Jesper Ramskov Jensen

Jesper Ramskov Jensen is a consultant for operators in Asia and European operators seeking a presence in Asia. Previously he was the CEO of Yew Tree Services in the Philippines from July 2015 to April 2016, and the CPO of Tipico from April 2013 to November 2014. Before that he worked as the Head of Trading and Head of Sportsbook of Samvo from October 2011 to April 2013. Under his portfolio fall e.g. responsibilities of bookmaking, product management, casino departments, business analysts, customer profiling,  trading strategies and P&L.

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Ulrik Bengtsson

Ulrik Bengtsson is the President and CEO of Betsson Group, the international internet company, operating over 20 brands across Europe, Latin America and Central Asia group brands include: Betsson.com, Betsafe.com and Nordicbet.com, Starcasino.it, Mrmithcasino.co.uk and Krooncasino.com.

Betsson group employs around 1700 employees made up of 40 different nationalities, of which around 800 work in the operational head office in Malta. During his time at Betsson, Ulrik has managed the integration of five acquired companies, and lead the development and the execution of strategies which has resulted in strong values growth for the group.

Ulrik has background from digital consumer service: between 2008 and 2011 he was CEO of the Pay-tv Emerging Market business area Modern Times Group (MTG), before that he was CEO of Viasat Broadcasting in Sweden. Before joining MTG, Ulrik worked in various roles as Telenor, the international telecom and media group at IBM. Ulrik has a B.Comm. from Dhalousie University in Canada where he also played varsity ice-hockey.

Joseph Cuschieri

Joseph Cuschieri, is the Executive Chairman of the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA). A Certified Public Accountant by profession, he is specialised in management accounting, finance, economic regulation and general management. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Henley Management College, UK and an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK. Throughout his professional career, he held various senior executive positions within the private sector mainly in the construction, services, communications and hospitality sectors amongst others. Prior to joining the MGA, Joseph was Chief Commercial Officer at Vodafone, and a senior consultant with Ernst & Young. During his time at Vodafone, Joseph was involved in key regulatory projects both in Egypt and Turkey. Furthermore, he spent a period of eighteen months enrolled on the Vodafone Group’s global leadership development programme.

He has vast experience in economic regulation particularly in the electronic communications sector where he spent five years as Chief Operating Officer at the Malta Communications Authority. At the helm of the MGA, Joseph focused primarily on reforming the governance of the gaming sector, restructuring the MGA, strengthening its public outreach and stakeholder engagement as well as initiating a number of key consultations amongst other initiatives. He has also commissioned a number of technical studies all aimed at strengthening the MGA as a jurisdiction of choice and embarked on a major legislative project which shall overhaul the gaming regulatory framework in Malta and future proof it for the next decade

Joseph is a member of the Malta Institute of Accountants and is also a member of a number of gaming related associations namely, 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). He is also a regular speaker at international and national conferences related to gaming, competition and regulatory issues. In February 2015, Joseph was awarded with The Gaming Intelligence Award after being listed as one of the Hot 50 2015 Backstage Heroes.

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Hon. Christian Cardona

Prior to his appointment as Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Dr. Christian Cardona was a Senior Partner at CV Advocates, a legal firm recognized as one of Malta ‘s leading law firms.

Prior his latest appointment, during the 2008 – 2013 legislature he served as the Labour Party Main Spokesperson for the Industry, Self Employed and Foreign Investment. In previous legislatures he even served as the Labour Party Spokesperson for Competition, Communication and IT. Dr Cardona served also as member in Malta EU Parliamentary Committee during the negotiation process of Malta ‘s application to join the European Union as full member.

Christian Cardona was first elected to Parliament in 1996 and was re-elected in the 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013 general elections. In 2008, he contested the post of Deputy Leader for Parliamentary Affairs of the Labour Party.

Cardona graduated as a Notary Public and Doctor of Law from the University of Malta . He furthered his studies at IMO International Maritime Institute where he obtained his Master’s Degree in International Maritime Law. Dr Cardona is the author of the thesis entitled ‘United Nations Commission on International Trade Law – A Maltese Perspective’.

“Going digital is no longer an option; it is a necessity. We have launched the Digital Malta Strategy with a determination to keep pushing frontiers and to create the right environment for digital enterprise. Events like these give us the opportunity to show case what we have achieved and where we want to be in the next years.”

Anton Cristina

Anton Cristina took over the CSL business in October 2008 and transformed it from a traditional box shifter to a Services Business, which is today the leading IT Outsourcing provider in Malta. The company was a loss making garage company which employed 9 people and over the past six years it tripled its head count, turns over $10million a year and acquired a new client base of 100 + companies in the Gaming and Financial Services sectors.

Anton has been in the IT Industry for the past 15 years. He left Malta early 90’s after finishing University as the conditions of the Maltese economy at the time lacked opportunity since Public Sector dominated the economic climate. Anton went to America to further his education at New Hampshire University on the East Coast, just about 60km outside of Boston. He was fascinated with the American Corporations and their attitude towards being leaders, pioneers and strive to be the best of the best at what they do. An attitude whereby people push the envelope and endorse creativity as important ingredients in their work, whilst comparing this to the conservative, controlling & closed culture experienced in Malta back in the 90’s. At that time Anton couldn’t see himself ever going back on his home turf, as his interest at that point was to understand what shaped the culture of the American corporations and at the same time try to understand why he felt so much at home in America.

The answer to his question was simple – “NO FEAR”, as it is fear that holds human beings back from doing what they could do by letting go. It is fear that kills creativity and doesn’t allow human beings to endorse change as an opportunity and not a threat. At that point his professor at University saw Anton’s increasing interest in Technology and led him to gain an academical view of Big Technology companies, like IBM. Anton could see how technology was already changing and impacting the way we did business in the 90’s and it’s fast paced advancements and achievements. He saw his future in the Technology Business and focused on getting a job with IBM which he achieved. He then moved back to Europe and went to Sweden in the late 90’s, after which he progressed to Ireland, during the times of the Celtic Tiger.

He moved around within the IBM corporation and gained exposure through the Strategic Outsourcing division of IBM Global Services. Anton saw large enterprise companies that were dominating and shaping the global economy through the eyes of Big Blue. When the recession kicked in 2008 due to a very troubled Financial Services Industry, Anton saw an opportunity back on his home ground and decided it was time to go back Home. Malta had just been granted EU accession in 2004 and needed to transition to a knowledge based economy. The Maltese government showed a strong political will and determination to diversify the economic fabric of the country, and clearly knew that the vision for the country could only be achieved through Privatisation & Investment in Science & Technology plus a legislative framework that supports it. Anton is today well established as a leader and successful entrepreneur in the Maltese market, who strives to make a difference through Technology.

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Johan Styren

Johan Styren’s main experience comes from the online and mobile gaming industry. He has a wide experience in building and managing the complete sales funnel for online and mobile including marketing, payments and conversion. With over six years mid-high level management experience and two years at C-level management, Johan Styren’s specialities include:

Online Marketing
Business Development
Mobile
Payments
Betting and Casino
Telecommunications

LeoVegas has quickly come to be market leader in mobile casino for the Swedish market and is now expanding across Europe. There are currently more than 20 employees and growing fast.

As CEO of LeoVegas, Johan Styren’s mission is to create and increase growth in line with aggressive targets set up by the board. This includes managing and overseeing all parts of the business including marketing, business development, customer support, VIP management, customer loyalty and fraud management.

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Dr Joseph Borg

Dr. Joseph F. Borg is an advocate, acting currently a Senior Advisor to WH Partners, practicing mainly on Gaming, Blockchain, Esports, Corporate, IT, Telecoms and Intellectual Property Law. He also lectures Gaming Law at the University of Malta. Joe occupied the role of Secretary General of the Malta IT Law Association (MITLA) for over 3 years and is currently the Vice-President and Co-Founder of Bitmalta, which is a non-profit organisation with a mission to promoting and stimulating discussion about blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies in Malta. Before joining WH Partners he occupied the post of Chief Regulatory Officer of the Lotteries and Gaming Authority – Malta. Joe was also an elected Member on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), a position which he held throughout 2012. He had originally joined the Authority in March 2007 as Director Legal and Enforcement and has occupied this position for almost 4 years. Before joining the Authority, Joseph, acted as a Legal Counsel to Vodafone Malta Limited for three years.

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.

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Simon Planzer

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Dr. Simon Planzer is founding partner at PLANZER LAW, a Zurich-based gaming law boutique. PLANZER LAW’s team provides highly specialised services on all matters relating to Swiss and European gaming law, compliance (e.g., AML) and general business law (e.g., establishment).
An alumnus of the College of Europe who used to work with the legal service of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the EFTA Court, Simon Planzer has a strong background in EU and EEA law as well as the agreements between the EU and Switzerland. He practises in English, German and French. Simon wrote his PhD on the regulation of gaming in the European Internal Market; he is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and the International Association of Gaming Advisors. Simon did studies and research inter alia at the universities of Harvard, College of Europe, St.Gallen and the European University Institute.

 

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Olga Finkel

olga finkelOlga Finkel is widely regarded as an expert in gambling and technology law. For the past four years she has been named as one of the top internet and e-commerce lawyers in the world, and for the second year running she has been ranked a top lawyer in the Global Gaming and Gambling category by Chambers and Partners.
She founded WH Law in 2006 which has progressed to become WH Partners.
Olga provides advice on strategic, commercial and regulatory matters to businesses primarily involved in telecoms, software development, e-gaming, e-payments and e-money institutions, e-marketing, and e-auctions, among others.  Her specialisation, backed by extensive experience, includes regulatory frameworks of telecoms, gambling, e-gambling, e-banking, e-signatures and e-commerce, technology transactions (procurement, outsourcing and transfer), software licensing, privacy and data security, cybercrime, intellectual property (including trademarks, copyright, databases, patents), contractual relationships in the technology field, consumer-facing matters, as well as issues arising out of cross-border nature of ICT-related businesses and transactions. Olga is also active in related areas of expertise, such as competition (antitrust) and corporate transactions (M&A).
Besides having a Doctorate in Law awarded to her in 2001, she also holds a Master of Science in IT and Economics with which she graduated in 1989. She was admitted to the Bar in Malta in 2001.
Olga is a member of Society for Computers and Law (UK), and the International Technology Law Association (based in the US). She is also a member of the law council of advisers of the Gerson Lehrman Group and has been a member of International Masters of Gaming Law since 2003.
Olga is a lecturer in gaming law at the University of Malta and she practices law in English, Russian, Ukrainian and Maltese.
Olga enjoys spending time with her daughters, dancing salsa, reading, playing piano and running marathons.

Trevor De Giorgio

Dr Trevor De Giorgio is the managing director at Greentube Malta and also occupies the role of Head of International Legal Compliance with Greentube Austria. Prior to this he occupied the position of International Compliance Manager for Greentube. In his current role Trevor focusses on international regulatory and public affairs for Greentube. Trevor also looks into the different markets / jurisdictions which exist in the online gaming sector and following an in depth analysis pushes forward the projects associated with obtaining a license in a particular market and subsequently ensure full compliance, together with the compliance team, within such markets.

Before joining Greentube, Trevor worked within the Lotteries and Gaming Authority’s Legal department paying particular attention to EU Affairs and Developments. In this role Trevor drafted the LGA’s position on a number of European Issues as well as attending European Council meetings in Brussels. Prior to this Trevor was employed as a Parliamentary Assistant to Dr. Simon Busuttil MEP at the European Parliament in Brussels followed by a year long experience at Ganado Sammut Advocates.

Trevor was conferred with an MA in European Law and at the University of La Sapienza (Rome). Earlier, he was awarded an LL.D. from the University of Malta, after writing and successfully defending his thesis entitled, The Constitutional Implications of a Hung Parliament’. In November 2003, Trevor graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Legal and European Studies.

Trevor was also a Local Councilor in his locality, Balzan.

Specialties: European Union Law, Gambling Law, Regulatory and Compliance Affairs