Our 2019 Industry Leading Speakers

Alex Kamberos

Independent consultant

Alex Kamberos is a payments, risk expert and online casino professional with over 15 years experience. He has setup online casinos and handled full cycle management from support to customer acquisition and payment operations. Setting up multiple payment gateways and negotiating acquiring bank contracts. Alex has been deeply involved in regulated online casino operations having set up a brand in Malta. He has managed affiliate relations independently for many online casino operators and affiliate programs as well as internally from the operator side.

Amy Remes

CEO, Kootac

She is the CEO of Kootac Trading LTD Malta. Kootac are the brains behind the immaculate digital platform that's opening up to international lotto to the masses. Boasting over ten years' experience in the field, they are the most accomplished software provider in the online lottery industry. Amy holds a doctorate degree from Number Theory in Math and she is dedicated to the world of lotteries and numbers.

Andreas Matsas

CEO, Sibilla Solutions

Andreas has acquired a wide range of experiences during his 10-year investment banking career with Laiki Investments in Cyprus and HSBC Investment Bank in London, UK. He had been involved in some of the most important Stock Exchange Listings and Mergers & Acquisitions in Cyprus, as well as in major privatization projects in South East Europe.

In 1998, while serving as Head of the Investment Banking Division at Laiki Investments, he was seconded for two years to the Corporate Finance & Advisory Division (CFAD) of HSBC Investment Bank plc. in London, UK. The purpose of his secondment was to gain experiences in privatizations. Andreas was placed in HSBC's team that was dealing with privatizations in the Balkan and Mediterranean regions. He became directly involved in privatization projects in various sectors, namely telecoms, energy & banking.

Moreover, he attended HSBC's specialized training programs on privatizations, Mergers & Acquisitions, company valuation, financial modeling and convertibles.

For the last 14 years, through his own private equity & corporate finance advisory firm, he has been advising corporate clients and institutional investors towards diversifying their investment portfolios. He maintains an extensive network of associates in the Middle East, Russia & China. 
Andreas today serves as the CEO of an Electronic Money Institution (EMI), regulated by the Central Bank of Cyprus.

He is also a member to the Board of Directors of various companies engaged in financial services, regulated by the Cyprus Securities & Exchange Commission (CySEC) and a leading Property Development Group in Russia.

Finally, he serves as a Strategy Consultant to the Board of Directors of a Group engaged in the Fire Suppression industry, with presence in more than 70 countries, with specific tasks relating to the Group's global expansion & listing on an international stock exchange.

Andreas holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics & Quantitative Techniques and an MBA from Imperial College in London (Thesis: "Introducing Venture Capital in Cyprus"); he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing in the UK and the Institute of Management in the UK. He is a Fully Accredited Management/Financial Consultant by the International Council of Management Consulting Institutes (ICMCI) and a licensed stockbroker by the Stock Exchange Commission in Cyprus.

Branka van der Linden

Secretary of the Board, Cyprus Integrity Forum (CIF) 

Branka van der Linden holds Bachelor in Business Administration and Master of Laws in International Business. Her background is diverse and core lies in compliance and legislation.

She is the Secretary of the Board of the Cyprus Integrity Forum (CIF) and Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), part of the Training and Education Committee of Cyprus Chapter. She is also a member of ACAMS and Training and Events coordinator of Cyprus Chapter of BNI, Nicosia. She is active compliance and anti-fraud professional, with over 13 years experience in AML, Corporate Governance and Risks.

Branka consults and works closely with startups on their due diligence, organises various events, leads numerous projects through Meaningful Synergies and believes the success of the business lies in high ethics and integrity.

Christina Christoforou

Business Development & Social Responsibility Consultant, National Betting Authority, Cyprus

Christina Christoforou works at the National Betting Authority for more than 2 years and is responsible for the Business Development and Social Responsibility Unit. She has worked on the Authority’s Action Plan on Responsible Gaming and other projects relating to the connections between responsible gaming stakeholders. She holds a BSc degree on Business Administration and Finance from the University of Cyprus and a MSc on Global Business and Sustainability from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Christina Thakor-Rankin

Principal Consultant, 1710 Gaming, UK

Christina has over 25 years’ experience in the betting, and gambling industry. Starting out in the pre-dotcom era, she has a career spanning land, internet and mobile, covering all aspects of gaming operations, holding senior roles with some of the world’s best known brands (including William Hill and Virgin) responsible for managing multiple business disciplines, functions and teams across a range of channels, products and customers, including regulatory compliance and money laundering.


She is currently Principal Consultant at 1710 Gaming Ltd working with start-ups, investors, established operators, regulators, law enforcement and industry groups across the world, advising on all aspects of the gaming and gambling cycle – from market research and analysis, to licensing and compliance, products and marketing, project management and business strategy, to full operational set-up and customer engagement.


She remains an active Compliance Officer and MLRO, non-Executive Director and Board member, and regularly contributes to industry publications and international events. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Politics, and a Master’s degree in Classic.

Dr Christiana Markou

Partner, Markou & Co LLC
Assistant Professor (Law), European University Cyprus 

Christiana advices on data protection, information security and e-commerce law issues. She is also the legal advisor of the Association of Cyprus Betting Companies. She was called to the Cyprus Bar Association in 2001 after passing the relevant examination in 12 different areas of Cyprus law with honours in 2000. She is also a holder of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Lancaster (UK). My thesis is on EU cyber consumer law. She has been practising law since 2000 as an associate in a major Cypriot law firm until the end of 2005. Since 2005, she manages C. MARKOU & CO LLC, a Cyprus law firm.

David Schollenberger

Director, Policy and Compliance, Cyprus National Gaming & Casino Supervision Commission

David Schollenberger is the Director, Policy and Compliance for the Cyprus Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission in Limassol, Cyprus since September, 2018. He is responsible for advising the Commission on compliance and regulation matters and drafting appropriate policies, procedures, standards and directions. Prior to the engagement with the Commission, David was a private practice solicitor in London specialising in gaming and betting and acting for governments, multinational  gaming operators and suppliers. He was an external legal adviser to the Cyprus government on the Integrated Casino project from 2013-2018 and drafted the Cyprus Casino Operations and Control Law 2015 and the Casino Operations and Control Law (General) Regulations 2016.

Demetris A Tsingis

Managing Partner, FINCAP Advisers

Demetris A. Tsingis is the Managing Partner of FINCAP Advisers Ltd, one of the leading Financial Services and FINTECH consulting advisory shops in Cyprus with a global reach from their London and Dubai offices. Demetris was formerly the Partner heading the Financial Regulation & Advisory, London Office and Executive Academy departments in one of the leading advisory firms of Cyprus. Demetris holds a BSc in Government & Economics (LSE) and an MBA with Honours in Finance, Entrepreneurial Management and Private Equity & Venture Capital (Wharton Business School) with a Fulbright Scholarship. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA), a practising member of the ICPAC and of the ICAEW, a CYSEC advanced examination holder, an approved HRDA External Trainer and a licensed Mediator amongst other qualifications.

Dominique Laconico

Chairman, Megabet Plus

• Founded Nico Capital Gaming Corporation in 2007, a PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) Licensed Importer and Distributor of gaming products to the Philippines

• Past country head and Chief Operating Officer of Manpower Group

• As COO, DFNN was the 2nd fastest growing company in the Philippines and one of the fastest growing companies in Asia Pacific according to the Financial Times of London (FT)

• Over 20 years experience in the Information Technology field

• Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Management and Administration

• Extensive experience in Industrial Engineering and Information Technology

• 14 years of experience in Operations and Logistics Management

• Business relationships with Corporations in Europe, Asia, North and South America

• Very well-traveled with over 1 million miles flown

• Extensive experience in international relations and business

Hmayak Arakelyan

Regional Director for Africa, Digitain

Hmayak Arakelyan is the Regional Director of the African Region for Digitain.  He started his career with Digitain in 2016 as a Sales and Account Manager and quickly rose through the ranks to become Regional Director. A salesperson at heart,  Hmayak enjoys, meeting new clients and discussions and exploring new markets, and thrives on problem-solving and is a person who always looks forward. Hmayak will give you an overview of any product and solutions that Digitain provides at the moment.  If you are interested in talks about the development opportunity of the market, he is an active and enthusiastic person who loves to provide partners every day with detailed assistance for their business requirements. Hmayak holds a degree in Ecology / Natural Resource and is a committed environmentalist.

Ioanna Fiakkou

Chairwoman, National Betting Authority, Cyprus

Ms. Ioanna Fiakkou is the chairwoman of the National Betting Authority, the public
independent authority for the regulation, supervision and control of betting activities in
Cyprus.  During her term at NBA, she has worked with all stakeholders in the Cypriot betting
industry and has manage to apply rigorous enforcement and monitoring measures.
Ms. Fiakkou represents the National Betting Authority to various gambling conferences and
gatherings in Europe, particularly represents the Authority to GREF (Gaming Regulators European
Forum) and to other committees for match-fixing.


She has taken the initiative to elaborate a National Strategy for Responsible Gambling which includes all stakeholders, as well as other initiatives regarding player protection.

Isobel John

Head of Regulatory Compliance and AMLRO, Melco Resorts & Entertainment

Isobel John is currently the regulatory compliance person for the Integrated Casino Resort Cyprus. Experienced Compliance Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the gambling industry. Skilled in Fraud Investigations ( online and land based ), and regulatory management in AML and Social Responsibility. Educated to degree level in Human Resources and NEBOSH accredited in Health and Safety.

Jack Symons

Chief Executive, Gamban

Jack is the founder and CEO of gamban®. Formed as a result of his own experience with problem gambling and his dissatisfaction with existing self-exclusion options, Jack brought the most affordable, effective and lightweight gambling-blocking software to the market. The aim is help individuals stop gambling and organisations (businesses, operators and education institutions) improve sustainability. 


gamban® is the smartest, most effective blocking software in the world for blocking online gambling sites and apps.
Working with businesses, education institutions and gambling operators, gamban® has minimised the risk of gambling-related harm. For operators, gamban® improves overall sustainability and provides a comprehensive gambling block for vulnerable players, boosting responsible gambling measures and offering a practical tool that stops individuals signing up with other gambling operators.

John Karantzis

CEO, iSignthis Ltd

John Karantzis holds qualifications in engineering (University of Western Australia), law, and business (University of Melbourne and University of Melbourne Business School). He is a founder of iSignthis, and has been leading the sales effort whilst developing the intellectual property to its commercialised state. John Karantzis has over 20 years' experience in a number of sectors, including online media, defence and communications, with a background in secure communications.His previous public company experience includes directorships with ASX listed Pacific Star Network Limited (ASX:PNW) and Reeltime Media Limited (ASX:RMA).

Katerina Antoniou

Director Reputation & Practice Protection Group, Deloitte Ltd (Cyprus)

Katerina works at Deloitte since 2005 and currently holds the position of the Head of the Practice Protection Group of Deloitte Cyprus. Katerina began her professional career as a with Arthur Andersen in London in 1990, and a milestone in her career was her appointment as CFO of the Cyprus Stock Exchange in 1996. In 2005 she joined the Deloitte team in Cyprus as Senior Director in the Compliance, Regulatory and Risk Management Department. In 2012, she had been appointed as the Country’s Champion to represent Cyprus in the battle of the profession towards the European Audit reforms.

Liz Karter

Founder and Director, Level Ground Therapy

Liz Karter is considered a leading UK therapist in gambling addiction in women. Liz is founder and Director at Level Ground Therapy: the private Harley Street and online practice established in 2010. Treating gambling addiction since 2001 Liz has worked with both men and women as consultant to leading UK addiction treatment agencies as well as in private practice. An author of 3 published books on gambling addiction in women, and a professional writer for national & international publications.


Her wealth of knowledge about gambling addiction and extensive experience in designing and delivering training have led to Liz developing a portfolio of corporate clients for whom she acts as consultant, including gambling industry companies. With an excellent reputation for making sense of addiction in an approachable style Liz is a frequently appeared on TV and radio worldwide as consultant therapist. As a regular and popular conference speaker, Liz's speaking engagements have included Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Dubai, Malta, Stockholm and the UK. Liz has had the honour of judging the social responsibility category of the International Gaming awards for six consecutive years.

Margaret A Pitiris

Founding Partner and CEO, Human Capital Solutions Ltd

Mrs. Pitiris is the Founding Partner and CEO of Human Capital Solutions Ltd, a leading Human Resources Consulting Firm focused on technical and strategic broad-based Human Capital Services based in Cyprus with satellite EMEA operations. She is a Human Resource Transformer, Operations, Culture and Talent Strategist, Master Trainer, Talent Champion and HR Forensic Expert. As an Experienced Board Member and Advisor, she has been appointed and served public and privately held companies, as well as semi–government and not for profit organisations internationally.


She has coached and consulted executives from Fortune 500 companies and worked with numerous blue-chip corporations across industries operating in Europe, the Middle East and the USA. She has earned a solid reputation as a highly technical and strategic professional working with businesses to tap into their profit-earning potential by enhancing their operations with change management and people development strategies.


She is a seasoned industry speaker sought after for her expertise in international technical strategic HR and experience in driving change to achieve substantial business results in leading organisations through fast, dynamic growth and transformation by aligning people strategies with business imperatives creating a diverse, engaging and collaborative culture. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), Professional Member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in the USA, is a Certified Master Trainer (CMT), and a Certified Psychometric Analyst Practitioner (CPTP).

Maria Florides

Program Manager, GPWA

I have been working in the gaming industry for over 10 years as an Affiliate Program Manager. My first job in the industry was as a customer support representative, which gave me a great inside track to client’s needs and finding the best ways to help them. Throughout my career I have been very fortunate to be part of reputable companies. I am currently working as the GPWA (Gambling Webmaster Portal Association) Program Manager. The GPWA is a social/networking focused company highly regarded by operators and webmasters in the gambling and finance industries. My role includes looking for great new partners to collaborate with. I also look after our current partners, making sure they have all they need in order to increase their brand exposure successfully.

Marina Yiannikouri

Head of Responsible Gaming, Cyprus National Gaming & Casino Supervision Commission

Marina Yiannikouri is a UK university graduate in Communications with Sociology (1992 – 1995) and a postgraduate in Television and Video Production (1995 – 1996). During 1997 – 1999, she worked as a television producer at the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation and in 1999 she started working for the (then newly established) Cyprus Radio-Television Authority. Since January 2018, she is Head of Responsible Gaming and Social Responsibility at the Cyprus Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission.

Dr Michael Auer 

Director, neccton Austria

Dr. Michael Auer holds a PhD in Psychology from Nottingham Trent University and a Master’s degree in statistics from the University of Vienna. He is a regular speaker at gambling conferences, collaborates with recognized scientists in the field, and has published numerous peer-reviewed papers on player tracking and Responsible Gaming. Dr. Auer played a pivotal role in developing a player-centric and science-based responsible gaming solution called mentor and he has evaluated a number of responsible gaming features such as voluntary limit setting and dynamic pop-up messages. Originally a marketer (he still consults with several gambling marketing departments), Dr. Auer knows both sides of the coin and this experience has helped him to successfully implement many harm minimization strategies. He views Responsible Gaming as a way of creating a fun and safe gambling environment.

Michael C.G. Charalambides

Regional Partner & Director and CEO, ECOMMPAY & ECOMMBANX

Michael is a long established professional in the e-payments Industry holding key positions in local and global payments and e-money institutions. He has served as a member in Boards of the fintech industry, PIs, EMIs and investment institutions. Michael specialises in European Electronic Payments, has knowledge of PSD 1&2 directives and banking regulations, but he is also an optimist in changing and evolving blockchain technology. Michael holds a strong clientele and specialises in advising his partners for banking and e-payments across the betting, gaming and investment companies.

Monica Ioannidou Polemitis

CEO, MAP Innovation

Monica has more than 15 years of experience in Strategy consulting, during which she has led engagements with corporates in various sectors, while in parallel, she has managed a number of large scale projects funded by the European Commission.

She specializes in innovation consulting, assisting large companies adopt innnovation by developing internal innovation programmes and/or cooperating with startups.

At the same time, she acts as a mentor of selected tech-based startups, assisting them with their business model and their access to financing for their ventures.

She frequently delivers workshops and trainings to C level executives on technological trends, case studies and best practices in dealing with the challenges of corporates (incumbents) in an ever changing global environment.

Nicc Lewis

Founder, Expozive

Nicc Lewis is the founder of Expozive, a Marcom / Marketing Agency & Consultancy with a fresh approach. Nicc has over a decade and a half experience in Marketing in the digital field in both B2B and B2C Marketing. Industries include Gaming, Fintech, Affiliate Marketing and even fashion. He has also consulted with regulatory bodies such as AAMS and ARJEL.

Nick Tofiluk

CEO, Cyprus National Gaming & Casino Supervision Commission

Nick is the CEO of the Cyprus Gaming and Casino Supervision Commission, in Limassol, Cyprus with overall responsibility of setting up and managing the duties, responsibilities and operations of the regulator of casino gaming in the Republic of Cyprus, reporting to the Commission Board of Members.

Previously, Nick was many years with the UK Gambling Commission,  managing the Commission’s  focus is upon corporate leadership of the Commission with strategic focus upon licensing, compliance, intelligence and enforcement. He had specific responsibility for the Commission’s focus upon sports betting integrity issues and in developing with UK government, the national approach to address the risk of the manipulation of sports competitions which is based upon aligning the intelligence and investigation work of the Commission, sports betting operators and associations, sports governing bodies and national and international law enforcement agencies.

 Nick works extensively within the international context. He is a Member of GREF, a trustee of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR), was a UK delegate in the negotiation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, is Chair of the Council of Europe (EPAS) network of Regulators, a member of EU Expert Groups and works with the International Olympic Committee in developing the legacy of the 2012 London Games sports betting integrity strategy and with UEFA.

 Before joining the Gambling Commission in 2007 Nick was an Assistant Chief of Police with extensive experience territorial policing, serious and organised crime and criminal intelligence matters. He was the UK director for National Ballistics Intelligence Programme, chair of the UK Firearms Intelligence Committee, vice chair of the UK Firearms Strategy Group and UK Director of the Police National Database programme. Nick has degrees from the Universities of Birmingham and Cambridge and an Advanced Diploma in Organisational Management from Manchester University.

Vanezis Pangratios

Board Member, KPMG in Cyprus

Pangratios Vanezis graduated from Lancaster University with a BA in Accounting & Finance.
He qualified as an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England
and Wales in 2006. He has been working with KPMG in Cyprus as of 2003 and became a
Board Member in 2017.

Pangratios possesses a versatile industry experience in the financial services sector, the
consumer products, as well as in more specialised sectors, such as the airline transport
industry and food and beverages. Pangratios is committed to excellence and turning
knowledge into value.

In 2014, his contribution was pivotal in the creation of the KPMG Enterprise and Startups
team of KPMG in Cyprus, for which he is currently the team leader. The KPMG Enterprise
and Startups team of KPMG Cyprus, is established to facilitate entrepreneurial change in
Cyprus and help entrepreneurs in their journey to turn their ideas into successful businesses.
Pangratios is actively involved in mentoring startups with their business model, go to market
strategies and assisting in their fundraising rounds and exits. He is also part of the crowd
funding initiative in Cyprus and involved in the legislation drafting.

He is actively involved in a number of committees and groups within KPMG in Cyprus,
namely the training group providing training and support within KPMG and the International
Financial Reporting Standards group (“IFRG”) providing insights, consultation and training on
financial reporting issues both internally and externally. He is the IFRG CYPRUS contact
person on IFRS 17 and IFRS 9.

Pantelis Leandrou

Chairman, Cyprus Association of Betting Companies

Pantelis Leandrou is a sports betting expert with over 20 years experience in the Cyprus betting market. He has setup numerous land-based Sports betting companies in Cyprus and handled full management from support to trading and risk management. Since the beginning of 2019 he is the Chairman of the Cyprus Association of Betting Companies.

Peter Murray

Head of Gaming, Alexem Services

Peter Murray is a specialist in identity with a focus on regulated markets and the global Gaming sector. For over a decade he has worked closely with governments, regulators, operators and key industry stakeholders to define best practice and ensure innovation in the areas of data and technology is adapted to meet regulatory requirements and industry challenges. He has testified in the United States and presented globally on Issues of Identity, KYC, AML, fraud, self-exclusion and responsible gambling.

Pinelope Georgiou

Regulatory Compliance Manger and AMLRO, Melco Resorts & Entertainment

Pinelope works at Melco Resorts & Entertainment since the opening of the company in Cyprus and currently holds the position of the Regulatory Compliance Manager and AMLRO.

She holds an advanced Certification in AML by the International Compliance Association, a BSc degree in Social Work from the University of Nicosia and holds 20 more other related certifications.


She has been working in the gaming industry for the last four years. She started her career as a Senior Risk Management Analyst in the i-gaming industry with excellent skills in Fraud, Risk, Investigations, AML and Social Responsibility.

Stelios Eleftheriou

Director, Parimatch Cyprus

Stelios Eleftheriou has an online Marketing background and held top management positions in 3 different CySEC regulated brokers. Last year he joined Parimatch, as a Director and facilitated the class B licence process (Licence No. B0013 granted by NBA on 5/10/2017) Parimatch is new to Cyprus, but is one of the most established and leading sports betting brands in CIS, operating for 24 years with 2000+ employees. Stelios is currently focusing on developing further the brand in Cyprus. His online Marketing background, combined with his Business and Compliance experience, ensures that Parimatch will be one of the top leaders in the Cyprus regulated betting market as well.


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