World Lottery Summit 2018

Gaining the edge in the new world
It takes you to tango

Buenos Aires, Argentina

November 18 - 22, 2018

Registration now open

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Richard Bateson

Richard joined Camelot in 2001 to set up and manage EuroMillions, which successfully launched in 2004 and has grown to become one of the world’s largest lottery games. Richard later joined Camelot’s sister company, Camelot Global, where he was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and was integral in securing a five-year consultancy contract with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. Richard re-joined the UK business in 2017 as Commercial Director and was appointed to his current role in April 2018. In this role, Richard is responsible for developing relationships with Camelot’s existing partners – such as the EuroMillions community – and for establishing new partnerships with other leading lotteries around the world.

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Ludovico Calvi

Since June 2015 he is a Member of the Global Lottery Monitoring System Executive Committee and since June 2017 elected President with vast majority. GLMS is the state lotteries’ mutualized monitoring system on sports betting aiming at detecting and analyzing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of a sport competition. Ludovico contributed to extend GLMS membership base to 29 members in 4 continents and 27 countries making GLMS a true global organization with operational hubs in Copenhagen and Hong Kong. Ludovico has sealed key partnerships and co-operations with Gaming Regulators, Law Enforcement Agencies, Sport Federations and related Sports Integrity Units worldwide.

Since May 2015 he is also a Member of the American Gaming Association Sport Betting Task Force. The American Gaming Association (AGA) is the premier US national trade group and its members include commercial and tribal casino operators, suppliers and other entities affiliated with the gaming industry.

In December 2006 until May 2016 Head of Betting and since 2009 on the Board of Directors of Lottomatica Betting Ltd (an IGT Plc Italian subsidiary), an Italian leading licensed gaming operator across multiple segments and products, acting as CEO from 2009 to 2016 and as Board Director from 2016 until today. Ludovico, in this position, created from scratch a brand new and profitable division within the group, in a very competitive betting market environment, held total responsibility for profit achieved on all betting products, delivered the fastest start up in the history of European sports betting operations in relation to network and turnover magnitude.

From May 2013 Ludovico held the position of Vice President, Product Marketing Betting heading GTECH Plc Betting Division across all regions while maintaining his role as Head of the Italian Betting Business serving all segments of the betting industry: as an operator in the retail and digital space in Italy, as a technology partner delivering B2B and B2B2C solutions that include trading management and operational services to commercial and lottery customers worldwide.
From April 2015 until August 2017, Ludovico held the position of Senior Vice President Global Product Marketing Betting at International Game Technology (IGT), following its acquisition by GTECH Plc and becoming the Global Leader in B2B Gaming (products, software and services) with operations around the globe in all gaming industry segments and products. In these positions, Ludovico executed the first integrated betting group business and product strategic planning cycle, designed and promoted IGT Betting products, roadmaps and services with customized turnkey solutions worldwide: Betfred, Paddy Power, Sporting Bet, Stan James, Boyles Sports (Ireland-UK), Loterie Nationale De Belgique (Belgium), Singapore Pools (Singapore), OPAP (Greece) Lottomatica (Italy), Szerencsejáték Zrt (Hungary), William HILL Spain, Marca (Spain), Pronosticos (Mexico), Polla Chilena (Chile), MGM Resorts (US).

Before joining Lottomatica, GTECH and IGT, Ludovico spent 8 years as a strategy consultant working for Sisal Spa (Italy), guiding successfully the Italian regulator in the definition and implementation of the national legal and regulatory betting framework and creating a betting division within Sisal SpA.

Earlier in his career, Ludovico worked as Operations Manager at William HILL Plc (UK) delivering the startup and growth of the International Betting Division which led to the launch of William HILL spread betting venture – William HILL Index.

Ludovico studied Business and Finance at the University of West London, former Thames Valley University, London (UK).

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Rebecca Hargrove

President and CEO, Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation

Rebecca Paul Hargrove has served in leadership roles in the lottery industry for more than 30 years, including as Chief Executive of the Illinois, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee lotteries. In three of those four states she led the start-up and remains one of the most respected, experienced leaders in the field.

Following a successful statewide referendum to create the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation, the founding Board of Directors recruited Rebecca in 2003 to serve as its Chief Executive Officer. Under her leadership, the Lottery launched three weeks ahead of schedule, netting an additional $30 million for education than was anticipated. Since then, the Tennessee Lottery has seen growth every year, thought to be a U.S. record.

Rebecca’s resume includes a long list of lottery industry, business and civic accomplishments, honors and awards. She is the current Senior Vice President of the World Lottery Association and Chair of its Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, and she is the founding Chair of Women’s Initiative in Lottery Leadership. Rebecca has served as President and/or Chair of all offices of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries and the Multi-State Lottery Association, and President of the international industry organization A.I.L.E. She was one of the first inductees to the Lottery Industry Hall of Fame, was awarded the Major Peter J. O’Connell Lottery Industry Lifetime Achievement Award by Public Gaming Research Institute, and was named one of The Tennessean newspaper’s Tennesseans of the Year. Throughout her career, Rebecca has served on a variety of boards and continues to support many causes.

Ms. Hargrove holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Education from Butler University and is a native of Indiana who now calls Tennessee home.

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Isabelle Jean

Graduating with a master’s in public communications from Université Laval in 1999, Isabelle Jean immediately started her career with the Government of Québec. In 2012, she joined Loto Québec as Director of Internal and Strategic Communications. In September 2014, she was appointed Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Public Affairs. A few months later, in October 2015, a new unit focusing on strategic business intelligence and innovation was created under her leadership, and Isabelle Jean was named Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Innovation and Public Affairs. Since August 2016, Ms. Jean occupies the posts of President of Lottery Operations and Vice President of Public Affairs.

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Dato Lawrence Lim Swee Lin

Dato Lawrence Lim Swee Lin is the CEO of the Magnum Group of Companies. He joined Magnum in 2000 bringing with him experiences and leadership skills from his previous roles in the financial, manufacturing and property investment industries.

Magnum is the pioneer and market leader in the 4Digit number games in Malaysia. Magnum is the first private Organisation to be awarded the license by the Malaysian Government to operate the 4Digits game in 1969.

The 4Digit game is a popular numbers forecast, fixed-odd game in Malaysia. Its popularity and familiarity has become ingrained into the social fabric of the community.

To date, Magnum has introduced 3 other games to address the aspirations of the younger players’ needs and also to be competitive to attract players from the illegal operators.

In 2012, Magnum attained WLA’s Level 2 Responsible Gaming certification and in November 2013 attained the WLA Security Control Standards certification, being the first Lottery organisation in ASIA to achieve this.

Dato Lawrence Lim has been a member of the APLA Executive Committee since 2007 and at the APLA AGM on 16 October 2014, Dato Lawrence Lim was elected as the Chairman of APLA.

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Roberto Saracino

As Senior Vice President IGT and CTO Lottomatica SpA, Roberto Saracino is responsible for providing the overall IT leadership and strategy to develop the strategic plan of Region Italy and he is responsible worldwide for Data Center Operations, B2C and R&D Interactive. He is in the Board of Lottomatica SpA and Lottomatica Italia Servizi SpA and member of IGT ISEC (Group Information Security Committee).

Prior to joining IGT, Roberto Saracino was Head of Corporate Information Systems Development and Coordination IT Company’s Group with the responsibility for IT design and development of the Corporate Solutions (ERP, EDWH, Big Data, HR…) and for the consolidation project of the IT of Poste Italiane Group.

Previous to joining Poste Italiane Group, he was in Almaviva the CIO with the responsibility for all ICT matters.

In addition, Mr. Saracino as Director was in Unicredit Group CSO of Unicredit Global Information Services and Head of ICT security at Group level. In Telecom Italia Group was Head of IT Infrastructural Services – Market, (Business Unit dedicated to the IT Market and to the management of the IT infrastructural Services – OSS/BSS and IT Infrastructural Services – Corporate), Head of the Engineering, Delivery and Control Room, Head of the E-Business Solutions for Milan Business Unit and Head of Network Assurance of Milan Business Unit.

Mr. Saracino graduated in Computer Science from the University of Milan, continue to collaborate with Bicocca University of Milan (Degree in Computer Sciences) for the courses in Telecommunication Services and Telecommunication Systems.

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Silvio Orestes Vivas

The accountant Silvio Orestes Vivas, in his 48 years of age, and with a vast experience in the gaming industry, in November 2017 he was elected in the charge of President of the Institute of Financial Aid to Social Action, in Spanish Instituto de Ayuda Financiera a la Accion Social, of Entre Ríos, after being the General Manager of the institution for 9 years.

He begins his career in the state area in the Government of the province of Buenos Aires as Adviser in the Secretary of Press and Dissemination.

To that experience, he adds his labor as General Coordinator of Advertising in the Provincial Lottery and Casinos Institute of Buenos Aires for 3 years, and as Provincial Director of Games and Exploitation in the same institution for 4 years.

Apart from this, Silvio Vivas chairs the Marketing Commission of ALEA and integrates the Community of Products of CIBELAE.

In his current management, he has focused on developing objectives based on the optimization of resources, the maintenance and increase of instances of staff training, the maintenance and expansion of certified circuits in management systems, the deepening of Social Responsibility and Social actions and Institutional Strengthening.

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Jennifer Westbury

Jennifer Westbury provides the vision for marketing our products and managing relationships with our clients. She has been at the forefront of Pollard Banknote’s tenfold growth during her more than 27 years with the company. With this experience, she provides strategic direction and leadership for our company and our clients.

Jennifer’s scope of responsibilities includes overseeing our worldwide lottery accounts. Her experience in working with clients around the globe, from startup to mature well-established lotteries, including some of the world’s most successful lotteries is unmatched. She has direct hands on experience in helping lotteries drive growth in generating money for good causes—whether that is in strategic management of existing instant portfolios, or the introduction of new and innovative products. Her induction in the PGRI Lottery Hall of Fame in 2012 is evidence of the exceptionally high regard in which she is held in the industry. Her approach is a hands-on customized approach to each lottery based on a clear understanding of their market dynamics, players, and opportunities.

Whether developing winning strategies, launching new products and services, or optimizing the positioning of established products, Jennifer’s drive for developing innovative strategies to cultivate lottery sales and net profits and the expansion of new products and solutions has contributed to the success of our customers across the globe.

Prior to joining Pollard Banknote, Jennifer held prominent positions with Booz Allen & Hamilton and with Ernst & Young. She graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees. Jennifer also studied at Oxford University in England.

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Charlie Zhang

Charlie Zhang is the Vice President of AGTech Holdings Limited (HK:08279) with over 13 years of domestic and international gaming industry experience. Charlie joined AGTech in 2016, is presently responsible for the development and operation of the company’s Sports & Entertainment business.

Prior to joining AGTech, Charlie held various senior management roles in the design and development of iGaming technology & product. Charlie graduated from King’s College London with BEng Honors in Telecommunication.