The Judges 2019

Account Manager

Niclas Johansson

Senior Account Manager

Niclas Johansson is an experienced Account Manager with over 15 years of experience from sales and relationship management.

He has been in Malta for 11 years working in the Finance and iGaming industries.

In iGaming he has been working both on Operator side and Affiliate side and that has helped him to develop a great overall understanding of the industry. On the operator side he worked as Affiliate Manager and Country Manager.

Currently working at Blexr as a Senior Account Manager and utilizing his experience from the operator side to create and maintain excellent relationships with his clients.

Nick Peters

Head of Strategic Partnerships and Integrations


Eoin Findlay

Head of Affiliate

I am the Head of Affiliates at MRG group and I am in charge of affiliation for Mr Green, Redbet, Winningroom and others. I have been with the company for two and a half years, where I started as an affiliate manager. I quickly established myself as the top performer within the Mr Green Affiliate team which was recognised by winning Sportsbook Affiliate Manager of the Year at the 2018 iGB Affiliate Awards, and I then went on to win Affiliate Idol of the year at the iGaming Idol 2018 awards.

Since taking over the affiliate team at Mr Green, we have won best affiliate program at the EGR Nordic awards 2019.

I hold a BA (honours) degree in Marketing and several years of sales and Marketing Management experience in several different industries. I am originally from Scotland and moved to Malta two and a half years ago and look forward to the future here.

Tobias Regnestam

COO - Chief of Happiness 

About 5 years ago I left the cold darkness in the north (also known as Sweden). Up until that point, I worked with everything from running a clothing company to CEO-assistant for a construction company and at Stockholm University. Joining the iGaming industry I found what I´d been looking for. I started at Casumo as an Ambassador I then became an Affiliate manager. Affiliate management combined quite a few of my passions and turned out to be for me. After about 2.5 years I got persuaded to move over to Mr Green and within short I got entrusted the role as Head of Affiliation with the ability to build a new team. Thinking macro while having a foot in Affiliation unlocked even more for me and currently I'm the COO - Chief of happiness, at Cashmio where I´m doing exactly that. Spreading Happiness within the company, working with affiliation as well as building the business.

Christopher Holmgren

Head of Affiliates

Christofer has been working as Head of Affiliates at Bethard Group since 2013 where he was one of the companies first employees. Before that he got the task to start up LeoVegas affiliate department in Malta. Prior moving down to Malta our igaming island he finished his Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and Business Development at University of Stockholm and also worked there in several different markets. He thinks that this diversity of experience gives him a broader knowledge on what is needed to excel as an igaming idol candidate.

Casino Dealer

Annabelle Galea

Studio Operations Manager

My name is Annabelle Galea, married, mother to 3 kids.

1998 – 19 years ago was when I had the opportunity to start working in a land-based casino. I was trained to become a professional dealer, then promoted to an inspector. After 10 years, the online gaming was becoming very popular and that is when I decided to move to this sector within this industry.
2008 - Same industry, different challenges I have to say. This change motivated me to learn more and grow within the industry. I had the opportunity to meet new people with different perspectives, to travel and gained a bunch of new experiences. Loved the fast pace, nothing stands still, and every day was felt like a new beginning.
2012 - I joined NetEnt almost 6 years ago and today I work as a Studio Operations Manager for NetEnt Live. My focus is leading a team of 10 Team Managers with sub teams of 25-40 dealers each.
Challenging 6 years must admit but they gave me so much in return.

WOW almost 20 years and still kicking.

Providing the Best Customer experience is Key.
Innovation and Creativity must be your daily dose.
If you want change then BE the change
Let your Passion be the Driver

Svetlana Birca

Director of Operations

Ms Svetlana Birca joined Dragonara Gaming Limited in 2010 and has since then formed part of the top management of the company. Her role as Director of Operations within Malta’s premier land-based casino is that of overseeing the complete operations of the casino floor including Live Tables, Slots, Poker, Live Casino, VIPs and all other aspects of the day-to-day running of the Dragonara Casino. Ms Svetlana is also responsible for the implementation of the Human Resources policy of the company including recruitment and retention and is a key liaison with the Malta Gaming Authority.

Ms Birca has been working in the Casino sector for over 15 years having risen through the ranks within Century Casinos (Listed on NASDAQ – CNTY) where she started as a trainee and ended up as a Manager within the company. In her role today Ms Birca is entrusted with creating the right working environment for hundreds of employees within the Casino and to ensure that employees attain their full potential in their role. Moreover, Ms Birca has a key role in the top management of the company wherein she shapes alongside the other Directors of the company the future strategic thrust of the company as well as ensuring that the objectives are met through the implementation of well-planned tasks.

Valentina Pirnau

CRM Manager

My name is Valentina Pirnau currently CRM Manager of Casino Malta.
I have been working in the gaming industry over 5 years. I am proud to say that I was part of the Casino Malta start up team in 2015.

In front of my not so many years of experience I have managed to increase my knowledge in the gaming industry. Working at Casino Malta for the past 4 years, have giving me the opportunity to look at the bigger picture of how a live Casino works.

I am deeply involved in the analytical part of the structure of Casino Malta. Apart from my CRM job I am also managing the front of house of Casino Malta which is giving me the opportunity to keep in very close contact with amazing employees.

I am very excited about my future in this industry and I would like to give my very best in all ways.


Henric Andersson

Co-Founder and Director

Henric is a Co-Founder of SuprNation, a company he founded with Joakim Stockman in 2016. SuprNation launched its first casino site in August the same year, its 2nd casino in Sept 2017 and most recently the gamified casino in Sept 2018. SuprNation is all about innovation and won the EGR award Innovation of the year across all verticals at the awards in June 2018 and Rising Star at the EGR Operator awards in Oct 2018. SuprNation is a new generation mobile and gamification focused casino operator targeting primarily Scandinavia and Northern Europe and has seen great success since launch.

Henric has been in the industry since 2008, in various C-level Marketing and Product focused roles. Prior to founding SuprNation, Henric served as COO of Betit Group between 2013-2015 and before that at Betsson Group between 2008-2013 as Chief Product Officer and Director of Business Operations.

Alexander Stevendahl

Chief Executive Officer

Alexander Stevendahl started his career in iGaming at a young age, establishing the Swedish affiliate website with another two partners. In 2011 they moved to Malta and established, with Stevendahl becoming its CEO in 2013. Under his guidance, Videoslots grew from a team of five people to over 130 members of staff, becoming the world’s biggest online casino with over 2700 games including video slots, video poker, roulette and others.

Phil Lam

Head of Casino

Phil Lam has working in iGaming since 2002 and has over 10 years’ experience working in casino management positions for companies such as Betfred, Betsson, HeroGaming. Phil also spent just under two years on the game supplier side, working at NetEnt and more recently launched, an exciting new casino brand on the GiG platform.

Compliance and Regulated Markets

Claudia Cassar

Head of Legal & Compliance

Dr. Claudia Cassar has ten years of experience practising litigation and advisory in the commercial and iGaming fields.
She heads the Legal and Compliance team at EveryMatrix, a leading gaming software company. In her role, she is responsible for the management of an international team handling legal and compliance matters, analysis of the regulatory and technical requirements of online gaming markets, maintenance of the company’s licenses, implementation of appropriate plans for compliance, risk and liability management, data protection and anti-money laundering measures, overseeing audits and regulatory assessments and providing insights in face of evolving global challenges faced by the business.
Dr. Cassar is also director and Key Official of the EveryMatrix Malta branch and has acted as the group’s MLRO.

Neil Bergin

Head of Compliance

Neil Bergin has over 13 years experience in the iGaming industry covering both land based and online. He started out in the online side of things with Full Tilt Poker before eventually moving to Malta to take on his career in compliance with Betclic Everest Group for 3.5 years, Gaming Innovation Group for 3.5 years and now currently sits as Chief Compliance Officer at Mandalorian Technologies Limited, a tech and user oriented company innovating within the iGaming industry.

Beverly Pace

Chief Legal & Compliance Officer

I have been working in the working in the compliance and regulatory sector within the gambling industry for the last 8 years. During this time I have worked with WH Partners law firm, was the Head of Legal & Compliance for LeoVegas, and now currently hold the role of Chief Legal & Compliance Officer for the SuprNation Group. During this time I have handled compliance matters under the laws of Malta and several other jurisdictions, including the UK and Denmark. My role also included remaining up to date in terms of any regulatory changes across gambling markets and following any important elements such as changes in laws and compliance obligations, different regimes proposed, and any new markets opening up via the regulation of the gambling market.


Simon Copperstone

Head of Content

Simon Copperstone has been working in the iGaming sector for the past 8 years. After graduating in the field of Marketing, he pursued his studies with AWAI (the American Writers & Artists Incorporation) following a 2-year course in professional copywriting. He then started his career in iGaming where he formed part of a few start-ups, however, it was not long before he joined Betsson where he spent around 4 years in charge of preparing all the compelling copy for various of their brands such as Casino Euro, Betsafe, Norskelod and Suomiarvat.

Fast forward to today, Simon is now the Head of Content at Videoslots, the world’s biggest online casino. For the past 3 years, since joining the company in 2016 he has also managed to build the biggest content department in the industry. His team consists of around 20 copywriters who all write compelling copy in around 8 different languages, a team that is currently producing over 1.5 million unique words per month.

Being a very passionate wordsmith himself, Simon works very close to his team and always tries to find the best and most entertaining ways on how to reach out to the casino’s target audience, however always making sure that its players always have the most relevant information at hand.

Videoslots is currently the world’s biggest online casino offering its players over 3400 games, spanning from around 105 different providers.

Victoria Scanlon      

Head of Content

Victoria Scanlon is the Head of Content at Genesis Global Limited, currently managing 8 casino brands.

Victoria is an advocate for a customer-led content ecosystem, that provides a seamless customer experience between different devices and communication mediums. As the Head of Content, she injects creativity into every area of the business by leading two teams of coordinators and writers, executing customer-centric marketing strategies that differentiate between each online casino brand within the business, and build long-term relationships with target audiences.
Although creativity is at the core of her values, she also has a strong business focus and implements this in furthering the creative power via reviews of the 11 languages offered. This includes transparent performance data, departmental strategies, style guidelines and optimisation.

Victoria is an avid writer and passionate about storytelling. She loves nothing more than to see the people she works with achieve success with a big smile!

Helen Taylor

Head of Content

Customer Service

Mette Lorenzen

Head of Customer Support

Mette Lorenzen is the Head of Customer Service at Kindred Group, where she is leading a team of 250 people across Malta and Gibraltar. She is Danish, but has lived in Malta for the last 10 years, where she started her career within the igaming industry as a Customer Service agent. She held various positions within the company, both directly focusing on the end customers and indirectly, by integrating acquired companies with focus on their Customer Service integration.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Business Communication and German from the University of Aarhus in Denmark.

Mette is a big foodie, which inspired her to found Mettelina Cupcakes, which is a small online cupcake business, with big plans for the future. Through this side project, she gets to express both her passion for food, creative baking and her vision around good Customer Service.

Jakub Polauf

Head of Customer Support & Risk

Jakub Polauf has worked in iGaming for the last seven years. Having successfully reached the ranks of Head of Customer Support and Payments at MultiLotto, Jakub believes that the iGaming Industry can be the number one economic sector for the Island. He also believes that many opportunities can be made for individual searching for a career in iGaming and notes for one to be successful must be willing to understand all aspects of the business.

Martijn Claassen

Manager Customer Support

Born and raised in the Netherlands I moved to Malta in 2002. Active in the iGaming industry for 14 years both on B2C and B2B side. In 2011 I joined NetEnt where I now manage the Customer Support team.


Russell Ashton

Head of UX

Andre Lentini

Creative Director / Deputy Marketing Manager

Art and design, particularly graphics and commercial content, has always been a natural passion for me. At the age of 15, I realized how much I wanted to develop this love into a life-long career, so I immediately sought to educate myself in the area.

During the early years, I mostly worked freelance. I wanted to have the creative freedom to build graphics/brands for customers, while being able to push my boundaries and further develop my skills.

Seven years ago, I was approached by one of the largest game developers within the online casino industry. That company was NetEnt!Working with them has opened many doors, in particular moving from Art Director to the Company’s Creative Director, which has helped broaden my scope extensively. Today, my focus is not only creating art, which I still love doing, but I also manage and develop a team of amazing individuals across the creative spectrum. We challenge and inspire each other daily, pushing the limits of our creativity along the way.

Matthew Demarco

Founder & Co-Creative Director


Mark Galea

Chief Technical Officer

Mark has 10+ years experience in Software Engineering primarily in the iGaming Industry and is currently the CTO of SuprNation - a startup which released mid-2016. Following his Master’s degree in Machine Learning from the University of Edinburgh, Mark is also a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of ICT University of Malta where he lectures Programming Paradigms and Emerging Web Technologies. Mark believes that the iGaming sector provides the best environment to weave his academic passion together with his professional career.

Mike Broughton

Head of Research

On leaving academia, I joined a small startup writing commercial algorithms and time and attendance software for the retail market, helping the company grow until we served all the big boys, including Marks and Spencer, Next Clothing, Metro C&C, CostCo, and IKEA. I also designed from inception, and lead the build of, the Resource Planning and Scheduling (RPS) system for the English, Scottish and Welsh (EWS) railways.

After winning the Microsoft RAD award for EMEA with the algorithmic ChangePlanner product, my career changed direction; I then consulted/contracted at various companies such as Maranello (aka Ferrari), VW Bank and Stylus Fashion amongst others.

Moving to Malta (partly to pursue diving and sailing activities), I met the charismatic Robin Reed from Donkr, with whom I helped build the Guts, iGamingCloud and now Gaming Innovation Group entities.

A master at evading timeframes, tackling the impossible and sampling wine, I personally enjoy nearly all tech, classic cars, boats, scuba, and things that go ‘ping’.

Luke Ciantar

Chief Technical Officer

With 14 years’ worth of IT experience, River iGaming’s very own Chief Technical Officer; Luke Ciantar, offers vast insight into all things tech.

He plays a key role in leading and overseeing all technical and technology aspects of the business. He does this by working extremely closely with River's CEO and his team to grow the company through the use of creative technological resources.

Luke started his career at the Malta Information Technology Agency as part of the core NOC team by taking care of server operations within the Maltese Government. Following that, he successfully started his own business by providing Managed Services to various local and foreign corporations. Which in return provided him with incredible in-depth knowledge in creating and delivering tailored implementations and insight on how to support a complete transformation of the IT infrastructure, all whilst cultivating an internal IT hub culture within his own team.

Since his appointment as CTO of River Game Operations, Luke is continually working on furthering his skills within the gaming industry. In addition to his responsibilities, he is also currently undergoing further training with the iGaming Academy to broaden his knowledge in specific gaming areas in relation to Regulated Markets, Responsible Gaming and AML.

Fraud and Risk

Vasilije Lekovic

Director of Gaming Accounts

Vasilije is a payments & gaming expert with significant experience in business and product development, sales and account management, having worked for the last eight years in fin-tech and other IT companies that deliver innovative solutions to different industries.

He started his career in carrier-billing (mobile) payments for a global provider Infobip (Centili), where he was working in business development across multiple markets and industries, including eCommerce, online and mobile gaming and gambling. After that, Vasilije worked as a business developer for DrWeb, an information security software provider.
For the last four years, Vasilije is heading the account management division at Trustly, taking care (together with his team) of all the existing gaming clients of the company. Apart from that, Vasilije's role at Trustly includes being involved in strategy, business and product development, including being a part of the team that is bringing some of the most innovative product to the market, such as Pay N Play and in-banner betting.

Justin Psaila


Chief Financial Officer at Gaming Innovation Group. Experienced in managing financial risk, analysing and reviewing financial data, preparing and controlling budgets as well as making sure that leaders are supplied with appropriate financial reporting in order to take effective business decisions.

Awarded as the Most Innovative iGaming CFO in 2019 by AI Global.

10+ years of experience in iGaming. Maltese. Futsal player. Father of two dogs!

Kristino Vella

Fraud & Payments Manager

A love for sports was what initially brought me to consider a career in I-gaming. My first job in this industry was as a Customer Support Agent with Unibet back in 2010, after which I have moved on to Betclic to pursue a similar role. There, I have acquired an interest in customers’ verification processes, abuse and fraud, and I have gradually progressed within the RPF department, with my last role being that of a Senior Fraud and Payments Analyst. As my adventure in Betclic came to an end, I looked for a more ambitious project, with Hero Gaming giving me the opportunity to set up the Risk, Payments and Fraud department from scratch. Nowadays, I manage and mentor a team of analysts where we deal with internal security, AML, fraud, bonus + affiliate abuse and fake identities in European and Asian markets. Winning the I-gaming idol last year, was one of the most rewarding experiences I had, as it gave me the recognition I looked for, not only internally but on an industry-wide level.


Roger A. Strickland JR.


Roger A. Strickland Jr. is a Group Director and acts as an iGaming Consultant. Roger consults companies setting up in Malta to make the right choices, assists them with licensing and regulatory requirements as well as the setting up of their respective Malta-based operations.

Holding an Honours Degree in Management from the University of Malta, Roger has proven to be key to the smooth incorporation of iGaming companies. With a wide network of contacts and know-how within the online iGaming industry, Roger brings with him a wealth of experience and is strategic in bringing key stakeholders together.

He is currently Honorary Consul for the Philippines to Malta and also holds directorship positions for Malta Sotheby’s International Realty – where he is involved in the brokering of some of Malta’s most valued and unique luxury properties. Roger is also involved in the CSB Groups relocation division assisting with the promotion of Malta’s unique residency & tax solutions, among which the Malta Individual Investor Programme (IIP), Global Residence Programme (GRP), Highly Qualified Persons Rules (HQP) and The Residence Programme (TRP).

David Flynn


Management Executive with over 15 years iGaming experience.

With a background in Physics and Mathematics, Mr. Flynn started his career in Gaming when, in 2003, he took up the role of Customer Service Manager at, managing the rapid growth of the business, later as VP of Ongame Network, the creation of the largest B2B Poker Network. The company was sold in December 2005 to Bwin, for €475m. Since then Mr. Flynn has held numerous Management Roles including Head of Operations, at Microgaming, CEO at NYX Interactive, later merged with NextGen Gaming to form NYX Gaming Group and sold to Scientific Games in December 2017 for €500m. He then moved on to the position of CEO – Operations at Jackpotjoy Group managing the expansion of VeraJohn, until March 2019, when he became Co-founder and CEO of an innovative new B2B supplier; Swintt, based in Malta.

Kristina Hambardzumyan

Regional Director Malta

Ms. Hambardzumyan has graduated the University with bachelor degree in Economics with advanced knowledge in business operations, marketing, economics and foreign languages, which enabled for her a great background of Finances and Management. She is highly motivated and target driven with a proven track record. In 2002 she took a responsibility of accountant at a Charity Found “Parmani”, where she worked on projects granted by “Eurasia foundation”. After two years she was employed in “Vivaro Betting” LLC. This was a new start of her employment journey at Betconstruct.
Within more than 15 years of working experience she held different positions in different departments, such as Accountant, Content Manager, Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, etc.
Currently she is the director of Soft Construct (Malta) Limited and Vivaro Ltd, companies being part of BetConstruct group. Her proven working experience as a business development specialist and sales representative in different departments helps her better to understand business operations and management of them. As a Regional director in Malta for BetConstruct group, she is trusted to develop a growth strategy focused both on financial gain and customer satisfaction, to promote the company’s products/services addressing or predicting clients’ objectives and build long-term relationships with new and existing customers.

She took part in many conferences and several trainings to strengthen her knowledge and skills as a director: “Dealing in financial markets”, “Critical selling skills”, “Key Official and Gaming Director Training”. She is an excellent communicator who is able to grasp customer needs and brainstorm ways to fulfil them.

Office Management

Fiona Ewins Brown

Chief HR Officer

With over 20 years’ experience working in HR, Fiona has amassed a wealth of HR skills and knowledge in a variety of areas.

Fiona’s HR background has seen her work within global organisations with offices around the world. She has gained HR experience in Australia, the UK, and, most recently, Malta.

Prior to her current role as Chief HR Officer at Catena Media, and member of the management team, Fiona worked with such reputable organisations as GFI Software, Morgan Stanley, and Ernst & Young.

Her extensive CV has seen her working across all HR-related disciplines, with a more recent emphasis on talent management and leadership development.

Fiona has worked with a diverse range of employees throughout her work experience, and this has also informed her work as a qualified executive coach.

Jessica Dellow

Head of HR

Jessica Dellow has been working in the iGaming industry for 7 years, for the last 2,5 years she has worked in Malta as Head of People & Organization at NetEnt.

In Malta NetEnt has two office, 1 office in Spinola and 1 Live Casino studio in Qormi. Jessica has the overall responsibility for all HR work at the 2 offices together with her HR team.

Jessica is also one of the co-founders for HR Connect and has been a board member since the start.

On her spare time Jessica enjoys snorkeling, hiking and skiing. Since it´s difficult to ski here in Malta Jessica loves to take a trip to the alps or to Sweden to see some snow and slopes.

Avril Morin

HR Business Partner

Avril is currently the HR Business Partner at Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), a tech company focused on iGaming, employing over 700 colleagues with offices in five countries and over 40 nationalities. Everyone at GiG works to their vision of “Opening up iGaming to make it fair and fun for all” and their mission to “Have a stake in every fair online bet”.

Avril is an HR professional extraordinaire, with over nine years experience under her belt and many more years experience in business, specifically management positions in previous companies. Her expertise includes people management, leadership, change management, and organisational development.

Avril is naturally passionate about people, and has yet to face a challenge that she can’t overcome. She holds a bachelor's degree in Communication and Public Relations, is happiest when she’s with people, her family especially and loves to travel!


Justin Paul Anastasi

Head of HR

With more than half a decade working with leaders in the Talent Acquisition realm both internally and externally Justin has rapidly become a Talent Acquisition powerhouse, being responsible for locations such as Malta, Romania, Canada, New Jersey, London, Belgium & Spain he has established himself as not only an influencer within the sector but also an innovator.

Adam Woodley

Global Head of Recruitment

Adam has been connecting the best Global talent with World leading employers for over 15 years. Currently, as Global Head of Recruitment for Betsson Group it’s his role to ensure Malta’s largest iGaming business is attracting the very best talent the market has to offer as well as leading a World class team of recruiters. Over the last 4 years Adam has played a central role in enabling Betsson Group to drastically scale-up to meet the demands of the business. Before Betsson, Adam split his recruitment career between specialist consultancies and running internal recruitment functions for companies primarily in the Tech & Digital space. Not necessarily the intended career route for this Politics and Journalism Grad but certainly one he’s never looked back on.

Gemma Hodge

Chief Human Resources Officer

Gemma is currently Chief HR Officer at Videoslots. She has been working within Human Resources for the past 12 years since leaving University so has truly found her calling in this field.

Gemma moved to Malta almost 8 years ago and has been working within the exciting iGaming industry for the last 7 years. Previous sectors of work in HR roles include retail and outsource contact centre solutions.

Gemma has experience in most HR positions, from stand-alone in start-up environments, building global HR teams to now leading a team at Videoslots who are responsible for the overall people experience at Videoslots.

When not in the office, Gemma is happiest to be exploring somewhere with her camera or cooking for friends.


Nadiya Attard

Director Business Development and Asia

15+ years of industry experience (both B2C and B2B, retail and working for competition). Awarded I-Gaming Top 50 in 2018 and Women in Gaming in 2017. I know gaming inside out, I worked my way up starting from landbased to online gaming.

My official title at NetEnt is Director for Business Development EMEA and Asia Market Operations, so I am responsible for two directions - bringing in New Business in EMEA and also Asia which includes new business, existing customers, market specific infrastructure and product, marketing etc.

My task is to take care that the team is bringing in as much new business as possible, while also ensuring all new customers meet our high standards in terms of compliance. This is especially important as NetEnt is the leading supplier in regulated markets.

I enjoy working with people, sharing knowledge, offering support and see them developing. In my role I have an opportunity to work with so many different people, cultures and nationalities and this is a lot of knowledge.

Sam Barrett

Director of Gaming

Samuel Barrett started his gaming career over eight years ago at Clarion Events. Within three years, he became head of sales and was managing the biggest gaming show in the industry. He has since held management roles at payments businesses including ClickandBuy, Skrill (Paysafe Group) and FX brokerage World First. Today, he works as Director of Gaming at payments company Trustly, where he helps gaming operators attract new customers and optimize conversion through Trustly's online banking e-payment services. Samuel is originally from the UK but is now based in sunny Sliema, Malta.

Paul Myatt



Eitan Gorodetsky

Group Head of SEO & PPC

10 years of working with SEOs in 888, Catena Media and Betsson group.

I'm passionate when it comes to strategy, foundations and SEO leadership to transform organizations.

Maria Sayapina

Head of SEO

Maria Sayapina is the Head of SEO at Raketech. After graduating with an Honors degree in Communication and Media Studies, Maria took the leap into the ever changing world of SEO, where she gained experience working with some of the most challenging verticals such as medical, big data and, of course, gaming. She has also covered some of the most saturated and competitive markets, including the USA, Scandinavia, UK and Russia.

With a passion for new technology, Maria has developed competencies into several aspects of digital marketing and her focus now is leading the SEO team at Raketech, optimising for a mobile first world where the rules change daily.

Magnus Boberg

Head of SEO

Magnus Boberg has over 10 years of experience in which he specialized in highly result-driven SEO, the last 6 of which were within the competitive iGaming niche.

Magnus has worked for affiliate companies as well as operators, and is accustomed to navigating both landscapes in order to deliver SEO strategies within reasonable time frames.

In his career, Magnus has brought multiple sites back from manual penalties, and has taken charge of new sites which were languishing at the bottom of search rankings, and took them right to the very top.

Currently, he is deeply involved in NetEnt’s affiliate business, which has been gaining significant traction:

Magnus has, over the years, developed a complete understanding of what is required in an individual in order to succeed within the field of SEO (particularly in the sector of iGaming). He is looking forward to identifying those characteristics in the iGaming Idol nominees!


Trevor Singrin

VIP Team Leader

With over 8 years in the Gaming industry, dedicated to VIP Management, Trevor has worked with some of the most prestigious names in the business as, variously, Head of VIP, Head of Customer Support and CRM Manager. He currently holds the position of VIP Team Leader at LeoVegas - one of the fastest growing iGaming companies worldwide. Trevor leads a team of dedicated and professional VIP Managers to maintain and further continue the growth of LeoVegas. This has produced some excellent results on VIP player satisfaction and retention combined with a strong focus on compliance.

Trevor´s profound passion for developing people has, whilst bringing experience and expertise within the field, been the bedrock of his success in the industry in general and in VIP Management specifically.

Eirik Nilsen

Head of VIP

Eirik is a passionate and driven business leader who inspires teams to deliver at their best with close to 10 years experience in various manager positions.

A big passion for customer service, revenue generation, strategic change and optimization has always been his driving force.

Developing high performing teams has been the key to success. Lead by example, staying curious and taking on any challenge while learning as you go saw him rise through the ranks at Betsson Group before making the move to ComeOn where he now heads up their VIP Department.

Eirik is a vivid sports enthusiast with a soft spot for American sports. He also gets his nerd on with Magic the Gathering on a competitive level.

Danijela Slisko

Market Manager

Danijela is currently the Market Manager for Casumo, with over eight years experience in the industry, five of which have been in VIP Management.

She started her career at Tipico in Customer Research offline and online where she then built the VIP Management Team from scratch.

She went on to expand her experience at Mr Green, bringing a competitive VIP club to life, focusing on customer and compliance perspectives, as well as building a strong team of Account Managers.

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