SiGMA 'rs Speakers
CSO & Co-Founder
Erik Bergman, CEO of Catena Media will participate in the CEO panel speech about the bright future of affiliate marketing. Catena Media has grown from 3 employees in 2012 to 22 employees in 2014 and aim to keep the same high pace.
“We are reinvesting all our profits in the business and we are constantly looking for other affiliates that might be interesting options for mergers or acquisitions”, describes Erik. In May 2013 the site JohnSlots was founded. Already within its first year it became among the biggest online casino guides in Scandinavia and since then it has kept growing. In early 2014 the twin site of JohnSlots was launched, MrBet with the aim to duplicate the same journey,
“The key to success has been great content, and a lot of it. We have reviewed over 600 games in four different languages that all can be demo played on our sites. We have great relationships with over 75 gaming operators that help us contribute great offers to our visitors. These have been two of the main factors to the rapid growth of our company”, Erik explains further.
Kaspar Szymanski a renowned SEO expert, former senior member of the famed Google Search Quality team and among the select few former Googlers with extensive policy driving, webspam hunting and webmaster outreach expertise. Nowadays Kaspar applies his skill set to recover websites from Google penalties and help clients to max out the potential of their websites in search engines.
Vice President of Strategy
Sarafina oversees the strategy and development of Income Access. She is passionate about digital marketing and building relationships, and when she’s not consulting with our clients and affiliates, she enjoys laughing, travelling and football.
Chief International Officer
Jeffrey Haas is the Chief International Officer of DraftKings, a leading Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) destination that is the fastest-growing company in the industry since its launch in 2012.
Haas oversees DraftKings’ business expansion into new markets outside the United States and manages the International operations team in the United Kingdom.
Haas is a business development veteran with more than twelve years’ experience opening markets for new gaming products around the world. Before joining DraftKings, he worked in international gaming where he gained extensive knowledge in international business development, commercial law, regulatory compliance, game design and public affairs efforts around the world. He led award-winning online and mobile product innovation teams and oversaw live games operations in more than 40 jurisdictions.
Haas previously managed the Discovery Channel’s Interactive Group in Canada and worked as an independent consultant for numerous technology, financial, media, and gaming companies.
Haas resides in London, England with his wife and children.
Government of Malta
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.”
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.