MEET THE OCSI 2023 SPEAKERS
CEO l XR Casino
Visionary entrepreneur with over 24 years of experience in financial services, electronic payments and technology. Founder of 5 successful financial services companies. Founded XR Casino in 2001, a software company specialized in the development and operation of Extended Realities (XR) Casino Games for B2B and B2C applications. XR Casino is the first and only XR tech games provider to the iGaming industry.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/dan-martinez-10aa24b1/
Advisor l DTC Advisory
Daniele Tagliarini is a digital payments and business transformation expert with over twenty years of experience, mainly matured in the financial services and gaming sectors. He developed innovative digital payments/gaming solutions adhering to European payments directives and licensed by national regulators, and led multiple organizational re-design projects on a global scale, achieving significant results in both high-growth and turnaround environments. Daniele’s objective is to help organizations building winning teams, driving operational excellence, accelerating profitable growth through talent and change management, customer engagement and proactive innovation. He currently serves as the Senior Advisor of DTC Advisory, which he funded in 2020.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/danieletagliarini/
CEO l MonteCrypto
Dustin Plantholt, “The Count of Monte Crypto,” is highly regarded for his contributions and impact in the world of disruptive technologies and media. He is a journalist, editor, and documentary filmmaker. He has interviewed celebrities, won awards for NFT/Metaverse advisory, and is a highly sought-after panel moderator and global speaker.
His title “The Count of Monte Crypto” given to him by Forbes Monaco Magazine, along with a 40 Under 40 award, is a nod to his undisputed impact in innovating ideas and bringing people together, educating others about digital assets, and his commitment to excellence. Plantholt’s volunteer work includes being the official NFT and Metaverse Advisor to the March of Dimes, European Women’s Association, Pan Logos Foundation, World Influencers and Bloggers Association, and other boards and foundations.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/plantholt/
Head of International Banking l mano.bank
Edgaras Grabauskas is an ambitious, target-driven, self-motivated International corporate banking professional with the ability to perform in multicultural and fast paced business environments. With proven track record in the Fintech Industry he decided to join hands and bring his expertise and novel approach to Mano.Bank to interlink between traditional and innovative banking.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/edgarasgrabauskas/
Founder & Executive Strategist l Spatial Forces
Firàs Safieddine is a leading practitioner whose work spans architecture, urbanism, metaverse, design, ecology, and neurotechnology. He has designed cities, spaces, experiences, and products in the real and the virtual worlds, he also coined “Electrical Ecologies” and heading to the future, he aims at designing the first ‘architecture brain implant’.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/firas-safieddine-b81209186/
Chairman & CEO l Crypto Blockchain Industries, SA
Frédéric Chesnais is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Crypto Blockchain Industries, SA, a company listed on Euronext and focusing on investments in blockchain and technology. He is a graduate of the French Institute of Political Sciences (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris). He holds degrees in Finance and Law. He started his career as a financial consultant and then practiced as a lawyer focused on mergers and acquisitions and financing of transactions. Frederic is also the Co-Creator of AlphaVerse.com
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/fredericchesnais/
Advocate & Partner l DLA Piper
Giulio Coraggio is the Partner who heads the Intellectual Property & Technology department in Italy and is the Global Co-Chair of the Gaming & Gambling group of the firm. Giulio is dual-qualified in Italy and in England and Wales and has over 20 years of experience assisting Italian and multinational companies on information technology, Internet and eCommerce law matters, data protection and cybersecurity issues, and gaming and gambling contentious and non-contentious legal aspects. Giulio is a problem solver, and clients appreciate his ability to find solutions enabling them to perform what they are willing to do but identifying an underlying legal basis justifying their conduct. Giulio has gained considerable experience in assisting primary international businesses on complex data protection compliance projects and dawn raids and investigations run by the Italian privacy authority, the Garante, as well as European privacy authorities and the disputes before them and competent courts. In addition, he has assisted leading international groups in the management of some of the most significant cyberattacks in Italy and Europe, including some of the most severe ransomware attacks and the consequential cybersecurity compliance programs. He is an expert in drafting and negotiating international commercial and technology supply agreements and contractual and regulatory aspects concerning innovative projects on artificial intelligence, machine learning, NFT, the metaverse, and cryptocurrency contracts. He also advises some of the most relevant operators and publishers in the market on regulatory and contentious gaming and gambling matters and esports, eCommerce and epayment projects.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/giulio-coraggio/
Founder/Partner l Sbordoni Studio Legale
Stefano Sbordoni is a lawyer with unrivalled experience in the field of gambling and betting law. Mr Sbordoni is a Supreme Court attorney-at-law.He is a professor at the University of Salerno.
He supports the Autonomous Administration of the State Monopolies on administrative law matters pertaining to the field of gaming and betting.
He has attended as a speaker many important conferences on Gaming and Betting.
As a journalists he cooperates with the major trade publication on betting.
He is a member of IMGL, secretary general of UTIS and has been Vice President of the Centro Studi Italiano del Gioco
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/stefano-sbordoni-aaba104/
Advisor l Studio D'Angeli
Laura D’Angeli is a business advisor with twenty years of experience with the passion for innovation. In the last 15 years her activity has focused on the gaming sector and she has followed the development of innovative projects for leading gaming companies. She wrote a book for the Franco Angeli:“e-sport in Italy, how to develop a success strategy” and now she is studying the opportunities of blockchain and NFT for gaming.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/laura-d-angeli-1a9b2b7/
Head of SEO (Casino) l Gaming Innovation Group
Maja is a seasoned SEO expert with extensive experience in the igaming industry. Her unique approach to problem-solving, devising comprehensive SEO strategies, and quickly diagnosing and solving ranking issues makes her a valuable asset to our SEO knowledge panel. As a manager, she prioritizes career building, transferring skills to her team, and inspiring employees to achieve their best. With a can-do attitude and a team of like-minded individuals, she has been able to achieve remarkable success for GIG and we are looking forward to hearing the insights she will share with our audience.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/jovancevicmaja/
CTO l Neotach Finance
Norbert Steff. CTO at Neotech Finance. Building bridges between the Real world and the digital world. My main goal is to make peoples lives easyer and more simpler with modern technologies and to bring people together with metaverse experiences.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/norbert-steff-251a57208/
Global SEO Lead l Betsson
Patrick is the Lead of the Onsite & Offsite SEO teams at the Betsson Group. He has begun his journey in SEO through having his own Digital Marketing Agency in Malta, during which he has built and designed multiple different types of websites for a vast array of clients. Once he got too comfortable, he jumped into the Online Gambling Industry, looking for new challenges. Patrick’s first step was taking care of 12+ domains in multiple languages in the African markets, that included English, French, Portuguese and Swahili. After a couple of years, Patrick moved on to leading SEO teams on a global scale within Betsson Group, geared towards the European, Canadian and Japanese markets.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/digital-marketer-malta/
Chairman & CEO l Tal Ron, Drihem & Co.
Tal Itzhak Ron holds an LL.B, BSc and MSc in Computer Science and Math; Master of Financial and Gaming Law; an online gaming, digital entertainment and financial technology veteran with over 20 years of legal experience. He has been working closely with industry leading gaming operators, affiliates and companies from the online sectors since the early 2000's. As the Chairman and Global CEO of Tal Ron, Drihem & Co., Law Firm, he became the first international lawyer to practice these areas of law exclusively and one of the best known names in the hitech and gaming legal industries. With his unique, creative style and attention to details, he raised several unicorns from startup status to IPOs and buyouts. His award winning law firm is widely regarded as the first point of contact for new online ventures as well as mature companies who wish to optimize their legal, payments and operational structure.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/talron/
Vytautas Jonas Lapienis
Co-founder & Board Member l mano.bank
With more than 25 years of business development and management experience in finance and real estate, Vytautas has co-founded and build several successful global businesses. In 2008 Vytautas co-founded "Mano Unija" which has become the largest credit union in Lithuania. In October 2018, "Mano unija" received the first specialized bank license in European Union and officially became a bank in January 2019. Vytautas continues to shape Mano Bank processes, define growth strategies and business directions.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/vytautas-jonas-l-7441b217b/
Founder l æternity Blockchain
Yanislav Malahov, a veritable veteran of the game, is an expert innovator with more than a decade’s worth of experience in the fields of crypto and blockchain.
The “Godfather of Ethereum,” who has for a long time been considered a foremost blockchain expert and pioneer, has (co)created and launched seven wallets — including the premiere Dogecoin browser wallet. Envisaging powerful algorithms on blockchains since 2013, Yanislav has also facilitated the registration of what was most likely the world’s first company with crypto as base capital.
Over the past five years, Yanislav has been relentlessly spearheading blockchain space forward, working tirelessly on the æternity blockchain — a more scalable smart contract platform with advanced built-in features, such as state channels for smart contracts, a human-readable naming system, built-in oracles, and a hugely efficient virtual machine — FATE. With the æternity blockchain, Yanislav’s vision of facilitating fast transactions without forfeiting decentralization and rich functionality — is becoming a reality.
Additionally, Yanislav has founded Crypto Castle — a blockchain castle of the future that hosted a plethora of crypto events, including the first Crypto Castle Symposium. With the incoming hyperchain consensus close to coming to fruition, Yanislav continues to envision and design a superior way of scaling blockchains.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/yanislav-malahov-5025b712/
Chairman & CEO l Luns.io
Moshe Sabia is an experienced user acquisition executive, serving many roles as a CEO. Holds a demonstrated history of working in the digital marketing and gaming advertising industry. Skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Sales, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Using Compliance as an opportunity for growth. Strong professional knowhow holding a Behavioral Sciences and Communications degree from College of Management Rishon Letzion. Nowadays spearheading the media agency Luns.io and European mobile game developer Centrom with much success.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/moshe-sabia-19a82956/
Partner l Mobile Brain
Gonzalo Jusid, having worked for leading online Casinos for 15 years (including founding member of Mansion), as well as for e-commerce application development ventures, established his own company in 2013, Mobile Brain. Originally from Chile and now based in Tel Aviv, Gonazlo is considered one of the leading affiliates in the Latin American and European Tier-1 markets.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/gonzalo-j-9b5a6526/
MLRO and Head of AML Department l mano.bank
Simona Jovaisaitė - Award winning AML and compliance professional leading the AML department in Lithuania’s first specialized bank, Mano Bank. For the past 10 years, Ms. Jovaisaitė has focused on applying and maintaining high AML standards in the financial and fintech sectors. As one of Nuvei’s Lithuanian branch founding team members, she had been overseeing its Compliance and AML activities both in Lithuania and in Israel.
She is a strong believer that risk mitigation based on AI without compromising on excellent user experience is a necessity to succeed and not merely an option.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/simona-jovai%C5%A1ait%C4%97-912751142/
Partner l GTG
Dr Cassar is Counsel to numerous B2C/B2B Gaming companies including Blue-chip and listed companies, operators, suppliers, aggregators, game developers, affiliates, white labels, and intermediaries and is particularly renowned for having led multiple high-profile Gaming M&As and for having negotiated/advised on major software-related transactions and licensing deals.
He is also a Visiting Lecturer and Examiner at the University of Malta and sits on the Board of Directors of a various Gaming & IP companies.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/terence-cassar-819509103/
CEO l Boiling Offers
Matan Amoyal has an extensive experience in affiliation, having dealt with the biggest affiliates and affiliate managers of the industry. Since establishing his own affiliate network Boiling Offers recently it became rapidly the go-to network for online ventures.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/matan-amoyal/
Co-Founder l Pushub
Eli Desatnik is a Creator of Valuable companies in the field of online advertising and Content Creation, with over 11 Years in the field.
X3 founder of Ad agencies and content publishing companies across Web, App, and connected TV, His first 2 companies were sold to a US based public company.
Today he servers as Co-founder at Pushub, which combines a publishing house of Niche content websites, a performance-oriented Ad agency, and a demand side ad buying Marketplace – focusing on the most outstanding ad format in recent years, premium Push notifications.
Developer of the “what’s in it for you” method of building business partnerships.
Nicknamed “Mister performance” since 2013.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/eli-desatnik-3554aa2a/
VP Sales iGaming l Nuvei
Fabrizio Bergamaschi, VP Sales iGaming at Nuvei (formerly known as Safecharge) , joined the company in September 2016.
Together with his team, he is focused on the growth and development of the online and mobile payments business specifically for the iGaming industry.
The aim of Fabrizio’s team is to establish and confirm Nuvei as the reference worldwide for payment in iGaming sector.
Fabrizio has been dealing with iGaming and digital payments since 2006, working with companies like Click&Buy ( Deutsche Telekom), Sofort (Klarna) and Paysafe Group (Paysafecard, Neteller and Skrill).
His 20+ years career is rounded up by previous experiences in Information Technology companies, first as programmer than as Business developer Manager.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/bergamaschi/
Owner l Stratified.io
Rotem Zacary is a prominent executive which hold vast experience in the cryptography, payments and fintech world. Rotem is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 13 years of experience in the financial industry globally. Rotem is the owner of Stratified.io which he founded in 2019 with senior fintech executives from Europe. His company owns the cryptographic technology behind casinos, banks and e-merchants, licensed until now as white labels and is revealed for the first time on stage in Online Casino Summit Italy.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/rotem-zacary/
Professor Konstantina Papathanasiou
Professor of Economic Criminal Law l Universität Liechtenstein
Prof. Dr. Konstantina Papathanasiou, LL.M., holds the Professorship of Economic Criminal Law, Compliance and Digitalization at the University of Liechtenstein, since September 1, 2021. She pursued her legal studies from 2001-2005, and completed a Master’s degree in Criminal Law in Athens. From 2008 onwards, she received the DAAD-Scholarship at the University of Heidelberg to pursue her research, where she subsequently, among others, completed her doctorate in 2010-2013 as a scholarship holder of the Alexander Onassis Foundation. With a habilitation scholarship from the University of Regensburg, funded by the german Federal Ministry of Education and Research, she worked on her habilitation thesis from 2017-2020. She habilitated in March 2021 and was subsequently awarded the venia legendi for criminal law, criminal procedural law, economic criminal law, international criminal law, comparative law and legal philosophy. Since 2016 she is a visiting professor at the Faculté Libre de Droit in Paris, and in 2018 she was at the Collège de France on a 2-month research fellowship. In 2021, she was elected to the Board of the Greek Society of Criminal Law.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/prof-dr-konstantina-papathanasiou-2713b590/
Attorney-at-Law l European Gambling Lawers and Advisors (EGLA)
She has developed solid know-how and unique competences in national/EU gaming and betting laws and regulations acting as full-time advisor to SOGEI, technological partner of the Italian Gambling Authority within the International Gambling Observatory established from 2004 to 2008. Since 2009, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Association for the Studies of Gambling (EASG) and was appointed as its Vice-President between 2014 and 2018. From 2015 to 2018, she was among the Experts group of the Italian Chamber of Deputies IV Permanent Commission (Finance) for gaming and betting matters. Since 2015, she has been working on EU Commission anti-match fixing projects such as TPREG Training on Protected Reporting System for Professional and Grassroots Sport and AMATT Anti Match Fixing Top Training. In 2021, she was among the Experts of the UNODC report, for the Money Laundering and Illegal Betting on Sports chapter. She contributes to gambling and legal reviews both at national and international level and is a regular speaker at key gambling conferences at European level.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/val%C3%A9rie-peano-0886849/
Head of Corporate Affairs UK / Global l Kindred Group
Tom is Head of Corporate Affairs UK/Global at Kindred Group, working with stakeholders across the sector and beyond to build partnerships and promote Kindred's role in creating a more sustainable industry. Prior to joining Kindred Group, Tom spent almost a decade working in the UK political sector - for a leading policy and research agency and on some of the UK's biggest election campaigns - including the General Election in 2010 and 2015, as well as the 2016 EU Referendum.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/tom-banks-41596637/
Prof. Gabriele Pao-Pei Andreoli
Senior Consultant l Ibiscus Strategic
Prof. Andreoli is also the founder and president of the “Horus Research Center”. He is a fellow member of the American Society of Diplomacy and Political Science, an academician of social sciences at IASS, Florida, USA, and a member of the “Real Societad de Armigeros de Espana” He is also a researcher and honorary professor at the Catholic University of New Spain, Miami, USA. He has worked with numerous governments and agencies as well as public and private institutions around the world. The work of Sir Andreoli as a strategic advisor is based on the study of complex adaptive systems. Cybersecurity and communications are two of his main interests. Founder of the “Evolutionary Biohacking” manifesto, he has been working and researching in the field of molecular regeneration for the last thirty years.
For his work, he has received several titles and honors, including: the Silver Cross, the Red Cross (Italy) Medal of II Class, the Red Cross (San Marino), and the United Nations Medal ONU UNMIK Kosovo. EU Medal for the Mission EUMM Georgia Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Danilo I of Montenegro; Knight with honours of the Sacred Constantinian Order of St. Giorgio (Naples); Knight of the Saints Maurice and Lazzaro (Italy); Knight grand badge Royal Order of Civil Merit of Laos; Commander of the Order of the Million Elephants and the White Parasol; Knight of Rizal (KR) Republic of the Philippines Golden Eagle Medal (Albania) In 2022, he was knighted by Pope Francis with the Pontifical Order of Saint Gregory the Great.
To find our more, visit: www.linkedin.com/in/gabriele-andreoli-9437107b/
Co-Founder l BM-Value ltd