NFX Guild | Gigi Levy
Gigi Levy Founding Partner of NFX Guild
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. Prior to this role, Gigi worked for Amdocs, a world leading software provider and systems integrators for the Telecom market (NYSE: DOX), where he was Division President managing Amdocs’ activity in Europe, Central and Latin America. Earlier in his career, Gigi held several management roles in various companies in Israel and the UK. Before entering the business world, Gigi served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force. Gigi holds an MBA from the Kellogg school of management in the Northwestern University. Gigi sits on the board of MEET (Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow), the prominent Israeli-Palestinian educational organization (http://meet.mit.edu/) and is a member of the advisory board of the Technology Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship MBA in the Tel Aviv University. Gigi is married to Daphi Levy-Weiss and is the father of Alex, Michael and Itamar, his 3 most important start-ups. They live in Ramat Hasharon, Israel.
Founding Partner, NFX Guild
Mirko Topalski CEO of Eipix
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.
Artur Sakalis Head of Games Platform of Odnoklassniki
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Head of Games Platform, Odnoklassniki
Sean Ryan VP of Platform Partnerships of Facebook
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
Magma Venture Partners
Modi Rosen Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Magma Venture Partners
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
Derrick Morton CEO of FlowPlay
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.
Robert Antokol Founder & CEO of Playtika
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Founder & CEO, Playtika
Sergio Varanda EVP Mobile of Miniclip
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EVP Mobile, Miniclip
David Johnson Lead Visual Effects Artist of Infinity Ward
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
Alexander Vashchenko President of Game Insight
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
Inna Ushakova CEO of Zenna Apps
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CEO, Zenna Apps
Dean Takahashi Lead Writer of GamesBeat, VentureBeat
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
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 Senior Analyst of Wooga
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Senior Analyst, Wooga
Lloyd Melnick Director of Social Gaming of PokerStars
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Director of Social Gaming, PokerStars
Elad Kushnir VP Business Development of Playtika
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VP Business Development, Playtika
Netta Emanuel Head of Business Development of Bigpoint
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Head of Business Development, Bigpoint
Samsung Publishing Group
Ravi Belwal Head Partner Manager - Games of Samsung Publishing Group
As Head Partner Manager - Games, for Samsung Publishing Group, Ravi is working to build a curated games ecosystem for Samsung Galaxy App Store working with top tier game publishers. Prior to joining Samsung, Ravi was at Microsoft heading their games and helped close the WP deal with Disney, Zynga, Halfbrick Studios, Outfit7, TinyCo etc. Prior to Microsoft, Ravi was at Nokia managing partnerships with EA, Gameloft, Activision, Halfbrick, Digital, Disney, Rovio, and Reliance.
Head Partner Manager - Games, Samsung Publishing Group
Mark Beck VP Finance of Product Madness
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VP Finance, Product Madness
Sergey Babaev Head of Business Development, of Nekki
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
Matt Handrahan European Deputy Editor of Gamesindustry.biz
Matthew Handrahan started in games journalism a decade ago, reporting on the numerous changes and disruptions that have swept through the industry since then. Formerly the Features Editor for the award-winning gamesTM magazine, Matthew is now an integral part of the editorial team for Gamesindustry.biz, the leading developer-focused outlet in the games press. In any downtime from reporting on gaming’s movers and shakers, Matthew waits impatiently for a sequel to Red Dead Redemption.
European Deputy Editor, Gamesindustry.biz
Monarc Gaming Labs
Alfred Thomas Co-Founder, President & CCO of Monarc Gaming Labs
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Co-Founder, President & CCO, Monarc Gaming Labs
Lior Shiff Managing Director & Co-Founder of Product Madness
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
Jim Perkins Vice President, Digital Media Specialist of Corum Group
Entertainment software entrepreneur Jim Perkins is directly responsible for publishing some of the industry’s biggest franchises, including Unreal, Duke Nukem, Wolfenstein, Doom, Hunting Unlimited, and Driver. A well-known senior executive with a 22-year track record of publishing such bestselling hits, he founded and grew two highly successful software publishing companies (FormGen and ARUSH) from start-ups to multi-million dollar enterprises. His success and extensive experience in software production, marketing and public relations, packaging, online and retail distribution and software M&A, uniquely qualify him as an expert in building value and realizing wealth. Jim joined Corum Group, the world’s leading software M&A firm, with a specific focus on educating and helping prospective sellers maximize the value of their digital media companies.
Vice President, Digital Media Specialist, Corum Group
Michael Metzger SVP of Houlihan Lokey
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
David Helgason Founder of Unity Technologies
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
Craig Weinberg VP of Mobile Strategy of 3Q Digital
Craig Weinberg joined 3Q Digital as VP of Mobile Strategy after serving as Mindshare’s Mobile Practice Lead. He has deep experience in mobile marketing, media, content, strategy, and development. He owns a mobile consultancy (Savoy Mobile, Inc.) and lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
VP of Mobile Strategy, 3Q Digital
Kiril Uljanov Lead Game Designer of Nordcurrent
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 supervise one of Nordcurrent's development departments. Kiril aims at ensuring players the most fun games they can provide.
Lead Game Designer, Nordcurrent
Justin Stofle Director of Engineering of Scopely
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
Scientific Games Interactive
Rami Segal General Manager Israel of Scientific Games Interactive
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
20th Century Fox
Ted Schilowitz Futurist of 20th Century Fox
Ted Schilowitz was first employee and founding member at RED Digital Cinema and Co Founder of G-Tech. His current roles are as Futurist for 20th Century Fox, where he works directly with chief Fox studios executives, exploring the next generation of visual storytelling, such as the Wild VR experience that premiered at CES and Sundance this year. He’s also been spearheading the Barco Escape cinema project, creating immersive experiences for traditional movie theaters at scale.
Futurist, 20th Century Fox
Roman Povolotski Producer, Business Development of 2RealLife
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.
Producer, Business Development, 2RealLife
Mihai Pohontu VP Emerging Platforms of Samsung
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VP Emerging Platforms, Samsung
Adi Hanin Business Development Manager of Playtika
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
MJ Fahmi Founder & CEO of Babil Games
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Founder & CEO, Babil Games
Arnon Dinur Partner of 83North
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Daniel Cohen General Partner of Carmel Ventures
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General Partner, Carmel Ventures
The Las Vegas Whaling Company
George Zaloom Co-Founder of The Las Vegas Whaling Company
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
The ASO Project
Blake Pollack CMO of The ASO Project
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 successful 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
Leonard Frankel Head of Business Development of Plarium
Leonard Frankel oversees all biz dev activities at Plarium, the largest hardcore games developer on Facebook. 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
Sagi Schliesser CEO & Co-Founder of TabTale
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
Andrey Podoprigora Co-Founder, CEO of A-Steroids
Andrei Podoprigora is the Co-Founder and CEO of A-Steroids, a seasoned mobile game development studio focusing on online titles for mid-core audience. Andrei had hands-on development experience with PlayStation 2 and Windows. Then came the opportunity to switch to byte-size format of mobile entertainment and work on J2ME & Symbian games for EA, THQ, Infospace, PopCap, etc. In the wake of the smartphones era, in 2008 Andrei has founded A-Steroids. consisting of a number of successfully delivered work-for-hire products (Drag Racing Nitro Nation, Drag Racing Bike Edition) and original titles, such as Clash of the Damned, Underworld, Vampire Rush.
Co-Founder, CEO, A-Steroids
Yonatan Maimon CMO of diwip
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Barak Levanon Mobile UA Team Leader of Plarium
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
Nikola Čavić Head of Business Development, of Nordeus
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
Daniel Burns Owner of Carbon Group
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Owner, Carbon Group
Those Awesome Guys
Nicolae Berbece Founder, Designer, Producer of Those Awesome Guys
Nicolae Berbece (Xelu) is a game developer who used to have awesomely long hair that was soft to the touch. He is currently working on "Move or Die", a fast-paced competitive multiplayer game scheduled to be released later this year on Steam. He also produced, designed and created the art for other titles such as Concerned Joe , Kawairun and a handful of older browser games created across 5+ years of game development.
Founder, Designer, Producer, Those Awesome Guys
Aeria Games GmbH
Stefan Behrens CEO of Aeria Games GmbH
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
Oren Todoros Mobile PR Specialist of Plarium
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Mobile PR Specialist, Plarium
Jonathan Swerdlow Founder & CEO of GamyTech
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
Grigoriy Leschenko Senior Manager Multimedia & Game Technologies of Skolkovo Foundation
Grigoriy Leschenko produced a dozen games in the US, financed startups as a VC, cofounded an animation middleware startup in New York, took several micro-cap IT companies public on Nasdaq as an investment banker, and came back to Russia after 20 years in the U.S. to manage Multimedia and Game Technologies Center in Skolkovo Foundation.
Senior Manager Multimedia & Game Technologies, Skolkovo Foundation
Henning Kosmack CEO of MegaZebra GmbH
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
Ofer Kinberg GM of Slotomania of Playtika
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GM of Slotomania, Playtika
George Erkhan Creative Director of HeroCraft
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
Daniel Bernstein Vice President of Corum Group
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)
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)
Michael Rosen CEO & Founder of Tacticsoft
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
Peleg Israeli GM of Bidalgo
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.
Pepe Agell Head of International of Chartboost
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.
Head of International, Chartboost
Orchid Stachelig Development Production Editor of Gamesauce
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
Gil Selka Co-founder of Yokee
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Casey Rock Casino Production Editor of Gamesauce
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
Yuval Rechter SVP Business Development of BabyFirst Mobile
Yuval Rechter, SVP Business Development at BabyFirst Mobile, part of the BabyFirst TV Network for babies toddlers and their parents. Before joining BabyFirst, Yuval was VP Product & Growth at Dealply Tech. DealPly is a browser add-on with over 60 million users that enhances your online shopping experience by offering alternative products with cheaper prices. Prior to that that Yuval was VP Business Development at Milgam Cellular Parking (Pango+), where he led the Mobile wallet payment platform in Israel with over 1 million active users.
SVP Business Development, BabyFirst Mobile
Gad Maor "CEO
" of "Storemaven
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.
Steve Kent Kids & Family Production Editor of Gamesauce
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 superheros 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
Leonid Sirotin of Independent Expert
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
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
Michael Velkes VP Marketing of Plamee
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
Shai Samet Founder, President of kidSAFE
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
Shai Magzimof Co-Founder & CEO of Nextpeer
Shai is the CEO and co-founder of Nextpeer - a mobile gaming multiplayer platform with more than 4,000 games using its SDK and over 70 million downloads. Before starting Nextpeer , Shai started his first company, Greplin, with a childhood friend after participating in Y-Combinator. Greplin later became Cue and was recently sold to Apple. The Nextpeer team of 13 people is currently based in Tel Aviv and is busy building the next generation of multiplayer gaming for mobile.
Co-Founder & CEO, Nextpeer
Alex Galasso User Retention Director of Playtika
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 overlooked all community initiatives for Scrabble.
User Retention Director, Playtika
Olivier Bernard VP of EMEAR of AppAnnie
Olivier Bernard is the Vice President EMEA, responsible for App Annie's sales and operation in the region. Olivier brings with him a decade of sales, business development and operational management experience in the mobile and gaming industries. Prior to joining App Annie, Olivier served as VP/General Manager International at Glu mobile (GLUU) where he was responsible for managing all Glu's client base and overseeing all operations in EMEA, APAC and LATAM.
VP of EMEAR, AppAnnie
Itay Levy Managing Director Mobile CoE of Teradata Applications
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 co-founded Buzzmetrics, a Social Media Research company acquired by Nielsen.
Managing Director Mobile CoE, Teradata Applications
Mike Hines Developer Evangelist of Amazon
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
Johannes Heinze Managing Director EMEA of AppLovin
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
Benjamin Hansz VP of International Client Management of Fiksu
As VP of International Client Management, Benjamin is responsible for managing accounts across EMEA and APAC from Fiksu’s London office. As Fiksu’s second-ever international employee, Benjamin is proud to have helped the company significantly grow its global footprint. Benjamin is more than equipped to spearhead Fiksu’s international expansion, having held positions in London, South Africa, and the Czech Republic. That includes time spent at Monster, where he helped to build out the company’s international business, as well as time spent at SAP, which he gained experience with solution sales.
VP of International Client Management, Fiksu
Ilja Goossens Director of Market Development of TUNE
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
Cathy Simpson Event Content Manager of Casual Connect
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
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
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
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
Yuliya manages the Indie Prize Showcase which hosts over 400 development teams each year.
Director, Indie Prize