THE JUDGING PANEL
scroll down to the bottom of the page to how to apply to become a member of the 2019 judging panel.he judging panel of the G2E Asia Awards represents the who’s who of the Asian gaming industry. To be selected as a judge you must have significant high level executive experience in or connected to the Asian gaming industry. Applications for the judging panel for the 2018 Awards are now closed. Please
ANDREW W SCOTT
Chief Executive Officer
Inside Asian Gaming
Andrew W Scott, Chief Executive Officer, Inside Asian Gaming
O MEDIA publishes High Life (a high-end luxury lifestyle, tourism, leisure, arts and culture magazine showcasing the very best of Macau), Inside Asian Gaming and IAG Breakfast Briefing (Asia’s premier B2B Asian gaming industry print publication and daily email newsletter), South China Elite (showcasing fascinating and extraordinary personalities from across the Greater Bay area) and WGM (Asia’s premier B2C gaming magazine focusing on Asian gaming lifestyle). O MEDIA also has significant digital media assets across all its brands in more than 10 websites, more than 20 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, Las Vegas, Australia and worldwide, visiting over 200 casinos over 31 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 a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, a permanent member of the Macau Gaming Management Association, a committee member of the Macau Business Network of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Macau, President of the Macau Taxi Passengers Association and 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 2018.
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.
Chairman, The British Business Association of Macao
Director, BCA (Macau) Limited
Keith Buckley, Chairman, The British Business Association of Macao; Director, BCA (Macau) Limited
Mr Buckley has over 45 years of experience in engineering projects and construction management.
His wide-ranging construction and general management experience in building, civil engineering and multi-disciplinary projects have seen him responsible for business development, commercial and engineering aspects operating at director level.
The key industry projects he has overseen include the Venetian Macao, Sands Cotai Central, Four Seasons Macao and St Regis.
Co-founder and CEO
TGG Takara Gaming Group
Raymond Chan, CEO - TGG Interactive
Mr. Chan is a 20-year technology management veteran. He began his career in Silicon Valley with tech-savvy companies including E*Trade Financial and TiVo Technology. Prior to founding TGG, Mr. Chan was the director in Asia for Global Gaming Group, a US-based gaming technology company where he played a leading role in market development and product innovations.
Mr. Chan earned his Engineering and Management Science degree at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Mr. Chan is also devoted to the development of Ice Hockey in China. He was named “Referee of the Year” by Hong Kong’s HKAHC for his contribution to the sport in 2011.
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 37-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.
Senior Vice President of Casino Operations
Michael Clifford, Senior Vice President of Casino Operations, Wynn Palace
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.
Senior Lawyer, C&C-Advogados
Director and Secretary-General, SJM
Rui Cunha, Senior Lawyer of C&C-Advogados, Director and Secretary-General of SJM
Member of UIA-Union International des Avocats, APAA-Asian Patent Attorneys Association and INTA-International Trademark Association.
Along 29-years main Legal Consultant for STDM, S.A. and Dr. Stanley Ho while Gambling Franchise in Macau, one of the founding partners for SJM, S.A in Macau and SJM Holdings, a listed company in HK, where has been Executive Director until 2017 and now continues as Director and Secretary-General for SJM, S.A, while a member of Social Bodies, Chairman and Trustee of several other Companies and Associations in Macau, Hong Kong and Portugal.
Founder and Chairman of “Rui Cunha Foundation,” founded in Macau in 2012 for the cultural, educational and research center for Macau Legal System and 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.
Chief Executive Officer
Gaming Technologies Association
Ross Ferrar, Chief Executive Officer, Gaming Technologies Association
Ross Ferrar has worked in the gaming industry since 1979, in several jurisdictions in Australia and Europe. He has held senior management positions in casino table gaming, networked keno gaming and machine monitoring and networked jackpot operations, along with a number of industry representative roles.
Ross is the CEO of the Gaming Technologies Association, whose members provide gaming products and services around the world.
He routinely liaises both domestically and internationally with many segments of the gaming community including venues, suppliers, media, social commentators, politicians and regulators.
PROF. DAVIS FONG
Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming, University of Macau
Prof. Davis Fong, Director, Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming, University of Macau
Dr. Davis Fong is the Director of Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming as well as an Associate Professor of International Integrated Resort Management Program at University of Macau. Prof. Fong has been appointed by the Chief Executive of Macao SAR Government as a member of the 6th Batch of Legislative Assembly (2017 ~ 2021).
Pursuit of academic interest has led him to study in different aspects of gambling and related issues, such as social and economic impacts of gambling, Chinese gambler behavior, gambling disorder, responsible gambling, visitor profile studies, casino operations, tourism management, etc.
Prof. Fong has been responsible for more than 30 gambling and tourism related consultancy projects for the Macao SAR Government. Prof. Fong has been appointed by the Government as a Consultant of Economic Development Committee since 2017, a member of Talents Development Committee since 2014 and Consultative Committee of Statistics, MSAR since 2015 (UM Representative).
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.
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.
Pax Holdings Limited
Tom Hall, Chairman, Pax Holdings Limited
Tom Hall is recognised as one of the world’s leading experts in the field of gaming, specialising in interactive gaming and the Asia Pacific Region. A regular key note speaker at Gaming Conferences and Investor Forums around the World. Most recently, Hall co-founded Voidbridge Limited, a gaming company focusing on slots, table games and card games. A consolidation strategy including the acquisition of Slotolotto from Peak Games and other category leaders is supplemented with the rolling out of a highly customised suite of social games for real money operators with a focus on mobile channels.
Co-Founder and former CEO of Asianlogic, an Asian-facing gaming group, he remains non-executive Chairman of the Company. Previously listed in the UK, ALOG was taken private in 2009 and has grown to become one of the Top 10 Global online gaming companies with 2500 staff across 6 countries.He also led Playtech as Group CEO and oversaw the successful floatation of the Company on the UK AIM market in 2005. Playtech is the world’s largest publicly quoted gaming software provider (UK:PTEC). Of Eurasian Hong Kong origin, Tom has been responsible for overseeing global customer growth and the development of customised software solutions for the Asian marketplace. In his roles with Oneworks, AsianLogic and Playtech, he has had considerable dealings with gaming operators and Regulators in both the land based and online sector. Tom also remains as a Board Advisor to Oneworks, a market-leading provider of sportsbook software platforms and turnkey betting solutions.
In addition to gaming he leads an Investor Group focussing on digital applications and services in the wines and spirits industries and social media and messaging space.
From 1995 until he joined AsianLogic and Playtech in 2002, he was Chief Executive Officer of TTR Strategic Holdings Limited (“TTR”), an Asia Paciﬁc focused financial services group and subsequently CEO of its data processing associate – NAV Limited. Prior to that, he worked in Swiss private banking and private client financial services in the UK and Hong Kong.
Chief Product Officer
Todd Haushalter, Chief Product Officer, Evolution Gaming
Todd started as a casino dealer with London Clubs International, and he has also worked in Washington, DC with the American Gaming Association (AGA). He holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Master of Science degree in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Senior Director International Systems
Angela Houslay, Senior Director International Systems, IGT
Angela Houslay is Senior Director International Systems at IGT, overseeing commercial gaming systems across APAC, EMEA and LAC.
With over 25 years in the industry, Angela’s extensive experience spans strategic, commercial and technical aspects having held positions in sales, product strategy, systems engineering, system services and support.
Prior to moving back to the UK last year, Angela spent 7 years in Singapore and before that was in Macau and Monaco.
Her career in gaming started with Sun International in South Africa, so she has worked with a broad spectrum of both suppliers and customers in various regions over the years.
Angela holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Computer Science.
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.
PROF. DESMOND LAM
Professor in International Integrated Resort Management
Chair of International Accreditation Committee
Acting Programme Coordinator of the Hospitality Programme
University of Macau
Prof. Desmond Lam, Professor in International Integrated Resort Management, Chair of International Accreditation Committee, Acting Programme Coordinator of the Hospitality Programme, University of Macau
Desmond Lam is a Professor in International Integrated Resort Management (IIRM) at the University of Macau. He chairs the international accreditation (AACSB) committee and is in charge of the postgraduate programs (MSc and PhD) in IIRM. Desmond is a life member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and recipients of several research as well as industry awards including Clare Hall Cambridge Fellowship and “Emerging Leader” trophy at the 2016 Asia Gaming Awards.
Desmond has studied and written extensively on gaming-related issues, Chinese in particular. These are featured in premier trade publications like Global Gaming Business, Infinity Gaming Magazine, and Inside Asian Gaming as well as in scholarly journals like Annals of Tourism Research, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Gambling Studies, Journal of Business Research, and Marketing Letters. He is also author of the book “Chopsticks and Gambling” (published by Routledge), which examines the little-known world of Chinese gambling from historical, cultural, psychological, and social perspectives.
Desmond is a judge for the International Gaming Awards since 2008, a selection panel member for Asian Gaming Power 50, an academic affairs advisor to the Macau Gaming Management Association since 2012, an editorial board member for the Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management, and an invited speaker to numerous conferences and executive seminars. He is also active in consulting projects and has done work for the Macao government as well as integrated resorts.
Throughout his academic career, Desmond has conducted numerous courses at different tertiary levels (diploma, undergraduate, master, and executive) including Chinese gambling culture, casino and gaming management, events management, product management, and advanced marketing management. Prior to joining academia, Desmond worked in the treasury department of several institutions including DBS Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.
Senior Vice President, Hospitality
Roger Lienhard, Senior Vice President, Hospitality, Galaxy Macau
Roger Lienhard is Senior Vice President Hospitality, Galaxy Macau, overseeing operations and revenue management of non-gaming within the integrated resort, including hotels, food and beverages, entertainment, Grand Resort Deck and cinema.
Over the course of a career spanning 30 years, Roger has extensive experience in multiple international markets across all aspects of the hospitality industry, including Executive Chef, F&B Director, General Manager and Senior Vice President Hospitality.
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.
Director of Operations
Richard Longhurst, Director of Operations, Galaxy Macau
Mr. Longhurst is the Director of Operations at Galaxy Macau and Director – Gaming Development and Optimization Services. He has over 25 years of extensive leadership experience at senior levels gained from the gaming industry.
DEAN M. MACOMBER
Macomber International, Inc.
Dean M. Macomber, President, Macomber International, Inc.
Dean M. Macomber has 43 years of diversified experience in the gaming industry ranging from Dealer to CEO, development to operations through all phases of the business cycle involving mega-integrated casino-resorts, urban/suburban day trip operations, Native American Projects, racinos, and small locals-oriented casinos.
Approximately half of this time has been working for 11 casino companies involved in the opening of 7 casinos, two takeovers and one exit from bankruptcy in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, South Lake Tahoe, Laughlin, Macau, Philippines and Canada.
The other half was involved working as an executive level consultant for over 50 casino companies, architects, law firms, banks, and vendors, and 3 regulatory commissions in 16 U.S. states, 3 Canadian provinces, and 12 countries including Asia, Australia, Europe, USSR, Caribbean, Mexico, and cruise ships involved in strategic planning, development, funding planning, profit improvement, growth, and monetization.
A frequent speaker, he has presented over 65 speeches, taught college-level courses on casino management, and authored 25 articles.
Mr. Macomber holds a masters degree from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University. He may be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Partner, Head of Asia Operations
Global Market Advisors
Shaun McCamley, Partner, Head of Asia Operations, Global Market Advisors
In 1999, as a pioneer and early operator in online gaming, he formed BingoWorkz which developed and operated the internet’s first networked gaming solution using Flash technology. Subsequently, he formed Euro-Pacific-Asia Management Consulting, a Macau based firm that provided advice, casino management services and turn-key solutions to the land based and digital gaming industries.
Prior to joining Global Market Advisors Shaun was President of the Ho Tram Resort & Casino Vietnam. Reporting to the Chairman and Board of Directors, he was responsible for driving overall revenues and P&L objectives of this USD $4 billion development. He worked closely with the Board, evaluating opportunities to improve the financial performance of the property, and was responsible for the overall management of all facilities including, but not limited to the hotel, casino, food & beverage outlets, spa and the Bluffs, a Greg Norman designed golf course. The property employed 1,700 management and staff.
Previously worked as CEO and General Manager of major Far East-based consultancies and Casino Resort establishments. Commissioned to establish international Casino Resort destinations in Australia (Perth) the Philippines (Subic Bay) Tinian and the former Republic of Yugoslavia.
Over the past decade Shaun was invited to serve as a keynote speaker and panellist at major gaming conferences around the world and continues to consult to the industries’ major land based and digital gaming operators.
Shaun is a holder of key management gaming licenses issued in the United States and Australia.
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.
Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd
Michael Mecca, President, Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd
Mr. Mecca is the President of Galaxy Entertainment Group (“GEG”). He holds a Bachelor degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Oklahoma in USA. He has held senior executive roles with a number of globally recognized gaming and hospitality brands including Caesars World, Inc. in Las Vegas, Mandalay Resort Group in Las Vegas, Crown Ltd. in Melbourne, and Station Casinos Inc. in Las Vegas. Prior to joining GEG, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Mr. Mecca is a member of the Board of Directors of Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) in Monaco. Mr. Mecca has been licensed by the Gaming Commission by Nevada and Michigan in the United States, Victoria in Australia and Macau.
Mr. Mecca is also Honorary President of The Macau Gaming Management Association (MGMA), Advisory Board Member of Macau University Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming (ISCG), Member of G2E Asia Executive Non-Gaming Advisory Board, Honorary Advisor of International Film Festival & Awards Macao (IFFAM) and Honorary President of Macau Responsible Gaming Association.
The Platinum Ltd
Mary Mendoza, Managing Director at The Platinum Ltd
Mary Mendoza is managing director of The Platinum Limited a gaming-hospitality consulting firm. Mary has 20 years of experience within hospitality, gaming and tourism industries.
She previously held positions as Vice President of Marketing at The Grand Ho Tram in Vietnam, prior to that Vice President of Marketing at Imperial Pacific in Saipan CNMI U.S.A., she also held management positions at Sands China Ltd in Macau.
She specializes in Asian Markets by providing marketing strategy with focus on branding, destination marketing, casino mass marketing, and market research.
Mary has proven track record in leadership role, operations and business management through revenue generating ventures, service innovation and monetization.
Chairman of Murray International Group
Chairman of 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 2017.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Jade Entertainment and Gaming Technology Inc
Joe Pisano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jade Entertainment and Gaming Technology Inc
Jade’s distribution partnerships includes some of the Worlds leading Gaming Companies, they include
・Walker Digital Table Systems
・Paddy Power Betfair
Joe’s Gaming experince 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.
RUI PINTO PROENÇA
Partner – Head of Corporate | Gaming
Rui Pinto Proença, Partner - Head of Corporate | Gaming, MdME
Rui has been admitted to practice in Portugal and Macau and is ranked as leading lawyer by IFLR and by Chambers and Partners in the categories of “General Business Law – Macau” and “Gaming and Gambling – Asia Pacific”. He is also a member of the International Association of Gaming Advisors Board of Trustees. Rui was awarded “M&A Deal of the Year” in the “IFLR Asia Awards 2015”.
He regularly acts for industry investors, casino operators, equipment manufacturers and gaming promoters, as well as assisting issuers, sponsors and underwriters in relation to listings of Macau gaming interests with overseas capital markets. Rui actively advises sector players in emerging gaming jurisdictions across the Asia-Pacific region.
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
In 2009 Chris co-founded FabSmart Company Limited a Macau and Thailand based boutique development company. FabSmart’s focus is to design, develop and deploy gaming equipment which is outside the normal spectrum of gaming operations. Fabsmart’s products include the highly successful “Fast Action Series” tables developed and supported for Sands China Macau. Chris is an active Director in the Company.
In 2010, Chris formed a partnership with The Transcity Group to launch Transcity Asia which established itself as the leading technical service, support and solutions company in Asia. Transcity Group including Transcity Asia was acquired by Suzo Happ in July 2013. Chris no longer holds any position in the business.
Chris was formerly the Director of International Sales & Marketing for Stargames, an Australian Gaming Company, acquired in 2005 by Shuffle Master Inc. Chris held a variety of senior management roles over his eleven year tenure and was one of five senior executives who managed the sale and transition of Stargames to Shuffle Master.
Chris is an entrepreneur, who has worked in Asia for the past 16 years, of which he has lived in Macau for the past 12 years, with his wife and two young daughters. His international experience includes Australia, Russia, South America, North America, Canada, UK and Asia, allowing Chris to amass numerous industry relationships and experience throughout the world.
He has a Diploma in Hospitality Management and over twenty five years of experience in the industry as a Gaming Executive. Chris resides in Macau.
Senior Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Responsibility
Sarah Rogers, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Responsibility, MGM China
Ms. Rogers has been with MGM since 2009 and served as Vice President of Investor Relations for MGM Resorts International prior to joining MGM China. In her previous role, Ms. Rogers successfully communicated the Company’s financial messaging through important projects such as: $25 billion in capital raises, the opening of City Center and the IPO of MGM China.
Before her career with MGM, Ms. Rogers was with the Deutsche Bank Securities, Inc, in New York from 2002 to 2009; where she held various positions in institutional equities and fixed income.
Ms. Rogers is a graduate of the American University of Paris, with a BA in International Business Administration.
Chris Rowe, Managing Director, Aristocrat Asia-Pacific
As Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Chris Rowe is responsible for Aristocrat’s Class III business in the region. Based in Macau with his family, he and his team maintain strategic partnerships across more than 10 countries in Asia. Chris started with Aristocrat in 2004. He’s worked in the USA, Asia and Australia and held leadership roles in Sales, Marketing and Product Development.
Editor in Chief
Gaming Law Review
Sue Schneider, Editor in Chief, Gaming Law Review
In July, ’06, River City Group was purchased by Clarion Events, one of the UK’s largest event producers, and Schneider remained as CEO/Americas there until June ’09. She remains the principal of www.egamingbrokerage.com and consults on a variety of other independent projects in the industry.
Schneider was a founder and served as Chairman of the 120 member Interactive Gaming Council (IGC), a trade association, from its inception in l996 until 2004. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for Liebert Publications’ Gaming Law Review. Until 2016, she was a partner with the US-based conference (www.igamingnorthamerica.com) which was sold to iGaming Business, a division of Clarion Events Gaming. She’s a former partner in the www.maltaigamingseminar.com and, in addition, works with the G2E event as a consultant for the iGaming Congress.
She is a frequent speaker at international gaming conferences and has testified to the US Senate, the US House of Representatives as well as the National Gambling Impact Study Commission in that country.
Vice President – Strategy & Business Performance
Companhia de Telecomunicacoes de Macau SARL (CTM)
Donald Shaw, Vice President - Strategy & Business Performance, Companhia de Telecomunicacoes de Macau SARL (CTM)
Donald Shaw is Vice President of Strategy & Business Performance at CTM. He has many years of telecoms industry experience having held senior roles in Marketing, Product Management, Engineering, Strategy, Sales and International Business. After working in the UK, he has spent close to 20 years in Macau, a large part of which was providing services and solutions to the hotel and gaming sectors. In addition to his role at CTM, he is a member of the Supervisory Board of the British Business Association of Macau.
Chief Operating Officer – Gaming
John Shigley, Chief Operating Officer - Gaming, MGM China
John Shigley is Chief Operating Officer – Gaming for MGM China Holdings Limited. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of gaming and hospitality operations for MGM MACAU. Additionally, he is overseeing all aspects of gaming operations for MGM COTAI, a new $3 billion integrated resort.
Prior to moving to Macau in 2013, John was President and Chief Operating Officer of MGM Grand Ho Tram, Vietnam, responsible for planning and implementing the staffing, marketing and operations of the first international quality casino resort in Vietnam.
From 2005 to 2011, John was Executive Vice President at MGM Grand Hotel – Las Vegas. Starting as Chief Financial Officer, in 2008 he took responsibility for operations, development, and strategic planning.
Between 1986 and 2005, John held executive positions with New York, New York and Caesars Palace, among others. These positions included responsibilities from Finance and Human Resources to Casino Operations and Marketing, Hotel, Food & Beverage and Entertainment. John held positions from AVP of Financial Planning to Chief Financial Officer of a public company to President of Caesars Palace.
John started his career with Coopers and Lybrand, CPAs. He received his BS in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University and is currently a licensed CPA.
PROF. JACKY YUK CHOW SO
Dean of Faculty of Business Administration
BNU Chair Professor in Finance
Director of Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management
University of Macau
Prof. Jacky Yuk Chow So, Dean of Faculty of Business Administration, BNU Chair Professor in Finance, Director of Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management, University of Macau
Professor Jacky Yuk-chow So is currently the Dean, BNU Chair Professor in Finance of the Faculty of Business Administration at University of Macau and Co-Director of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Economics and Management.
Before moving to Macau in January 2010, Professor So was the dean, and BBVA-Compass Bank Distinguished Professor of International Finance, of the A.R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business at Texas A&M International University. He was also the executive director of the Academy of Entrepreneurial Finance. He was a professor of finance at the Economics and Finance Department at the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) for more than twenty years and served as chairman of the Department for almost ten years. Dr. So received his Ph.D. degree from the Ohio State University.
Professor So was a consultant for many corporations and law firms. He was a visiting scholar and/or consultant of the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago, Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis, Office of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Washington D.C., etc.
Professor So is a board member of the Global Finance Journal, Journal of International Business, and the Academy of Entrepreneurial Finance, etc.
Professor So’s research interests are international finance, banking, corporate finance, and risk management. He received more than half million dollar grant to support his research, teaching, and service activities.
In 2014, Professor So was visiting scholar in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Asia and Pacific Department and received the Education Leadership Award from the Asia’s Best B-School Awards 2014 held in Singapore. Professor So is the first from Macao to receive this award.
In 2016, Professor So was invited to be Research Fellow at Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research. He is recently selected as a Distinguished Fellow of the International Engineering & Technology Institute and Co-Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Affinity Group (APAG) of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Senior Vice-President, Gaming & Strategy
Alidad Tash, Senior Vice-President of Gaming & Strategy, 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.
PROF. KEVIN (KIT) THOMPSON
President of Board Macau European Chamber of Commerce
Inaugural Chairman Council of Masters Universidade de Macau
Prof. Kevin (Kit) Thompson, President of Board Macau European Chamber of Commerce, Inaugural Chairman Council of Masters Universidade de Macau
Recognised internationally as one of the most pre-eminent university college and academy presidents.
Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Dartington and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Strong strategist and demonstrable record of achievement and successful leadership in an international environment; proven ability in working internationally across a diverse portfolio and complex, multi-faceted institutions; outward facing in building sustainable collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, across government ministers and strategic funding partners; proven commercial acumen.
Vice Chairman British Business Association; Board Member French Macau Chamber of Commerce; Board Director French Association Culturelle Le French May; and Advisory Committee Orquestra de Macau, Macao Orchestra.
Formerly, UK Prime Minister’s High Level Strategy Group on International Education, of British Chevening Postgraduate Fellowships Advisory Board; one of the architects behind UK Higher Education International brand strategy, ‘Education UK’.
2017 Appointed Knight Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur is the highest French Order of Merit. The Légion d’honneur is the highest French Order of Merit.
- 2012 Knight Officier Arts et des Lettres.
- 2011 OBE (Queen’s New Year’s Honours List)
- 2016 Euro Excellence Award for Innovation
- 2016 Business Awards of Macau Leadership by Example, Gold Award
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Chairman of The American Chamber of Commerce in Macau
Executive Director of 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).
Head of eGaming
Isle of Man Government
Tony Ure, Head of eGaming, Isle of Man Government
Tony Ure is Head of eGaming for Isle of Man Government. His role is to manage all aspects of the eGaming sector on the Isle of Man.
Tony has over 20 years’ experience in senior roles with Land Based casino operations, and over 15 years’ experience in online gaming.
In 2002 Tony launched and managed Ladbrokes online poker operations, before spending 10 years with IGT (GTECH) heading up several eGaming operations in multiple jurisdictions.
DENNIS O VALDES
Dennis O Valdes, President, Philweb Corporation
Chairman of France Macau Chamber of Commerce
Area Vice President of Macau Operations for Artyzen Hospitality Group
Rutger Verschuren, Chairman of France Macau Chamber of Commerce, Area Vice President of Macau Operations for Artyzen Hospitality Group
Area Vice President – Macau Operations for Artyzen Hospitality Group, a Shun Tak Holdings subsidiary. Prior to this he was Chief Operating Officer, Hospitality Division, for Shun Tak Holdings Ltd; Managing Director of Sheraton Macao Hotel; and Vice President Operations of Dusit International from 2001-2008.
Rutger holds a Business Administration degree from the renowned Hotelschool The Hague, The Netherlands and is Certified Hotel Administrator (C.H.A.-AHLEI) from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Motel Association. He held prior to 2001 several General Manager posts, managing hotels in The Netherlands, Indonesia, Philippines, Libya and Thailand. He is a Dutch national and is residing in Macau since 2008.
Since 2014, Rutger is Chairman of the France Macau Chamber of Commerce and Board Member – Macau European Chamber of Commerce.
He also volunteered in earlier days as President of Hotel & Restaurant Association of the Philippines, and Founding Member & Vice President of the Federation of Tourism Industries of the Philippines. He was also Vice President of the Thai Hotel Association and has been on several boards for SKAL International in various countries.
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.
GET INVOLVED – BECOME A JUDGE NEXT YEAR!
Applications for the 2018 judging panel are now closed but you can still get involved by applying to become a member of the 2019 judging panel.
The judging panel of the G2E Asia Awards represents the who’s who of the Asian gaming industry.
As you can see above, judges are prominently featured as an Asian gaming industry thought leader on the G2E Asia Awards website and will also be list in the Awards booklet distributed to every guest at the Awards dinner ceremony each year. Each judge profile includes a picture, personal biography and optional webpage link.
To be selected as a judge you must have significant high level executive experience in or connected to the Asian gaming industry.
Judges can be executives from land-based or iGaming operators, gaming analysts, gaming media, gaming equipment manufacturers, gaming industry vendors or suppliers (slots, ETGs, or any goods or services), gaming academics, gaming lawyers, gaming consultants, regulators or former regulators, junket experts or indeed anyone with extensive industry experience.
If this sounds like you, or you would like more information on becoming a member of the judging panel for the G2E Asia Awards, please contact Andrew W Scott by clicking on the “Enquire about becoming a judge” button below.
Any members of the judging panel who are nominated for a particular award or who work for an organization nominated for a particular award will be recused from judging that particular Award.