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David Carruthers

David Carruthers, Principal & CEO, David Carruthers Consulting

A Driven Leader, Accomplished Entrepreneur, and Transformative Business Consultant.

David Carruthers is a seasoned executive with an exceptional track record of success as a CEO, entrepreneur, and business consultant. His unwavering commitment to excellence, coupled with his dynamic leadership style and proven ability to navigate complex challenges, has propelled him to the forefront of the business world.

A champion of innovation and transformation, a master of business strategy, he navigates global challenges with confidence, has a proven track record of accomplishment, a true visionary leader with a passion for excellence.

David's boundless energy, proven ability to succeed, self-discipline, and infectious sense of humour set him apart. His unwavering commitment to excellence and his ability to inspire and motivate teams have earned him the respect and admiration of his peers.

Ken Jolly

Ken Jolly, VP & Managing Director, Asia, Light & Wonder

Ken Jolly's global experience in the gaming industry has spanned over 40 years, making him one of the most recognizable industry figures. Ken's career covers gaming industry technical, sales, fiscal control, senior management and business development in international markets. 

Roles such as General Manager of New Zealand, Vice President of Sales, Service & Marketing in the Americas. General Manager of Sales and Marketing for Europe and General Manager of Asia Pacific for a leading, global, publicly traded gaming supplier. Executive Vice President & General Manager of Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa for a Japanese gaming manufacturer.

Ken has been in Macau for 18 years, known as the biggest gaming revenue market in the world and is currently VP & Managing Director of Light & Wonder, responsible for the Asian gaming operations of Light & Wonder.

Ken's experiences cover all facets of a successfully managed gaming product supply company with proven global experience and growth.

Alex Leese

Alex Leese, CEO of Pronet Gaming

Alex Leese, CEO of Pronet Gaming, is an industry veteran with over 14 years of experience in executive roles within the gaming sector. He joined Pronet Gaming in Summer 2019 to spearhead the company’s commercial expansion into LATAM, Africa and beyond. Under his leadership, the firm has expanded its product portfolio to provide tailored and localised solutions, raising its profile through deals with local top-tier sportsbook and casino operators in those regions.

Immediately prior to his appointment at Pronet Gaming, Leese ran the international arm of William Hill, leading multiple market entries into newly regulated jurisdictions in LATAM as well as managing their existing portfolio. Before this appointment, Leese was Managing Director of Offside Gaming, which he joined after five years at Sportingbet / GVC Group plc in various managerial positions across all European markets.

Simon Lidzen

Simon Lidzén, CEO & Co-founder, Fast Track

Simon is a specialist in technology, product development, innovation and organisational scalability, with over 15 years of experience in iGaming.

He co-founded Fast Track in 2016 as a direct response to the challenges that operators face in running an efficient, scalable business. He is now on a mission to digitalise the iGaming industry.

Craig Lusher

Craig Lusher, Product Principal, Secure Solutions, Continent 8

Craig has dedicated nearly two decades to roles within IT and telecommunications, adeptly navigating the distinctive challenges and opportunities within the iGaming, fintech, and live media industries. Over his nine years at Continent 8 Technologies, two of which spent in Southeast Asia, he has progressed from Solutions Architecture to Channel Partner Development, culminating in his current role leading product management for their cybersecurity services.

Tim Nguyen

Tim Nguyen, Director, Marketing, Golden Hospitality

Tim is recognised as one of the most innovative marketeers of casino gaming in IndoChina. Having worked for some of the largest and most profitable casinos in Cambodia and Vietnam, he not only understands player needs but is able to build a strategy to attract and retain them for the long term. Tim is Vietnamese and fluent in English, Mandarin and Khmer, he has intimate knowledge of the Vietnamese gaming industry in the areas of marketing, operations and regulations as well as human resources.

Julia Panina

Julia Panina, Head of Product Marketing, EvenBet Gaming 

Julia Panina stands out as a seasoned product marketer at EvenBet Gaming, a leading B2B online poker provider with a 20-year history. With a sharp analytical mind, she excels in understanding the nuanced preferences of EvenBet's clients. Julia is dedicated to creating targeted marketing materials that empower operators, ensuring they are well-prepared for the launch of their online poker businesses.

Beyond marketing, Julia plays a vital role in offering insights that contribute to a clearer understanding of the rapidly evolving iGaming industry. Julia’s commitment to excellence and strategic approach make her an invaluable asset in navigating the dynamic landscape of online poker.


Peter Williams

Peter Williams, Managing Director - Asia Pacific, Continent 8

Born in Dublin, Ireland Peter is an experienced and proven professional in the communications and security  industry having held senior commercial positions in global telecommunications, manufacturers and consulting services over the last 30 years.

Peter served as Chief Commercial Officer at Continent for twelve years.  before assuming the role of five years ago years assuming the role of Managing Directory – Asia Pacific now based in Manila Philippines.

Prior to Continent 8 Peter held several senior positions in the Global Communications industry, including Head of ICT Solutions Telefonica O2,  Corporate Sales Director Cable & Wireless, General Manager for British Telecom Ireland and Regional Manager Ireland for Cisco Systems.

Steve Wolstenholme

Steve Wolstenholme, President & CEO, Hoiana Resort & Golf

Steven Wolstenholme has worked in the hospitality and gaming industry since the early 1980’s, beginning his career in Brighton, England. He then moved to various hospitality roles in North America, and Asia, achieving “C” level positions in three major integrated resort developments.

Before Vietnam, Steve led the pre-opening operations team of the $2.7 billion Okada Manila in the Philippines. He presently works as the President & CEO for Hoiana - a $4 billion integrated resort which has been contributing to the continued economic vibrancy of central Vietnam.  

Steve holds an Executive MBA from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Canada.  

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