Andrew W Scott (Judging Panel Chairman), CEO, Inside Asian Gaming
Born in Australia, Andrew is a gaming industry expert and media publisher, commentator and journalist who moved to Hong Kong in 2005 and then Macau in 2009, when he founded O MEDIA, one of Macau’s largest media companies.
O MEDIA’s flagship asset is Inside Asian Gaming (IAG), which was founded in 2005 and is the premier B2B media brand covering the Asian integrated resort, entertainment and gaming industry. IAG also produces business and social events and has a consulting business. IAG launched IAG Japan in January 2019 to cover the burgeoning IR industry in Japan.
IAG publishes a daily email newsletter titled IAG Breakfast Briefing every weekday in English, traditional Chinese and Japanese, and a monthly magazine in two bilingual versions: English with Chinese, and English with Japanese.
O MEDIA also owns a range of other B2C and B2B digital and print media products across numerous channels including print, websites, social media platforms, cloud readers, eDMs and more.
Andrew is very active in the local Macau community and was the 2014 Macau Person of the Year.
He has been a high stakes poker player, professional blackjack player and educator, and a poker tournament television commentator. This afforded him vast casino experience in Macau and across Asia, Las Vegas and across North America, Australia and worldwide, visiting over 200 casinos in the last 33 years. He changed his main focus to media in 2005 and is an expert casino and gaming industry commentator, regularly appearing on national television in Macau and Australia to discuss the gaming industry.
He is Vice Chairman of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Macau, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, a permanent member of the Macau Gaming Management Association and President of the Macau Taxi Passengers Association. He is also a member of the International Federation of Journalists, the Portuguese and English Press Association of Macau and the Poker Tournament Directors Association.
Andrew completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Australia in 1993 and a Master of Science (International Integrated Resort Management) at the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Macau in 2019.
Ben Blaschke, Managing Editor, Inside Asian Gaming
Ben began his career as a sports journalist in Sydney in 1999 before his interest was piqued by the TV 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 Ben learnt that a midday 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 he was offered the opportunity to immerse himself in Asia’s gaming hub as Managing Editor of WGM in early 2013, he didn’t hesitate.
Ben has since added IAG (as well as daily industry e-newsletter IAG Breakfast Briefing, luxury magazine High Life and South China Elite) to his list of responsibilities, allowing him to delve even further into this incredibly fascinating industry.
Muhammad Cohen, Editor-at-Large, Inside Asian Gaming
Muhammad Cohen has been covering business in Asia since 1995, focusing on the casino business for the past decade. 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 a diplomat and city planner help him place gaming policies, 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 that may be incredibly accurate but also multi-dimensional.
PROF. Davis Fong, Director, Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming, University of Macau
Dr Davis Fong is the Director of Institute for the Study of Commercial Gaming as well as Professor of International Integrated Resort Management at the University of Macau. Professor Fong has been responsible for more than 40 gambling and tourism related research projects for the Macao SAR Government.
He has been appointed by the Government as a Consultant of Economic Development Committee since 2017, as a member of Talents Development Committee since 2014 and Consultative Committee of Statistics, MSAR since 2015 (UM Representative). Professor Fong was appointed by the Chief Executive as a Deputy of the sixth Legislative Assembly of Macao (2017~2021).
David Green is founder and Chairman of Newpage Consulting, a company he established in Macau early in 2010. Previously he was Director of the Gaming Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers (Macau) Limitada. An Australian citizen, he is also a Permanent Resident of Macau. He retired as a Partner of PwC in 2004, but rejoined in 2005 to assist in the further development of the firm’s presence in the Asian gaming industry.
He lived in Macau for more than 14 years and worked with the SAR Government in relation to the liberalization and regulation of the casino industry.
David is both a qualified lawyer and accountant, with considerable experience in gaming, including seven years (1995 to 2002) as a member and Chairman of the Independent Gambling Authority of South Australia, which regulates the Adelaide casino, bookmaking, community-based machine games, sports betting and racing industries. He is a former Commissioner for Consumer Affairs in South Australia, in which capacity he represented the state in negotiations for Australia’s new Competition Law. He currently serves as a non-Executive Director with ASX-listed Donaco International, which conducts gaming and associated operations in Vietnam and Cambodia.
David holds a Masters degree in Law from the University of Melbourne, an MBA with Honours from IMD, Lausanne, and a Commerce degree, also from the University of Melbourne. He was admitted to legal practice in Australia in 1977.
Constance Hsu, Chief Operating Officer, Jin Bei Group
Ms. Constance Hsu has over 10 years of direct involvement in a broad set of gaming industry disciplines.
Ms Hsu had been with Mocha since it began in 2003, starting out as a financial controller and rising through management ranks quickly to become chief administrative officer. There, she oversaw finance, treasury, audit, legal compliance, procurement and human resources.
In 2008, she was named president of Mocha, becoming one of only a handful of women to rise to the executive ranks in Macau’s gaming industry.
From December 2013 to January 2017, Ms. Hsu served as the general manager of Altira Macau, Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited’s first casino in Macau.
In September 2019 she began a new role as Group Chief Operating Officer of Jin Bei Group, which owns and operates Jin Bei Casino & Hotel in Cambodia – one of Sihanoukville’s largest integrated resort developments at seven storeys tall and covering 16,500 square meters.
Ms. Hsu is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
In 2011, Ms. Hsu was honoured with the award of Inspiration of the Year at the Women in Gaming Awards held in London.
Ms. Hsu graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Seattle University, a master’s degree in business administration from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a doctorate degree in economics from Beijing Normal University.
Desmond Lam, Professor in Integrated Resort and Tourism Management, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Macau
Professor Desmond Lam is a life member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. He has been one of the judges for the International Gaming Awards (London) since 2008 and an academic affairs advisor to the Macau Gaming Management Association since 2012. He has written and presented extensively on gaming-related issues and his articles are featured in premier trade publications. Desmond is author of the book Chopsticks and Gambling, which examines the little-known world of Chinese gambling from historical, cultural, psychological and social perspectives.
He is the recipient of several research and industry awards including the Cambridge Clare Hall Fellowship and the Emerging Leader trophy at the 2016 Asia Gaming Awards.
Desmond has lectured in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and Malaysia. He has conducted numerous university courses and executive workshops in gaming, tourism and hospitality.
Rui Pinto Proença, Corporate and Gaming Practice Partner, MdME Lawyers Private Notary
Rui specializes in corporate mergers and acquisitions, heading MdME’s practice in those areas. He regularly acts on mergers, 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 compliance and strategic advice at a board level.
Rui often advises issuers with Macau interests in relation to listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. He is a key contact in MdME’s gaming industry practice, where he provides corporate and regulatory assistance to junket operators, gaming equipment manufacturers, service providers and gaming concessionaire’s 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.
Michael Zhu, SVP, International Operations Planning & Analysis, The Innovation Group
With nearly 20 years of experience in the gaming, leisure and hospitality industries, Michael Zhu joined The Innovation Group in 2014 where he applies a comprehensive analytical skill set while exploiting his unique cultural context and leveraging his in-depth development and operational experience in the related sectors.
Michael is Vice Chairman of the Macau Gaming Information Association (MGIA).
His main focus with The Innovation Group is on mid and large-scale IR development and operations in the US, Asia-Pacific and European markets. Michael also expanded his horizons during the GFC as a Leadership Development Associate with Las Vegas Sands Corporation, where he oversaw a broad array of projects to establish and enhance financial planning and analysis for the opening of numerous Sands China integrated resorts in Macau and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore among others.
He holds a Master of Business Administration in Hospitality Management from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Peking University in China.
He was a Fellow of the United States National Committee on US-China Relations in Washington DC and of the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.