2019 SPEAKERS

Adhiraj Ghosh
International Business Manager, Yoti

 

Adhiraj wears two hats at Yoti - he focuses on International Strategy, Growth and Partnerships and also heads the Business Insights team.

Prior to Yoti, Adhiraj was managing business operations at Gamesys, one of the world's leading online gaming operators whereby he was responsible for understanding commercial needs and growing revenue through existing customer penetration and increasing customer reach.
 

Akshay Jain
CEO & Founder, Vinfotech

 

Akshay is CEO and founder of Vinfotech, a global leader in fantasy sports and social networks solutions. Today the company has grown to a team of 200 extremely professionals catering to customers globally. Akshay believes that companies who know how to engage millennials are the ones who have embraced the future. He is steering the efforts with his team to develop solutions for millennial engagement

Albert Climent
CEO, OneBlock Technologies, Ltd

Albert Climent is an entrepreneur and gaming consultant based in India,  with solid background in emerging markets globally. He works as a consultant to gaming operations in complex markets internationally and is a well-respected old hand in international gaming and cryptocurrency circles.

Amin Rozani
Managing Director, The Spartan Poker

Amin Rozani is the co-founder and Managing Director of The Spartan Poker, one of India's leading real money gaming portals. A Six Sigma Black Belt, Mr. Rozani comes from a banking process background having worked and consulted with brands such as Birla, Wipro, WNS and Standard Chartered Bank among others.

Amar Gahlot
Advocate & Consultant, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys

Amar is an advocate enrolled with the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, and practices law before various courts and tribunals across the country. Amar is currently engaged as a Consultant with Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys.

Amar advises and represents clients, including multinationals, corporates and practice.

individuals on legal issues in tax law, white collar crimes, corporate laws, foreign exchange laws and other incidental economic laws. Amar has a specific expertise in searches and seizures across various laws, including other intrusive actions led by statutory authorities. He has handled various high-profile cases involving substantial questions in law and facts, and having nationwide repercussions.

Amar is a regular speaker at various conferences, seminars, corporate meetings, and speaker.

government events/academies including the Indian Law Institute, the National Judicial Academy, Bhopal, National Academy of Direct Taxes, Nagpur, and the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics, Faridabad & Mumbai, besides speaking at other colleges and schools.

Amar has served with the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) as Assistant experience.

Commissioner of Income Tax, in the assessment, investigation and headquarters wing. Amar has been awarded seven gold medals by the then Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee and by the Former President of India Late Sh. Abdul Kalam, for outstanding performance in the IRS and public service – this is an achievement unprecedented in the history of IRS. In his earlier stint, Amar was the co-founder of a software company based out of Delhi. Education.

Having done his B.Tech (Hons.) in Electronics Engineering from IIT Kharagpur, Amar studied law from Government Law College, Mumbai, and did his Masters in Business Laws from NALSAR, Hyderabad, where he was awarded the gold medal for academic performance. During college, he was ranked the 2nd best computer programmer in Asia Pacific by the prestigious Association of Computer Machinery (ACM), USA. He has done his schooling from Meerut (UP), where he was the State topper for Class X ICSE Examination.

Ankush Gera
Founder, Junglee Games

Ankush is the Founder and CEO at Junglee Games. Founded in San Francisco, Junglee is India's fastest growing skill gaming company with over 10 million users.

Ankush previously co-founded Monsoon Company (acquired by Capital One), a digital agency in Berkeley, that worked with Yammer, TOMS, Zazzle, HP, and other fortune 100 clients.

Ankush advises various start-up companies in the Silicon Valley with strategic planning, financing and data. He serves on the board of Kunai and Rainfactory and is an active angel investor in startups like Back to the roots, Cloudability, Sphere, 15five, Inc42 and DilMil. He is an LP in angel funds Kae Capital and Tandeme, and a Venture Partner at Unshackled.

Ankur Dewani
CEO, PokerStars India

Ankur Dewani is CEO at Sachiko Gaming operating Pokerstars India and is part of the Sugal & Damani group, one of the biggest gaming operators in the country offering lottery, online rummy, poker & fantasy sports.

 

A Masters in Finance from IE, Spain, Ankur started in corporate finance working with leading banks & financial intuitions spanning UK, Europe & NZ. Having been into this profession for nearly 5 years he chose to leave this lucrative career to follow his passion for Gaming.

 

An avid gamer who enjoys competitive & MMOG e-games like CS, Poker, PlayStation & PUBG. With his international business & corporate finance experience, Ankur made his foray in gaming by co-founding an online freemium gaming business, BetToss in 2008, and has since worked on building various gaming businesses in India such as Poker Planet, one of the early adaptors of Poker in the country, followed by Delta Corp Ltd. working on strategic developments in technology & gaming equipment platforms. He then consulted The Stars Group for 4 years helping develop their business across Asia. Ankur has extensive experience in Gaming, Casinos, Poker and brings a deep perspective to the businesses as an operator & a player.

Anutosh Chatterjee
Gaming Consultant
 

Anutosh Chatterjee is a Subject Matter Expert (SME ) in the global iGaming space., Anutosh has a substantial  knowledge and experience for the Indian sub-continent. Anutosh started his career in GVC holding in 2003 as part of their core marketing team and has been exposed to all aspect of real money wagering from paper lotteries to online betting. Anutosh has successfully launched multiple products across various gambling spectrum in India and abroad.

Catherine Chauvin
Area Manager (International Development), PMU

Ms Catherine Chauvin is an experienced professional having decades of working in the betting and gambling space after IT and project management experience. Ms. Chauvin is currently Area manager at PMU and is actively looking at various Asian and European markets.

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.

Gaurav Gaggar
Co-Founder, Brainduel Games
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Gautam Karhadkar
Senior Associate, krida Legal
Gautam is part of the Sports & Gaming practice at Krida Legal. Having considerable experience in the domain of Sports, Gaming, Anti-Doping laws and Litigation, he has represented leading sportsmen, government authorities and private organizations in these domains of law.
Gautam has advised gaming companies, private corporations, sports federations and government bodies with respect to the laws governing gaming & gambling, data protection & privacy, advertisement, broadcast (including OTT) and online marketing in India. Gautam has advised sports organizations (clubs, teams, franchises, governing bodies) and players with respect to issues pertaining to FIFA Regulations for Status & Transfer of Players [RSTP], FIFA Third Party Ownership rules [TPO] and FIFA Regulations on Intermediaries (Agents).
Jay Sayta
Founder, Glaws.in

Jay Sayta is a B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) graduate from W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) Kolkata. He runs http://glaws.in/ India's first and only website monitoring gambling, betting and lottery laws. 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.

 

In 2015, Jay filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Bombay High Court to enforce the Maharashtra Casinos (Control & Tax) Act, 1976, a four decades legislation that legalised casinos in the state of Maharashtra. Based on Jay's PIL, the High Court directed the government to consider implementation of the casinos legislation in a time-bound manner. Currently, the state government of Maharashtra is looking at permitting licensed casinos based on Jay’s PIL. Jay has also been quoted as an expert on gaming laws in various publications such as Financial Times, Times of India, Mint, Economic Times, The Telegraph, The Hindu, Deccan Chronicle, India Today, Caravan, The Sunday Guardian etc.

 

Jay has also spoken on the issue of gambling legislation at various fora such as Indian Merchants’ Chambers (IMC), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), ICE Totally Gaming, All India Gaming Federation (AIGF) etc. Jay has advised many Indian and International gaming, betting and lottery companies on various legal, regulatory, taxation and commercial aspects.  Jay is also a consultant and legal advisor to Delta Corp Ltd., one of India’s largest and only publicly listed gaming and hospitality company with interests in casinos, real estate, hotels and online skill games.

Jaydeep Chakravartty
Commercial Director, Ingenuity Gaming

Jaydeep is working at Nektan Plc as Vice President – Commercials. Before Nektan, Jaydeep worked with Ingenuity Gaming since their foray into eGaming. Jaydeep has extensive experience working in the gaming industry at senior level, including executive roles at leading casino brands 32 Red, Ladbrokes and Cozy Games.

Jaydeep has been very enthusiastic about gaming and betting industry in India. Jaydeep have professional and personal relationship with all the key players and stake holders in India in this domain. Jaydeep is very keen to play a role in establishing a vibrant Gaming and Regulated Sports Betting industry in India.

Jim Ramchand
Founder  & Consultant, Jims Poker Room  & Marina Casino

Jim Ramm is the founder of Jims Poker Room and 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.

Jim is a jeweler by profession and is also a dedicated environmentalist and regularly volunteers for green projects in different countries. He presently resides in Sri Lanka.

Madhav Gupta
CEO, Baadshah Gaming

The co-founder of Baadshah Gaming, Madhav Gupta is a known face in the Indian poker community. He is a former high stakes cash game professional, who moved over to the business side of poker in 2011 when he took charge of the Pride Poker Room. Apart from poker, Madhav also has other business interests - being part of a large family business that owns and operates a big FMCG brand named Candico.

Manish Adnani
Business Head (Poker), Deltin Group
Manish Adnani is the Business Head (Poker) for Deltin Group, he holds a bachelor of economics from Bombay University, is a MCSE - Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer as well as the Founder and Managing Director of Overdrive Technologies. Manish has been a professional poker player since 2008.
Mark Watts
Head of Gaming, paysafecard

Started in the online gambling industry in 2005 and based on the Isle of Man for 6 years, with microgaming since 2006, Mark is specialised in the online casino merchant management for Poker, Bingo and Casino. Core markets included Europe, Canada and Australia as well as emerging markets Asia, LATAM and Russia.

In 2012, he moved to Data Cash/MasterCard as Head of Gaming, London. Focused on acquiring, gateway card processing and APM’s, his core verticals were sportsbook and Casino.

Mark joined paysafecard in August 2014 as Head of Gambling based in Gibraltar. He is responsible for merchant acquisition, retention and input into new territories.

Mike Bolsover
Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Silver Heritage Group
Mike Bolsover is Chief Executive of Silver Heritage Group (SVH:ASX), which he co-founded in 2003 and took public in August 2016 on the Australian Stock Exchange. The group has interests in casino and hotel developments in Asia, with a focus on India and Vietnam. After graduating with a Finance degree from Emory University in Atlanta in 1998, Mike worked with Victor Chandler in Gibraltar, South Korea and Malaysia before leaving to establish Silver Heritage in 2003. Mike was voted one of The Asian Gaming Top 50 (Asian Gaming Magazine) and 2016's "Emerging Leaders 40 under 40" (GGB/Innovation).
Nandan Kamath
Founder, LawNK

Nandan Kamath is Principal Lawyer at LawNK, based in Bangalore, India. His practice specialises in sports, gaming, technology and media laws, with clients ranging from international and national sports
federations, to leagues, teams, sponsors and athletes.

Nandan graduated with a B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) from the National Law School of India University, B.C.L. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Oxford (on a Rhodes Scholarship) and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School. 
He acts as Managing Trustee of GoSports Foundation, a non-profit that provides scholarships and support to Indian athletes.

Navneet Makharia
Director, Ability Games Pvt. Ltd.
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Nitin Mittal
Senior Associate, Krida Legal

Nitin is a legal attorney at Krida Legal with a considerable experience of Sports, Gaming and Anti-Doping laws. He has represented leading sportsmen, government authorities and private organizations in this domain of law.


Nitin currently advises clients on development and implementation of sports leagues, online gaming platforms, laws relating to gambling, betting etc. He regularly appears before the Courts in India, National Anti-Doping Agency Tribunal (NADA) and Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Pariekshit Maadishetti 
Founder, Taj Rummy 

Pariekshit M is the founder of the Grid Logic Group and Taj Rummy - India’s first and only rummy brand powered by the cutting–edge Artificial Intelligence technology. Taj Rummy and its network are currently India’s fastest growing brands in this space with plans to spread out globally in the very near future. Pariekshit has always been deeply enamored by Gaming but his vision and appetite for building businesses led him to augment the group companies further into exciting ventures namely Software, Media and Hotels & Resorts. He still continues to be passionate about his first love though and thrives on actively investing where he can change the face of the game.

Ratul Sethi
Director of Operations, Golden Gaming International 

Ratul Sethi is the head of operations of Golden Gaming International Pvt. Ltd., The first organisation to offer unbeatable experience in online gaming and virtual sports in India. A master in mechanical engineering, Ratul has been instrumental in establishing initial processes of the online gaming and lottery trade in Sikkim, India. Ratul aspires to blur the lines between the virtual and the reality of gaming and finally aims to diversify and explore the field of sports betting in India.

Suren Khachatryan
CEO, Digitain

Suren is currently the CEO of Digitain. Digitain is an Armenia-based sportsbook and casino platform provider offering best of breed turn-key and white-label solutions. The company’s primary focus is on the regulated European market, with ambitious plans to expand its geographical footprint into the Americas and Asia. The multi-channel Digitain Gaming Platform allows operators to plug-in sportsbook, casino, live dealer, and virtual sports modules, and includes an integrated payment gateway, bonus engine, CRM system, and dedicated customer support.

Snigdhaneel Satpathy
Managing Associate, L&L Partners Law Offices

Snigdhaneel has over 8 years of professional experience in handling various large and complex transactions as well as extensive advisory matters particularly advising on foreign investment / exchange laws, company law and securities laws. He has worked with both listed and unlisted companies as well as domestic and foreign owned or controlled companies in India with particular focus in structuring investments and cross border transactions. 


He has an in-depth experience with industry-specific legal & regulatory issues in sectors including Defence, Manufacturing and Retail, Real Estate, Automobile, Telecommunications, Gaming, Health-care and Pharma, Education and the Financial sector (Banking & Non-Banking). 


As a professional he is also invited across various laws schools in the country to deliver lectures on various corporate commercial topics. 

Susan O'Leary
CEO, Alderney eGambling

Susan O’Leary is a lawyer who has represented some of the world’s leading eGambling operators and gambling service providers including many of Alderney’s licensees. She has a keen sense of what they require from a jurisdiction: a strong pragmatic regulator who understands the commercial environment, a resilient technical infrastructure, a favourable tax system, excellent support services and a fees system that allows businesses to grow.

Suhaan Mukerji
Partner, PLR Law Chambers
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Tanisha Khanna
Member, Nishith Desai Associates

Tanisha is an integral member of the TMT, IP and Gaming Law Practice Group at the multi-skilled, research based international law firm Nishith Desai Associates.

 

Tanisha has advised clients across various industries including IP, media and entertainment, gaming and general commercial laws. She has been particularly involved in advising clients on gaming transactions, and in issuing opinions on the legality of game formats (including social games, Poker, Rummy and Fantasy Sports).

 

Apart from transactional and advisory work, she has also been integrally involved in a number of litigations and arbitrations and pre- litigation strategy in a range of industries including the gaming and media and entertainment industries. She has also done extensive research and assisted clients in relation to privacy issues.

 

Tanisha has played a key role in the firm’s policy initiatives and representations to the Government. She regularly writes thought leadership and research articles and papers for internationally acclaimed publications in the gaming space.

 

Tanisha has completed her LLB in the UK as well as in India.  

Vaibhav Gaggar
Managing Partner, Gaggar & Associates

Vaibhav Gaggar is the Managing Partner of Gaggar & Associates (G&A Law} - a full service law firm with special focus on Anti-Trust/Competition, Corporate frauds & Money Laundering, Cyber & Intel­lectual Property Laws, Banking and Foreign Exchange laws, Gaming Laws, Environmental Laws and Domestic & International Arbitrations. 

Vidushpat Singhania
Partner, Krida Legal

Vidushpat is an advocate registered with the Delhi Bar Council. He has been a member of the British Association of Sport and Law, the International Association of Sports Lawyers, Secretary Indian Pre­mier League Probe Committee and Governing Body of the Sports Authority of India. 

Vijay Varma Srivatsavai
Product Head
Algorin Tech Labs (ATL)

Vijay comes from an extensive real money gaming experience with companies like Party Poker (for 4yrs), world’s largest poker website, and Rummy Circle (for 7yrs), India’s largest rummy website. Vijay was part of building Ultimate Games, a social gaming division of Rummy Circle, right from inception. 
Vijay played crucial roles in designing, developing, producing and heading various successful gaming products like…
•    PlayFantasy
•    JustKhel
•    Poker real money (as part of Party Poker and Boss Media Sweden)
•    Rummy real money
•    Teen patti social
•    Rummy social
•    Poker social
•    Cricket Bet (ball2ball) social
•    Ultimate Casino (Group of all casino style games in one portal)
•    Center Card Poker (in Beta)
•    Few unreleased social prototypes like SnakesNLadders, Ludo, Sudoku etc

Yashashvi Takallapalli
CEO, Nostragamus
Yashashvi Takallapalli is the founder and CEO of NostraGamus, an all-sports prediction based fantasy sports app. An engineer from IIT Madras, Yashashvi went on to do his MBA from IIM Calcutta with Honors after which he worked with McKinsey as a Consultant for 3 years. A basketball player, Yashashvi's undying passion for sports led to the beginning of Sportscafe, a one stop portal for all sports news and updates in India. Then came the birth of Nostragamus, www.nostragamus.in, an ambitious fantasy sports prediction game, that has simplified fantasy gaming for the Indian audience with its very convenient yet innovative formats and challenges. With over 1 million registered users on the android app, Nostragamus is the first and only online fantasy sports app in India that is available in English, Hindi and vernacular languages.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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