices developed from their personal experiences around the world in the evolution from offline to online betting, including key areas in risk protection, technical and internal controls, protecting the data information of the players, and risk and reputation protection.

Moderator: Martin Britton, Managing Director, GLI Europe & Africa


Networking & Refreshment Break


Trends for 2017/18: Technology, Expansion, Security and Obsolescence

Speaker: James Maida, President & CEO, GLI


Gambling in Africa -The Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker: Devon Dalbock, General Manager, GLI Africa


Verification and Inventory Management Tools for the Modern Gaming Floor:  Lessons from the Field

The increasing complexity of gaming content, bonus features and the introduction of skill and hybrid games, makes conducting proper field inspections to ensure the protection of critical assets more challenging than ever. The issue is further complicated by the rapid expansion of systems functionality, their integration into a broader scope of activities and the growth in cashless wagering and server-based gaming. This panel will discuss the training and techniques needed for effective device and systems verification and the tools regulators are using to better manage their gaming floor to ensure compliance.

Speaker: Pierre Otto, Compliance & Quality Manager, GLI Africa


Final Questions

Afternoon on your own until Evening Reception


IAGR Board of Trustees Meeting


Opening Reception:  the CODESA WALKWAY

The IAGR Delegates will be welcomed at a reception in the foyer of the Fabia Rooms and adjacent to the "CODESA WALKWAY" - the historically former World Trade Centre "CODESA TALKS" venue at the Emperors Palace.

Welcome Remarks by

IAGR President Dale Fuga, Chief Operating Officer, Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba

Conference Host Jurisdiction Official


Tuesday, 17 October                 


Opening of the IAGR Johannesburg 2017 Conference  

Welcome & Introduction:  IAGR President Dale Fuga, Chief Operating Officer, Liquor and Gaming Authority of Manitoba


Keynote Address:  Hon. MEC Mr Lebogang Maile


Keynote Session: Where's My Jetpack: The Importance and Frustration for Planning for the Day After Tomorrow

Speaker: Professor I. Nelson Rose, Visiting Professor at University of Macau and Distinguished Senior Professor at Whittier College


Networking & Refreshment Break


The Changes in the Punter Profile and the Possible Impact to the Gambling Regulatory Landscape in Africa


Edward Lalumbe

Themba Ngobese

Shelton Pagiwa


Open Microphone - Member Driven Issues & Discussions




Blockchain - the New 'Internet'?  

Blockchain technology has arrived. For beginners, this is essentially a database, a giant network, known as a distributed ledger, which records ownership and value, and allows anyone with access to view and take part. A network is updated and verified through consensus of all the parties involved. When something is added it cannot be altered and, if it looks valid to everyone, the update is approved. So far the best-known example of blockchain technology is bitcoin, but things are starting to change, and blockchain, is starting to make its way into the wider world. This session looks at how blockchain is already gaining popularity in the world of betting and gambling, and starting to challenge the traditional models of lottery, betting and gaming.

Using familiar examples, the session aims to underline why every regulator, irrespective of whether they allow, restrict or prohibit lottery, betting and gaming - on-line and off-line - needs to get to grips with a new technology that is predicted to be ‘bigger than the internet’ and ‘revolutionise’ the way in which we currently do business.


Marco Cuesta, Co-Founder,

Christina Thakor-Rankin, Principal Consultant, 1710 Gaming Ltd.

Adam Vaziri, Co-Founder, Diacle


Regulating the Digital Market

New technologies and concepts in and around the gambling sector provide a constant challenge to regulators and regulation. This panel will discuss how regulators are grappling with such new technologies and concepts as they cross over into the regulated gambling space.


Christina Thakor-Rankin, Principal Consultant, 1710 Gaming Ltd.


Steven Brennan, Chief Executive, Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission

Joseph Cuschieri, Executive Chairman, Malta Gaming Authority (MGA)

Mark D'Andrea, Gambling Commission (United Kingdom)

John Toohey, CEO and co-founder, Dominode


Group Photo 


Networking & Refreshment Break


IAGR Annual Business Meeting (IAGR Members Only

Evening on your own

Wednesday, 18 October


Opening Remarks & Announcements


Measuring and Reporting Gambling Harm and Responsible Gambling Doctrine 

Expert presentations from leading gambling researchers on the theory of responsible gambling as well as contemporary thinking around measuring and reporting gambling harm.


Paul Newson, Deputy Secretary, Liquor, Gaming & Racing, New South Wales (NSW)


Professor Paul Delfabbro, Acting Head of School, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide, South Australia

Professor Nerilee Hing, PhD, Research Professor (Gambling Studies), Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, CQUniversity, Australia


Responsible Gambling Policy and Interventions

Panel discussion on jurisdictional approaches and contrasts to responsible gambling policy and supervision.


Paul Newson, Deputy Secretary, Liquor, Gaming & Racing, New South Wales (NSW)


Marja Appelman, Chief Executive, Kansspelautoriteit (Netherlands Gaming Authority)

Professor Paul Delfabbro, Acting Head of School, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide, South Australia

Professor Nerilee Hing, PhD, Research Professor (Gambling Studies), Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, CQUniversity, Australia

Graeme Reeves, Chief Gambling Commissioner, New Zealand Gambling Commission

André Wilsenach, Executive Director, International Center for Gaming Regulation, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Susan Wright, Manager Policy & Legislation, Liquor & Gaming NSW (Australia)


Networking & Refreshment Break


Creating Revenue Within a Responsible Gaming Environment


eSports: Integrity and Regulatory Challenges

Esports as an industry has grown substantially over the past few years. With increased media exposure and commercial backing in the eSports industry, betting on eSports is increasing substantially. Yet eSports is fundamentally different to conventional sports, and betting regulators should take note of how the industry operates in order to ensure the safety of those betting on eSports. This discussion will provide a brief overview of the eSports industry as it is today, its projected future growth, take a look at the current situation relating to sports betting on eSports, consider the issues affecting the integrity of the eSports industry such as match fixing, doping, cheating, hacking and online attacks, as well as the current position regarding regulation of the industry. Specific incidents unique to eSports, most notably those relating to Skin Betting, will also be canvassed.

Speaker: Evert De Bruyn, Attorney, De Bruyn Attorneys




Anti-Money Laundering: Practical Guidance for Gaming Regulators

In recent years, gaming regulators have been increasingly required to apply effective anti-money laundering (AML) rules to their land-based and online industry. This is due to substantially increased legislative efforts at national and international level (e.g., Financial Action Task Force; 4th EU AML Directive).

However, gaming regulators face major challenges: AML legislation regularly contains notions that are very broad and indistinct. For instance, enhanced customer due diligence shall be required when “the business relationship is conducted in unusual circumstances”. Yet, what is this supposed to mean? How is it to be applied in the gaming sector specifically? And which measures can regulators take to mitigate the risks?

There is also significant uncertainty among licensees who may approach their regulator with questions regarding AML standards. Accordingly, many regulators are increasingly expected to find answers to these questions but not all of them dispose of the same in-house AML resources. And often, there is little external guidance available for the specific questions gaming regulators may have.

This session aims to provide real-life AML guidance directly applied to the gaming sector. It presents the results of a scientific study that inquired the aforementioned issues at length. Numerous professionals from regulatory authorities and specialised AML bodies have contributed to the results of this highly topical research.

Speaker: Dr Simon Planzer, Lecturer in Law, University of St.Gallen


Establishing Gambling Policies in order to Avoid Harm for the Poorest


Janne Nikkinen, Docent in Social Ethics, University Researcher, Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki


Networking & Refreshment Break


PR & Communication - Tools to Optimise Gaming Regulation in the Future 


IAGR Work Group Updates 


IAGR Gala Dinner:  Sun International's Time Square, Menlyn, Pretoria

The Host Jurisdiction is creating a wonderful evening for the 2017 Johannesburg Conference Delegates at Sun International's Time Square in Menlyn, Pretoria.


IAGR After Dinner Drinks: Altitude Restaurant at Time Square Casino

IAGR Conference delegates are welcome to an after-dinner drinks social event which will continue later in the evening at Altitude Restaurant at Time Square Casino.

Thursday, 19 October

IMGL MasterclassThursday sessions will consist of content as part of the IMGL Masterclass series



Opening Remarks & Announcements


IMGL Masterclass: Interactive Gambling - Lessons from South Africa on How to Achieve Regulatory Clarity and Effective Enforcement


Networking & Refreshment Break


IMGL Masterclass: Inter-Agency Friction in the South African Gambling Sector. Case Study of Secondary Lotteries: Fixed Odds Betting on a Contingency or Unauthorized Lottery?




Social Networking Function:  Afternoon Tour & Closing Dinner

An afternoon tour has been organized for attendees as a final social networking activity to conclude the IAGR Johannesburg week. The itinerary will take delegates to Lion Park and to the Apartheid Museum. Full tour details may be found on the Social Events webpage.

In addition, the Host Jurisdiction has also added a final closing dinner at Back O' The Moon Restaurant at Gold Reef City. Complete details on the social networking events will be updated on the Social Events webpage regularly as plans are finalized in the coming weeks.

Please check back often as sessions and speakers are confirmed over the next few weeks.

  • All conference sessions are held in the Emperor's Palace Convention Center.
  • Registration and refreshment breaks are located in the foyer of the conference space
  • The Registration Desk will be staffed during all conference sessions. 


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