Upcoming edition: January 28, 2021
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS & WAY SEERS BOARD
Meet the awesome people you can meet at the meetups.
Dr. Mintas is a C-Level Executive and serves as an independent advisor in the sports and technology industry, including the sports betting, digital sports, and fan engagement sector. Her focus is on the use of emerging technologies and developments and how those are changing sports, society, and consumer behavior and lead to new revenue streams.
She is a global thought leader on sports data, sports betting legislation, regulation, and sports integrity with speaker engagements around the world including Europe, Australia, North America, Central America, and Asia. She published more than 100+ legal publications in the top academic and professional journals about sports betting and sports law. She serves as Guest Professor at several Universities such as Columbia University NYC, St John’s University NYC, the University of New Hampshire, and Humboldt University Berlin/Germany on topics such as Sports Law and Sports Integrity.
Dr. Mintas received for her personal achievements the Leaders in Sports U 40 Award, the SBJ Game Changers Award, and the International Award for Women in the Gaming Industry – Inspiration of the Year 2018. She was named one of 25 executives to watch in 2019 by the Global Gaming Business GBB magazine, selected as SBJ´s Power Player Sports Betting 2019 and Business Insider´s Leaders of the Sports Betting Industry 2019.
Dr. Mintas is a lawyer by trade. Over the last years, she served as the Deputy President of Sportradar US, the global technology company that is the leader in analyzing and leveraging the power of sports data. She managed 350+ employees with offices in New York, Minneapolis, Menlo Park, and San Francisco. During that time, Sportradar was valued at $2.4 Bn USD. Sportradar applies technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to drive data insights on a variety of business verticals for the creation of unique experiences across platforms in real-time.
She is experienced in managing high-level relationships with league partners in the US such as NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, MLS, CONCACAF, and several others on a global level including FIFA and UEFA and with clients such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, AP, Yahoo, Deutsche Bank, Allianz, DraftKings, FanDuel, etc.
Dr. Mintas previously worked several years at the international law firm White & Case LLP in Berlin, Germany, and specialized i.a. in Sports Law, Gambling Law, Compliance, and Litigation. She wrote her Ph.D. in Betting via the Internet in Europe which became a well-recognized book in its field. Previously, she was the Head of Legal and Head of International Development for FIFA’s Early Warning System (FIFA EWS) in Zurich, Switzerland and the first Director of Sports Integrity at CONCACAF, the governing body for Soccer in North America, Central America, and the Caribbean is responsible for all 41-member countries including the US, Canada, and Mexico. In both positions, at FIFA and at CONCACAF, Dr. Mintas used data to prevent, detect, investigate, and sanction match manipulations in sports that are linked to sports betting.
Karen Marcela Sierra-Hughes is a Panamanian attorney with a Master’s in Commercial Law and Specialization in Public Law. Before joining GLI, she practiced Law in one of the most prestigious law firms in Panama and was later appointed as Legal Director of the Panama Gaming Control Board.
She has been with GLI since 2004, developing new gaming jurisdictions throughout Latin America and the Caribbean while driving GLI’s strategy for both regulatory and business development as well as managing GLI´s service delivery to the region’s operators and suppliers. With her law degree and gaming regulatory experience, one of Sierra-Hughes’s main goals is to help the regions’ government agencies in their efforts to improve the regulatory landscape providing valuable advice that will lead to developed laws, decrees and regulations. She is also responsible for all GLI licensing processes throughout the region as well as the GLI brand.
She holds education certificates from international organizations including the FBI, UNLV and US Treasury’s OTA.
She is a well-known speaker in international events and conferences such as ICE London, G2E Las Vegas, IAGR (International Association of Gaming Regulators) and CIBELAE, and she is regularly featured in international publications and journals.
I am the Senior Director of Legal & Compliance with Mazooma, a fintech company providing payment solutions for online gambling operators across the globe.
Previously, I was an Associate Lawyer in the Toronto office of international law firm Dickinson Wright, providing strategic legal advice to clients in highly regulated industries. My practice primarily focused on advising clients involved in land based and online gambling of the requirements related to licensing, compliance and governance, and risk mitigation.
I am a published author of the Canada chapter for LexisNexis’ Gaming Law and Practice Book, Chambers and Partners’ Gaming, Gambling and Licensing Practice Guide for Canada, and various articles in gaming publications. I am also an adjunct professor with the University of New Hampshire, teaching its Global Regulation of Sports Betting Course under their Sports Wagering and Integrity Certificate Program. I speak at various conferences worldwide and have provided commentary to media outlets such as the Globe and Mail and the National Post, on the potential legalization of single event sports betting in Canada.
Zoltán is a self-taught publisher and events organizer who has developed several brands and services that have increased the notoriety of his company within a multi-billion euro industry.
Among the developed brands and services you can find online news portals, a tri-annually printed magazine, an online radio and regulatory briefing conferences that are annually organized in Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Riga, Tallin, Milan, Athens, Vilnius, and Ljubljana.
All the events organized by his company also focus on bringing a wealth of information about the latest innovation in several industries such as Entertainment, Technology, Gaming and Gambling, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, Quantum Technology, Legal Cannabis, Health and Lifestyle, VR/AR, eSports and many more.
Lloyd is the Founder & CEO of Sharp Alpha Advisors, a sports gaming advisory firm with a focus on companies deploying cutting edge tech. He is also the Chairman & Founder of the International Consortium for the Ethical Development of Artificial Intelligence, a 501(c)(3) non-profit NGO dedicated to ensuring that rapid developments in the field of AI are made with a keen eye toward the long-term interests of humanity.
Lloyd is an accomplished TEDx speaker and a frequent guest on acclaimed podcasts, recently having appeared on AI in the Wild, The Business of Betting Podcast, GambleOn, Sports Predictor, and The Knup Sports Show. He is also the Co-Host of The AI Experience, a podcast providing an accessible analysis of relevant AI news and topics.
His advisory firm provides critical strategic guidance to startups, investors, and financial institutions in the sports gaming space while also serving as an independent touchpoint between the world’s most prominent gaming operators, suppliers, regulators, venture capital funds, and angel syndicates.
Lloyd serves as the Co-Chairman of the CompTIA AI Advisory Council, a committee of preeminent thought leaders focused on establishing industry best practices that benefit businesses while protecting consumers. He previously managed institutional portfolios for BlackRock, data science initiatives for Samsung, and Machine Learning engines for sportsbook operators.
Dr. Joerg Hofmann is a Past President of the International Masters of Gaming Law (“IMGL”) and group leader of the Gaming & Betting Law Practice Group of Melchers Law Firm. He has been practicing gaming law since the mid-90s and Melchers’ legal advice is highly valued by global market leaders in all sectors of the gaming industry. A highly recognized expert in the field, Joerg has been consistently ranked as a leading individual and expert in gaming law by prestigious legal directories including Chambers Global and Best Lawyers for many years.
Jonodev O. Chaudhuri has extensive experience representing tribal nations, tribal citizens, corporations, and individual clients on issues relating to commercial litigation, gaming, governance, tribal sovereignty and self-determination, and economic development. Having spent his entire career serving tribal nations and Native communities in various policy, legal, and judicial capacities, he possesses a deep understanding of the connection between the development of strong governmental institutions and tribal self-determination.
In 2013, President Barack Obama designated Chaudhuri to serve as acting Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC). He was then nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2015. During his tenure as NIGC Chairman, Chaudhuri oversaw the $32.4B Indian gaming industry, comprised of approximately 500 gaming facilities, operated by 244 tribal nations across 29 states. While at the Commission, he provided guidance on a wide range of national policy issues including Indian gaming, economic development, energy, Alaskan affairs, and tribal recognition.
His law and policy track record extends beyond his tenure at the NIGC. Earlier in his career, he served as senior counselor to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, providing insight and counsel on policy issues. His 20-year legal career includes serving as a judge on five different tribal courts, including serving as Chief Justice of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court, the highest court of the fourth largest tribe in the nation.
He also served as a community organizer, adjunct professor, public defender, legal services director, and author. A highly sought after speaker, he regularly presents at national and regional conferences and symposia, including the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), FBA Indian Law Conference, Sovereignty Symposium, National Tribal Gaming Commissioners & Regulators (NTGCR) and more, including several keynote addresses.
Fernando Saffores is the founder and director of Focus Gaming News. With more than 12 years in the gaming industry, his knowledge and experience helped the company to become one of the most well-known daily newspaper around the world.
Evan Davis serves as Managing Director, Sports Betting and Gaming for SeventySix Capital Sports
Advisory, where he works with a wide range of companies looking to do business within or involving the
world of sports wagering. Evan previously served as Vice President and General Counsel of Rivers Casino
Philadelphia (formerly SugarHouse Casino). In this role, Evan oversaw all legal matters for a company
with over $300 million in annual gaming revenues. When the company launched its sports wagering
operation in 2018, Evan was on the front lines. He was involved at every turn, from ensuring legal and
regulatory compliance to spearheading numerous operational initiatives.
Evan is a frequent conference speaker and media presence on the topic, and has relationships with a
wide variety of media, team, league, and gaming contacts in this area. Evan has been widely recognized
for his work. He was named by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a 2019 “Influencer of Law,” and is a recipient
of The Legal Intelligencer’s 2019 “GC Impact” award and the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2017 “Best
of the Bar” award. Evan was also named by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2019 and Emerging
Leaders of Gaming and Global Gaming Business magazine in 2018 to their respective classes of “40
Evan is also very active in his community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ed
Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, a charity that serves over 3,000 inner-city children in Philadelphia, PA
and Camden, NJ, and on the Board of Trustees for the Bala Cynwyd Library in Lower Merion Township,
PA. Evan received his B.A. from Duke University and his J.D. cum laude from the University of
Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as an editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
He lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons.
Jeremy Kleiman focuses his practice on gaming, regulatory, and business law, representing casino operators, gaming equipment suppliers, technology providers, and financial institutions involved in the gaming and lottery industries. He specializes in gaming-related corporate, regulatory, licensing, and compliance matters, with an emphasis on the online and mobile gaming industry.
Prior to rejoining the firm, Jeremy served as Executive Vice President, Regulatory & Business Affairs for Coastal Development, LLC, a developer, investor and operator in casino resorts and racetracks. In that role, he was responsible for the company’s legal affairs, government relations, and compliance functions, as well as sourcing, negotiating, and executing on a number of business transactions. Jeremy’s background and experience on the business side of the gaming industry uniquely position him to counsel and advise clients on transactional and regulatory matters while understanding the clients’ business objectives.
Jeremy had previously been a member of the Firm and head of its Gaming Law Practice Group prior to his time at Coastal Development. He advised financial institutions, gaming equipment manufacturers, lottery providers, and casino operators on all matters related to licensing, compliance and other regulatory matters.
Jeremy is a co-founder and director of iDevelopment and Economic Association (iDEA), an industry association seeking to grow jobs and expand online interactive entertainment business in the United States through advocacy and education.
Jeremy serves on the Board of Trustees of the International Association of Gaming Advisors, is a past Chair of the Casino Law Section of the New Jersey Bar Association, and is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law. He is a frequent panelist at gaming industry conferences.