Global Gaming Directory Blog: Inside Asian Gaming

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Inside Asian Gaming


Manila, 2 August 2023 – Inside Asian Gaming is pleased to announce there are now 67 judges confirmed to lend their expertise on the Judging Panel for the upcoming 2023 IAG Academy IR Awards.

The Awards are to be held at The Ballroom at Hilton Manila, Newport World Resorts, on the evening of Wednesday 13 September, and consist of 20 Awards categories plus a special induction ceremony as part of the IAG Academy Hall of Honor, which will including Rising Stars, Industry Icons and a special Outstanding CEO Award.

For more information on the Awards, please visit iagacad.com and navigate to the “IR AWARDS” menu.


The 67 judges comprise some of the most experienced minds in the business representing a variety of sectors including operators, suppliers, lawyers, consultants, media and more. The full list of confirmed judges so far is as follows:

Andrew W Scott, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Inside Asian Gaming (Judging Panel Chairman)

Sérgio de Almeida Correia, Lawyer, Private Notary, ACS Macau Lawyers

Sandy Amida, Senior Director of Operations – Table Games, Newport World Resorts

Dennis Andreaci, Senior Vice President – Casino, Hann Casino Resort

Ben Blaschke, Managing Editor, Inside Asian Gaming

Thomas Borman, SVP Electronic Games, Galaxy Macau

Harmen Brenninkmeijer, Managing Partner, NYCE International Ltd

Andy Caras-Altas, CEO, TraffGen Global

Jerry Chan, SVP Electronic Gaming & Special Projects, Okada Manila

Tony Chan, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director, Asia Pioneer Entertainment

Greg Chase, Head of XM Pros Community & Experience Management (XM) Catalyst, XM Institute

Michael Cheers, Sales Director – Asia, IGT

Nelson Cheung, Systems Sales Manager – Asia, IGT

Charles Choy, Co-Chairman, Macau Beer Co

Jay Chun, Chairman, Paradise Entertainment Limited

Carlo Climaco, Vice President Operations, Premium Leisure Corp

Carlos Eduardo Coelho, Partner, MdME

Rui Cunha, Founding Partner, C&C Lawyers

Rui Pedro Cunha, Director & General Manager, C&C Lawyers

Jeffrey Evora, President and Chief Operating Officer, Winford Manila Resort and Casino

Ashley Fong, Product Planning and Strategy Manager, Aristocrat

Maulin Gandhi, President, Tangam Systems

Fredric Gushin, Managing Director, Spectrum Gaming Group

Trevor Hammond, SVP Gaming and Integrated Resort Operations, NUSTAR

Michael Hu, President – Asia Pacific, Interblock Asia Pacific Pty Ltd

Dennis Hudson, Senior Director VP Table Games, Newport World Resorts

Ian Hughes, CEO, GLI Australia

Peter Jenkins, Group Executive External Affairs, Star Entertainment Group

Michael Johansen, President, Resorts World at Sea

Sudhir Kalé, Founder and Principal, GamePlan Consultants

Andy Kobel, Senior Vice President – Gaming, Sands China Limited

Herris Kocibelli, Managing Director, HWK Trading Co Ltd

Joji Kokuryo, Managing Director, Bay City Ventures Ltd

Lorraine Koo, Corporate Chief Operating Officer, Dowinn Group

Michael Krispli, Vice President, EGM Operations, NUSTAR

Keijiro Kan, President, Angel Macau Ltd

Liviano Lacchia, Senior Vice President HR Business Partner, Galaxy Entertainment Group

Matthew Lai, Vice President, International Business Leader, Everi Holdings Inc

Desmond Lam, College Master and Professor, University of Macau

Manida Lau, Vice President, Business Solutions & Premium Marketing Operations, Okada Manila

Andy Lee, Deputy COO, StarWorld Hotel and Casino

Olivia Lee, Director of Business Development, Mega Fortris Group of Companies

António Lobo Vilela, Gaming Lawyer, Macau

Walter Mactal, Chief Legal and Admin Officer, Newport World Resorts

Jonathan Mazurek, Assistant SVP, Galaxy Entertainment Group

Jeff Mann, Managing Director, MegaSportsWorld

Shaun McCamley, Founder & Managing Partner, Euro Pacific Asia Consulting Ltd

Greg Meares, Vice President of Engineering and Facilities, MGM China

Scott Messinger, Vice President of Brand Marketing, Benchmark Solutions

Niall Murray, Chairman, Murray International (Macau) Co. Ltd.

Jamie Nettleton, Partner, Addisons

Wendy Ni, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Okada Manila

Rui Pinto Proença, Managing Partner, MdME

Lloyd Robson, General Manager – Asia, Aristocrat

Chris Rogers, Founder and CEO, East2West Solutions

Trevor Ross, Sales Director – Asia, Light and Wonder

Robert Scott, Vice President – Hotel Operations, Okada Manila

Charles Seo, Senior Director, Product Management – APAC, IGT

Tim Shepherd, Director, Fortuna Investments

Angel Sueiro, Chief Operating Officer, PH Resorts Group

Chen Si, Chief Operating Officer, Inspire Entertainment Resort

Alan Teo, COO, Universal Hotels and Resorts Inc

Raymond Voon, Senior Vice President – Customer Services, Galaxy Entertainment Group

Ian Wood, Business Development Manager, Synectics Systems (Asia) Ltd

Raymond Yap, Corporate Director – International Premium Market Development, Galaxy Entertainment Group

Betty Zhao, Chief Operating Officer, LT Game

Michael Zhu, EVP, Apple Brook Colorado LLC

About Inside Asian Gaming

Inside Asian Gaming is Asia’s leading B2B digital and print media brand for the gaming, resort and entertainment industry. It has the highest website traffic, social media following, digital newsletter distribution and print magazine distribution of any such brand.

Founded in 2005, IAG has a broad business editorial focus on the Asian gaming and integrated resort industry. It is widely distributed to industry executives throughout Macau and the rest of Asia in two formats: a monthly English and traditional Chinese fully bilingual digital and print magazine and a daily English language e-newsletter titled IAG Breakfast Briefing, delivered at 8am Macau time in English and 11am in traditional Chinese each weekday. IAG also publishes special magazine editions for G2E Asia each May and the Asian Gaming Power 50 each November.

IAG produces all original content. As well as almost always being the first media outlet to publish breaking industry news, the deep domain knowledge our journalists have accumulated from as far back as the 1980s allows IAG to offer highly insightful opinion pieces and analysis of industry news. We do not aggregate media content or copy from other media outlets. Conversely, IAG is often the original source (sometimes credited, more often not!) of many stories published around the world covering the Asian IR and gaming industry.

In January 2019, Inside Asian Gaming launched IAG Japan to cover the then-burgeoning Integrated Resort industry in Japan. For just over three years from January 2019 to January 2022, at the height of international interest in operating a Japanese integrated resort, IAG Japan had two formats: a monthly Japanese and English fully bilingual digital magazine and a daily Japanese language e-newsletter titled IAG Daily Briefing. International industry interest in operating in Japan has since waned considerably, so after the January 2022 issue of IAG Japan was released we discontinued the Japanese language version of the monthly magazine, but we still issue our Japanese language IAG Daily Briefing when major Japan-related news breaks.

Since 2008 IAG has been renowned for publishing “The Asian Gaming Power 50”. Anxiously awaited each year, The Asian Gaming Power 50 is an annual ranking of the 50 most influential and prominent Asian gaming industry leaders and executives. The Asian Gaming Power 50 is celebrated each November with IAG organizing a glamorous Black Tie Gala Dinner in a Macau Integrated Resort ballroom. The gala dinner ballroom location rotates annually amongst Macau’s six Integrated Resort concessionaires, although it was held at City of Dreams Manila in 2022 due to the pandemic.

IAG produces Macau After Dark and Manila After Dark (both known as “MAD”), a series of casual industry networking social event held in both Macau and Manila every quarter. MAD brings together key industry decision-makers, including operators, suppliers and other industry executives.

IAG launched the IAG Academy – then known as the Integrated Resorts Academy Asia (IRAA) – in November 2021, as its educational arm. It was rebranded as the IAG Academy in July 2023. In the months and years ahead, the IAG Academy will be delivering educational services for the APAC Integrated Resort industry both through its website with online learning and by producing live in-person educational and thought leadership events, with the goal of advancing professionalism within the industry. The IAG Academy will also play a role in recognizing the contributions of those people who make up our industry.

IAG is the Lead Media and Production Partner for G2E Asia, including G2E Asia Special Edition: Singapore, G2E Asia @ the Philippines and the G2E Asia Online Conferences. This role includes managing the entire conference at G2E Asia events.

We also publish G2E Asia Daily, the daily newspaper of G2E Asia, and co-organize the G2E Asia Awards with Reed Exhibitions.

IAG is the Lead Media Partner for the MGS Entertainment Show, held each November in Macau. We also publish MGS Daily, the daily newspaper of the MGS Entertainment Show.

IAG is the Asian Lead Media Partner for ICE London. We publish The Daily Download, the official daily digital record of ICE Asia.

In addition to being the Lead Media Partner for various major industry trade shows throughout Asia, IAG is an official media partner of dozens of leisure and gaming industry events held across every continent of the world.

IAG attends numerous industry trade shows and international conferences and seminars across Asia and throughout the world, including ICE in London in February, G2E Asia in Macau in May, G2E Asia Special Edition: Singapore, AGE in Sydney in August, G2E in Las Vegas in October, MGS in Macau in November and various developing shows covering the Japanese IR industry in Tokyo, Yokohama and Osaka. Our Vice Chairman and CEO Andrew W Scott and our Managing Editor Ben Blaschke variously chair, moderate and speak at such conferences and seminars.

IAG has produced a range of industry conferences and seminars such as the Cambodia International Gaming Conference on behalf of the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Cambodia, sessions for the G2E Asia conference and the MGS Entertainment Show conference, and the highly acclaimed “Strategy and Leadership for Personal and Business Success” seminar series.

IAG Consulting is IAG’s consulting business unit, which offers consulting and revenue support services for businesses exploring or operating in the Asian gaming and Integrated Resort industry. IAG Consulting also produces tailor-made training and education programs (and has been commissioned by Philippines regulator PAGCOR to do so) and organizes events on behalf of our clients, such as product launches, seminars and social events.