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Aleksas Pikturna is the Sales Operations Manager of BetGames.TV – a developer and distributor of interactive (LIVE) and innovative gaming products for gambling business (B2B).

With partners in many countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Lithuania, Estonia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Albania, Moldova, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and the other countries worldwide – BetGames.TV has turned betting into exciting and fun experience with their LIVE games and are looking to partner with you.

All LIVE games combine traditional betting with popular lotteries and table games and are simple enough for players to easily catch on to the idea. The wagers on games can be accepted both at the retail betting shops and online solutions. What is the most important - the player will not get bored by playing LIVE games which run every few minutes and are carried out by beautiful presenters. Also BetGames.TV LIVE games generate a solid cash flow to all their partners.

 Aleksas will be joining his colleague Tayo Atoloye to share their insights on the future of betting industry. Join us at the Sports Betting West Africa Summit to see how betting can be transformed into an even more exciting experience for your customers."



Emmanuel ekpenyong

Managing Partner

Fred-young & Evans LP


Olafadeke Akeju is the Principal Consultant for WYS Solicitors. She is a leading expert on regulation, policy formulation and development for Gaming Industry. Olafadeke has years of experience in the gaming industry as she was formerly the Board Secretary/Legal Adviser to the Lagos State Lotteries Board for 8 years before setting up a specialist Firm.

Her insights into any and all legal matters surrounding the gaming industry have aided her in guiding clients through licensing and regulatory framework with relevant gaming authorities, operational structuring and representing clients in dealings with regulatory agencies.

Olafadeke will be moderating the panel discussion: How Regulators Can Collaborate To Create A Better Regulatory Environment Across West Africa and sharing her thoughts on other crucial matters.

Sports Betting West AFRICA 2017

1710 Gaming works with start-ups, investors, established operators, regulators, law enforcement and industry groups across the world, providing a range of services from advisory to comprehensive operational and management services. 

Christina Thakor-Rankin has decades of experience working in many different sides of the gaming industry. As chairperson of the Sports Betting West Africa Summit, she will be sharing her expertise on all gaming related matters at the event.

These topics include : Overcoming the Challenge Of Changing Customer Betting Patterns, What’s Next For Sports Betting? And a free Q&A Consultation, where she will join fellow Gaming Expert; Clive Tilley to answer any questions you may have about the industry.

Sudeep Ramnani is the CEO and Founder of SportyBet, an omni-channel sports betting operator with a presence in multiple African countries and a global vision.

Sudeep is also an investor in fintech and mobile payments and an advocate of the growing African internet ecosystem.

Sudeep will be discussing the challenge of changing customer betting patterns alongside other innovative leaders in the sports betting industry. His insights into the industry's toughest topics will be truly beneficial to anyone who attends the Sports Betting West Africa Summit.

Mr.  Akin Alabi, is the Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Bookmakers and the CEO of NairaBet. He is an ardent proponent of a coherent and fact-based regulation for the sports betting industry in Nigeria and as such he is committed to bridging the gap between policy and practice in the industry.

As a prominent political figure and a leading bookmaker in one of west Africa’s highest profiting regions, he has been able to bring the discussion on regulatory reform of the Nigerian sports betting industry to the forefront.

Mr. Akin Alabi and other members of the Association of Nigerian Bookmakers, leads a coordinated campaign to ensure the sports betting industry is treated fairly under the law.

Akin will be joining representatives of western African regulatory boards at the Sports Betting West Africa Summit 2017 to discuss the possibility of inter-jurisdictional collaboration and the role of regulators in the sports betting industry.

The Association of Nigerian Bookmakers (ANB) will also be hosting a one-day Nigerian Sports Betting Summit on the 17th of July, 2017 to clear up some of the issues that bookmakers have battled with regards to regulation over the past few years and to discuss the way forward  for the sports betting industry in Nigeria.

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Olafadeke akeju

Principle Consultant

WYS Solicitors

Mr Babatunde Ibidapo-Obe is a Partner at the law firm of Akin Ibidapo-Obe & Co. – a full service law firm operating out of Lagos, Nigeria founded over 30 years ago.

He graduated from the University of Lagos with a first degree in Law, and has a Masters in Computer and Communications Law from the prestigious Queen Mary, University of London.

Babatunde has been an integral part of the growth of the law firm in recent years with a specialisation in innovative business models and high growth industries. He advises early stage companies setting up unique business models in Nigeria including clients in online sports betting, e-commerce, online lending etc.

He assists them in navigating regulatory hurdles and plays a key business advisory role in maximizing operational efficiency and growth for clients.

Babatunde is currently working on publishing a comprehensive legal report analyzing the potential innovative growth opportunities for sports betting in Nigeria.


Principal Consultant

e-Ways International

Geoffrey Weli Wosu

Co-Founder and Director

Legal and Marketing


As CEO of GoldenRace, Martin Wachter has proved his passion for gaming by creating innovative and exciting games which attract and retain players around the world. GoldenRace provides tailored solutions to over 30,000 retail outlets and hundreds of online partners globally.

​For over 15 years, GoldenRace has continually delivered groundbreaking new games and software sytems that enable you to reach any player, anywhere, any time. Martin will be sharing his solutions for changing customer betting patterns with everyone who attends the Sports Betting West Africa.​​

With his vast knowledge in customer relations, Johnson Foye has an inimitable understanding of the taste and change of interest in customers. Consequently, he knows how to satisfy the needs of customers in this ever dynamic betting market which is an effortless task for Johnson 

As an expert in capacity building through diverse training and workshops, he has the ability to train, manage and transform members of any team to produce desired goals and vision of an organisation, having led several teams to unbelievable productivity and profitability consistently.

 Similarly, being a technical expert with seasoned results, opening minimum of five ‘company-owned shops’ within six months, he gets tasks done timely, professionally and at the minimum possible cost.

Etimbuk Bassey

Chief Operating Officer

SimplePay Limited

Salvation Alibor is a front-line promoter of Internet usage and inland penetration of broadband across Nigeria; and a market influencer for Ka-Band and Satellite Broadcast, Salvation has represented YahClick, Gilat Satcom/IP Planet, Skyvision and Satspace in the Nigerian VSAT industry with Syscomptech and SignOnAfrica.

He also leads a team of Web Project Developers who has designed and managed over 350 major websites and web based services in Nigeria alone. Presently deploying metro-fibre across Lagos & Abuja in a Syscomptech joint partnership, and driving #BluClick and #YahClick sales across Nigeria.

His training, experiences and ongoing projects are focused on this ONE GOAL: Internet for All Nigerians.

Austin Udu

Business Development

West African Market  

Media Stream AG


Founder & CEO

Marawin Ltd (Sporty Bet)

Martin S. Kollie, is the current Director General of the National Lottery Authority of Liberia, the government regulatory agency responsible for the gaming sector in Liberia . As head of entity, he is in charge and to ensure that operations of games of chance are conducted in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Liberia and do not adversely impact the social-economic fabric of the country.  Under his leadership, the National Lottery Authority Acts of 2014 was created or established by an Act of Legislature on March 6, 2015 with the statutory authority to regulate all games of chance with in the Republic of Liberia.

Kollie is also one of the Auditors of the Africa Lottery Association (ALA), since March 2014.

Kollie was first appointed as Chief Executive Office /CEO in September 2012 at the time Mercury Liberia, Ltd. was operating the lotto game on behalf of the Liberian Government.

After the Lottery Act was amended on December 22, 2014, that established the National Lottery Authority of Liberia. Mr. Kollie was again reappointed in September by the President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the first Director General of the entity.(NLA)

Kollie is an Administrator and an Accountant by professional. He once served as Deputy Managing Director for Administration at the Public Transport Authority, the National Transit Authority (NTA) from November 2007 to April 2012. He also served as Acting Managing Director of the Monrovia Transit Authority (MTA) on many occasions.

Kollie is married to and he is a member of the Episcopal Church in Liberia where he served as the Chairman on budget and finance.

Mr. Kollie is 48 years old.

 Etimbuk Bassey has over 10 years experience working in IT consulting. Before joining SimplePay Limited, Bassey was Entrepreneur in Residence with Seedstars, Switzerland where he designed and deployed a world-class link payment solution for Social Media merchants in Africa call SimpleLink.

Etimbuk has extensive experience in building enterprise application and has been involved in designing and building enterprise infrastructure for businesses and governments.

Presently, Etimbuk Bassey is the  Chief Operating Officer at SimplePay Limited one of Nigeria's fast growing financial solutions provider. At SimplePay he sells, designs and builds world-class payment solutions for businesses across Africa. 

Etimbuk Bassey is a member of the Britsh Computer Society.



Business Development Manager


Filippos antopoulos



Adamu Muhammad Sifawa is from Sokoto State Nigeria, and possesses a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Post Graduate in Management Studies, Advanced Diploma in Public Administration, HND, from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Usman Danfodio University Sokoto respectively, along with other Professional and Fellowship Certificates.
He has worked in all three tiers of Government as the former Hon. Commissioner for Commerce, Industries, Cooperatives and Tourism in Sokoto State, Permanent Secretary in the State Public Service, Executive Secretary Pension Board, Local Government Secretary to the sultanate Council and Sokoto State Council of Chiefs among others. He transferred to Federal service and currently is director of Administration and Finance National Lottery Regulatory Commission, The Presidency.
Altogether he has over Twenty Four (24) years cognate experience in Senior Management positions. He equally attended courses on relevant skills of Capacity Building and Management Competence. His Attributes to the industry and avowed commitment to organisational goals coupled with team spirit are the driving force in the administrative capacity.

He is happily married with children and strives daily to ensure his wealth of experience as the Commission’s Director of Administration and Finance adds great value to the growth and development of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission

akin alabi


​Nigerian Bookmakers Association

Emmanuel is experienced in recovery of diverse debts across borders. He has been engaged in prominent commercial litigations at the High and appellate courts and has acted as counsel in both domestic and international commercial arbitrations.

He is involved in several public interest litigations like the recent suit by some Federal law makers in Nigeria against the Federal Government on the constitutionality of the Excess Crude Account.

He is exposed to Nigeria’s corporate and intellectual property practice and advises both foreign and local clients on foreign investments and the legal regime in Nigeria’s real estate sector.

As Managing Partner at Fred-young & Evans, Emmanuel will be presenting a paper on fraud and money laundering initiatives at the Sports Betting West Africa.

Aleksas pikturna

Sales Operations Manager


As Business Development Manager for Africa at Betgenius, Will Westcott plays a fundamental role in Betgenius’ rapid growth across Africa.

He is crucial to the ongoing development of Betgenius’ highly configurable InPlay Manager product, conducting thorough research across varying African markets and tailoring his products to individual customer requirements.

As a renowned voice in the African betting market, Will is often called upon to provide his expert perspective at top industry conferences, such as the Sports Betting West Africa

Seun Anibaba is a real mover and shaker within the Nigerian sports betting industry. He has over twelve years of experience in the financial sector to back his savvy business advice, and has just recently been appointed as CEO of the Lagos State Lotteries Board in 2016.

Some of Seun’s more noteworthy achievements include fulfilling the role of Vice President of the Bank of America’s corporate audit department (2004 – 2012), and Co-Founding his very own very financial advisory firm DPR Wealth Management LLC.

As CEO of the Lagos State Lotteries Board, Seun will be sharing his solutions to your most challenging issues such as Tough Economic Times – Threat or Opportunity?, How Regulators Are Welcoming Foreign Investment In Nigeria, and more.Type your paragraph here.

abena osafo-mensah

Deputy Director

Gaming Commission Of Ghana

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Seun Anibaba

Chief Executive Officer

Lagos State Lotteries Board

Salvation Alibor

Chief Executive Officer 

Syscomptech Communications Ltd

adamu Mohammed sifiwa

​Acting Director General 
National Lottery Regulatory Commission.

Christina Thakor-rankin

Principal Consultant

1710 Gaming LTD

Johnson foye

Executive Director (Operations)

Topserve Gaming & Lottery Limited

Oni’Tope Michael is the principal consultant for e-Ways International. He and his team of highly qualified consultants specialize in providing sound advice on starting up new businesses, forming mutually beneficial business partnerships, and market research.

With almost a decade of developing Businesses in Nigeria, Oni is fortified with extensive knowledge of many different industries and a clear understanding of Nigerian and international market temperament.

He holds MBAs in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Aspen University, Colorado Denver USA and NOUN respectively.

Oni will be sharing his thoughts on why sports betting is spreading so rapidly across Africa, how to make the most of growing opportunities in Africa and how regulators can collaborate to create a better regulatory environment across west Africa at the Sports Betting West Africa Summit 2017.

Martin S. Kollie

Director General

National Lottery Authority

of Liberia

Alessandro Fried is BtoBet’s Chairman and widely recognized as a visionary in the igaming sector. He obtained the first European license in remote gaming from Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and pursues the strategy in BtoBet of setting the new standards for the iGaming industry striving to anticipate the future needs of our global audience and meeting global industry needs

Filippos Antonopoulos started his career as an analyst in Wall Street, focusing on Technology, Media and Telecom, before moving to Latin America and the lottery industry. He moved back to Athens in 2007 and founded a Digital Gaming & Media Content company, Vermantia. With his experience in International Gaming markets, he managed to expand Vermantia’s portfolio in the creation, aggregation, management and delivery of Sports, Gaming, Social and Media Content to customers in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Africa.

Adedayo Akinbiyi has close to 10 years of experience in the financial sector. She has held the position of Economist at Vetiva Capital Management Limited, Equity Sales Trader at CSL Stockbrokers Ltd and is currently an Economist at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria.

Due to her experience in the financial sector and her key position at PwC, she will be answering your questions about the state of the economy in Nigeria


Director of Sales for Africa


alessandro Fried

Executive Chairman


As Business Development Manager at Media Stream AG, Austin Udu has opened countless business development dialogs with strategic partners.  He places particular focus in to building large strategic accounts, and  interacting existing strategic customers to solidify mutual expectations of performance and growth.

Media Stream AG is a Liechtenstein-based software development company dedicated dedicated to develop software solutions. Since its inception in 2012, Media Stream has grown from a one-person start-up to a market leader international company with more than 40 employees and presence in all continents.

With offices in Austria, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Spain and Colombia, MediaStream AG attend to clients worldwide and build long-term relationships, putting customer satisfaction first and always pushing the limits of technology to offer the best possible customer experience. They specialize in 3D animation and rendering, motion capture and development of customer centered web and mobile applications.

The Gaming Commission is a body corporate established by the Gaming Act 2006, Act 721 with the main purpose of Regulating, Controlling, Monitoring and Supervising the operations of Games of Chance in the country


The objective of the Gaming Commission is to Regulate, Control, Monitor and Supervise the operation of games of chance in the country.

Vision Statement

To create a better and sustainable gaming industry for national development

Mission Statement

To create and maintain a viable, fair and respectable Gaming Industry for all who have interest in or are affected by gaming in the country.

Mr. Charles Sulson Kamara is currently the Managing Director of the Sierra Leone State Lottery Company Limited, after being the Deputy Managing Director from 2010 to 2012. He has fifteen years of international management and professional experience working with various organizations in the United Kingdom.

Mr Kamara is a Fellow and a Chartered Manager of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in the United Kingdom since 2012.

He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a major in Human Resources Management, from the Atlantic International University, USA and a BA (Hons) degree in Operations Management, from Greenwich University in the United Kingdom; post graduate training certificates in “Managing for Managers” from the Directory of Social Change in the UK, and Master Classes in “Strategic Leadership for Challenging Times” and “Strategic Organizational Leadership” from British Council, Sierra Leone.

He has a wealth of both local and international experience in professional marketing, sales, and strategic leadership and management.  

Martin Wachter


Golden Race

Before co-founding VoguePay, Geoffrey has been directly involved in commercial transactions involving both local and foreign organizations in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securitizations and project finance. He brings that wealth of experience in positioning VoguePay as a leading payment gateway with customers in 4 continents and serving tens of thousands of businesses.

Geoffrey attended University of Cambridge, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of Buckingham, and the University of Bolton all in the United Kingdom. He has other Professional certifications which include: Business Analysis (ISEB), Project Management (prince2), and Agile Scrum Masters’ (EXIN ASF). He is also an Associate Member of British Computer Society.

Geoffrey leadership has enabled VoguePay to win several African recognitions including AIITA's “Best Emerging Online Payment in Africa” and the “African Online Payment Award” African Achievers Award; a prestigious award endorsed by Forbes' Magazine, as well as the “Best Fintech Startup” award at the just concluded Cashless Africa Expo.

Tayo Atoloye is an experienced Manager with over 13 years of experience in General Management, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service functions.

His expertise spans across Telecommunications, OEM Mobile Devices, Consulting, Pay TV and Gaming industries. Tayo is currently Director of Sales for Africa at and prior to that was the Head of Sales and Marketing at Montage Cable TV Network, Nigeria. Some other blue chip companies on his résumé include Etisalat, Globacom and Telec Group.

Mr. Atoloye will be speaking about the Novelty That Revolutionized Gambling And Could Change The Future of Betting alongside Aleksas Pikturna at the Sports Betting West Africa Summit 2017.

adedayo Akinbiyi


​PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria

Charles Sulson Kamara

Managing Director

Sierra Leone State Lottery Company Limited

Babatunde Ibidapo-Obe


​Akin Ibidapo-Obe & Co.