Alexia Smilovic is the Regulated Markets Product Owner at Net Entertainment and she will bring a wealth of experience to the regulatory conference at SiGMA 2015.
SiGMA 'MALTA' Edition Speakers
As Bit8’s chief executive officer, Angelo Dalli is responsible for leading the company’s product development, business and technology strategy. Angelo co-founded Bit8 with Keith Galea and Brian Fenech after identifying the need for an intelligent backend system that positively impacts the operator’s bottom line while providing an awesome player experience. Angelo has joined Bit8 as its CEO in 2013 and has led the company through its initial growth phase and its first external financing round.
Anton Cristina took over the CSL business in October 2008 and transformed it from a traditional box shifter to a Services Business, which is today the leading IT Outsourcing provider in Malta. The company was a loss making garage company which employed 9 people and over the past six years it tripled its head count, turns over $10million a year and acquired a new client base of 100 + companies in the Gaming and Financial Services sectors.
Anton has been in the IT Industry for the past 15 years. He left Malta early 90’s after finishing University as the conditions of the Maltese economy at the time lacked opportunity since Public Sector dominated the economic climate. Anton went to America to further his education at New Hampshire University on the East Coast, just about 60km outside of Boston. He was fascinated with the American Corporations and their attitude towards being leaders, pioneers and strive to be the best of the best at what they do. An attitude whereby people push the envelope and endorse creativity as important ingredients in their work, whilst comparing this to the conservative, controlling & closed culture experienced in Malta back in the 90’s. At that time Anton couldn’t see himself ever going back on his home turf, as his interest at that point was to understand what shaped the culture of the American corporations and at the same time try to understand why he felt so much at home in America.
The answer to his question was simple – “NO FEAR”, as it is fear that holds human beings back from doing what they could do by letting go. It is fear that kills creativity and doesn’t allow human beings to endorse change as an opportunity and not a threat. At that point his professor at University saw Anton’s increasing interest in Technology and led him to gain an academical view of Big Technology companies, like IBM. Anton could see how technology was already changing and impacting the way we did business in the 90’s and it’s fast paced advancements and achievements. He saw his future in the Technology Business and focused on getting a job with IBM which he achieved. He then moved back to Europe and went to Sweden in the late 90’s, after which he progressed to Ireland, during the times of the Celtic Tiger.
He moved around within the IBM corporation and gained exposure through the Strategic Outsourcing division of IBM Global Services. Anton saw large enterprise companies that were dominating and shaping the global economy through the eyes of Big Blue. When the recession kicked in 2008 due to a very troubled Financial Services Industry, Anton saw an opportunity back on his home ground and decided it was time to go back Home. Malta had just been granted EU accession in 2004 and needed to transition to a knowledge based economy. The Maltese government showed a strong political will and determination to diversify the economic fabric of the country, and clearly knew that the vision for the country could only be achieved through Privatisation & Investment in Science & Technology plus a legislative framework that supports it. Anton is today well established as a leader and successful entrepreneur in the Maltese market, who strives to make a difference through Technology.
Fraud Project Manager
Antonello has been involved in the iGaming and eSecurity indusry for over 10 years. With a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Systems, together with a Masters Degree in Information Technology specialising in Information Security from the University of Liverpool, Antonello currently occupies the role of Fraud Project Manager at Greentube.
Before joining Greentube Antonello worked at Betfair where he initially led and managed the Fraud team and later was also responsible for the identification, implementation and up keeping of all fraud systems. Prior to that, Antonello had a key role at the Information Society Secretariat within the Ministry for Investment, Industry and IT where he held the role of Project Coordinator particularly responsible for nationwide eSecurity projects including the establishment of a National Trustmark aimed at highlighting business trustworthiness and subsequently improving the eCommerce sector in Malta.
Antonello is also a local councilor in his locality, Hamrun.
Bradley J. Wiskirchen is the CEO of Keynetics and Kount and the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Clickbank.
Wiskirchen joined Keynetics in 2005. His skills and experience in business, technology and law give Keynetics an edge in strategic planning and negotiation in the Internet sector. Under his guidance Keynetics has become one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest privately held technology companies. Kount has become the premier fraud prevention solution for card-not-present merchants, and affiliate marketing giant ClickBank has grown to be one of the world’s largest online retailers.
Among his many industry and community involvements, Wiskirchen serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He is also the co-founder and former Chair of the Idaho Software Employers Alliance (ISEA) which merged with the Idaho Technology Council (ITC) in 2010. Additionally, Wiskirchen has held board positions with the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, Boise State University Office of Technology Transfer, FUNDSY, Discovery Center of Idaho, Intermountain Venture Forum and many other organizations.
Prior to joining Keynetics, Wiskirchen was a partner in the law firm of Holland & Hart, where he managed the firm’s Business Entities and Transactions Practice Group. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, technology transfer and licensing and debt and equity financings.
He was awarded a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. from Brigham Young University.
Brad is a dynamic and expert speaker. He has been asked to speak at several events and conference each year on the topic of fraud and fraud mitigation, including Merchant Risk Council (both US and Europe), Money 20/20, Direct Response Forum, MasterCard Academy of Risk (US and Europe), and our own Kount Fraud 360 World Tour.
Vice President, Head of Legal
Head of EU & International Affairs
Malta Gaming Authority
Corinne Gatt obtained her Masters Degree in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary, University of London in 2010 after graduating Doctor of Laws in 2009. Corinne has been working with the Lotteries and Gaming Authority since 2011, forming part of the legal department. She has been heavily involved in the regulation of online gaming and the drafting of legislation to ensure transparency within the Maltese sector and to safeguard players’ interest within a solid regulatory framework. Corinne has been instrumental in a number of legal and regulatory initiatives including the recent setting up of the Responsible Gaming Foundation.
In February 2014, Corinne was appointed as the MGA’s EU & External Affairs Manager. In this capacity, Corinne oversees all EU and international arising matters and is the liaison between the MGA, the EU and other international institutions as well as foreign jurisdictions.
Daniel has worked in banking and payments for over 11 years with positions across the payment industry in acquiring, payment gateways and card issuing. His career has taken him from HSBC, to PayPoint, to American Express before joining Ethoca as EMEA Regional Sales Director in 2014.
In his role at Ethoca, Daniel is responsible for driving scale and growth in the UK and across Europe. He works consultatively with merchants to understand their business and help them discover how Ethoca’s unparalleled card issuer and merchant network of confirmed fraud notifications stops fraud, reduces chargebacks and increases revenue.
Don Bush works with online retailers, industry analysts, consultants, law enforcement and trade associations to determine best practices, trends in the market place and the latest threats to ecommerce businesses. He have been a regular speaker on fraud topics at several industry events in the U.S. and Europe including: Merchant Risk Council, CardNotPresent.com, Shop.org, MasterCard Academy of Risk, eTail and Internet Retailing conferences.
Don leads all Marketing, Media Relations and external communication efforts at Kount, which helps businesses boost sales by reducing fraud. The company protects some of the world’s best-known brands with an all-in-one fraud and risk management solution that functions completely behind the scenes and seamless to the customer, while providing comprehensive fraud protection.