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Ian Smith is the Integrity Commissioner of Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) and lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in traditional sports.

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Stephen Hanna

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Director of Global Strategy

As ESIC’s Director of Global Strategy and Partnerships, Stephen is responsible for developing ESIC’s strategic outlook. Stephen is an experienced forensic accountant with accompanying legal qualifications. He has extensive experience in the areas of forensic expert work, government and legislative consultancy, and law enforcement coordination. Stephen plays a pivotal role within ESIC, particularly in his pioneering of various technological advancements and forensic practices within ESIC’s global integrity framework.

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GRAHAM ASHTON

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External Affairs Manager

Graham acts as Riot Games’ liaison and advisor for esports-related policy and regulatory matters in the EMEA region. This includes advancing relationships with governments and detailing how Riot’s competitions are run at the highest level. He is part of the Rules and Governance team within Riot’s Competitive Operations department, working from the publisher’s Berlin esports office.

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Richard Lewis is a veteran, award-winning British esports journalist, with over a decade of experience covering the biggest scandals and uncovering the inner workings of esports. He has been recognized for his contribution to esports with a lifetime achievement award in 2020.

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Brett Abarbanel

Executive Director, International Gaming Institute

‍Brett Abarbanel is executive director of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), International Gaming Institute with an affiliate position at the University of Sydney Science, Brain, &  Mind Centre. Her research covers video games, esports and gambling, operations and technology, and responsible gambling and community relations. Dr. Abarbanel is the executive editor of the UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal, and on the editorial board at International Gambling Studies and Harvard University’s Brief Addiction Science Information Source. She is a founding director of the Nevada Esports Alliance, which promotes development of best practices at the intersection of the esports and regulated gambling industries, and an inaugural member of the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s Esports Technical Advisory Committee.

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Per is one of the co-founders of HLTV.org in 2002, and has been a part of the journey for the past 20 years. As CTO in HLTV Per is a part of all aspects of HLTV, from strategy, management to the various marquee features of HLTV such as the vast statistical database, the rating algorithm, and the world ranking.

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Timo Krueger

Commercial Director Esports & Gaming, International

Timo Krueger is the Commercial Director of Esports and Gaming at Nielsen Sports where he is responsible for providing customized solutions based on media evaluation and market research formajor esports organizations, driving business development and identifying local esports challenges across Europe and Asia. Previously, Timo was responsible for spearheading new business development for Nielsen Esports and Nielsen Gaming in the DACH region. Timo has a Master’s Degree in International Marketing and Media Management from University of Applied Science Cologne, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sports Management and Sports Communication from Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln.

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Stephen Hanna

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Director of Global Strategy & Partnership

As ESIC’s Director of Global Strategy and Partnerships, Stephen is responsible for developing ESIC’s strategic outlook. Stephen is an experienced forensic accountant with accompanying legal qualifications. He has extensive experience in the areas of forensic expert work, government and legislative consultancy, and law enforcement coordination. Stephen plays a pivotal role within ESIC, particularly in his pioneering of various technological advancements and forensic practices within ESIC’s global integrity framework.

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Welcoming Remarks
Summary / What's Next / Invitation to After-Party
Bomb Has Been Planted - Crime and Punishment
Creating Effective Esports Policy

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Professor Andy Miah is Chair of Science Communication & Future Media in the School of Science, Engineering, and Environment at the University of Salford, Manchester. Author of 10 books about emerging technologies, Professor Miah is known for his research into ethics and artificial intelligence, human enhancement, immersive realities, and esports. He is an Advisory Board Member of the British Esports Federation, Commission Member of the Global Esports Federation, and author of Sport 2.0: Transforming Sports for a Digital World (MIT Press, 2017). In 2020, he co-founded the International Journal of Esports, the world’s first scientific journal in the subject. Previous roles include providing digital media training for IAAF athletes, social media guidance for Olympic athletes, mentoring on the International Olympic Committee Young Reporters Programme. Prof Miah is also a frequent media commentator and has written for Vogue, BBC, Wired, and many other outlets.

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Wayne Sullivan

Head of Major Events and City Experience

As Head of Major Events and City Experience at London and Partners Wayne has a breadth of experience across a vast portfolio of Major Events. Previously working for the Mayor of London, he has collaborated with rights holders to deliver some of London’s biggest events including EURO 2020, NFL and Major League Baseball. He is now shifting London’s attention to e-Sport, building a new portfolio for the city. Using his experience from live sporting and cultural events he has developed a new pillar of work at London and Partners with the focus to make London a world centre for e-sport.

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David Harris is the Managing Director at Guinevere Capital and possesses over 20 years of experience across top Australian, UK and International sports & esports organisations. He currently has interests in esports projects including League of Legends Circuit Oceania (LCO), Skybox.gg, XL Esports & Esports High Performance Centres.  He has an MBA from Oxford University, Said Business School and is a Graduate of the Australain Institute of Company Directors.

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Trevor Williams

Vice President Corporate Strategy

Trevor Williams currently holds the position of Vice President - Corporate and Business Development at Hi-Rez Studios the makers of SMITE, Paladins and Rogue Company. Trevor has been with Hi-Rez since March 2017. Prior to Hi-Rez Trevor worked as the Director of Operations at Motiga, another esports/GaaS company and prior to that ran investments and finance at Microsoft for Team Xbox. Trevor has been in the gaming industry for more than 10 years and has more than 16 years of work experience.

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Dr. Nepomuk Nothelfer

Research Assistant

Dr. Nepomuk Nothelfer works, researches and lectures i.a. in the areas of civil, labor/employment and gambling law with a focus on esports and gaming. He is currently working as a research assistant for the law firm SKW Schwarz. In addition to his work for SKW Schwarz, he also advises various national and international stakeholders from the landscape of associations and politics (e.g. the European Parliament and parliamentary parties in the German Bundestag) and has repeatedly written expert opinions related to esports. As co-founder of the world's first university Research Center for Esports Law and the Esports Research Network, he has been doing pioneering work in the scientific examination of esports for years.

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Luke Burdon

Senior Partnerships Manager

Luke has 10 years B2B experience dealing with some of the biggest brand in the world. A huge gaming and esports fan. Currently Senior Partnerships Manager for the most historic and largest esports org in the world in Ninjas in Pyjamas.

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Katie Simmonds

Global Chief Operating Officer

Martin Dachselt is the CEO & Managing Director of Bayes Esports. Martin has over 20 years of top level management experience in tech startups. He served as CTO of Dojo Madness, Smartfrog and Delivery Hero, and as VP Operations for Click&Buy. At Bayes Esports, he is looking to professionalize the industry and create a sustainable future for everyone involved in esports.

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2023 SPEAKERS.

MEET OUR SPEAKERS
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IAN SMITH

Commissioner

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STEPHEN HANNA

Director of Global Strategy & Partnerships

GRAHAM ASHTON

External Affairs Manager

TREVOR WILLIAMS

Vice President Corporate Strategy

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RICHARD LEWIS

Editor at Large

VIRGINIE GRINGARTEN

Associate General Counsel

DAVID HARRIS

Managing Director

WAYNE SULLIVAN

Head of Major Events and City Experience

ANDY MIAH

Chair of Science Communication & Future Media

BRETT ABARBANEL

Executive Director, International Gaming Institute at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

TIMO KRUEGER

Commercial Director Esports & Gaming, International

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PER LAMBAEK

Founder & CTO

DR.  NEPOMUK NOTHELFER

Research Assistant

LUKE BURDON

Senior Partnerships Manager

KATIE SIMMONDS

Global Chief Operating Officer

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HEAR FROM OUR 2022 SPEAKERS

MICHAEL BLICHARZ
VP PRO GAMING

ESL

ALEX INGLOT
COMMISSIONER

ESL PRO LEAGUE

DAVID HARRIS
MANAGING DIRECTOR

GUINEVERE CAPITAL

MICHAEL HEINA
INTERNATIONAL SECTOR DIRECTOR ESPORTS AND GAMING

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