Gigi Levy Founding Partner of NFX Guild
EMAIL GIGI VIEW LECTURE
Gigi is a founding partner of the NFX Guild (www.nfx.com), the Networks and Marketplaces Guild in the Silicon Valley. He is an angel investor, co-founder and board member in many start ups including Playtika, Kenshoo, Plarium, MyHeritage, Live-on-Air (Meerkat), R2Net, SimilarWeb, SweetIM, Eyeview Digital, RealMatch, Lovelive.tv, NonoRep, Superfly, SpaceApe, SpeakingPal and many others. These days Gigi spends his time working with his portfolio companies and meeting new, innovative start ups, mostly in the consumer Internet, mobile, media, e-commerce and SaaS spaces. Gigi also sits on the client advisory council of Facebook. Till April 2011 Gigi served as the CEO of 888 Holdings (LSE: 888.L), one of the world’s leading online gaming entertainment companies.
Founding Partner, NFX Guild
Robert Antokol Founder & CEO of Playtika
EMAIL ROBERT VIEW LECTURE
Robert Antokol is the founder and CEO of Playtika, the largest social casino developer In the world. Playtika was founded in 2010 and was sold, shortly after, to Caesars Interactive Entertainment .after the sell Robert continues to lead the company who prides itself on delivering premium games to over 6m daily active users and over 20m Monthly Active Users with titles like, Slotomania, Bingo Blitz, Caesars Casino, House of Fun and WSOP poker.
Founder & CEO, Playtika
My N. Tran Game Designer of Storm8
EMAIL MY N. VIEW LECTURE
My N. Tran is a San Francisco Bay Area-based game designer who currently works for Storm8. Called “one of the brightest young stars shining in our industry today” by free-to-play game design legend Scott Foe and "maestro of monetization" by Gamesauce, My also conceived and launched the24bit.com, a site which celebrates the game developer lifestyle.
My N. Tran
Game Designer, Storm8
Mirko Topalski CEO of Eipix
EMAIL MIRKO VIEW LECTURE
In 2005, Mirko founded Eipix Entertainment, a game development company that used to operate in the indie and outsourcing space working for such clients as Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony and UbiSoft to name a few. Today, with 300 employees and rising, Eipix is the biggest HOPA games studio in the world, exclusive partner of Big Fish Games, and a new player in the emerging F2P market.
Sean Ryan VP of Platform Partnerships of Facebook
EMAIL SEAN VIEW LECTURE
Sean Ryan is Vice President of Platform Partnerships at Facebook, where he leads a global team focused on expanding and managing Facebook’s developer ecosystem across the gaming, payments and platform groups, including FB@Work. Prior to joining Facebook, Ryan was EVP and GM of Games at News Corporation. He has also served as a consultant in digital goods and social media monetization, including as Global CEO of Live Journal, a top Russian social platform. He was previously the CEO of leading music service Rhapsody, and started his tech career at SegaSoft Networks.
VP of Platform Partnerships, Facebook
David Johnson Lead Visual Effects Artist of Infinity Ward
EMAIL DAVID VIEW LECTURE
David Johnson is the Lead Visual Effects Artist at Infinity Ward and is a published author on game development. David has 17 years of computer graphics experience, including 15 in video games. David has shipped 15+ video games and has contributed to AAA franchises including the Call of Duty and Halo. The combined revenue of games David has worked on exceeds 3 Billion Dollars, and have broken multiple records. David has been the recipient of two Visual Effects Society awards, and served a term on their Board of Directors.
Lead Visual Effects Artist, Infinity Ward
Magma Venture Partners
Modi Rosen Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Magma Venture Partners
EMAIL MODI VIEW LECTURE
Modi Rosen co-founded Magma Venture Partners and has served as managing partner of the Fund since 1999. Modi is reputed for his investment acumen and ability to build ICT Start-up companies from their seed stage through to industry leadership. Modi brings over 25 years of business experience to Magma, particularly in strategic management of technology companies. At Magma, Modi leads the strategy and due diligence activities for the Fund and its portfolio companies.
Managing Partner & Co-Founder, Magma Venture Partners
Sergio Varanda EVP Mobile of Miniclip
EMAIL SERGIO VIEW LECTURE
Sergio is Miniclip's Executive Vice President of Mobile, where he has spearheaded the company’s mobile efforts since 2010. He has overseen the creation of several number 1 titles including 8 Ball Pool™, Soccer Stars™, and Agar.io™, delivered to a global audience of over 200m monthly active users.
EVP Mobile, Miniclip
Sagi Schliesser CEO & Co-Founder of TabTale
EMAIL SAGI VIEW LECTURE
Sagi Schliesser co-founded TabTale in 2010 and serves as CEO of the company. Prior to TabTale, Mr. Schliesser was CTO of Sapiens, running Sapiens Technologies as a P&L unit with $20M in annual revenues. Previously Mr. Schliesser served for 7 years as VP of R&D and CTO of IDIT Technologies Ltd., a global provider of insurance software solutions.
CEO & Co-Founder, TabTale
Siddhartha Roy CEO of Hungama.com
EMAIL SIDDHARTHA VIEW LECTURE
Siddhartha Roy is the Chief Executive Officer for Hungama.com. Hungama.com is India’s leading digital entertainment company that launched India’s first and largest on-demand digital entertainment storefront, www.hungama.com . The storefront has over 2 and half million pieces of content across genres and languages, in the form of music tracks, movies, music videos & dialogues; mobile content such as ringtones & wallpapers. Hungama Movies has over 5000 Bollywood, Hollywood, Regional Indian Movies and Television Series available in both HD and SD quality, powered by Intel® Insider™. With over 20 million users, the website is accessible from a PC, mobile, tablets, connected TVs and other connected devices, consumers can enjoy all this content via download and streaming. Hungama.com caters to the digital entertainment needs of over 1.5 billion South Asians across the world. It is a part of Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Pvt Ltd. the largest aggregator, developer, publisher and distributor of Bollywood and South-Asian entertainment content in the world. The company has partnerships with over 400 content creators, record labels, studios, broadcasters and game publishers on a worldwide exclusive basis for digital and mobile content. Hungama serves content to consumers in 47 countries across mobile, internet and IPTV services on a Managed Services Platform. His key responsibilities include strengthening the digital marketing initiatives for the company, by providing their expanding client base with quality, innovative content and marketing solutions. Under his guidance, Hungama will set up a one of its kind consumer venture in digital entertainment. He has previously also been responsible for spearheading the Hungama Mobile business. Siddhartha is also the co- founder of BigAdda, India’s largest youth network, a part of the Reliance ADA Group. During his tenure Bigadda gained a vast user base of 2.4 million. Prior to Bigadda.com, he has also worked with MTV Networks and Star TV, India. He has over 10 years of experience in new media communications. Over the last decade, Hungama has created and executed some award winning campaigns in the digital space. The company has created innovative marketing solutions for over 350 brands including Coca Cola, Nokia, MasterCard, ICICI Bank, Axe, Nike, Bacardi and Cadbury’s. Hungama also has under its banner, Bollywooodhungama.com the world’s most respected Bollywood portal. Hungama has emerged as the clear leader in the digital industry in terms of content acquisition within the country.
Derrick Morton CEO of FlowPlay
EMAIL DERRICK VIEW LECTURE
A 20-year veteran of the casual gaming industry, Derrick Morton has led the development of over 200 digital entertainment projects during his career. Before founding FlowPlay in 2006, he served as a key executive at several top online game companies, including iWin, Uproar, Virtual Vegas, GameHouse and most recently RealNetworks. FlowPlay is the developer behind the social casino MMO, Vegas World (VegasWorld.com) which has acquired more than 2 million registered users and 600 million active users since launching in 2013.
Eilers Research, LLC
Adam Krejcik Partner of Eilers Research, LLC
EMAIL ADAM VIEW LECTURE
Adam Krejcik is a partner at Eilers Research, LLC a boutique research and consulting firm where follows the digital & interactive gaming industry. Mr. Krejcik has over a decade of equity research experience primarily covering the global interactive entertainment industry.
Partner, Eilers Research, LLC
Alexander Vashchenko President of Game Insight
EMAIL ALEXANDER VIEW LECTURE
Alexander Vashchenko is president of development at Game Insight. While working in the games industry, he launched a number of financially successful products, such as Legend: Legacy of the Dragons and Juggernaut, which garnered millions of users. Mr. Vashchenko is a mentor, advisor, and one of the co-founders of Farminers Startup Academy. Mr. Vashchenko began his career at IT Territory in 2004 as a designer, then in 2007 became head of game design and later chief producer. After Astrum Online was created, Mr. Vashchenko continued to manage game development, first as deputy general director and then CEO. In 2012 he founded NARR8, a mobile app and content channel that delivers a diverse array of interactive stories, articles, and motion comics.
President, Game Insight
Dean Takahashi Lead Writer of GamesBeat, VentureBeat
EMAIL DEAN VIEW LECTURE
Dean Takahashi is lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat. He covers video games, security, chips and a variety of other subjects. He previously worked at the San Jose Mercury News, the Wall Street Journal, the Red Herring, the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register and the Dallas Times Herald. He is the author of two books, Opening the Xbox and the Xbox 360 Uncloaked.
Lead Writer, GamesBeat, VentureBeat
Wilhelm Taht Head of External Products of Rovio
EMAIL WILHELM VIEW LECTURE
Wilhelm Taht is an experienced business executive within online, mobile and social media. He has worked in the games industry for over 10 years and is currently leading Rovio’s publishing and development of externally developed games. Wilhelm also advises several startups in the games, media and music spaces. You can find Wilhelm on Twitter: @wilhelm_taht
Head of External Products, Rovio
Julian Runge Head of Analytics of Wooga
EMAIL JULIAN VIEW LECTURE
Julian heads the analytics team of Wooga, a Berlin based developer of mobile games like Jelly Splash and Pearl's Peril. Together with six analysts he handles marketing and in-depth product analytics for Wooga's games. An economist by training, he developed a strong interest in machine learning in recent years. Julian employs advanced and predictive analytics with passion and on a daily basis. Across industries, he is hugely interested in how to derive impact on product design, marketing strategy and finally bottom line from data.
Head of Analytics, Wooga
Fox Digital Entertainment
Devin Radford Vice President of Mobile of Fox Digital Entertainment
EMAIL DEVIN VIEW LECTURE
Devin Radford currently serves as Vice President of Mobile for Fox Digital Entertainment, a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment. He focuses on licensing Fox film and television IP to best-of-breed game developers for smartphone and tablet platforms. While at Fox, Devin has built a slate of current and upcoming games for properties such as Avatar, Family Guy, Ice Age, Glee, Futurama, The Maze Runner, The Book of Life and more. Fox Digital Entertainment has brought over 50 apps to market, producing top grossing, award-winning games such as The Simpsons Tapped Out, Angry Birds Rio, Ice Age Village, Family Guy: the Quest for Stuff, The Book of Life: Sugar Smash and many more. Prior to Fox, Devin held business development roles at various mobile technology startups such as Amobee and Mojiva focusing primarily on monetization and UA for game developers and mobile media publishers.
Vice President of Mobile, Fox Digital Entertainment
Nikola Mitic CEO of COFA Games
EMAIL NIKOLA VIEW LECTURE
Nikola is the co-owner of COFA Media, an international web development agency, as well as the founder of COFA Games, an independent game development studio. Currently he is working on a cross-platform multiplayer game Awakening of Heroes where he is experimenting with new ideas and finding a way how to validate them as early as possible.
CEO, COFA Games
Lloyd Melnick Director of Social Gaming of PokerStars
EMAIL LLOYD VIEW LECTURE
Lloyd is Director of Social Gaming at Amaya (PokerStars and Full Tilt), where he leads social and mobile free to play gaming initiatives. Previously, he was Sr Dir at Zynga's social casino (incl Hit It Rich! and Zynga Poker). He has been a part of the senior management team (CCO, GM and CGO) at 3 exits (Merscom/Playdom, Playdom/Disney and Spooky Cool/Zynga) the past 4 years, worth over $700 million.
Director of Social Gaming, PokerStars
Sean Lee Chief Strategy Officer of Wargaming
EMAIL SEAN VIEW LECTURE
Sean Lee is the Chief Strategy Officer at Wargaming, a leading global online game developer and publisher, where he has been since the beginning of 2013. He manages the key strategic initiatives of Wargaming including strategic planning, investments, M&A, strategic partnerships, key market expansion, etc. Prior to Wargaming, Sean was the Director of Business Development at Tencent’s headquarters in Shenzhen, China, and helped cover global business and investment opportunities across broader technology, with a focus on Internet and gaming. His early career was in the finance industry, starting off as an analyst for Salomon Brothers. Sean graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where he was an avid snowboarder and golfer, and Phillips Academy of Andover, MA, where he rowed countless hours at the Merrimack River.
Chief Strategy Officer, Wargaming
Elad Kushnir VP Business Development of Playtika
EMAIL ELAD VIEW LECTURE
Elad Kushnir is the Vice President of Business Development at Playtika. With titles like, Slotomania, Bingo Blitz, Caesars Casino, House of Fun and WSOP poker, Playtika prides itself on delivering premium games to over 6m daily active users and over 20m Monthly Active Users. As VP of Business Development, Elad is in charge of all M&A activity, heading up strategic partnerships, as well as spearheading regional growth opportunities in untapped markets. Prior to his role at Playtika, Elad was the co-founder of multiple startups including the mobile marketing automation SAAS Appoxee which was sold to TeraData (TDC: NYSE)
VP Business Development, Playtika
Justin Hefter Founder and CEO of Bandura Games
EMAIL JUSTIN VIEW LECTURE
Justin Hefter is the founder and CEO of Bandura Games, a mobile game studio that uses games to create empathy for people across conflict zones. A Stanford University graduate, he has developed business strategies for Fortune500 companies, and worked at the Peres Center for Peace
Founder and CEO, Bandura Games
Media Companies and the Game Industry
Netta Emanuel Advisor/Consultant of Media Companies and the Game Industry
EMAIL NETTA VIEW LECTURE
Netta has been in the gaming and entertainment industry for over 14 years, starting with mobile and online music, moving on to games and videos for several companies all across Europe. Her latest position was Head of Business Development at Bigpoint, one of the world’s leading online game developer-publisher and furthermore content provider for a huge global distribution network. Under her management Bigpoint’s worldwide partner network grew to more than 1,000 global distribution partners. She now acts as an advisor for gaming and media companies.
Advisor/Consultant, Media Companies and the Game Industry
Mark Beck VP, Finance & User Acquisition of Product Madness
EMAIL MARK VIEW LECTURE
Mark Beck is the VP of Finance & User Acquisition of Product Madness, which was sold to Aristocrat Technologies (ASX: ALL) at the end of 2012 and acts as its virtual currency arm. Product Madness is the developer and publisher of Facebook and mobile products, including the hugely successful social casino application 'Heart of Vegas'. Mark leads the Finance, User Acquisition and Data Science teams for Product Madness in their San Francisco office.
VP, Finance & User Acquisition, Product Madness
Sergey Babaev Head of Business Development, of Nekki
EMAIL SERGEY VIEW LECTURE
Sergey Babayev is a Business Development Head of Nekki and an Editor of “Game Market” on Siliconrus.com. Before that, he was an Art Director and General Producer of GD-Team and worked on such projects as client action “Metal War Online” and browser shooter “Steel Wars” among other things. In his spare time, Sergey becomes a journalist and writes about the industry for various media outlets.
Head of Business Development,, Nekki
Raul Gutierrez Founder & CEO of Tinybop
EMAIL RAUL VIEW LECTURE
Raul Gutierrez is the founder and CEO of Tinybop Inc., a Brooklyn-based design studio. Tinybop’s award-winning apps include The Human Body, Plants, Homes, Simple Machines, and The Robot Factory. The apps have been downloaded millions of times in 155 countries. The company champions curiosity, tinkering and good, plain fun. Inspired by vintage children’s books, toys and films, Tinybop designs digital toys that dive into the wonders of our everyday world. Raul lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two young boys.
Founder & CEO, Tinybop
Monarc Gaming Labs
Al Thomas Co-Founder, President & CCO of Monarc Gaming Labs
EMAIL AL VIEW LECTURE
Al Thomas is an accomplished, veteran casino game developer in brick and mortar casino games as well as free-to-play social/mobile slots. He has designed slot machines for over 25 years and has games inducted into the Slot Player/Casino Journal hall of fame. He is also widely credited as one of the early casino industry veterans who brought interactive and entertaining bonus games to slot machines.
Co-Founder, President & CCO, Monarc Gaming Labs
Lior Shiff Managing Director & Co-Founder of Product Madness
EMAIL LIOR VIEW LECTURE
Lior Shiff is Managing Director and co-founder of Product Madness. He leads the product, technology and strategic partnership elements of the. Lior spearheaded the successful sale of Product Madness to Aristocrat at the end of 2012. Established in 2007, Product Madness is a leader in the Social Casino area with offices in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Austin and London.
Managing Director & Co-Founder, Product Madness
Jon Scott Senior Vice President of Corum Group
EMAIL JON VIEW LECTURE
Jon joined Corum in 2010, originally out of their Seattle headquarters, and currently out of their Amsterdam office. He has close to 30 years experience serving high technology companies with the last 20 mainly in chief operating and chief executive roles. During this time Jon has become known for his ability to successfully integrate strategies and tactics into well executed operating plans, building strong teams and achieving excellent results. Jon has served as President and CEO of The PowerTech Group, a security and compliance software company sold to Help/Systems in 2008, and Microserv Technology Services, a nationwide tech services company which was acquired by Halifax Corporation in 2003. Earlier he served as President and COO of Traveling Software, a leading developer of communications software in Seattle. Prior to his operating roles Jon held vice president roles in sales, marketing and business development for technology companies. Jon has taught in the software product management program at the University of Washington and holds a business administration degree from San Francisco State University.
Senior Vice President, Corum Group
Michael Metzger SVP of Houlihan Lokey
EMAIL MICHAEL VIEW LECTURE
Michael is a Senior Vice President at Houlihan Lokey, a global investment bank, and provides M&A and financing services to media and technology companies. Previously, Michael was a Principal at MESA Global, Co-Founder and Principal at Covert & Co. and a Vice President at New Century Capital Partners. He advised Yahoo’s Mobile Marketing and Advertising group and held senior management and engineering positions at AT&T, IBM and Mindspeed. He holds 5 patents in the field of Communications and also serves as Vice-Chair and Board Director of the German American Business Association (GABA) in Southern California. Michael received an MSEE from the University of Ulm, Germany and his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles.
SVP, Houlihan Lokey
Brendon Kraham Global Apps Business Director of Google
EMAIL BRENDON VIEW LECTURE
As part of the Global App Solutions group, Brendon Kraham and his team are responsible for sales and product strategy across publisher and advertiser segments, helping customers grow and monetize their user base. He joined Google as part of the company’s acquisition of AdMob in May 2010, where he served as Senior Director of Sales. Brendon has more than 15 years of experience with digital sales and strategy, having previously led teams at Google and LookSmart. Brendon is a graduate of Seton Hall University.
Global Apps Business Director, Google
David Helgason Founder of Unity Technologies
EMAIL DAVID VIEW LECTURE
David Helgason is a founder at Unity Technologies, where he has pushed to democratize game development through engineering the best technology, best tools, and best business practices. During his dozen years with Unity, David has led groundbreaking business innovations which have revolutionized the games industry and are now widely imitated and adopted. Every day he drives the global company’s mission to empower developers with tools and services designed to promote their success during and after production. An ex-engineer, technologist, and visionary, he speaks his mind about what he cares about most, and generally tries to make himself useful.
Founder, Unity Technologies
Bjoern Bergstein Business Development Manager of Tivola Publishing
EMAIL BJOERN VIEW LECTURE
Bjoern Bergstein is a business development manager at Tivola Publishing - a company founded in 1995 with a great experience in developing family -friendly games. Bjoern joined Tivola after he founded his own development studio. With his experience, he is now responsible for all upcoming games, markets and relationships.
Business Development Manager, Tivola Publishing
Kiril Uljanov Lead Game Designer of Nordcurrent
EMAIL KIRIL VIEW LECTURE
Kiril is a lead game designer at Nordcurrent, the biggest international game developer and publisher in the Baltics. Brought into the industry by the passion for games he started as a game designer. Now he supervises one of Nordcurrent's development departments. Kiril aims at ensuring players the most fun games possible.
Lead Game Designer, Nordcurrent
Niv Touboul Head of Games of Upopa Games
EMAIL NIV VIEW LECTURE
Niv Touboul, a mobile game enthusiast, is Head of Upopa Games at ironSource, a mobile game studio introducing dark humor and loveable characters. Niv was founder & CEO of Upopa Games which was acquired by ironSource in 2014. Beforehand, he co-founded Moon Active and created the game Bitter-Sam.
Head of Games, Upopa Games
Justin Stofle Director of Engineering of Scopely
EMAIL JUSTIN VIEW LECTURE
With more than 8 years of development experience, Justin is a full stack game developer with extensive iOS and C# knowledge. Justin is the director of engineering for Scopely’s first party game studio, famous for such titles as Dice with Buddies, Yahtzee with Buddies and MiniGolf MatchUp.
Director of Engineering, Scopely
Ross Sheil Head of EMEA Mobile Apps of Twitter International
EMAIL ROSS VIEW LECTURE
Ross runs Twitter EMEA-wide Gaming & Consumer App teams/ business focused on Twitter's growth solutions and also leads go-to market strategy for Twitter in EMEA across the mobile apps business. Ross was named in Business of Apps Top 10 Mobile Advertising speaking & keynoting regularly at global events like MWC in Barca, White Nights in Russia, The App Promotion Summit in London & Pocket Gamer Connects globally.
Head of EMEA Mobile Apps, Twitter International
Scientific Games Interactive
Rami Segal General Manager Israel of Scientific Games Interactive
EMAIL RAMI VIEW LECTURE
General Manager Israel at Scientific Games Interactive, one of the largest gaming companies in the world. With 10+ years of experience in the gaming & internet industry, he is responsible for some of the most successful social casino games. In prior roles he served as head of mobile integration at Playtech and led the mobile casino delivery team at Microgaming.
General Manager Israel, Scientific Games Interactive
Other Kind Games
Roman Povolotski Co-Founder, Executive Producer of Other Kind Games
EMAIL ROMAN VIEW LECTURE
Roman Povolotski is the producer of the 2RealLife company, a Moscow-based company that develops unique social and mobile games. Roman have been engaged with development of game projects and services since 2003. Roman was involved in development of such F2P products as “Legend: Legacy of the Dragons”, “Territory”, “Bugs@Mail.Ru”, “Drive@Mail.Ru, “Technomagic”, “Heavens”. Currently Roman also engaged in professional consulting in the area of game development and game services and in carrying out the expertise of projects at all stages.
Co-Founder, Executive Producer, Other Kind Games
Mihai Pohontu VP Emerging Platforms of Samsung
EMAIL MIHAI VIEW LECTURE
Mihai Pohontu is currently serving at Samsung as Vice President, overseeing Emerging Platforms, a portfolio group comprised of software publishing via the Galaxy Stores, software production, operational services and developer relations. Mihai is passionate about the developer community and working to build a robust Samsung developer ecosystem. Prior to joining Samsung, he oversaw Product Operations at Disney Interactive, an organization comprised of over 600 staff distributed in 9 locations around the world. While at Disney, Mihai founded the Partners group, who produced gaming co-development and licensing projects, leveraging Disney properties and franchises to deliver high quality entertainment created by external studios and publishers, such as the top 50 grossing game “Frozen Free Fall”. Prior to Disney, Mihai was the VP and General Manager of Central Development Services at Electronic Arts, overseeing operational teams supporting 18 development studios on 3 continents. He founded and was the General Manager of EA Romania, one of the largest game development studios in Eastern Europe.
VP Emerging Platforms, Samsung
Nir Miretzky Chairman at GameIS, Co-Founder of TheGamers.TV
EMAIL NIR VIEW LECTURE
Nir Miretzky is a Game & Film Producer. He is the Co-founder of TheGamers.TV, a film & game production company, specializing in technology. Furthermore, Nir is the Chairman of GameIS, The Israeli Game Industry Non-Profit Organization.
Chairman at GameIS, Co-Founder, TheGamers.TV
Tsahi Liberman Director at GameIS, CTO of HappyGames
EMAIL TSAHI VIEW LECTURE
Tsahi Liberman is a veteran game developer & designer, specializing in educational games for children. Tsahi has over 10 years of experience working with the top TV channels for children in Israel and abroad as Sesame Street, BBC, Hop! Channel, BabyFirstTV, and game companies in Israel such as TabTale, BrainPop & Compedia. Today he is in charge of content for GameIS conferences, and head of international relations with game studios abroad. Additionally, Tsahi is running the Tech operations of HappyGames, a new startup that turns the screen-time battle into collaboration, while helping game developers to monetize better.
Director at GameIS, CTO, HappyGames
Omer Kaplan Deputy CEO, Co-founder of ironSource
EMAIL OMER VIEW LECTURE
Omer Kaplan is the Deputy CEO and Co-founder at ironSource, where he leads the company's mobile, media and marketing divisions. Omer founded AfterDownload in 2010 which was acquired by ironSource in 2013, and became the foundation for ironSource's current display, mobile web and video advertising offering. Omer is also an investor in several leading startups including companies like similarWeb, Warranteer and Dropit. Omer Kaplan is the Deputy CEO and Co-founder at ironSource, where he leads the company's mobile, media and marketing divisions. Omer founded AfterDownload in 2010 which was acquired by ironSource in 2013, and became the foundation for ironSource's current display, mobile web and video advertising offering. Omer is also an investor in several leading startups including companies like similarWeb, Warranteer and Dropit. Omer earned his Bachelor of Law from Tel Aviv University.
Deputy CEO, Co-founder, ironSource
Tal Jacobson Chief Business Development Officer of SimilarWeb
EMAIL TAL VIEW LECTURE
Tal Jacobson is the Chief Revenue Officer at SimilarWeb. Before joining, he founded Monotizer, which provided technology for generating traffic to online retailers. Previously, Tal was the VP of Business at McCann Erickson; He also held the position of CEO at video collaboration platform Watchitoo. Tal was also the Director of Business Development at AOL as part of the IM division (ICQ). He started his executive career at Macromedia Israel, where he spent six years as VP Marketing & Business Development.
Chief Business Development Officer, SimilarWeb
Adi Hanin Business Development Manager of Playtika
EMAIL ADI VIEW LECTURE
Adi Hanin is the Business Development Manager at Playtika. Playtika pioneered the social casino industry in 2010 and was acquired very early on by one of the largest casino companies in the world, Caesars. With repeatedly successful titles like, Slotomania, Bingo Blitz, Caesars Casino, House of Fun and WSOP poker, Playtika consistently holds the title of the largest social casino company on the globe. Adi is in charge of all M&A, heading strategic partnerships, as well as spearheading regional growth opportunities in untapped markets.
Business Development Manager, Playtika
83North (Formerly Greylock IL)
Arnon Dinur Partner of 83North (Formerly Greylock IL)
EMAIL ARNON VIEW LECTURE
Arnon is a partner at 83North (Formerly Greylock IL), specializing in Consumer Internet, Digital Media and FinTech. Some of his boards include Applicaster, Marqeta, PlayBuzz, SocialPoint and Via. Arnon joined Greylock IL in 2009, after 7 years with Msystems and SanDisk (that acquired Msystems for 1.6B$).
Partner, 83North (Formerly Greylock IL)
Daniel Cohen General Partner of Carmel Ventures
EMAIL DANIEL VIEW LECTURE
Daniel Cohen is a General Partner at Carmel Ventures, specializing in Consumer Internet and Digital Media. He currently serves on the board of Tapingo, Lucky Fish, Playbuzz, Yeloha, Splacer, and Lightricks. Daniel joined Carmel Ventures in April 2013 after 11 years at Gemini Israel Ventures. At Gemini he invested in various companies including Adap.tv (Sold to AOL for $450M), Outbrain, Watchdox (Sold to Blackberry), and Eyeview. Daniel began his career as a developer and product manager in a few Israeli high-tech companies, including Commtouch and Scitex.
General Partner, Carmel Ventures
Lee Cohen VP Marketing of LuckyFish Games
EMAIL LEE VIEW LECTURE
Responsible for strategic marketing planning, including branding, advertising and online marketing across all media platforms. Evaluating key market entry opportunities with the marketing team and working with management to develop and review new business opportunities. Developed and directed media strategies in both traditional and social media spheres, directed Internet marketing programs and re-branded product offerings. Holds a BA in Psychology and Theater and an MBA in Business Administration specializing in Business Psychology.
VP Marketing, LuckyFish Games
Guy Bendov CEO of Side-Kick Games
EMAIL GUY VIEW LECTURE
Guy Bendov is a co-founder and the CEO of Side-Kick Games, a developer and publisher of cutting edge games. Since 2010 Side-Kick worked with Square ENIX, DeNA, Intel, Disney, Oculus, Rovio, Samsung and other leading entertainment companies, providing them with cutting edge games for Mobile, VR and motion platforms. Guy is an interactive entertainment serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience. Prior to Side-kick, Guy founded Double Fusion, a leader in the in-game advertising space, Cellular Magic and Click! Online, a casual games studio. In 2007, Guy founded GameIS, the Israeli games association.
CEO, Side-Kick Games
Adam Benayoun Venture Partner of 500 Startups
EMAIL ADAM VIEW LECTURE
Adam is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, covering the Israeli market. Prior to 500, Adam co-founded Binpress, a marketplace for software that helped thousand of developers sell licenses to enterprises and startups. Binpress was part of 500 Startups accelerator program in 2013, and raised a venture round. Prior to Binpress, Adam co-founded a web development shop and incubator in Israel during the 2008 recession, and helped more than 15 startups successfully launch products. In his spare time, Adam helps founders with fundraising, building connections between Israel and Silicon Valley, and the many challenges of running startups.
Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Ran Avrahamy Head of Global Marketing of AppsFlyer
EMAIL RAN VIEW LECTURE
Managing a complicated relationship with mobile. (Too) early adopter. Loves being an entrepreneur — Hates the word entrepreneur. Now heading the marketing for AppsFlyer — the leading Mobile Advertising Measurement Platform. Before joining AppsFlyer, Ran co-founded Scringo, empowering native apps with social & communication capabilities, and worked in various marketing & business development roles, helping startups grow.
Head of Global Marketing, AppsFlyer
Noa Adamsky VP Product of Funtomic
EMAIL NOA VIEW LECTURE
Noa has been a product management leader for the past 15 years. She is motivated by the feeling of creativity, of building something new that serves, helps, delights and entertains people all around the world. Noa joined Funtomic as their VP Product in May 2015 to follow her passion of gaming for all ages. Before that, Noa dedicated 10 years to LivePerson, where she led a wide range of products from conception to development and through go-to market to launch.
VP Product, Funtomic
The Las Vegas Whaling Company
George Zaloom Co-Founder of The Las Vegas Whaling Company
EMAIL GEORGE VIEW LECTURE
George Zaloom is the CEO of the Las Vegas Whaling Company, a Los Angeles-based technology company that develops sophisticated social gaming systems. Current projects include a new casino gaming studio for Nexon/Rushmo, and the release of its Casino Frenzy app. Additionally, the company is creating a pay-to-play geo-gaming application. Prior to that, Zaloom co-founded and launched Monarc Entertainment Labs, the Korean Internet giant NHN/Navier's USA game studio. Previously, he ran the GoPlay game distribution service and founded FaceChipz.com and giantHello.com – two safe social networks for tweens.
Co-Founder, The Las Vegas Whaling Company
Sebastian Wehner Co-Founder & Managing Director of Wolkenlenker
EMAIL SEBASTIAN VIEW LECTURE
Sebastian is co-founder and managing director of Wolkenlenker. The Berlin-based studio consists of an interdisciplinary team focused on developing and producing family entertainment across all media. Since its launch in August 2011, Wolkenlenker has constantly broadened its portfolio: from award-winning short films and internationally successful apps to large-format children’s books and audiobooks. Wolkenlenker is best-known for its children app “Karl’s Castle / Wimmelburg.” Sebastian is on the ongoing mission to bring Karl’s Castle and their future IPs to all media.
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Wolkenlenker
Sharon Tal Founder and former CEO of Dragonplay Ltd
EMAIL SHARON VIEW LECTURE
Mr. Sharon Tal is the Founder and former CEO of Dragonplay Ltd, a leading social gaming studio based in Tel-Aviv. In 2014, Sharon led the company towards its successful $100M acquisition deal by Bally Technologies/ Scientific Games Corporation SGMS (NASDAQ). Sharon founded Dragonplay in 2010, visioning the huge potential of social casino apps for smartphones. Dragonplay was among the first companies in the mobile social gaming industry that decided to go with Android-first strategy with its two flag ship apps – Dragonplay Slots and Live Hold'em Poker Pro, and quickly became a leader of social casino games in Android platform, with millions of monthly users. Prior to Dragonplay, Sharon established along with Microgaming a company that operated in the real-money casino arena and successfully headed it for 5 years. Prior to that, Sharon established a leading online advertising agency as part of the BBDO interactive group and managed it for 5 years as well. As a long-time, savvy and knowledgeable entrepreneur, Sharon shares his years of experience with young startups that offer new solutions to mobile platforms as a mentor and as an investor.
Founder and former CEO, Dragonplay Ltd
Games for Peace
Hans Shakur Co-Founder & Cross Cultural Strategist of Games for Peace
EMAIL HANS VIEW LECTURE
Results-focused dynamic professional with diverse business experience steering and directing digital ventures, strategy, product and business development • Passionate about technology and innovation, with notable creative, entrepreneurial and strategic thinking, thorough technological and multicultural understanding, and proven ability to analyze data and deliver profitable solutions • Accomplished in translating ideas into action, developing new markets, growing new businesses, establishing successful partnerships and creating profitable strategies • Resourceful and proactive tech-community leader with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and vast experience in working with diverse cultures and personalities • Excels at multi-tasking, setting priorities and adapting to changing conditions • Native expert in the Middle Eastern, Arabic and Islamic cultures.
Co-Founder & Cross Cultural Strategist, Games for Peace
Iky Sandorffy Partner Development Manager of Google Play
EMAIL IKY VIEW LECTURE
Iky helps apps and games businesses from Israel find success on Android and Google Play. Prior to joining Google Play, Iky spent five years on Google's Publisher Solutions team, helping partners monetize their content across multiple platforms with a primary focus on mobile and desktop software. Prior to joining Google in 2009, Iky was developing and executing monetization strategies with startups in multiple verticals and product areas. Between 2007-2009 he oversaw the partner content operations at Metacafe, and having worked for a number of online ad networks, he has a longstanding background in digital advertising. Iky holds a bachelor's degree in molecular biology from the Bar Ilan University.
Partner Development Manager, Google Play
The ASO Project
Blake Pollack CMO of The ASO Project
EMAIL BLAKE VIEW LECTURE
A leader in search engine methodology, Blake has more than a decade in managing digital search campaigns for a variety of local and international clients. As CMO and co-founder of The ASO Project, Blake is responsible for all search and optimization methods for client's mobile apps. Blake has proven success over and over again with his App Store Optimization (ASO) techniques, resulting in an average of 400%-1000% increase in organic downloads through App Store search. He has been featured as a search engine and marketing expert in several publications including: The Huffington Post, LA Times, BrandWeek, and Los Angeles Business Journal.
CMO, The ASO Project
Tel Aviv Global
Hila Oren CEO of Tel Aviv Global
EMAIL HILA VIEW LECTURE
Founder and CEO of Tel Aviv Global, a city-owned company of the Municipality of Tel Aviv in charge of the global development of the city. Oren is an expert in urban development and focuses on the identification of the economic strengths while incorporating the financial, digital, tourism and creative forces in the city. During her term, the Startup City vision was formed – a municipal strategic plan for investors, entrepreneurs, tourists and students tying a city platform with a private initiative. Tel Aviv was ranked the #1 startup ecosystem in Europe, second only to Silicon Valley and #21 global financial center in the GFCI ranking.
CEO, Tel Aviv Global
Daniel Neumann VP Business Development & Strategy of ClicksMob
EMAIL DANIEL VIEW LECTURE
Daniel Neumann holds a BA in Business Administration (BA) from Baruch College, New York and an MBA from the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya. Daniel oversees ClicksMob Global Strategy and Business Development activities after heading ClicksMob Operations for EMEA and APAC. Daniel joined the company from the online industry. In his last position before joining ClicksMob he led Business Development in the Playtech Group. He brings with him a wealth of experience in Strategy, Sales and Client Relationship.
VP Business Development & Strategy, ClicksMob
Henry Lowenfels VP of Business Development of Scopely
EMAIL HENRY VIEW LECTURE
Henry is the VP of Business Development at Scopely, a mobile games publisher based in Los Angeles. He spearheads partnerships with developers and IP holders to create free-to-play games such as The Walking Dead: Road to Survival and Yahtzee with Buddies, with six consecutive #1 free apps published during his tenure. A graduate of Harvard University and the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC, Henry began his career producing independent feature films (Rock the Bells, Visioneers) as well as branded digital content with companies such as Xbox and Gatorade. He also headed story development at Unique Features, a Warner Bros-based production company, and lead business development at X-UP, a commercial production company with multiple Fortune 500 clients. Henry lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons. When he's not gaming, he enjoys following the NY Yankees and long-distance running.
VP of Business Development, Scopely
Leonard Frankel Head of Business Development of Plarium
EMAIL LEONARD VIEW LECTURE
Leonard oversees all biz dev activities at Plarium, the largest hardcore games developer on Facebook. With roughly 1,000 employees, Plarium is now quickly growing its mobile business and Leonard's work encompasses licensing, distribution and M&A deals. The company's strategy series includes titles such as Stormfall, Sparta and Total Domination. Leonard is also a proud husband and father of two daughters that often engage with the popular game "Climb the daddy". He swims and practices Yoga, albeit not often enough.
Head of Business Development, Plarium
Nataly Eliyahu Developer of Nataly-Creates
EMAIL NATALY VIEW LECTURE
Nataly Eliyahu is a freelance game developer and game designer, with a background in IDF intelligence units, and experience with various technologies. Working with clients and always on the lookout for interesting projects, she’s also making a few small independent games of her own. In her spare time she enjoys reading and writing fiction, meditating, watching disaster movies, and of course, discussing games.
Gil Dudkiewicz CEO of StartApp
EMAIL GIL VIEW LECTURE
Gil Dudkiewicz is the Founder and CEO of StartApp a NY-based mobile advertising platform. Gil is a serial entrepreneur. Among his accomplishments, he has been the Entrepreneur In Residence at the Cedar Fund, and he led SweetIM from a five-employee outfit to a $41 million acquisition.
Ihor Yakovets Gaming Biz Dev of Digital Future
EMAIL IHOR VIEW LECTURE
Ihor Yakovets is a Gaming Biz Dev at investment company Digital Future that was found in 2014. The company invests in technology start-ups from Central and Eastern Europe. Digital Future focuses on projects in the fields of e-commerce, digital marketing, mobile technology and other high-tech solutions for businesses and customers. Passion for games led company to investing into two game companies over the last year, the latest of which is MissinGames with their new project.
Gaming Biz Dev, Digital Future
Artur Sakalis Head of Games Platform of Odnoklassniki
EMAIL ARTUR VIEW LECTURE
During his career Artur was a head of social direction at AmberGames, head of the publishing department at Creara, Head of API department at Odnoklassniki. With his direct participation Odnoklassniki entered the social gaming market in April of 2010. Before joining Odnoklassniki, Artur worked for CTXM as senior producer, where he was engaged in producing casual games. Artur’s track record includes about 300 game projects, 20 of which were developed from scratch under his leadership.
Head of Games Platform, Odnoklassniki
Yonatan Maimon CMO of Diwip
EMAIL YONATAN VIEW LECTURE
Yonatan Maimon is the CMO of Diwip LTD, where he is managing all the user acquisition and retention marketing activity. In more than five years in the online marketing sphere Yonatan gained vast experience in the online social gaming industry, starting from the position of performance team leader at Bidalgo (facebook PMD with focus on social games) up to his current position as CMO at Diwip, a company that is focused on developing online social casino games for web and mobile.
Barak Levanon Mobile UA Team Leader of Plarium
EMAIL BARAK VIEW LECTURE
Barak Levanon is an online marketing specialist with an extensive hands on and analytical experience. Currently overseeing mobile UA efforts at Plarium. Previously running the performance marketing team at McCann Tel Aviv, helping key clients succeed in competitive markets.
Mobile UA Team Leader, Plarium
Zero Zone Creative
Martin Krcek CEO of Zero Zone Creative
EMAIL MARTIN VIEW LECTURE
During the past 15 years, Martin has had the pleasure of doing marketing for leading IT companies, financial institutions and pharmaceutical giants. And last year, he has started playing ... playing the games with MADFINGER Games as a Marketing Director. Now he does global marketing for more than 100MM happy users and players of Dead Trigger, Dead Trigger 2, Unkilled and other games.
CEO, Zero Zone Creative
Max Khalikov Founder of MissinGames
EMAIL MAX VIEW LECTURE
Max Khalikov is a founder of MissinGames, a mobile games development company. The company is 3 years old and has 11 employees. MissinGames has successfully developed 8 products and a has a track record of getiing to top in both iTunes and Google Play with global featuring. The games by MissinGames are enjoyed by millions of gamers.
Nikola Cavic Head of Business Development, of Nordeus
EMAIL NIKOLA VIEW LECTURE
Nikola Cavic is the Head of Business Development at Nordeus, where he is currently managing all aspects of business development and publishing. Prior to Nordeus, he spent 5 years with CCP Games where he was responsible for sales and global distribution of EVE Online, and has been involved in a number of international projects with global leaders in the gaming industry. Nikola joined Nordeus in February 2012 and has been playing a key role in Top Eleven's international expansion and corporate development ever since.
Head of Business Development,, Nordeus
Owner, Carbon Group
Mikhail Boldov Product Manager of VK.com
EMAIL MIKHAIL VIEW LECTURE
Mikhail Boldov is responsible for mobile products at the largest Russian social network VK.com, created, launched and is responsible for growth of VK mobile gaming platform. Prior to VK.com Mikhail worked as product manager on social mobile apps and services.
Product Manager, VK.com
Aeria Games GmbH
Stefan Behrens CEO of Aeria Games GmbH
EMAIL STEFAN VIEW LECTURE
Stefan took over as CEO of Aeria Games in 2015. Previously, he ran Aeria's Mobile and PC publishing units as COO for 4 years. Stefan oversaw the growth of the company's live operations team from 30 to 300 people in Berlin and was instrumental in managing the integration of Aeria and ProSiebenSat.1 Games in 2014. Prior to joining Aeria Games, he managed strategic projects for media and technology clients at strategy consulting firm Booz & Company for 8 years. Stefan received his MBA from the European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel, and holds a PhD in information systems.
CEO, Aeria Games GmbH
Yael Teboulle Client Solutions Manager - RMG Social Gaming of Facebook
EMAIL YAEL VIEW LECTURE
Yael Teboulle is a Client Solutions Manager at Facebook, focused on Real Money Gaming, Social Casino and Lotteries in EMEA. After working out of the Facebook Dublin HQ for 6 months, Yael relocated back to Israel to establish the gaming team in Tel Aviv, one of the few places to receive in-market support at Facebook for gaming globally. Prior to working at Facebook Yael led the marketing team at Fast Tiger Development for online casino and binary options brands.
Client Solutions Manager - RMG Social Gaming, Facebook
Caesars Casino, Playtika
Oren Kramer VP Marketing of Caesars Casino, Playtika
EMAIL OREN VIEW LECTURE
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VP Marketing, Caesars Casino, Playtika
Goldy G Founder, Game Designer of Playful Shark
EMAIL GOLDY VIEW LECTURE
Goldy is the Founder and Game Designer of Playful Shark, an Israeli Game Studio, and CO-Founder of GameIS, the Israeli Game Developer Association.
Founder, Game Designer, Playful Shark
Elad Drory Game Designer & Producer of TabTale
EMAIL ELAD VIEW LECTURE
Elad is a game designer at TabTale, working on casual and midcore games for 40 million monthly active users. He previously worked as lead game designer at Side-Kick, where he designed games for major publishers including DeNA, Disney and Rovio. He is best known for being amazing at Team Fortress 2.
Game Designer & Producer, TabTale
Yuriy Yashunin COO of ZENNA
EMAIL YURIY VIEW LECTURE
Yuriy Yashunin is the COO of ZENNA Company, which specializes in user acquisition for mobile games. Yuriy is responsible for carrying out classic campaigns targeted at quality user acquisition for large game developers as well as implementing complex “one-stop solution” projects for the soft-launch of medium-sized studios. Apart from that, Yuriy is actively engaged in various ASO projects. The key regions of the Company’s activity are the USA, CA, AU, RU, JP, and KR.
Guy Tomer CMO of TabTale
EMAIL GUY VIEW LECTURE
Guy Tomer serves as CMO of TabTale, where he previously held the position of COO. Prior to joining TabTale, Mr. Tomer was the co-founder and CTO of attracTV, where he was responsible for product definition and technology architecture for the web-based SaaS. Before that he was CTO of Mobival, and technical director of customer operations at Unipier prior to that. Mr. Tomer holds a BS in Computer Science and Management as well as an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Oren Todoros Mobile PR Specialist of Plarium
EMAIL OREN VIEW LECTURE
Oren Todoros is a Mobile Marketing Specialist currently working at Plarium.com, a hardcore social and mobile gaming studio. With over 12 years of marketing experience, Oren has helped establish both independent developers and large scale firms increase their brand’s reach through the mobile landscape.
Mobile PR Specialist, Plarium
Jonathan Swerdlow Founder & CEO of GamyTech
EMAIL JONATHAN VIEW LECTURE
Jonathan Swerdlow is the founder and CEO of GamyTech. He is an iGaming executive with vast experience in providing operational and business leadership for innovative B2B gaming organizations. Jonathan is a dynamic, hands-on, executive with extensive experience in developing and launching innovative products and technology that shape the future of mobile gaming.
Founder & CEO, GamyTech
Tal Shoham VP International Business Development of Supersonic
EMAIL TAL VIEW LECTURE
Tal Shoham is the VP International Business Development at Supersonic and leads his efforts from the Tel Aviv office. With deep know-how in the latest monetization trends, Tal helps develop lasting business relationship with publishers and developers all over the world. Prior to joining Supersonic, Tal was a product manager in a classified defense industry for over 10 years.
VP International Business Development, Supersonic
KING Art Games
Marco Rosenberg Narrative Designer of KING Art Games
EMAIL MARCO VIEW LECTURE
Marco Rosenberg is Narrative Designer at KING Art Games. After being an Editor for Adventure-Treff.de reviewing point-and-click adventures he joined KING Art Games, working on more than 12 titles spanning strategy games, RPGs, point-and-click adventures, and browser games. Beside working in narrative design, dialogue direction and sound design, he was involved in the planning and execution of two successful Kickstarter campaigns for “Battle Worlds: Kronos” and “The Book of Unwritten Tales 2”, as well as the current third Kickstarter for the action-RPG “The Dwarves”.
Narrative Designer, KING Art Games
Oded Pelled Founder of MindKick
EMAIL ODED VIEW LECTURE
Oded Pelled is the co-founder of MindKick, a San Francisco-based company focused on developing social brain-training games. Previously, Oded co-founded and led the development of Road Riot, one of the most successful action-based car games of all times with over 25M global users. In 2012 Oded joined Tango as VP Games and Partnerships to launch its gaming platform. In that role, he secured over 20 game partners as well as developed all of Tango’s in-video casual games. Oded has a notable 15+ year track record for representing a wide range of products that include: Streaming media, mobile gaming and mobile messaging apps.
Valentin Merzlikin Head of Developer Relations of Creative Mobile
EMAIL VALENTIN VIEW LECTURE
Valentin manages Developer Relations in Publishing Department of Creative Mobile, Estonia. The company is famous for Drag Racing and Nitro Nation mobile game series that attracted 280M+ users. Valentin joined to Creative Mobile after co-founding a few startup game studios in Eastern Europe where he participated in the development and promotion of f2p mobile games as an Executive Producer and CMO. Previously Valentin ran Business Development and Mobile departments of Alawar and helped the small casual games publisher to reach $15M+ in annual revenues.
Head of Developer Relations, Creative Mobile
Vicens Marti CEO and Co-founder of Akamon Entertainment
EMAIL VICENS VIEW LECTURE
CEO and Co-founder of Akamon Entertainment, Vicens Martí is an expert in the specifics of the gaming industry, where he had previously worked as Managing Director at Cirsa Gaming Corporation. His professional record also includes being Chief Marketing Officer at Spanish low-cost airline Vueling, where he succeeded in turning the start-up into a cool and reputable million-euro brand, and CEO at fashion label Custo Barcelona, where he had direct responsibility over finance, marketing, sales, operations and product functions.
CEO and Co-founder, Akamon Entertainment
Henning Kosmack CEO of MegaZebra GmbH
EMAIL HENNING VIEW LECTURE
Henning Kosmack brings a variety of different backgrounds, from big corporate, to VC, to entrepreneur. His latest venture, MegaZebra, pioneered the social gaming / free-to-play space in Europe and is now moving its category-leading titles cross-platform.Besides games, he also co-founded a media agency and an e-commerce site.
CEO, MegaZebra GmbH
Shemer Katz General Manager of SafeCharge Israel
EMAIL SHEMER VIEW LECTURE
Shemer Katz is the General Manager at SafeCharge Israel where he is currently leading the Company’s product strategies for innovative online and mobile payment along with its corporate marketing strategy. He is an expert in Internet business models and has held key management positions at several Internet initiatives, including the innovative startup ReImage. Prior to this, Shemer occupied various management roles over a ten year period at Jacada (Nasdaq: JCDA) and Verint Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: VRNT).
General Manager, SafeCharge Israel
David Kalmanson Founder of Infiapps
EMAIL DAVID VIEW LECTURE
David Kalmanson founded and leads the Product and Technology of Infiapps, a leading company in the Mobile Social Casino area. Infiapps combines the fun of casual gaming with the excitement of casino games. The company's games are played by millions of players worldwide.
Gai Havkin CEO, Founder of KIDOZ
EMAIL GAI VIEW LECTURE
Gai is the founder and CEO of KIDOZ. Gai has 17 years of experience in building, marketing and business development with web and mobile platforms. He started KIDOZ as a private project for his daughter, turning the company into a global content discovery network that helps millions of kids find content they love helps hundreds of brands and developers monezite and distribute their content.
CEO, Founder, KIDOZ
Svetlana Gordey Lead SEM manager of Wargaming.net
EMAIL SVETLANA VIEW LECTURE
Svetlana Gordey is a Lead SEM manager at Wargaming.net, an award-winning online game developer and publisher and one of the leaders in the free-to-play MMO market across PC, console, and mobile. Responsible for global user acquisition on a PPC basis both for desktop and mobile platforms.
Lead SEM manager, Wargaming.net
Anton Gauffin CEO of Huuuge
EMAIL ANTON VIEW LECTURE
Anton Gauffin is a Serial Entrepreneur, Gaming Industry Insider and Angel Investor. Loves games and believes games have done more for him than any of his academic studies. Learned his first english words by playing as a 6 years old kid Lord of Midnight on his first computer Commodore C64. Grew up by playing games on PC’s and always dreamed about having his own gaming company. Started his first company at the age of 19 while studying economics & e-commerce at university. Since that has founded companies in Finland, Poland and Silicon Valley. Founded his first mobile gaming company Gamelion (www.game-lion.com) in the first era of mobile games in 2002. Sold it in 2007 only to buy it back and re-unite the team years later in 2014 to start Huuuge Huuuge is now +80 people strong and working hard to stay honest with it’s brand promise. Company focus is on social casino where team just released their flagship game Huuuge Casino (available on iOS, Google Play and Amazon).
George Erkhan Creative Director of HeroCraft
EMAIL GEORGE VIEW LECTURE
George Erkhan is the creative director of HeroCraft, a Russian video game developer and publisher. With more than 150 games of a variety of genres, HeroCraft’s primary focus is strategy games, with notable releases including Strategy & Tactics series, Majesty Mobile, and more recently: Warhammer® 40,000®: Space Wolf.
Creative Director, HeroCraft
Dylan Collins CEO of SuperAwesome
EMAIL DYLAN VIEW LECTURE
Dylan Collins (@MrDylanCollins) is CEO of SuperAwesome, the largest digital kids marketing platform in the world, reaching almost a quarter of a billion kids every month. Their AwesomeAds platform is used by hundreds of top brands and agencies to safely deliver 100% kid-safe ads across all digital channels. The company recently launched their Kids Web Services (KWS) platform, a set of tools to help content creators build sites and apps for kids by handling all COPPA compliance and data-gathering requirements. An active investor and advisor across both kids media and technology companies, he is also Chairman of top-rated UK technology agency, Potato and sits on the board of Brown Bag Films, Europe’s leading kids animation studio.
Michael Cai Senior Vice President of Research of Interpret
EMAIL MICHAEL VIEW LECTURE
Michael Cai serves as Senior Vice President of Games and Digital for Interpret LLC, a leading media and technology research firm. He leads the company’s gaming vertical, providing a wide variety of market research and analysis products to help clients gain a comprehensive understanding of consumer gaming habits and interest and make strategic decisions. His team at Interpret work with all the Tier 1 console/PC game publishers and many leading mobile game companies. Cai has authored and managed more than 800 industry reports and custom research projects globally and has presented his findings at such high-profile events as Game Developer’s Conference, E3, Consumer Electronics Show, Digital Hollywood, Virtual Worlds Expo, and The New York Games Conference. A Burke certified moderator, Cai has moderated hundreds of groups in both the US and China, covering video gaming and entertainment related topics.
Senior Vice President of Research, Interpret
Daniel Bernstein Vice President of Corum Group
EMAIL DANIEL VIEW LECTURE
Daniel Bernstein has worked in a number of roles over a twenty year career in high technology, most recently as the founder and CEO of Sandlot Games Corporation, a leading casual games publisher and developer. Having sold Sandlot Games to Digital Chocolate in 2011, Daniel started a games studio and a consulting practice where he advises larger companies such as RealNetworks and other high growth businesses on product development, strategic initiatives, and M&A opportunities. Prior to Sandlot Games, Daniel Bernstein held director level positions in companies such as Wild Tangent and Monolith. Daniel holds a BS in Computer Science and an MA in Music Composition from the University of Virginia.
Vice President, Corum Group
AGS Interactive (Rocket Play)
Bryan Bennett Vice President of Marketing of AGS Interactive (Rocket Play)
EMAIL BRYAN VIEW LECTURE
Bryan Bennett is the Vice President of Marketing, AGS Interactive at American Gaming Systems (AGS), a leading developer of real-money slot machines and table games as well as mobile social casino games for iOS and Android. He was previously the Vice President of Marketing at RocketPlay which was acquired by AGS in June 2015. Prior to RocketPlay, he led Marketing and Publishing for Booyah and served as Studio General Manager for Kabam.
Vice President of Marketing, AGS Interactive (Rocket Play)
Assaf Vaknin VP Sales of AppsFlyer
EMAIL ASSAF VIEW LECTURE
Assaf is an ad tech veteran with more than 10 years experience in global business development. Prior to AppsFlyer, he held senior roles at AppsFire, Nordeus, Supersonic & Matomy Media group. Assaf holds a Bachelor's degree in Business & Communications from the Hebrew University.
VP Sales, AppsFlyer
Yuval Kaminka CEO, Co-Founder of JoyTunes
EMAIL YUVAL VIEW LECTURE
Yuval is the co-founder and CEO of JoyTunes, an award-winning gamified music service that is making it possible for anyone to learn to play music. Prior to JoyTunes, Yuval worked at Watchfire (acq. IBM), headed research at ConicIT and completed his MSc. in computer science and computational neuroscience at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
CEO, Co-Founder, JoyTunes
Sid Bhatt CEO & Co-Founder of Aarki
EMAIL SID VIEW LECTURE
Sid Bhatt is the CEO and Co-founder of Aarki, a leading creative optimization and media buying advertising technology company for app developers and premium publishers. Sid champions the company’s vision to help advertisers rise above and stand out in the digital marketplace through easy-to-use self-serve technology and a full app marketing agency.
CEO & Co-Founder, Aarki
Eldad Ben Tora CRO, Co-Founder of KIDOZ
EMAIL ELDAD VIEW LECTURE
Eldad Ben Tora is co-managing KIDOZ, a popular content discovery platform for kids. Eldad is in charge of the company revenues, marketing and business development. Prior to KIDOZ, Eldad served as general manager at Bluesnap (Plimus) sold to GreatHill Partners, and prior to that managed the popular dating sites JDate and Cupid.
Eldad Ben Tora
CRO, Co-Founder, KIDOZ
Yael Arad CEO of Merchandise Division of Viacom Israel
EMAIL YAEL VIEW LECTURE
As a former GM of branded leisure items for children & teens at PMI and founder & owner of Concept 4 Success, Yael Arad has built experience & expertise in new media and integrating between offline and online marketing strategy for kids & tweens. She was also the first Israeli Olympic medalist.
CEO of Merchandise Division, Viacom Israel
All Correct Group
Dmitrii Antonov Localization Project Manager of All Correct Group
EMAIL DMITRII VIEW LECTURE
Dmitrii Antonov, Localization Project Manager at All Correct Group since 2011.
Localization Project Manager, All Correct Group
Moritz von Arnim Head of Business Development of Goodgame Studios
EMAIL MORITZ VIEW LECTURE
Moritz von Arnim is Head of Business Development at Goodgame Studios and an expert in partnership marketing and sales. In his role at the gaming company, Moritz is responsible for finding additional channels for user acquisition that are more favorable than classic marketing channels.
Moritz von Arnim
Head of Business Development, Goodgame Studios
Oleg Stavitsky CEO of Bubl
EMAIL OLEG VIEW LECTURE
Oleg Stavitsky co-founded BUBL in 2013 in Russia. For 5 years he was a Features Editor at Igromania, Russia's biggest gaming magazine (circulation peak is 240K) and a producer at KranX Production (a videogame producing centre founded by creators of cult-classic PC titles like Vangers and Perimeter). He also runs a digital production agency and does keynotes and workshops on videogames and digital art.
Moocho Brain; The Bamboard Game Project
Khail Santia Co-Founder, Game Developer of Moocho Brain; The Bamboard Game Project
EMAIL KHAIL VIEW LECTURE
Khail Santia is both a co-founder and game developer of two companies: Moocho Brain - a virtual indie game development studio, and the Bamboard Game Project - a social enterprise started to help address the drop-out crisis in education. He has worked on 20 titles over the span of eight years. He pours his soul into this searching and exploration because he believes in the power of game design to enhance human life both inside and outside the magic circle. It took some time but validation of his work finally trickled in from places like FGL, Newgrounds, Jayisgames, Dojo, the Indie Prize Showcase and the Benilde Prize for Design Excellence of De La Salle - College of Saint Benilde. But he feels he will never get the hang of it.
Co-Founder, Game Developer, Moocho Brain; The Bamboard Game Project
Michael Rosen CEO & Founder of Tacticsoft
EMAIL MICHAEL VIEW LECTURE
Michael is the CEO & Founder of Tacticsoft, an independent game development studio based in Israel. The studio was founded 10 years ago, being among the first to develop f2p browser based MMOs back in 2005. Tacticsoft released several titles, reaching millions of users and millions in revenues. Now a decade later, the studio is working on developing its next generation Mobile MMO title.
CEO & Founder, Tacticsoft
Arnold Nesis CEO of Capricia Productions
EMAIL ARNOLD VIEW LECTURE
Arnold Nesis, an Israeli composer, mostly known for his work in video games and media. Arnold has worked with companies in the United States, Europe, Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere and currently is CEO of Capricia Productions making interactive music video game albums.
CEO, Capricia Productions
Paul H. Muller CTO & Co-Founder of adjust
EMAIL PAUL H. VIEW LECTURE
Paul is the CTO and a co-founder of adjust. He is in charge of building and scaling adjust’s technologies. Previously, Paul was the CTO and Managing Director for two companies rapidrabbit and Müller & Wulff GmbH. He founded rapidrabbit at the age of 23 and it proceeded to publish 25 apps that made 10M downloads. Müller & Wulff GmbH was founded in 2010 and offered innovative IT services. Paul studied physics in at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität in Greifswald and likes anything that's fast, especially motorcycles.
Paul H. Muller
CTO & Co-Founder, adjust
Kobi Marenko Investor, advisory board of Upsolver
EMAIL KOBI VIEW LECTURE
Kobi Marenko is managing partner in Taya ventures, focusing on media & technology. Kobi is an entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in founding, managing and exiting tech companies. Recently, he was the President & Founder of Taptica, a leading mobile DSP acquired by Marimedia (L: Mari). Prior to that, Kobi founded Logia, a mobile content platform & service company, acquired by Mandalay digital (Nasdaq: APPS). He was partner and COO of m-Wise, a leading interactive SMS company listed in 2004 (mwis.ob). Kobi’s previous positions include CFO & COO of channel 10 news, reporter &editor at Channel 2 news. Kobi also published a book, “The Underground of Happiness”, by Yediut Achronot Publishing.
Investor, advisory board, Upsolver
Bezalel School of Arts
Eytan Majar Game Designer, UX Architect & Lecturer of Bezalel School of Arts
EMAIL EYTAN VIEW LECTURE
As a UX architect and game designer, he created several unique game experiences (including BioGaming, a game for physiotherapy) showing that the two fields go hand in hand. Eytan's unique position enables him to create AI algorithms that analyzed and manipulated the gaming experience according to patient's behavior and recovery.
Game Designer, UX Architect & Lecturer, Bezalel School of Arts
Suf Kletter Head of Business Development of DAU-UP
EMAIL SUF VIEW LECTURE
Suf Kletter is the Head of Business Development @ DAU-UP, the leader in user acquisition solutions for mobile & social games. Suf manages a cross-functional team of sales, client relationship, and marketing professionals who ensure the company's profitable growth through excellent customer service, growing world's best games since 2011.
Head of Business Development, DAU-UP
Peleg Israeli GM of Bidalgo
EMAIL PELEG VIEW LECTURE
Peleg Israeli is the General Manager of Bidalgo, a Facebook Marketing Partner specializing in UA for mobile apps. With Bidalgo’s proprietary technology & vast experience in the mobile space, we help a wide portfolio of esteemed clients such as Playtika, Zynga & Plarium scale their UA & win with unbeatable ROI results. Peleg leads the Bidalgo HQ, covering all of Europe & Asia.
Bill Grosso CEO of Scientific Revenue
EMAIL BILL VIEW LECTURE
William “Bill” Grosso has been helping games become more profitable for almost a decade. A seasoned technology veteran, Bill has two decades of experience in building innovative, customer-centric products and delivering high performance software.Bill is also well-known as an expert in both big data and predictive analytics. He has spoken at many industry events, most recently at the Wolfram Data Summit and nucl.ai, where he keynoted the Advanced Analytics and Data Science track.In his previous role as CTO and SVP of Product at Live Gamer, Bill provided a scalable micro-transaction platform to leading industry clients such as EA, Sony Online, and Take 2.
CEO, Scientific Revenue
Jonathan Boltax VP Business Development of TransGaming
EMAIL JONATHAN VIEW LECTURE
Jonathan has immersed himself for 19+ years in the Interactive Television and Smart TV field. At TransGaming, Jonathan is responsible for generation of new business relationships and licensing. Jonathan honed his skills while spending over a decade working for NBC and Cablevision and at Oberon Media. In 2005 Jonathan was an Emmy Winner for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Television and a recipient of the “ITV All-Star” award from itvt.
VP Business Development, TransGaming
Itamar Benedy General Manager Israel, VP Strategy & Apps of glispa
EMAIL ITAMAR VIEW LECTURE
Itamar Benedy is General Manager Israel, VP Strategy & Apps at glispa, a Berlin-headquartered digital marketing company. Managing ad tech M&A activities at Market Tech Holdings, he’s acquired glispa, opened its Israeli office and heads it now. In addition, Itamar is focused on glispa’s key partnerships, M&A, and app incubation project. Itamar is a frequent speaker at conferences and webinars, serves as a mentor in a number of incubators, such as Google Campus and Twin Tech Towns and holds a BSc in Computer Science, Magna Cum Laude from Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
General Manager Israel, VP Strategy & Apps, glispa
Pepe Agell VP of Business of Chartboost
EMAIL PEPE VIEW LECTURE
Pepe Agell leads Chartboost's international efforts. In this role, he oversees the global expansion of the company’s publisher base, strategic partnerships, and customer relationship management (CRM) to ensure the highest standard of service and support.
VP of Business, Chartboost
Chris Wright Founder & CTO of deltaDNA
EMAIL CHRIS VIEW LECTURE
Chris Wright started his games industry career in 1995 at console developer Inner Workings, leaving in 1998 to join I-play to set up the game development and publishing division. As European Director of Production and Publishing, he helped I-play become a ‘top three’ mobile games publisher worldwide. Chris co-founded deltaDNA, the leading game analytics and marketing platform, in 2010, with the mission to use big data to understand player behavior and build better game experiences.
Founder & CTO, deltaDNA
BILD digital GmbH
Jan Neubacher Product Manager Games of BILD digital GmbH
EMAIL JAN VIEW LECTURE
Jan is an independent games consultant specialized in games distribution and development. He manages all gaming products of BILD.de, the leading news and entertainment portal in Germany with over 17 million unique users online and mobile. BILD and Axel Springer are helping small and big gaming companies to launch and promote their international products in the German and European mass market. Jan started his career in the games business 12 years ago coming from the traditional and online entertainment industry. After working with ProSiebenSat.1 launching their games business in 2006 he co-founded a small developer team in Berlin and now supports clients in monetizing their digital inventories by online and mobile games.
Product Manager Games, BILD digital GmbH
Julie Kuhn Founder of Super-Julie Apps
EMAIL JULIE VIEW LECTURE
Julie Kuhn is a teacher who found educational uses for tablets in her classroom. As app stores grew, she decided to start Super-Julie, an online resource for parents and teachers looking for the best educational apps. Julie looks for apps that are fun, stylish and teach something useful to children. She believes digital learning can be a better way to impart knowledge and skills to kids.
Founder, Super-Julie Apps
Sivan Enden Strategic Partner, Manager, Mobile Apps and Gaming, EMEA of Google
EMAIL SIVAN VIEW LECTURE
Sivan Enden manages strategic gaming partnerships for Google in EMEA. Sivan joined Google in 2010 to work with large technology start ups in Israel on their user acquisition, growth and marketing strategies. In May 2015 Sivan moved to a new role developing strategic partnerships in the mobile apps ecosystem. Prior to Google Sivan worked in several start ups and as product manager.
Strategic Partner, Manager, Mobile Apps and Gaming, EMEA, Google
Product Madness, An Aristocrat Company
Eyal Chameides Creative Director of Product Madness, An Aristocrat Company
EMAIL EYAL VIEW LECTURE
Eyal Chameides is the Creative Director for Product Madness, where he oversees and coordinates the creative teams working for Product Madness across the globe. Knowing from an early age that he never really wanted to be a grown up he has a background in fine arts and computers as well as a BA in Game Design from RMIT. He spends most of his time thinking about Batman. Over the past ten years Eyal has directed the design and execution of dozens of titles across multiple platforms, initially for consoles and then for Social and Mobile at Product Madness.Throughout his career Eyal has overseen, managed and guided creative teams in Australia, UK, USA, Israel, China, India and the Philippines.
Creative Director, Product Madness, An Aristocrat Company
Ohad Barzilay Producer/Designer of Side-Kick Games
EMAIL OHAD VIEW LECTURE
A seasoned veteran in the game industry, with expertise in f2p game design/monetization. Currently Producer/Designer at Side-Kick, working on a new upcoming Rovio title. Previously headed Mytopia before and during the acquisition by 888, continued as COO/Chief Creative post acquisition. Developed games with and for Dreamworks, MGA, Showtime, Liongate & BWin. Participated in several academic game programs, currently mentor in the game program of IDC. Founding member of GameIS, the Israeli game industry association.
Producer/Designer, Side-Kick Games
Pini Yakuel CEO of Optimove
EMAIL PINI VIEW LECTURE
Pini Yakuel, founder and CEO of Optimove, has two decades of experience in analytics-driven customer marketing, business consulting and sales.
The Optimove retention automation software, used by over 150 brands, is an advanced solution for managing hyper-targeted, multi-channel customer marketing.
Orchid Stachelig Development Production Editor of Gamesauce
EMAIL ORCHID VIEW LECTURE
Orchid is the Developer content manager for Casual Connect and the developer production editor for Gamesauce. Orchid loves kittens and all things super cute. Please email Orchid if you are a developer who would like to speak at any of the four Casual Connect events.
Development Production Editor, Gamesauce
Leopold Maurel Co-Founder & Head of Marketing of GGCorp
EMAIL LEOPOLD VIEW LECTURE
Leopold Maurel is co-founder and Head of Marketing at GGCorp, a global games publishing company established in 2014, with a number of successful games launched for the web browser market such as; MyNinja, MyBankai, MyPirate and others. He first utilized his entrepreneurial flair to open up a supply chain company in his early twenties where he focused on meeting demanding targets, improved profits and developed long-term strategies. Leopold's keen business acumen, excellent communication skills and vast networking capabilities has added to his success in both his past and current positions. Leopold gained his Masters in Company Marketing at the EDHEC Business School in Nice and is a regular speaker at Online Games events.
Co-Founder & Head of Marketing, GGCorp
Gad Maor CEO of Storemaven
EMAIL GAD VIEW LECTURE
CEO of StoreMaven with over 10 years of experience in software engineering and product development for web and mobile startups. Previously founder and VP marketing at Shaker, winner of Tech Crunch disrupt 2011. Gad is a lecturer at Tel Aviv University, teaching entrepreneurship and lean development.
Nikita Lyubimov of Independent Expert
EMAIL NIKITA VIEW LECTURE
Nikita helped to create Pixonic, global developer and publisher of f2p games based in Moscow. After that he moved to a publisher from Japan called BlueQuest and helped them to find new partners in Russia. Currently, Nikita is helping several young companies with his expertise in publishing.
, Independent Expert
Ceasars Casino, Playtika
Boaz Levin EVP and GM of Ceasars Casino, Playtika
EMAIL BOAZ VIEW LECTURE
Boaz Levin, EVP and GM of Ceasars Casino, one of Playtika’s Games. He has been in consumer internet for over 12 years, among others he lead search revenue growth (over $50M annually at the time) while at IncrediMail/Perion(NASDAQ:PERi) where he became VP Product and Innovation responsible for its Email, Photos and Search related products. He joined Playtika to become it’s VP Products in mid-2012 and last year took on the role of EVP Caesars Casino. He holds a B.A in Economics from the Haifa University and Technion.
EVP and GM, Ceasars Casino, Playtika
Etay Furman Co-Founder of Bandura Games
EMAIL ETAY VIEW LECTURE
Etay is an Israeli entrepreneur and co-founder of Bandura Games. Etay met Bandura's CEO Justin Hefter as part of a Jewish entrepreneurship program and together they began brainstorming the idea for how to use games as a way to bring Israeli and Palestinian kids together. Etay, formerly a co-founder of Oasis, a digital media marketing company in Israel, has a background in marketing and community development. He is formerly a manager of one of Israel’s largest online gaming communities - gamer.co.il
Co-Founder, Bandura Games
Yonatan Dotan VP of Inbound Marketing of yellowHEAD
EMAIL YONATAN VIEW LECTURE
Yonatan Dotan is the VP of Inbound Marketing at yellowHEAD. Two years ago, yellowHEAD recognized the explosive potential of App Store Optimization. Since then, Yonatan built a team of researchers to experiment on apps and create an actionable set of ASO best practices for the industry. Since then, he has given talks and done workshops on ASO throughout Europe and the US.
VP of Inbound Marketing, yellowHEAD
Ammoun Dissi Co-Founder of Bandura Games
EMAIL AMMOUN VIEW LECTURE
Ammoun Dissi is a Palestinian teacher, English-Arabic translator and co-founder of Bandura Games. Ammoun has worked for the United Nations and the YWCA doing PR and translation. She met Bandura co-founder Etay Furman when they were both participants in a peace program for young Israelis and Palestinians - a program she now helps lead every year. As a teacher Ammoun has been instrumental in getting Palestinian youth to participate in surveys and focus groups that have helped inform game design decisions for Bandura Games.
Co-Founder, Bandura Games
Orly Shoavi CEO & Co-Founder of SafeDK
EMAIL ORLY VIEW LECTURE
Orly is the co-founder and CEO of SafeDK. Orly focused her entire career on the mobile industry, began as a software engineer and later on held leading positions in R&D, product management and business development. Orly is an 8200-alumni and holds a BSc. and an MSc. in computer science, both from the Technion (Cum Laude) and an MBA from Tel Aviv University (Cum Laude).
CEO & Co-Founder, SafeDK
Jaede Tan Territory Director for Northern Europe and the Middle-East of App Annie
EMAIL JAEDE VIEW LECTURE
Jaede is App Annie’s Territory Director for Northern Europe and the Middle-East. With a decade of driving commercial relationships within the investment and mobile sectors, Jaede is well versed on the key role that data plays in strategic decision making, especially for companies looking to grow in the fast moving industry of mobile apps. Regularly working with clients from a wide range of verticals: Gaming, Technology, Retail, Telecoms, Automotive, Media and Entertainment and Financial Services, Jaede helps them leverage App Annie data to provide actionable insight into the multi-billion app industry, enabling them to improve strategies around user acquisition, monetisation, geo-expansion, marketing and R&D investment.
Territory Director for Northern Europe and the Middle-East, App Annie
Leonid Sirotin of Independent Expert
EMAIL LEONID VIEW LECTURE
Leonid Sirotin, 36 years old, has dedicated 16 of those years to the gaming industry. He worked as advisor to the president and producer at Astrum, and as general producer at Game Insight. At Game Insight, he was directly involved in the making of such hits as Mystery Manor, Mirrors of Albion, Tribez and over a hundred other titles – including social, mobile and desktop games. He is currently working on his own projects and helps DevGAMM conference as an independent gaming industry expert.
, Independent Expert
Old Man Productions
Guy Hasson Social Gaming Consultant of Old Man Productions
EMAIL GUY VIEW LECTURE
Guy Hasson is a social slot consultant specializing in game popularity. Having worked for Playtech’s Content Unit and as Playtika’s Content Manager, he uses his expertise to improve retention, popularity, and monetization. His articles regularly appear in Social Casino Intelligence and eGR North America.
Social Gaming Consultant, Old Man Productions
Kieran Barr Advisor of CGA
EMAIL KIERAN VIEW LECTURE
Kieran Barr has played an active role in the video game market research industry for almost 10 years. He has worked at some of the leading mobile market data intelligence companies and headed up global monetization for the number one Facebook market research firms. He also helped start up one the most recent successful syndicated research organizations based in Silicon Valley. As well, he helped launch a VC focused market research subscription based service. Kieran was the Social Media chair for the Board of Directors of the Puget Sound Research Forum. Kieran earned a BA in Business - Finance and Information Systems, and a BA in Economics, both from the University of Washington. Kieran is based in San Francisco. He has crab fished in the Bering Sea (aka "Deadliest Catch") and also captained a commercial fishing vessel in Alaska during many summers. In his free time Kieran is an avid runner, biker, downhill skier, and boater.
Vladislav Arkhipov Of Counsel of Dentons
EMAIL VLADISLAV VIEW LECTURE
Vladislav is a dedicated lawyer with heavy specialization in computer game and IT industry. Since 2007 he has worked with international clients on a variety of issues pertaining to the Russian law, including media and internet regulation, privacy and intellectual property law. He has considerable experience of supporting videogame and IT business in Russian market, consulting on intellectual property, content restriction rules and privacy matters, including development of custom-tailored strategies for compliance with non-standard personal data protection aspects. As a litigator, Vladislav can also be described as that ‘bad guy’ who has success in defending foreign internet companies against individual users in complex borderline cases. His position as associate professor at St. Petersburg State University delivering lectures on internet law and legal challenges of digital age adds additional perspective to his practice. Vladislav has keen personal interest in games, and besides his family and speed-walking in forests, he prefers to spend the scarce leisure time sharpening deckbuilding and technical play in Magic: The Gathering Online, the skills which are in fact based on the same principles as those required by practical jurisprudence.
Of Counsel, Dentons
Yaniv Nizan CEO & Co-Founder of SOOMLA
EMAIL YANIV VIEW LECTURE
Yaniv Nizan is the CEO of SOOMLA, a market leading SDK powering over 4,000 live games reaching 400 million devices. The company’s data platform employs machine learning models capable of analyzing granular user behavior across games. Prior to SOOMLA, Yaniv was a co-founder of EyeView, a pioneer in the online video advertising space. Yaniv is a speaker in industry events and an expert blogger with articles published at GamaSutra, Gamedev.net and many other outlets.
CEO & Co-Founder, SOOMLA
Michael Velkes VP Marketing of Plamee
EMAIL MICHAEL VIEW LECTURE
Michael Velkes is VP Marketing at Plamee. A leading mobile games studio, publishers and technology provider formed in 2014 and part of Playtech, the gaming and financial trading industry’s largest listed software, technology and services company. With more than 5 years in the mobile gaming space, Michael has seen the eco system from various angles, as a publisher, advertiser and agency sales which gives him the experience to look at the 360 picture at all times. Today, Michael leads Plamee's user acquisition, monetization and retention teams.
VP Marketing, Plamee
kidSAFE Seal Program
Shai Samet Founder, President of kidSAFE Seal Program
EMAIL SHAI VIEW LECTURE
Shai Samet is the founder and president of the kidSAFE Seal Program, a safety certification service and seal-of-approval designed exclusively for children-friendly websites, apps, and technologies. Many well-known brands, including Cartoon Network, Jumpstart, Pearson, and Saban Brands, are participating members. kidSAFE has received FTC approval as a COPPA Safe Harbor.
Founder, President, kidSAFE Seal Program
Josh Naylor Product Evangelist of Unity
EMAIL JOSH VIEW LECTURE
Born in the year of the SNES and a man of the North, Josh is a Product Evangelist at Unity Technologies based in Brighton, UK. Josh helps spread the word about Unity, presenting new features and improvements to the engine and supporting the community. When he's not talking about Unity, he's tinkering with game mechanics in Unity. Game jams, football and travelling are his pastimes.
Product Evangelist, Unity
Alex Galasso User Retention Director of Playtika
EMAIL ALEX VIEW LECTURE
Alex Galasso is the User Retention Director at Playtika, in charge of Live Operations and Customer Support for the World Series of Poker mobile/social game. Prior to Playtika, Alex worked for EA Mobile, where he oversaw all community initiatives for Scrabble.
User Retention Director, Playtika
Monica Warshavsky Marketing Group Manager of TabTale
EMAIL MONICA VIEW LECTURE
Monica Warshavsky has been living and breathing the mobile & online marketing industry for the past seven years. Over the last three years, Monica has led TabTale’s Marketing Group, where she helps shape future apps with her creativity and passion for innovative kids content. Prior to TabTale, Monica served as Marketing Manager at Meeting Media, where she successfully orchestrated the company's exit to Zap Group, the biggest online company in Israel. She then continued as Senior Project Manager at Zap Group, where she oversaw the company's rebranding and strategic partnerships. Monica holds a BA in business with a specialization in marketing and an LL.B in law, both with distinction from The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya.
Marketing Group Manager, TabTale
Spencer Scott Chief Revenue Officer of Fiksu
EMAIL SPENCER VIEW LECTURE
As Chief Revenue Officer, Spencer manages all revenue at Fiksu as well as all direct client and prospect relationships. Day-to-day, Spencer works with the sales team to make sure the company is presenting itself appropriately in the market. He also works closely with the client management team to make sure Fiksu is giving the best service to its clients. Spencer is well-prepared for this role, having spent the past 10 years in ad tech building up sales and service organizations. He’s also got the added benefit of having run sales at four other companies founded by Fiksu CEO Micah Adler, including serving as Chief Revenue Officer at search engine marketing company Adverplex. Spencer is proud to be a part of what he calls “the best team in ad tech."
Chief Revenue Officer, Fiksu
Itay Levy Managing Director Mobile CoE of Teradata Applications
EMAIL ITAY VIEW LECTURE
Itay Levy is the Managing Director Mobile CoE, Teradata Applications. Former CEO of Appoxee, a mobile marketing automation platform designed to increase engagement, retention and revenue to mobile apps, now integrated with Teradata. Prior to Appoxee, Itay was a part of the founding team of Buzzmetrics, a Social Media Research company acquired by Nielsen.
Managing Director Mobile CoE, Teradata Applications
Mike Hines Developer Evangelist of Amazon
EMAIL MIKE VIEW LECTURE
Mike Hines is a Developer Evangelist at Amazon in Seattle, Washington. Mike comes to Amazon after four startups in Financial Services and Software (two of which are still operating) and 13 years at Microsoft. At Amazon, Mike helped launch the Kindle eInk app development project, has written mobile app test criteria, judged at hackathons, and is a blogger for Amazon Appstore. Moving forward, Mike wants to bring developer feedback back to Amazon and is on a continuing mission to find out what is and isn’t currently working in mobile app monetization.
Developer Evangelist, Amazon
Robert Heubel Sr. Mgr. Gaming Content & Services of Immersion Corporation
EMAIL ROBERT VIEW LECTURE
Bob is a haptic technology evangelist with Immersion Corporation specialising in helping developers implement what is known as force-feedback, tactile-feedback, or rumble-feedback effects. He holds a number of patents in the field of Haptics and has spent more than 16 years working with developers, carriers, and hardware OEMs to design and program tactile sensations into game and interaction experiences. You may have felt some of Bob’s work in Rovio’s Angry Birds Friends, Rockstar Games’s Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and RedLynx’s Trials Frontiers for Android.
Sr. Mgr. Gaming Content & Services, Immersion Corporation
Johannes Heinze Managing Director EMEA of AppLovin
EMAIL JOHANNES VIEW LECTURE
Johannes Heinze, Managing Director for EMEA at AppLovin, has been deeply involved in shaping the app economy since 2009. At AppLovin, he oversees the company’s international sales growth. Johannes was previously a founder of the European ad network Moboqo, which was acquired by AppLovin in 2014. Prior to his work launching Moboqo, he was VP for Mobile at Fyber/Sponsorpay, where he was integral to the development of the company’s innovative and highly successful ad monetization solutions and was responsible for the company’s successful pivot toward mobile.
Managing Director EMEA, AppLovin
Ilja Goossens Director of Market Development of TUNE
EMAIL ILJA VIEW LECTURE
After finishing his Master of Arts as an interaction designer in the 90s of last century, Ilja discovered the power of the internet. Coming from an area without mobile phones, social media and being online 24/7, it was clear to him that a lot was going to change very quickly. Amongst others he setup and ran a mobile development company, and founded the mobile- and browser games company Virtual Fairground. He recently joined TUNE as Director of Market Development to support the team with the development and rollout of Mobile AppTracking, MobileDev HQ and upcoming products.
Director of Market Development, TUNE
Casey Rock Casino Production Editor of Gamesauce
EMAIL CASEY VIEW LECTURE
Casey is the Casino production editor for Gamesauce and the Casino content manager for Casual Connect. Please email Casey if you would like to speak on the Casino track at any of the four Casual Connect events.
Casino Production Editor, Gamesauce
Steve Kent Kids & Family Production Editor of Gamesauce
EMAIL STEVE VIEW LECTURE
Steve Kent is the Kids & Family production editor for Gamesauce and the content manager for the Kids & Family and Market Navigation tracks for Casual Connect. Steve loves superheroes and spending time with his kiddo. Please email Steve if you would like to speak on the Kids & Family or Market Navigation tracks for any of the four Casual Connect events.
Kids & Family Production Editor, Gamesauce
Cathy Simpson Event Content Manager of Casual Connect
EMAIL CATHY VIEW LECTURE
Cathy is the content manager for Casual Connect Tel Aviv and Casual Connect Asia conferences. Please email Cathy for any questions about speaking at Casual Connect.
Event Content Manager, Casual Connect
Sasha Paleeva Investor & Next Gen Content Manager of Casual Connect
EMAIL SASHA VIEW LECTURE
Sasha is the official photographer and content manager for the Business & Investment and Next Gen tracks for Casual Connect. Please email Sasha if you would like to speak on the Next Gen or Business & Investment tracks at any of the four Casual Connect events.
Investor & Next Gen Content Manager, Casual Connect
Carl Quinton Production of Casual Connect
EMAIL CARL VIEW LECTURE
Carl is the Production Director for Casual Connect Europe, Asia, USA and Tel Aviv. Please email him with any sponsorship inquiries.
Production, Casual Connect
Lea Hester Production of Casual Connect
EMAIL LEA VIEW LECTURE
Lea is the Production Manager for Casual Connect Europe, Asia, USA and Tel Aviv. Please email her with any questions about your sponsorship.
Production, Casual Connect
Yuliya Moshkaryova Director of Indie Prize
EMAIL YULIYA VIEW LECTURE
Yuliya manages the Indie Prize Showcase which hosts over 400 development teams each year.
Director, Indie Prize