2017 Winners

Head of Risk/Fraud

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Head of Risk/Fraud, Tania Johannisson, Evolution Gaming

Johannisson built a tailor-made anti-fraud department to cater for Evolution Gaming’s online live dealer casino operation from scratch. Her team monitors the activity of more than 100 casino operators with up to 7,000 concurrent players and approximately 6m bets per day. Johannisson has introduced the most secure blackjack manual multi-deck shuffle procedure and is listed as an innovator of patents filed for several cutting-edge fraud defense mechanisms.

Head of AML/MLRO

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Head of AML/MLRO of the Year, Neil Lambert, William Hill

Lambert, William Hill’s Group MLRO, has been in the gambling industry for 30 years. He is one of the industry’s leading qualified practitioners; not only providing expert internal advice, but also working alongside trade associations and the GAMLG colleagues to develop a proportionate risk based approach at an industry level.

Compliance Officer of the Year

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Compliance Officer of the Year, George McCann, Genting

Genting Casinos is very proud of its compliance function and McCann plays a most fundamental role in the success it achieves. Forward thinking, technically savvy and respected throughout the company, McCann makes successful changes happen.

Chief Compliance Officer of the Year

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Chief Compliance Officer of the Year, Dietmar Hoscher, Casinos Austria

Hoscher, Chief Compliance Office of Casinos Austria, has a solid background and extensive expertise in gambling compliance. He has initiated compliance projects for more than 30 casinos worldwide. Through his leadership, Casinos Austria has received multiple certifications for compliance excellence.

Best Lawyer or Law Firm of the Year


Best Lawyer or Law Firm of the Year, Harris Hagan

Harris Hagan is a specialist gambling law firm in London. It advises many of the world’s largest gambling operators in all areas of land-based and online gambling. Its clients include casinos, bookmakers, manufacturers, online gambling operators (B2B and B2C), games developers, social gaming operators, esports operators, start-ups, investors and governments.

RegTech Provider of the Year

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RechTech Provider of the Year, GeoComply

GeoComply is a global leader in geolocation and anti-fraud solutions. As the iGaming industry’s trusted solutions for location compliance, accuracy and reliability, its proprietary and highly adaptive technology has successfully met and exceeded all the changes put forth by regulators, while reducing costs for iGaming operators.

Compliance Innovator of the Year

Compliance Innovator of the Year, BetConstruct

BetConstruct has developed SFM Detector to reduce the number of suspicious fixed matched all over the world, helping operators fight risky matches and deliver a better player experience.

GambleAware Award for Outstanding Contribution to Responsible Gambling in a Customer-Facing Role

Gambleaware Award For Outstanding Contribution To Responsible Gambling In A Customer-Facing Role, Marise Bonello

A role model for many, Bonello is synonymous to responsible gaming (RG). From the onset, she embarked on a journey intended to help customers in a pro-active way. She is currently reading for a PhD in RG and continues to deliver innovative solutions to the business while keeping customers at the very core of whatever she does.

Most Significant Contribution to Responsible Gambling Research

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Most Significant Contribution to Responsible Gambling Research, Maris Bonello, Kindred, Jeanne David, Amaya

David is a licensed social worker with a Master’s degree in Social Work and Additction Services with more than 25 years’ addiction treatment experience. For more than ten years, she has headed up a dedicated responsible gaming team, which now provides 24/7/265 coverage across all of Amaya’s gaming brands.

In-House Counsel/ Legal Team of the Year

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In-House Counsel/ Legal Team of the Year, Kindred

The Kindred Group legal team is a group of 11 highly dedicated, international professional servicing the group with its expanding territorial coverage and multi-brand strategy. The legal team advice the group in an ultra-complex, highly disruptive and fast-paced legal landscape, retaining an approachable and close to business attitude.

Compliance Lifetime Achievement Award 

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Compliance Lifetime Achievement Award, Roger Parkes, Betway

Parkes’ varied career has led him around the globe in the offline and online sectors and in equal measure as a regulator and in the industry.  He is recognised internationally and respected for his knowledge, professionalism and pragmatism, whether as a regulator, in the industry or speaking at industry events.