Prior to take the position of Coordinator for games of chance, Aleksandar Vulovic hold the position of Director General in Games of Chance Administration. In the period 1996 – 2011 he hold the positions of Customs Officer, Head of the Regional Investigation Department and Assistant Director General for the Enforcement Division in Customs Administration of Ministry of Finance.
He is a Chairman of the Management Board of BTAMOGI and CEO of BEGE Expo. He also serves as a C-level Officer of various operating companies in the Gaming Sector. He has served as CEO of many local and international companies in the Insurance and Pension Funds Sector. He has also served as a consultant in many projects in the financial sector, insurance and pensions, SME, and is a Member of the Board of Management of the Bulgarian Actuarial Society. He has MSc Degree in Engineering, MSc in Applied Math, MSc in Actuarial Science from City University in London and Diploma of International Economic Relations.
Bartolomiej Korniluk has 10 years gambling advisory and project management (legislation, law appliance, technology, business projects, across the Europe).
Beata practices in Gambling, EU Regulatory & Trade. Recent publications: Lotteries and Internet: What about Social Media? Public Gaming International March 2012, p. 62 (with Philippe Vlaemminck).
Education: Master of Public Relations, Sofia University ’St.Kliment Ohridski‘. Working in the past year in different areas of PR and Marketing, as a specialist of sports and sports betting, organizing events and activity to promote and develop Classic Cars and Luxury business in Eastern Europe with organization of Concours d’Elegance events. In the past year active in the development and promotion of sports betting market in Macedonia as marketing director of the biggest land based betting company ’Sport Life‘. Preparing with the various activity company online image for the future approval of online betting in our market. Organizing BTL activity to lounge and promote various games and platforms that boost client interest and trust in our brand.
Cristinela Odeta Nestor holds the position of President Secretary, State at the National Gambling Office of Romania. She had a leadership/management position within the Romanian National Lottery (Chief Financial Officer) and for 9 years she occupied leadership positions as a Finance Director within companies such as C&D Partner, Olympic Casino Bucharest, Regent World and Monte Calm. In every position she filled before, Mrs. Odeta Nestor was responsible with the financial statement and with the planning and budgeting activities and she fulfilled successfully all the goals she had, obtaining excellent qualifications at every performance evaluation. With an experience of over 17 years, Odeta Nestor is a good professional in the finance and economic field. She graduated The Bucharest University of Economic Studies – The Department of Finance and Banking, the 1999 class. She is a member of an European professional body, accredited in the economic/financial field since she graduated a Master in Accounting - Body of Expert and Licensed Accountants of Romania (CECAR). In 2009, she graduated the Master in Communication and Public Relations at The National School of Political Science and Public Administration, followed by a Master in Fraud Investigation at Police Academy “Al. I. Cuza” in 2012 and a Master at National College of Internal Affairs, also in 2012.
Doris Malischnig is a qualified Clinical Psychologist and Head of the Prevention Department at the Casinos Austria/Austrian Lotteries Group. In this capacity, she is responsible for the development, implementation and assessment of responsible gaming training for all staff as well as the group-wide appraisal and update of responsible gaming measures and policies, crisis intervention and the evaluation of the preventive measures in place. She is a regular speaker at national and international industry congresses and lectures at all university level responsible gaming courses in Austria.
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Former Head of Compliance and Risk Management at Finsoft / GTECH G2, Dusan Mihajlovic specialises in Compliance, Security and Risk Management in the financial and gaming industries. He has been involved in nationally regulated gaming markets from the early days and has hands-on experience in regulatory compliance for on-line sports betting, gaming and lottery. His experience includes regulated on-line jurisdictions in North America, Europe, Australia and Africa as well as achieving and maintaining ISO certifications, PCI DSS compliance and regulatory accreditations for non-gaming organisations. Lectured on Information Security, the Internet and Compliance in the UK, Europe, USA and the Middle East. www.s-m-a.com
After graduating in Budapest, Gábor Helembai joined to Forgó, Varga & Partners Law Firm (predecessor of Forgó, Damjanovic & Partners Law Firm) in 2006. Following that Gábor passed the bar exam in 2010, he was admitted to the Budapest Bar Association. Besides being involved in the law firm’s dispute resolution and real estate practice Gábor has gained particular expertise in the gaming, betting and licensing industry. Having provided general corporate advice to casino investors his experience includes regulatory, transactional counsel and concession agreement negotiations with the Hungarian State, as well. In addition, he has also considerable experience in gaming regulatory issues by advising betting companies and those involved in online gaming.
Born in Croatia in 1962, the study of Engineering in Agronomy finished at University of Osijek. His casino career started 20 years ago at position of craps dealer in the American Palace Laguna Casino at Poreć, Croatia. Afterward, he has spent 5 years at HIT Casinos Group in Slovenia, over 5 years at Casino Mulino (HR) and over 4 years as Managing Director of Royal Casino (HR). He has managed the Casino Cibalia of the Croatian Lottery in Vinkovci (HR) for about 3 years. Presently he is employed at the Croatian Lottery in Lottery Regional Office in Osijek.
Dr. Joerg Hofmann is senior partner of MELCHERS law firm in Germany with offices in Heidelberg, Berlin and Frankfurt. He is the current Vice-President of the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL) and the group leader of the gaming law practice group of his law firm. Joerg has practiced in gaming law since mid of the 90th as one of Germany’s leading gaming lawyers. MELCHERS’ legal advice is highly valued by global market leaders in all sectors of gaming law. The firm’s scope of clients includes operators, manufacturers and suppliers of gaming equipment or devices as well as software and testing companies and regulators. Joerg has been ranked as a “Leading Individual” in Gaming & Gambling by Chambers Global in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Joerg Hofmann acts regularly as speaker or moderator in international gaming law conferences domestic and abroad. He frequently publishes articles in international experts’ magazines and periodicals and serves as a member of the editorial board of “Gaming Law Review and Economics.
He is a postgraduate (1993) of the Hellenic American Educational Foundation (“Athens College”). He studied law at the University of Geneva (“Uni Mail”) between 1993 and 1995 and thereafter completed his bachelor degree at the University of Westminster in London UK in 1998. He obtained a postgraduate degree (LLM in Laws) from the University College London (UCL), in 1999. He became a trainee member of the Athens Bar Association in 1999 and a full member in 2001 with registration number 23785. He practice litigation since 2001 and as of 2004 he is a partner with Greece’s largest multi-disciplinary law firm, KG Law Firm (www.kglawfirm.gr) with experience in corporate and commercial disputes, arbitration, white collar crime and financial crime. He regularly advises foreign clients and handles litigation with respect to cases involving defective products acting mainly for international producers or manufacturers. He also has experience in cases concerning breach of law of obligations and torts, debt collection, trademark & patent cases as well as distribution & agency agreements. During the past few years he has been following closely the developments in the Greek gaming and betting industry and has acted for online gaming operators both with respect to regulatory matters as well as before the Greek courts. He is a Member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC-Hellas), Commission on Arbitration and a Member of the BoD of the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce. He is very fluent in English and French and eligible to practice before the Supreme Court of Greece.
Joseph was conferred with an LL.M. in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), with Distinction. Earlier, he was awarded the LL.D. from the University of Malta, after writing and successfully defending a thesis entitled, 'Protection of Trademarks Against Domain Names'. In November 2000, Joseph graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal and Humanistic Studies. Joseph went on an Erasmus Exchange in 2002 at the Facolta di Giurisprudenza of the Universita' degli Studi di Bologna.
In 2009 he completed a Regulator Development Program organized by the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas (UNLV). In 2012 he was awarded a certificate in Casino Management by the UNLV.
Louis "Lou" Vilardo, founded Today's Business Computers, Inc., (TBC), in 1990, after having served as the Information Technology Audit Manager at Harrah’s Marina, and as the Director of Information Technology the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, both in Atlantic City.
As the President of TBC, Lou and his staff have a reputation as experts in the field of casino systems, and innovators with a fierce dedication to their customers. Lou has consulted for many commercial, governmental, and Native American gaming organizations in over twenty gaming jurisdictions in the U.S. and abroad. He is also the co-author of the Casino Enterprise Management System (CEMS), a powerful, flexible, multi-platform capable system, for single or multi-site casino operators of all sizes and complexity. Some components of CEMS include table games operations, cash and cage operations, promotions and events, and player tracking.
During Lou’s extensive casino industry career, he has participated in and managed more than twenty casino management system conversions and implementations, and has been an IT support person for casino openings in a variety of venues and jurisdictions. He has trained direct service staff and has lead management and executive personnel through the processes of system conversion, implementation, and property opening.
Lou’s expertise, in both the casino industry, and other private industry, also includes consulting in the broader areas of IT, which encompasses best practices, strategic planning, system evaluation, system design and vendor selection, internal controls and security, and facilities management.
Lou received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Rutgers University, and has consistently pursued professional continuing education units and advanced certificates in subjects related to Information Technology.
Her work experience covers legal support of betting shops, lottery clubs and other entertainment establishments, as well as services of related hazardous -entertainment areas of activity. She is experienced in legal support of telematic services, entertainment clubs and also responsible for paperwork for club activities, current contracts, work on VET checks, correspondence with state agencies, representation in courts (arbitration, general jurisdiction).
Marius Pantea is a highly motivated and qualified professional with more than 10 years of experience in the tax evasion, intellectual property, gambling, insurance-reinsurance, protection of the EU financial interests and intra-community VAT. Among the numerous specializations he graduated, we mention the Master in the prevention and combating drugs trafficking (2005) and the Master in Fraud Investigation (2007). He is also a member of International Police Association - Romanian Section (1995), of National Association of Jung Legal Advisers from Romania of Humanitarian Law (2004), in the Editorial Boards of the publications: „Criminal Investigation Journal”, and „Journal of Criminal Investigation” –General Secretary of the Editorials (2008-present), in the Editorial Boards of the publication „Pro Patria Lex”– Deputy Chief Editor (2010-present), of the Editorial College of “Acta Universitas George Bacovia, legal series” Magazine (2011-present), in The Scientific Council of „Romanian Magazine of Intellectual Propriety Law” (2012) and of the Central European Academy of Letters and Arts – University of Paris, Sorbonne (2013). He is also the author of a lot of scientific papers.
Miglena Dimitrova is a member of Sofia bar Association. She holds a master degree in law. Miglena Dimitrova has worked for more than 6 years in the National Parliament for various parliamentary groups. She headed the legal department for the first domestic payment instrument in Bulgaria lodged by the biggest oil company in Bulgaria. Since more than 10 years Miglena Dimitrova has her own legal practice and successfully advises and represents clients on intellectual property rights, digital services and regulatory matters focusing mainly on online media, services and transactions. Miglena Dimitrova is a Founding Partner in MDMI Legal (www.mdmilegal.com) Sofia, Bulgaria.
Mike joined Ladbrokes in 1975 as a Trainee Shop Manager after finishing at University. He progressed through the organisation becoming Retail Operations Director in 1998. During that time he was responsible for the 2000+ retail betting shops operated in the UK and Eire. In 2004 he became Trading Director responsible for all business channels; Retail, Telephone and Internet. As Trading Director he managed a team of market makers and traders, circa 120, covering all sports/events. In 2011 he was appointed Business Director responsible for industry matters specifically horserace fixtures and funding, industry trade body representation RGA, ABB, GBGA and sports betting integrity. He also represents Ladbrokes as Chairman on the board of ESSA which provides for the leading European betting operators both on-line and retail a betting integrity alert system.
With over 12 years of experience from the private and public sector Morten is Chief Executive of the Danish Online Gambling Association (DOGA), a trade association for online gambling in Denmark. Furthermore he is Executive Director of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA) and Managing Director in the public affairs company Policy Action Denmark. Morten is a master of law from Copenhagen University in 1999 and has served 12 years as legal counsel in the Danish State Lottery, Danske Spil, and later as legal counsel in the Danish Gambling Authority in the Ministry of Taxation. During his time in the Gambling Authority he played an important role in drafting and implementing a reform of the Danish gambling market that deregulated the existing monopoly on gambling and turned the market into an open market for sports betting, online casino games and poker activities.
Morten was for number of years involved in the European regulatory organization Gaming Regulators European Forum (GREF) and has since then continuously been engaged in international work. He speaks at frequently at industry conferences and is used for advising European governments on online gambling regulation. Morten received the award "European Regulator of the Year" from the association "International Masters of Gaming Law" in 2010.
Nadya Hambach is a specialized gaming lawyer with more than nine years of experience and in depth knowledge of the gaming industry in Bulgaria. Her expertise also covers Corporate and Commercial Law, IP Law, Competition Law. Nadya was Senior Legal Counsel for Casino Technology and General Counsel and Member of the Management Board of the Bulgarian Association of the manufacturers and operators in the gaming industry (BTAMOGI). Since 2012 she is Head of Entertainment and Gaming Law Department at Velchev and Co. Law Office, Sofia and European Lawyer in Munich. Nadya is a General member of IMGL. Nadya holds two L.LM degrees – one from Sofia University (2004) and one from the University of London UCL (2011). She speaks Bulgarian, English, German and Russian.
Philippe Vlaemminck has more than 25 year's specialist experience in EU law (Regulatory and Litigation) and trade law (WTO and anti-dumping) Philippe has considerate litigation experience before the CJEU and the EFTA court and was among the first private lawyers who were granted the right to appear in a WTO dispute settlement hearing. He is widely regarded as a leading player in the current debate on gaming and gambling in the EU, and has been involved in every gambling case before the CJEU and the EFTA court. He also acts as a legal advisor to various EU Member States and operators.
Memberships: International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL), European Association for the study of Gambling (EASG), Friends of ERA Trier
Selection of recent publications: Frequent contributor to gaming law periodicals and journals such as Public Gaming International (USA), European Gaming Lawyer (UK), IGaming Business and World Online Gambling.
Robert W. Stocker II is the Chair of the Gaming Law Committee of the American Bar Association; a founder of and the Immediate Past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law; a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors; and an Equity Member of Dickinson Wright PLLC, and on Law Top 200 law firm which has offices in a number of states in the United States as well as in Toronto, Canada. Mr. Stocker serves as the Chair of the firm’s Gaming Law Practice Group, which consults with clients on a worldwide basis. He has an international practice in gaming, regulatory, corporate and alternative insurance programs law. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where he teaches gaming law, business planning and business organization courses and has received the Frederick Griffith Adjunct Faculty Award for excellence in teaching. Mr. Stocker is listed in Chambers Global, Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Superlawyers for his expertise in gaming law. He has written and spoken extensively on an international basis on a variety of gaming issues, including internet gaming. Mr. Stocker is senior editor of the law firm’s popular Gaming Law Newsletter, which covers land based, internet and Native American/First Nation gaming issues on an international basis and is emailed three times a month to over two thousand recipients worldwide.
Sue is Director of Projects and Policy at the Remote Gambling Association, the largest trade association for the global online gambling industry. It represents 30 of the world's largest licensed and stock market-listed remote gambling companies and provides the industry with a single voice on all the issues of importance to regulators, legislators, and key decision makers around the world. She has a wide ranging background in gambling, including being Principal Officer of Gambling Therapy which provides online support for problem gamblers and was Head of Policy at the UK Gambling Commission.
Responsible for the overall Commercial Development and Management of the products and labels for bwin.party in the area: bwin, partypoker, partycasino, partybets, Gamebookers, betoto. Area/Markets of responsibility:
• Balkans: Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, FYROM
• Baltics: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia
• Central Europe: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary
• East Europe: Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Belarus
Created and currently manages at First Line Management Level the online gaming world Leader’s Central & Eastern Europe Hub. He specializes in Offline, Online and Affiliate Marketing, Media Planning and Buying, Sales Negotiations, Corporate Communication, Branding, New Product Development, Acquisition & Retention Marketing, CRM, Business Development, Content Management, Leadership, Strategy Development and Execution. Founder of Orange Juice Communications: an Advertising & Communications Consulting & Applied Services Firm.
Yvon Jansma is director of the Center or Responsible Gaming in the Netherlands. The Center of responsible Gaming contributes to developing a responsible gaming policy. We advise all interested parties and stakeholders in the sector: the industry, regulatory bodies, mental healthcare and the government. It is our aim that all those involved in gaming do so in the best possible way, respecting the legitimate interests of all parties involved while contributing to the prevention of any damaging consequences of gaming.
Zoran Puhac was born 1962 in Vrsac, Serbia. He is the Coordinator of Association of Gambling Providers, Serbia and holds position of deputy director of Marketing sector and PR manager at Mozzart Company, since 2008. Z. Puhac has more than 20 years experience in external and internal public relations, five years experience as journalist and editor in printed media. He specialized in public relations in crisis at post graduated studies at Faculty of political sciences in Belgrade, Serbia, media trainer for public appearance, graduated at Air Force Academy.