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Ben began his career as a sports journalist
in Sydney in 1999 before his interest was
piqued by the growing number of poker
shows that frequented the airwaves late at
night. He soon found himself not only playing the game but writing
about it too – taking on the role of Editor for
PokerNews Australasia
and subsequently visiting Macau for the very first time in 2008. It
was during this trip that Ben learnt amidday walk from his base at
the old Grand Waldo to Cotai’s only integrated resort at the time,
the Venetian, was a shockingly bad idea. Nevertheless, when hewas
offered the opportunity to immerse himself inAsia’s gaming hub as
Managing Editor of
in early 2013, he didn’t hesitate. Ben has
since added
to his list of responsibilities, allowing him to delve
even further into this incredibly fascinating industry.
Muhammad Cohen has been covering
business inAsia since 1995 and focusedon
thecasinobusiness forthepastdecade.He’s
interviewed gaming’s best and brightest,
been publicly upbraided (at least once, unjustly) by them and in
turn has keenly assessed what they’ve produced. His experience as
adiplomat and city planner helphimplace gamingpolicies, projects
and destinations in the broader urban and geopolitical context
of Asia’s increasingly complex web of competing domestic and
international interests and imperatives. As a former baseball writer,
working with some of the game’s top statistical analysts, he brings
a keen appreciation of the power and limits of numbers to paint a
picture thatmay be incredibly accurate but alsomulti-dimensional.
Faculty of BusinessAdministration,
University ofMacau
Professor Desmond Lam is a life member of Clare Hall, University
of Cambridge. He has been one of the judges for the International
GamingAwards (London) since2008andanacademicaffairsadvisor
to theMacau GamingManagement Association since 2012. He has
written and presented extensively on gaming-related issues and his
articles are featured inpremier tradepublications.Desmond is author
of the book
Chopsticks andGambling
, which examines the little-known
world of Chinese gambling from historical, cultural, psychological
and social perspectives. He is the recipient of several research and
industryawards including theCambridgeClareHallFellowshipand the
EmergingLeader trophyat the2016AsiaGamingAwards. Throughout
his career,Desmondhas lectured inAustralia, Singapore,HongKong,
Macau andMalaysia.Hehas conductednumerousuniversity courses
andexecutiveworkshops ingaming, tourismandhospitality.
Rui specializes in corporate and inmergers
and acquisitions, headingMdME’s practice
in thoseareas.He regularlyactsonmergers,
acquisitions and other corporate transactions, boasting an enviable
track record across a range of different industries. He also advises
corporations, financial institutions and private equity funds on a
broad variety of corporate matters, including restructurings, debt
issuance, regulatory complianceandstrategicadviseat aboard level.
Rui often advises issuers withMacau interests in relation to listings
on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He is a key contact inMdME’s
gaming industrypractice,whereheprovidescorporateand regulatory
assistance to junket operators, gaming equipment manufacturers,
service providers and gaming concessionaires’ equity holders. He
also integrates the company’s insurance industry panel of experts
regularly advising a number of sector players at transactional,
contractual and regulatory levels.
Headof Consumer
Based inHong Kong, Aaron Fischer joined
CLSA in 2005 and is the regional head of
consumer and gaming research. He was
ranked No 2 Best Consumer Analyst by
Institutional Investor Asia
in 2010-2013 andNo 1 Best Hong Kong Analyst by
TheWall Street
in 2012. Aaron has been covering the Asian gamingmarket
closely forover 12yearswithaparticular focusonMacau,Singapore,
the Philippines and Japan. He has written a number of in-depth
gaming and tourism industry research reports and participated in
most of gaming IPOs in Asia. Prior to this, Aaron spent five years
in LondonwithGoldmanSachs as a consumer analyst with a focus
on luxury goods. He previously worked at Arthur Andersen for five
years as a charteredaccountant beforemoving into research. Aaron
holds a BCom degree from the University of Melbourne and is a
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