THE JUDGING PANEL
he judging panel of the G2E Asia Awards represents the who’s who of the Asian gaming industry. Judging candidates are only invited to be on the judging panel if they have significant high level executive experience in or are connected to the Asian gaming industry. There are 50 judges on the official Judging Panel.
ANDREW W SCOTT
Chief Executive Officer |
Inside Asian Gaming
Andrew W Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Inside Asian Gaming
O MEDIA publishes Inside Asian Gaming and IAG Breakfast Briefing (Asia’s premier B2B Asian gaming industry print publication and daily email newsletter), IAG Japan and IAG Japan Daily Briefing (Japan’s premier Japanese-language B2B Asian gaming industry print publication and daily email newsletter), WGM (Asia’s premier B2C gaming magazine focusing on Asian gaming lifestyle), High Life (a high-end luxury lifestyle, tourism, leisure, arts and culture magazine showcasing the very best of Macau), South China Elite (showcasing fascinating and extraordinary personalities from across the Greater Bay area) and Hengqin Record (covering the ongoing development of Zhuhai’s Hengqin Island). O MEDIA also has significant digital media assets across its brands in websites, social media platforms, cloud readers, eDMs, mobile phone apps and more.
Andrew is very active in the local Macau community and was the 2014 Macau Person of the Year.
He has been a high stakes poker player, professional blackjack player and educator, and a poker tournament television commentator. This afforded him vast casino experience in Macau and across Asia, Las Vegas and across North America, Australia and worldwide, visiting over 200 casinos over 32 years. He changed his main focus to media in 2005 and is an expert casino and gaming industry commentator, regularly appearing on national television in Macau and Australia to discuss the gaming industry.
He is Vice Chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Macau, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, a permanent member of the Macau Gaming Management Association and President of the Macau Taxi Passengers Association. He is also a member of the International Federation of Journalists, the Portuguese and English Press Association of Macau and the Poker Tournament Directors Association.
Andrew completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Australia in 1993 and will complete a Master of Science (International Integrated Resort Management) at the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Macau in 2019.
Former Chief Operating Officer |
Star Gold Coast
Paul Arbuckle, Former Chief Operating Officer, Star Gold Coast
Paul has worked across a diversified range of casino departments including table gaming, slot machine operations and international and domestic marketing. During his time with Zagame’s, he was responsible for hotel, casino and food and beverage operations at the Grand Hotel and Casino and Iririki Island Resort in Vanuatu. His most recent role for Tabcorp was a strategic role with responsibilities across all 4 of Tabcorp casinos. He was Director of Operations for Zagame Corporation, a diverse Hotel, Gaming and Resort company with operations in Victoria, Queensland and Vanuatu in the Pacific.
Paul first commenced with Resorts World as Vice President Table Games and was promoted to SVP Gaming Operations covering a wider responsibility with slots, and support departments in December 2012. In September 2015, he became SVP of Casino Marketing, covering International Marketing, Genting Rewards, Premium Business, Hosting Services, Membership Services, Slots Marketing and support departments. In May 2016, he took over the role of SVP of Casino Marketing & Gaming Operations covering the above departments including Gaming Compliance, Support & Facilities, Table Games & EGM Operations and Training & Deployment.
Paul left RWS in April 2017 to join Star Entertainment as Chief Operating Officer Star Gold Coast until January 2019.
President and Chief Operating Officer |
Bloomberry Resorts Corporation
Thomas Arasi, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bloomberry Resorts Corporation
Solaire Resort & Casino is a multi-billion dollar Integrated Resort complex in The Philippines’ Metro-Manila “Entertainment City.”
Tom has been part of Solaire’s strong growth in market share, EBITDA, Net Income and international reputation as a world-class, luxury Integrated Resort since 2013.
For three years in a row, Sky Tower at Solaire has earned the coveted Forbes 5-Star designation as one of the world’s leading properties. He is responsible for the existing operations as well as the growth of BRC including Bloomberry’s efforts to develop another Integrated Resort in Quezon City.
Tom was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd., Singapore. While leading Marina Bay Sands, he successfully completed the development, opening and operation of one of the largest and most complex real estate developments in the world and was instrumental in helping Marina Bay Sands achieve unprecedented profitability.
Tom also held senior positions with InterContinental Hotels Groups as President of three major divisions.
Managing Editor |
Inside Asian Gaming
Ben Blaschke, Managing Editor, Inside Asian Gaming
A former sports journalist in Sydney, Australia, Ben has been Managing Editor of Inside Asian Gaming since early 2016. His introduction to the gaming industry came via a passion for playing poker, which led to him becoming a regular poker writer during the game’s Australian “boom” in the late 2000s and eventually Editor of PokerNews Australasia. It was also poker that first brought him to Macau in 2008.
Ben has been Managing Editor of renowned Macau B2C gaming magazine WGM since 2013 which, in conjunction with his role at IAG, gives him the unique opportunity to explore the gaming industry from the perspective of both player and operator/manufacturer.
He played a leading role in developing and launching IAG Breakfast Briefing, Asia’s leading B2B gaming industry newsletter which lands in around 20,000 inboxes at 8am each Macau business day.
Founder and CEO |
Raymond Chan, CEO - Alphaslot
Raymond Chan is a 20-year data science and business innovations veteran. He is the founder and CEO of Alphaslot, a blockchain ecosystem connecting the casino floors with customers synergistically to improve their gaming experience. Prior to founding Alphaslot, he was the co-founder and CEO for Takara Gaming Group and was responsible for creating the distribution network of electronic gaming machines worldwide. Raymond also spent 10 years in Silicon Valley with tech savvy companies including E*Trade and TiVo Entertainment, where he was the lead architect for the Data Center of Business Intelligence in North America.
Raymond has been recognized with numerous gaming industry awards, including the “Ones to Watch” in the 10th and 11th annual ranking of Power 50 Asian Gaming Executives. He earned his Engineering and Management Science degree at the University of Waterloo in Canada, where he was the winner of the Sir Isaac Newton Physics Scholar in 1993.
President of Marketing Strategy |
Suncity VIP Club
YM Choong, President of Marketing Strategy, Suncity VIP Club
A highly experienced gaming industry professional, YM has joined Suncity Group in May 2012 and has been leading the Marketing Strategy department to spearhead new VIP operational set ups, both locally in Macau and across new overseas developments. His job scope includes negotiation and strategic planning with casino establishments to achieve the necessary terms and conditions as well as obtaining all the hardware and software required to build a VIP gaming operation in each location.
Prior to changing his career to VIP Gaming operations, YM worked with a number of leading casino operators including Genting Berhad, Star Cruises, MGM Macau, MBS Singapore and Galaxy Macau. He boasts vast experience in casino table gaming operations including VIP services and casino marketing. He maintains a close rapport and strong relationship with casino properties globally, allowing him to efficiently build up a well-organized, business oriented VIP gaming operation model in their respective properties.
With Suncity Group’s gaming business expansion aimed at serving its customers via a carefully formulated model, he and his team continue to explore and build the best VIP gaming venues in well facilitated locations throughout the world, but primarily in Asia, to allow its customers to enjoy the finest facilities and comfort during their overseas trips.
Executive Director |
International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA)
Kirsten Clark, Executive Director, International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA)
Kirsten Clark has extensive gaming industry executive management, public relations, marketing and strategic communications experience. In her role as Executive Director of the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA), a 39-year-old non-profit association of senior executives representing the industry’s leading operators, manufacturers, advisors, educators and regulators, Clark oversees all aspects of the association’s global operations, working closely with its Officers, Trustees and Counselors to develop and execute its goals. In addition to her responsibilities for IAGA, she provides operational and tactical guidance to select gaming companies and associations, focusing primarily on providing strategic marketing, branding and commercialization support.
Prior to joining IAGA, Clark was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer-Asia for Gaming Partners International where she expanded the company’s day-to-day business operations throughout Asia Pac while overseeing GPI’s global marketing and product / project management divisions.
Her gaming industry experience also includes broad strategic marketing, public relations and events management experience for Shuffle Master where she served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for several years. In this role, Clark worked directly with executive management to shape and communicate corporate and strategic messages across all channels and served on the company’s Corporate Product Group that oversaw global product strategy.
Inside Asian Gaming
Muhammad Cohen, Editor-at-Large, Inside Asian Gaming
Muhammad Cohen is Editor at Large of Inside Asian Gaming, a contributor to Forbes Asia and wrote Hong Kong On Air, a novel set during the 1997 handover about TV news, love, betrayal, high finance and cheap lingerie.
Director Regulatory Affairs |
The Agenda Group
Peter Cohen, Director Regulatory Affairs, The Agenda Group
Peter was a board member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators for six years and was Chairman in 2009-10. He joined the International Association of Gaming Advisers in 2011 and has been on the Board of Trustees of IAGA since 2012. He has been a member of the Advisory Board for the UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation since its foundation in 2016 and has been on the Advisory Committee for the US National Center for Responsible Gaming Annual Conference since 2011.
Peter’s main areas of expertise are providing policy advice to governments, negotiating regulatory arrangements between governments, industry and regulators and assisting the industry to achieve improved regulatory compliance.
Senior Lawyer |
Rui Cunha, Senior Lawyer of C&C-Advogados Secretary-General of SJM
RUI JOSE DA CUNHA, aged 78, is a Lawyer practicing in Macau for 38 years, being founder and Senior Partner of “C&C Advogados” (a Lawyers office with headquarters in Macau and overseas offices in Lisbon, Timor and Cape Verde), qualified as a Private Notary in Macau and one of the founders of the Macau Bar Association. Dr Cunha graduated in 1964 from the Law Faculty of Lisbon University, Portugal and from 1965 to 1981 served as Public Prosecutor, Attorney General and Judge of High Courts in Portugal and various Portuguese former colonies.
Dr Cunha is a member of UIA-Union International des Avocats, APAA-Asian Patent Attorneys Association and INTA-International Trademark Association.
Alongside his 29 years as main legal consultant for STDM, SA and Dr Stanley Ho while holding the gambling franchise in Macau, he is one of the founding partners for SJM, SA in Macau and SJM Holdings, a listed company in Hong Kong, where he was Executive Director until 2017. He now continues as Secretary-General for SJM, SA, while a member of Social Bodies and Chairman and Trustee of several other Companies and Associations in Macau, Hong Kong and Portugal.
Dr Cunha is Founder and Chairman of the Rui Cunha Foundation (founded in Macau in 2012) as a cultural, educational and research center for the Macau legal system in addition to other philanthropic activities.
Chief Gaming Operation and Marketing Officer |
Resorts World Manila
Hakan Dagtas, Chief Gaming Operation and Marketing Officer, Resorts World Manila
In 2008 Hakan moved to Resorts World Manila. After a successful opening, he continued with operations and led both the Table Games and Slots divisions. From 2013 he began working with RWM’s marketing teams. He currently leads gaming operations as well as all gaming marketing activities.
Hakan has a diploma from Cukurova University in Tourism and Hotel Management as well as a hospitality diploma from the South Western Sydney Institute.
Partner, Managing Director |
Sports Betting & Technology
John English , Partner, Managing Director of Sports Betting & Technology
John English specializes in global business development for the regulated gaming industry, with an emphasis on technology, content, distribution, public relations and contract negotiation. His work history contains an extensive background in gaming, including lottery, AWP, slots, table games, sweepstakes, systems and race and sports betting both digital and live.
English has been involved in many successful industry developments. One of his endeavors was previously an equity partner with American Wagering Incorporated, the first company to receive Nevada Gaming Control Board approval for mobile sports betting within Nevada.
English created the first betting app in the US to be distributed from the Apple App Store. Additionally, he created the first kiosk sports betting device (SBX) to gain regulatory approval and to be mass released. Furthermore, he created Million Dollar Ticket which was licensed by the State of Nevada for a bonus game played in restricted gaming locations.
English has developed worldwide relationships, spending a great deal of his career in jurisdictions such as Asia, Canada, the UK, South America and Mexico. He was instrumental in the acquisition of American Wagering by William Hill, the world’s largest bookmaker, who received Nevada Gaming Commission approval.
English joined Betfair and TVG, a London listed company, in late 2013 to oversee the development of Asia and the Americas. More recently, he was the Founder and President of WEBE Worldwide, a global operator, developer and distributor of sports betting, social, casino and lottery products for the regulated gaming industry.
With offices in the US and China, WEBE specialized in operating land based, mobile and online sportsbooks as well as developing new and innovative gaming content and convenience betting platforms. As President, English’s duties were to lead the company’s growth, innovations and maintenance while WEBE sought to revolutionize industry standards.
Managing Partner |
Global Market Advisors
Steve Gallaway, Managing Partner, Global Market Advisors
Steve Gallaway is Managing Partner at Global Market Advisors. His areas of expertise include gaming market assessments, hotel and casino feasibility studies, operational reviews and marketing analysis.
Mr. Gallaway has spent his entire career in the gaming and hospitality industry, starting as a valet attendant and eventually rising to chief operating officer and managing partner of a casino in Colorado. Prior to forming GMA, he served as senior vice president of a hospitality consulting firm where he honed his craft in the fields of gaming market assessments and feasibility analysis. During the span of his career, Steve developed hands-on experience in operations management, organizational development, project development, business development, process improvement, contract negotiations, employee development, and customer service training.
In 2005, along with Andrew Klebanow, Mr. Gallaway formed Gaming Market Advisors. In 2014 the firm was rebranded as Global Market Advisors, reflecting the company’s evolution as an international gaming, tourism and hospitality consulting firm.
Mr. Gallaway has completed over 300 feasibility studies, with a strong focus on international gaming operations and integrated resort development. Mr. Gallaway has worked on more than 60 projects in Asia, Western and Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, Central America, Canada, and Australia. His knowledge and understanding of emerging markets, particularly those in Asia, has led him to advise institutional investors on new market opportunities in that region, as well as an advisor on established markets. Today, Steve’s clients include most public gaming companies, investment banks, private developers and government institutions.
Mr. Gallaway is a visiting lecturer at the University of Nevada Reno’s School of Continuing Education where he teaches a class on casino feasibility analysis and marketing measurement. He is a periodic contributor to Global Gaming Business Magazine and has spoken at G2E Las Vegas and the Asian Gaming Congress.
Mr. Gallaway graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Economics.
Maulin Gandhi, President, Tangam Systems
Maulin is President of Tangam Systems, a global leader in gaming optimization software. Tangam Systems is trusted by some of the best-known brands in the resort industry and currently optimizes over 5,600 tables across nine countries.
Tangam’s award-winning product, Table Games Yield Management (TYM), is a business intelligence software that automatically analyzes headcount and gaming data to provide intuitive visualizations, predictive analytics and actionable recommendations to align the game mix, table spreads and pricing, with actual patron demand – all to maximize profit, analyst productivity and the guest experience.
TYM is the world’s first, and only, software of its kind and combines decades of experience in casino operations, software engineering, mathematics, statistics and artificial intelligence.
As one of the founding executives, Maulin has successfully built and rapidly grown Tangam to the market, becoming a thought leader in table games yield management. He is a pragmatic marketer and problem solver with a relentless focus on leading high performance teams to deliver superior products backed with exceptional support and a significant ROI to clients.
Maulin was recognized as a rising star in the 2018 G2E Asia Awards, for industry performers under the age of 40 who have demonstrated consistent leadership and innovation, and by Global Gaming Magazine (GGB) in Las Vegas as an Emerging Leader of Gaming, class of 2018-2019.
By Training, Maulin is a Computer Engineer with a Masters in Artificial Intelligence from the world-renowned Center for Intelligent Machines at McGill University in Canada.
San Marco Capital Partners
Kelly Gass, President, San Marco Capital
Kelly Gass has over 25 years of professional experience primarily providing financial solutions and transactional expertise to companies ranging from large publicly traded entities to smaller privately held entities. Although experience spans a diverse range of industries, her primary focus has been in the real estate / hospitality and leisure markets on a worldwide basis. She has completed over US$32 billion in transactions with components specific to the gaming industry in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
She is the founder and president of San Marco Capital, a firm specializing in corporate financial solutions, advisory, regulatory compliance and transaction services primarily in the global casino and integrated resorts industry, including capital raises and other financial solutions.
Gass previously served Director at TPG Capital, one of the world’s largest private equity firms where she oversaw various aspects of fund assets related to the gaming, banking, real estate and other industries worldwide.
Prior to TPG, her career began with Ernst & Young, where she performed all aspects of transactional work, including, but not limited to pre-deal work such as review of proposed transactions, deal structuring, contract drafting and review, liaising with various authorities including government agencies and numerous financial exchanges, capital raise and most other services required to complete and maximize a transaction. She has worked closely with significant investor groups, developers and operators on the ground post transaction both as an investor advocate and in senior management roles as needed covering complex legal, financial and operational issues. She also has significant experience in IPO’s and all aspects and issues related to reputational risk.
Gass has spent the majority of the past decade in Asia, primarily in the Southeast Asian gaming and leisure markets providing diligence, pre and post development services including interim Executive positions such as CEO and CFO to the gaming market. She specializes in working with local governments and counsel and all other aspects to maximize deal potential and investor return, with significant and current experience in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
David Green, Founder, Newpage Consulting
He has also advised on regulation of internet gaming, sports wagering, and lotteries. David served as Presiding Member of the Independent Gambling Authority in South Australia prior to relocating to Macau in 2001.
David has lectured in, and practised revenue and commercial law. He spent almost 7 years as a tax manager and partner with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Australia, working predominantly with large corporate taxpayers in industries as diverse as mining, vehicle manufacturing, retailing and education. He coauthored an edition of Deloitte’s client guide to doing business in Australia.
David has postgraduate qualifications in Law (LL.M, University of Melbourne, Australia) and Business Administration (MBA avec mention, IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland).
He has been admitted to the Bar in Australia since 1977. He is also a qualified accountant, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has worked in the public sector, having served as Commissioner for Consumer and Corporate Affairs in Adelaide, South Australia.
Senior Vice President |
Adrian Halpenny, Senior Vice President, SG Gaming
Adrian Halpenny is the Senior Vice President of the Australian and Asian divisions for Scientific Games. The regional headquarters are located in Sydney Australia, with local offices in Macau, Singapore, and New Zealand.
Scientific Games is the global leader in end-to-end gaming equipment for casinos, clubs and pubs employing over 9,500 people worldwide. Locally, the company employs 450 staff in 7 locations with around 40% dedicated to R&D. Through the Gaming, Lottery and Digital divisions, Scientific Games offer customers a fully integrated portfolio of technology platforms, robust systems, engaging game content, and unrivaled professional services and marketing solutions.
With a 10+ year tenure with Scientific Games, Adrian has a Bachelor of Business Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Australasian Gaming Council (AGC) and is Chairman of the Gaming Technologies Association (GTA).
Managing Director, Asia-Pacific |
Andrew Hely, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, IGT
Andrew joined IGT Australia in 1997, becoming Finance Director in 1999. In 2005, he was promoted to Managing Director of IGT Australia & New Zealand and guided IGT through a period of significant growth in the Pacific region. In 2010, Andrew was further promoted within IGT to Regional Vice President, Asia-Pacific, unifying the successful ANZ business with the emerging Asian region.
In 2014, Andrew joined Ainsworth Game Technology as General Manager, Australia and New Zealand, before returning to IGT in 2017 as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director for the Asia-Pacific region.
He has acted as a Director of Gaming Technologies Association in Australia since 2005, including as Chairman from 2012 to 2014.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Newcastle, is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Cheng Ying Group
Constance Hsu, Director of Cheng Ying Group
Ms Hsu had been with Mocha since it began in 2003, starting out as a financial controller and rising through management ranks quickly to become chief administrative officer. There, she oversaw finance, treasury, audit, legal compliance, procurement and human resources.
In 2008, she was named president of Mocha, becoming one of only a handful of women to rise to the executive ranks in Macau’s gaming industry.
From December 2013 to January 2017, Ms. Hsu served as the general manager of Altira Macau, Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited’s first casino in Macau.
Ms. Hsu is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
In 2011, Ms. Hsu was honoured with the award of Inspiration of the Year at the Women in Gaming Awards held in London.
Ms. Hsu graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Seattle University, a master’s degree in business administration from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a doctorate degree in economics from Beijing Normal University.
Vice President & Managing Director – Asia |
SG Gaming Asia Limited
Ken Jolly, Vice President & Managing Director - Asia, SG Gaming
・Technical, sales and management roles in Australia
・General Manager of New Zealand
・Vice President of Sales, Service & Marketing in the Americas (North, South America & Canada)
・General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Europe
・General Manager of Asia Pacific for a global leading market share publically traded products supply company
・Executive Vice President & General Manager of Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa for a Japanese sales, manufacturing and distribution company
Mr Jolly’s last 13 years has based him in Macau, a Special Administration Region of China.
Mr Jolly is currently Vice President & Managing Director of SG Gaming Asia Limited, responsible for the Asian operations of Scientific Games. In this role Mr Jolly has integrated the purchase of two other companies into this entity. Mr Jolly has truly had global experience in senior management positions.
Chief Executive Officer |
Sudhir Kalé, Chief Executive Officer, GamePlan Consultants
Until June 2015 Sudhir was a full-time advisor to Sands China Limited, the largest gaming company in the world. At Sands China, he was in charge of creating an optimal customer experience for guests across six hotels, five casinos and billions in retail sales.
Sudhir is widely regarded as an expert in various aspects of gaming management such as customer relationship management (CRM), customer loyalty, customer experience, market segmentation and positioning and customer lifetime value (LTV). A frequent contributor to leading gaming publications, he has worked tirelessly to further the continuing education of gaming executives.
Sudhir’s gaming client list includes diverse casino companies such as Marina Bay Sands, Galaxy Macau, Starworld Hotel and Casino, Mohegan Sun, The Olympic Entertainment Group, Sun International, Casinos Austria, Mocha Slots, IGT, Wynn Macau and Crown Casino. He has been a regular speaker at the Global Gaming Expo (Las Vegas and Macau), Gaming, Racing and Wagering Australasia, and at the University of Nevada (Reno) Executive Development Program for senior gaming executives.
Sudhir has a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from University of Poona, a Masters in Management from University of Bombay, an MS in International Business, and a PhD in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. An eloquent, intriguing, and sometimes provocative speaker, Professor Kalé’s views on a wide range of issues have been quoted by media the world over.
General Manager |
Suncity Group Management and Consultancy Limited
Alex Khoo, General Manager, Suncity Group Management and Consultancy Limited
Khoo has been leading Hoiana Casino since 2017. His objectives and goals are aligned with strategies targeting each fragmented segment towards creating mass volume throughout entertainment-driven business models.
His expertise and experiences have been built over more than two decades including 22 years of management tenure. Before he started leading Hoiana Casino, he has proven track records in opening and managing high performing revenue generator casinos in mid to large scale such as Waldo Casino, StarWorld Casino, Broadway Casino, Plaza Casino at Four Seasons, Venetian Macau and Galaxy Macau.
His vision has paved the way for Hoiana Casino to set a new standard with unparalleled cultural and gaming entertainment opportunities into Vietnam.
His primary values are a belief that the collective sense of fellowship and dedication always contribute to the organizational continuous improvement.
And the corporate mission will be fulfilled by offering top-notch customer service and transforming the regional tourism landscape down the road.
Senior Vice President,
Corporate Public Relations |
Galaxy Entertainment Group
Buddy Lam, Senior Vice President, Corporate Public Relations, Galaxy Entertainment Group
He has over 18 years of solid experience in public relations, media relations, corporate communications and journalism gained from gaming and media industries in Macau, Singapore and the United States.
Buddy graduated from the Department of English at the University of Macau. In addition, he also serves in a number of government and community positions in Macau, including:
• Member of the Cultural Industry Committee
• Standing Committee Member of the Macao Convention & Exhibition Association
• Vice President of the Macau Youth Entrepreneur Association
• Director General of the Macao Association of Young Employees in the Gaming Industry
PROF. DESMOND LAM
Professor in Integrated Resort and Tourism Management |
University of Macau
Prof. Desmond Lam, Professor in Integrated Resort and Tourism Management, University of Macau
Desmond Lam is a Professor in Integrated Resort and Tourism Management and heads the international accreditation office at the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Macau. He is a life member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and the recipient of several awards including the Emerging Leader award at the 2016 Asia Gaming Awards.
Desmond has studied and written extensively on gaming-related issues, Chinese in particular. These were featured in premier trade publications like Inside Asian Gaming and Global Gaming Business as well as in top scholarly journals like Annals of Tourism Research, International Journal of Hospitality Management and Journal of Gambling Studies. He is also author of two books, Chopsticks and Gambling and Casino Management in Integrated Resorts, that are published by Routledge.
In addition, Desmond has been a judge for the International Gaming Awards since 2008, academic affairs advisor to the Macau Gaming Management Association since 2012, selection panel member for the Asian Gaming Power 50, editorial board member of two journals and an invited speaker at numerous conferences as well as executive seminars.
He is also active in consulting projects and has done work for the Macau government as well as integrated resorts.
Chief Executive Officer |
Ben Leong , Chief Executive Officer, Meg-Star Group
He was the Chief Executive Officer of Guangdong Group Macau for 5+ years before he joined Sands China Limited in 2012 as the Vice President of Casino Operations. In 2014 he became the Vice President and Assistant General Manager in the Venetian Macao and Plaza. Then he was the Vice President of Operations in Sands Macau before he was promoted to the Vice President and General Manager in the same property.
Ben joined Meg-Star Group in 2018 as the current Chief Executive Officer and helped the company to achieve a number of key milestones including rebranding, reforming operations standards and service flows by giving out concrete and constructive directions to the whole management team.
Managing Director |
Yeewood Consultancy Ltd.
Melina Leong, Managing Director, Yeewood Consultancy Ltd.
Ms. Leong first set up her own public relations and event management agency in the 1990s.
Ms. Leong currently serves as a member of the 12th Shaanxi Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, Director of the Macao Chamber of Commerce, and a Macao member of the China Overseas Friendship Association.
STEVEN LIM TOW BOON
Chief Operating Officer |
RGB International Bhd.
Steven Lim Tow Boon, Chief Operating Officer, RGB International Bhd.
As COO, Datuk Steven Lim’s key responsibilities are leading strategic planning and overseeing the overall operation and management of the Gaming Division of RGB.
Datuk Lim started with RGB focusing on sales and marketing of gaming and amusement machines. His experience has spanned over 30 years and covers gaming industry sales, marketing, slot operations, senior management and business development in Asia and international markets. His broad experience and expertise in sales, operations and marketing has boosted the growth of the RGB’s market share in the gaming industry.
Executive Director |
Suncity Group Holdings Limited
Andrew Lo, Executive Director, Suncity Group Holdings Limited
Mr Lo is also responsible for the corporate management, mergers and acquisitions of the Suncity Group and is experienced in the gaming industry. He was an Executive Director of Sun International Group Limited, a company listed on the Growth Enterprise Market of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, from 13 August 2013 to 28 February 2015.
Mr Lo has been a Non-executive Director of Summit Ascent Holdings Limited since December 2018 until he was re-designated as an Executive Director of the Company and appointed as the Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Company in April 2019. He is a Director of a subsidiary of the company.
Managing Partner |
Euro Pacific Asia Consulting Ltd
Shaun McCamley, Managing Partner, Euro Pacific Asia Consulting Ltd
Shaun is also former President of Ho Tram Resort & Casino in Vietnam where he reported to the Chairman and Board of Directors, directly responsible for driving overall revenues and P&L objectives of a US$4 billion development. The property employed 1,700 management and staff.
He previously worked as CEO, Vice President and General Manager of publically listed Far East-based casino resort destinations and consultancies. Shaun was commissioned to establish international casino resort destinations in Australia (Perth) the Philippines (Subic Bay) Vietnam, Tinian and the former Republic of Yugoslavia.
He is regularly invited to serve as chairman, keynote speaker and panelist at major gaming conferences around the world. As the Principle of Euro Pacific Asia Consulting Ltd, he continues to consult to the industries’ major land based and digital gaming operators.
PROF. GLENN McCARTNEY MBE
Acting Associate Dean, Faculty of Business Administration |
University of Macau
British Honorary Consul, Macau
Prof. Glenn McCartney MBE, Acting Associate Dean, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Macau, British Honorary Consul, Macau
He is also the British Honorary Consul for the territory for which service he was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2016. An acknowledged global expert on integrated resorts, destination marketing and management as well as casino and event tourism, he is the author of numerous academic journal articles and professional journal and media commentaries on these subjects and is the author of two best-selling texts on tourism and events management in Asia published by McGraw-Hill.
Timothy McNally, Chairman, NagaCorp Ltd
Timothy Patrick McNally, aged 71, joined the Company in February 2005 as chairman of the Board. He also serves as chairman of the AML Oversight Committee of the Company.
From April 1999 until October 2005, Mr McNally was the executive director of Security and Corporate Legal Services for the Hong Kong Jockey Club. He was a member of the Executive Board of Management responsible for corporate governance issues.
Mr McNally is currently an international security consultant and is the chairman of B2G Global Strategies headquartered in California.
Mr McNally was a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for almost 25 years. His career focused on the investigation and prosecution of serious crimes including organized crime, drug trafficking, public corruption and fraud matters.
During his career with the FBI, he was assigned for two years as a legislative counsel by the FBI to handle issues arising with the US Congress.
Mr McNally held several senior positions within the FBI and was the head of the FBI’s Los Angeles Office at the time of his departure. During the period 1993 through 1999, he was cited on numerous occasions for exceptional leadership and meritorious performance by the director of the FBI, Attorney General and President of the United States.
Mr McNally is a member of the Asian Society of Southern California, the National Executive Institute and the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1969.
He received a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree from Marquette University Law School in 1973 and was admitted to the State Bar of Wisconsin.
Assistant Vice President of Casino Marketing at Hoiana Casino |
Mary Mendoza, Assistant Vice President of Casino Marketing at Hoiana Casino, Suncity Group
Mary Mendoza is Assistant Vice President of Casino Marketing at Hoiana Casino by Suncity Group.
Mary has 20 years of experience in the hospitality, gaming and tourism industries. She previously held positions as Managing Director of The Platinum Limited, a gaming-hospitality consulting firm, Vice President of Marketing at The Grand Ho Tram in Vietnam and Vice President of Marketing at Imperial Pacific in Saipan, CNMI U.S.A. She also held management positions at Sands China Ltd in Macau.
Mary specializes in Asian markets by providing marketing strategy with a focus on branding, destination marketing, casino mass marketing and market research. Her expertise involves pre-opening plans, revamp and enhancement of marketing for existing operations, increasing brand awareness, driving headcount and increasing revenues. Mary has proven track record in leadership roles, operations and business management through revenue generating ventures, service innovation and monetization.
Chairman | Murray International Group
Chairman | Irish Chamber of Commerce of Macau
Niall Sean Murray, Chairman of Murray International Group, Chairman of Irish Chamber of Commerce of Macau
Niall has held progressive management and senior executive positions with Omni Hotels, Starwood Sheraton, Disneyland Paris, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons Hotels, Caesars Palace and The Venetian in Las Vegas. He worked on the successful gaming license application process for Sands in Macau and Singapore. Niall led the pre-opening, critical path and on-going operations development process at a number of properties in Macau as a Strategic Consultant and Director of Operations Development at Sociedade de Jogos de Macau (SJM), Senior Director at Sands Macao, Vice President of Operations Development for The Venetian Macao and the Cotai Strip and as Strategic Development Consultant to Shun Tak Holdings and MGM China.
Executive Director and CEO |
Rich Goldman Holdings
Nick Niglio, Executive Director and CEO - Rich Goldman Holdings
Nicholas John Niglio has been CEO of Rich Goldman Holdings (0070), formerly Neptune Group Limited, since 2007.
This is a Hong Kong public company with principal activities in investment and development of the VIP room intermediary business in Macau, hotel management and financial support.
Mr Niglio has extensive experience in the United States gaming sector.
Previously he was Executive Vice President of both Caesar’s World Marketing and Trump Taj Mahal. Additionally, Mr Niglio was named one of the most influential people in Asian gaming by Inside Asian Gaming magazine every year from 2008 to 2018.
RUI PINTO PROENÇA
Partner, Head of Corporate, Gaming |
Rui Pinto Proença, Partner - Head of Corporate | Gaming, MdME
Rui has been distinguished as “Emerging Leader of the Year” in the “Asia Gaming Awards 2017” and has been successively recognized as a leading gaming lawyer in the Asia-Pacific region by “Chambers and Partners” having been elevated to Band 1, the highest achievement possible by an individual lawyer or law firm.
Rui is also the global chair of the “Lex Mundi Gaming Solution”, a network of law firms covering over 25 gaming jurisdictions around the world and a member of the Board of Trustees of the “International Association of Gaming Advisors”.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer |
Jade Entertainment and Gaming Technology Inc
Joe Pisano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jade Entertainment and Gaming Technology Inc
Joe is the Founder and CEO of Jade Entertainment and Gaming Technologies, which was founded in the Philippines in 2009 and is now a Pan Asian supplier of Gaming Technology and service provider, Joe was the former International Project Manager for Automatic Totalizators Ltd, Director for Business Development Asia-Pacific of IGT and Executive Director and Senior Vice President of Entertainment Gaming Asia (formerly known as Elixir Gaming Technology)
Jade’s distribution partnerships includes some of the Worlds leading Gaming Companies, they include
・Walker Digital Table Systems
・Paddy Power Betfair
Joe’s Gaming experience includes Systems, Slots, Lotteries, Bingo and Totalisators
Joe obtained his Masteral Degree in Business and Technology at the University of New South Wales – Australia. He has over 30 years of experience in global gaming technologies.
Executive Director |
Donaco International Limited
Ben Reichel, Executive Director, Donaco International Limited
Ben is currently Executive Director of Donaco International Limited (ASX: DNA). Donaco operates leisure, entertainment and associated technology businesses across the Asia Pacific region. Ben’s role at Donaco incorporates the functions of Group General Counsel, Company Secretary, and Head of Investor Relations.
Ben joined the Board of Donaco following its acquisition of Two Way Limited (ASX:TTV). Ben held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Two Way from July 2007 to January 2012. During his tenure he improved the Company’s bottom line by 85%.
Previously, Ben was General Counsel of Tab Limited, a $2 billion ASX listed company with operations in wagering, gaming and media. Prior to that, he was General Counsel of racing broadcaster Sky Channel Pty Limited, and held a number of executive positions at Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.
Ben has also advised a number of companies, including News Corporation, Fox Sports Australia, and Virtual Gaming Worlds, on gaming and technology opportunities.
Ben was educated at the University of Sydney and the University of California, Berkeley. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and Master of Laws with First Class Honours.
CEO | 113 East Limited
Director | Fabsmart Limited
Christopher Rogers, CEO of 113 East Limited, Director of Fabsmart Limited
An experienced entrepreneur and CEO with a demonstrated history of building successful companies in the Technology, Casino & Gaming, Environmental Services, Fishing & Boating, Manufacturing & Distribution fields. Chris has strong business development and management skills in sales, marketing and distribution, with a very large network in Australasia.
Fortuna Investments Worldwide Limited
Tim Shepherd, Director, Fortuna Investments Worldwide Limited
Tim is a Director of Fortuna Investments, a boutique investment group, who have been investing across Asia in regional casinos and slot parlours since 2017. Tim was the Co-Founder of Australian listed Silver Heritage Group. Tim has developed and invested in gaming across Asia for the last 20 years and lives in Hong Kong.
EVP, Chief Officer Human Resources/CSR |
Melco Resorts & Entertainment
Akiko Takahashi, EVP, Chief Officer Human Resources/CSR, Melco Resorts & Entertainment
Akiko is EVP, Chief Officer Human Resources/CSR for Melco Resorts and Entertainment, Nasdaq listed and award-winning owner, developer, and operator of luxury integrated resorts. Responsibilities include internal communication, service culture, CSR, corporate affairs. Works closely with finance, legal and the Board to ensure culture of governance and compliance; with Board and its compensation committee for remuneration for Officers, Board Directors, Chairman/CEO.
Worked in Japan, US, in leadership roles in luxury fashion retail, luxury hotels, banking and consulting which included C- suite searches and leading the HR integration of the largest international joint venture in Japan of 45 hotels.
In Luxury fashion retail, handled buying, store operations, training, HR, and the opening of multiple stores. As Global CHRO for Shangri-La Hotels Group, primary focus was creating an aligned service culture through customer research, service measurement, leadership development, employee engagement, customised service values, and balanced scorecard. As SVP, HR/Service Culture for Bank of America, Hawaii, handled a merger/acquisition considered to be one of the best integration, and leading the customer retention strategy with the CEO and team.
Managing Director |
Alidad Tash, Managing Director, 2NT8 Limited
Alidad’s first experience in the gaming industry was at Venetian Las Vegas in 2000, overseeing casino marketing analysis and gaming machines optimization. After 5 years, he moved to Macao and started the analytics departments at Sands Macao, and later helped open the Venetian Macao in 2007. He worked at the Sands organization for ten years altogether.
Alidad joined Melco Resorts & Entertainment from 2010 to late 2016, his latest title being the Senior Vice President of Gaming Operations & Strategy. Reporting to the COO, he oversaw 5,000+ employees in the Table Games and Gaming Machines departments at three Macao properties (City of Dreams, Studio City and Altira) as well as the Analytics and Revenue Management departments.
Along with a strong management team, Alidad helped guide City of Dreams into becoming the ultimate premium mass destination in Macao, posting the highest win per table figures and featuring the highest table minimums. He also increased City of Dreams’ mass tables hold percentage from an industry-average 21% when he joined, to an industry-leading 36% over his last three years.
Alidad has two master’s degrees in the US; in Mechanical Engineering (Dynamic Systems, Control & Robotics) from UC, Santa Barbara, and in Statistics from USC.
Prior to joining the casino industry, Alidad worked in the medical statistics and credit card fields in the US.
Chairman | American Chamber of Commerce in Macau
Executive Director | Golden Crown Development Limited
Paul Tse, Chairman of The American Chamber of Commerce in Macau, Executive Director of Golden Crown Development Limited
Mr. Tse is a member of the Macau SAR Government’s Economic Commission, Urban Planning Commission and Urban Renewal Commission, Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Macau, President of the Macau Association of Building Contractors and Developers, Chairman of the Property Management Business Association of Macau, Executive Director of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Macau Institute of Management, member of the Governing Council of the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency, Honorary President of the Asian Association of Management Organizations and member of the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Golf Association.
Mr. Tse is also a member of the Macau Chief Executive Election Committee, a member of the Election Council for Deputies from the Macao SAR to 13th National People’s Congress and a member of the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Committee of Yunnan Province (10th & 11th Plenary Sessions).
Vice President – AML Division, Legal & Compliance |
Genting Hong Kong
Eddy Wong, Vice President - AML Division, Legal & Compliance, Genting Hong Kong
Eddy is an experienced ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists) certified compliance professional with over 15 years’ accrued expertise in AML, Regulatory Compliance, Project Management and Operation Optimization. In his current position as Vice President – AML Division, Legal and Compliance, he leads team of AML specialists across multiple offices and countries. He has designed the implementation of the company’s AML Program and developed procedures in jurisdictions including Hong Kong, China, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea and the United States.
He developed and managed an AML training program in multiple locations, offices and onboard a fleet of cruise ships. He also personally trained over 2,000 employees and designed, managed and implemented a customized e-learning system for over 3,000 gaming and non-gaming staff.
Eddy has been a key member of the pre-opening team for major integrated resorts in Mississippi, Detroit, Macau and Korea with a focus on standardizing policies and procedures, developing regulatory controls, budgeting, hiring/developing staff and acting as an internal consultant for multiple areas including casino operation, hotel operation and IT/financial controls for the Sarbanes-Oxley program.
Prior to joining the hospitality/casino industry, he was an analyst and consultant in the financial industry for companies such as Credit Suisse and JP Morgan & Chase in New York City.
Chief Financial Officer |
Suncity VIP Club
Philip Wong, Chief Financial Officer, Suncity VIP Club
Mr Wong has obtained a Master of Business Administration degree from the Heriot-Watt University in the United Kingdom and a Professional Diploma in Accountancy at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has been the Chief Financial Officer of Suncity VIP Club since 2012, which is the largest casino marketing company in Macau and the world.
It operates 18 VIP rooms in the casinos of all six gaming concessionaires in Macau, including Galaxy, Wynn, Sands, SJM, MGM and Melco Resorts, and another 14 VIP rooms in casinos outside Macau.
Linda M Woo Consulting
Linda Woo, Principal, Linda M Woo Consulting
She is now a specialist gambling consultant with extensive public sector experience in senior executive roles providing legislative and strategic policy advice to Ministers and chief executives.
Linda has developed, advised and led major initiatives and reforms in gambling regulatory policy and practice, including introduction of state-wide keno and interactive/online gambling, privatization of the state lottery and totalisator, licensing of new casinos and gambling operators and developing a contemporary regulatory framework to facilitate an integrated resort/casino development in Queensland.
She is a graduate of the University of Queensland (Commerce) and the Queensland University of Technology (Laws). Linda is a member of the International Think Tank on Gambling Research, Policy and Practice.
Chief Operating Officer |
Albert Yu, Chief Operating Officer, Alphaslot
Albert leads Alphaslot’s product development and business strategy as the Chief Operating Officer. With over 10 years of experience in the global gaming industry and over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, operations, and manufacturing.
Albert has received special recognition from a selected panel of judges at the Asia Gaming Awards 2016, as one of eight young industry executive and leader with the potential to shape the gaming industry going forward.
In 2018, Albert was nominated as one of the best industry rising star at the G2E Asia Awards.
Albert had served as Global Operations Manager for Aruze Gaming, a top five global technology company in designing, developing and manufacturing gaming devices for casino markets worldwide.
SVP of Operations Planning & Analysis |
The Innovation Group
Michael Zhu, SVP of Operations Analysis - The Innovation Group
Based in the firm’s Denver office, Michael is in charge of a diverse set of project initiatives, including feasibility studies, market assessments, business analysis, and operational optimization. His main focus is on mid- and large-scale integrated resort (IR) development and operations in the US, Asia-Pacific, and European markets, with high profile assignments completed in Macau, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Italy, France, Greece, Russia, Georgia, Czech Republic, and dozens of US states/territories/tribal reservations.
One of the hallmarks of Michael’s career has been his notably rapid industry advancement and progression. He started expanding his professional horizons within the United States as a Leadership Development Associate with Las Vegas Sands Corporation (NYSE: LVS), one of the world’s largest and most successful IR operators. As an analytical and conceptual thinker, he was able to quickly establish his expertise in strategic planning, business analysis, financial modeling, and operational excellence in the full range of gaming, hotel, food and beverage, MICE, entertainment, retail, and cross-functional businesses at a global level. Through the dramatic global financial downturn that began in 2008, Michael was a key part of the Financial Management Task Force working on Las Vegas Sands Corporation’s adaptation to the new business environment. During his tenure with LVS, he also oversaw a broad array of projects to establish and enhance financial planning and analysis for the opening of numerous Sands China integrated resorts in Macau, Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, Sands Bethlehem in Pennsylvania, and Sands Aviation Services. Prior to his years at LVS, Michael worked in various management positions for hospitality agencies and companies throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Michael holds a Master of Business Administration in Hospitality Management from the prestigious School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Peking University in China. He was a Fellow of the United States National Committee on U.S. – China Relations in Washington, DC and of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Michael speaks fluent Mandarin and Shanghai dialect.