Strategic Advisor for Russia iGaming Summit & Expo
Ilya Machavariani is a gambling & gaming lawyer for Europe, Russia and the CIS. He has extensive experience advising on gambling issues and advises clients on operating in the Russian Federation and Eastern Europe, on the full range of regulations relating to the gambling, as well as drafting necessary contracts and internal documents. He also handles licensing processes for gambling operators that are entering new markets throughout the world and actively engaged in advising regulators and state authorities on the development of gambling legislation.
He has experience leading and advising on various gambling projects, with focus on regulatory compliance (including AML and IP/IT issues), as well as coordinating Dentons’ teams worldwide providing similar advice in relation to a wide range of jurisdictions.
Gaming Industry Analyst
Strategic Advisor for SPiCE India
Jay Sayta is a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) graduate from W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) Kolkata. Jay has researched and written extensively on gambling and betting laws for various online and offline publications and academic journals like The Statesman, Scroll, The Wire, Swarajya, Asia Gaming Brief, etc.
Jim Ramchand is a veteran in operating brick and mortar poker rooms in South Asia. Jim has operated and managed poker rooms in Casino Pride Goa, Casino Carnival Goa, Casino Bellagio Colombo and Casino Marina Colombo. Other than poker, Jim operates and manages the popular Indian teenpatti group events. He is a Junket agent with a client base from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, UAE and Pakistan and works with various casinos in the Indian sub-continent.
Principal Consultant and Owner, Sense4Gaming
Strategic Advisor for All-In Gaming Ukraine Summit
Robert Brassai, consultant, strategist, and gaming expert. Robert is the founding principal of the gaming consulting firm “Sense4gaming.” The firm takes on projects from casino concept and management to marketing and operations. Robert brings to the casino industry a wide range of experience and expertise.
Robert, a leading casino executive has used his wealth of experience to establish and transform many casino businesses. He has opened and managed properties for some of the industry’s leading casino companies like Sun International, Queenco and Kerzner International.
Through his career Robert has had the privilege to lead teams at some of the most iconic casinos such as Casino Mazagan in Morocco, Casino Monticello in Chile and Ocean Sun Casino in Panama where he served as General Manager and opened two international standard casino properties almost simultaneously. Robert also spent 13 years working for Queenco in different countries from Romania to Morocco. Robert, who has always been an active participant in the evolution and transformation of the gaming industry, also served as Country Manager at Tilley Entertainment, Colombia.
Robert has always thrived on challenges and has a long and proven track record setting up new businesses from scratch and turning around struggling ones very quickly with his no-nonsense, result oriented approach. He has used his more than 25 years of industry experience coupled with continuous learning and innovation to achieve all his goals and those of his employers and partners.
A highly motivated accomplisher, Robert Brassai has a certificate in Executive Development Program from University of Nevada-Reno and a diploma in tourism management from KITV, Hungary. Besides his Native Hungarian, Robert is fluent in several major languages including English, French, Spanish, German and Hungarian.
Head of Business Development and Sales, Moobifun
Strategic Advisor for Gaming Expo Francophone Africa
With 8 years in the telecom industry and 10 years in the gaming business, Yahya WANE presently stands at the point where these industries converge and meet with financial services. He is putting together partnerships between gaming operators and telcos to implement mobile betting solutions with tailored mobile money solutions, the perfect match for emerging markets.
Having worked for Phumelela as International Sales Manager in charge of Africa, he nurtured relationships with numerous stakeholders and decision makers in West, Central and East Africa.
Yahya WANE has been the COO and IT Director for the National Lottery of Senegal (LONASE) and as such, has a deep knowledge of the gaming industry in West Africa.
His experience with Editec, in charge of New Operations and Retail (London) gave him a large insight of the “retail to mobile” trend.
Yahya is a shareholder of Moobifun, the pioneering technology company which is implementing mobile gaming solutions throughout the continent.