The judges information shown below is for the 2023 Awards. This will be updated to the 2024 Awards sponsor information some time in the first half of 2024.

The call for judges for the 2023 Awards is now closed. But if you fit the  eligibility criteria listed at the bottom of this page, and want to be a judge for the IAG Academy IR Awards in 2024, please get in touch directly with Andrew W Scott at [email protected].

Judges were NOT required to be present at the event in Manila on September 13. They just needed to be able to vote some time between 31 August and 9 September 2023, which was very easy to do — it was all done online. We emailed judges a link to the nominee information and the judges voted online using a special link we send them. Judges could therefore vote from anywhere in the world, and they spent as little or as much time as they liked in their deliberations. The system was very successful and we will use the same (or a very similar) system in 2024.

Andrew W Scott

(Judging Panel Chairman)

Vice Chairman and CEO

Inside Asian Gaming

Sérgio de Almeida Correia

ACS Lawyers and Private Notary

Sandy Amida

Senior Director, Casino Operations

Newport World Resorts

Dennis Andreaci

Senior Vice President Casino

Hann Resorts

Ben Blaschke

Managing Editor

Inside Asian Gaming

Harmen Brenninkmeijer

Managing Partner

NYCE International​ Ltd

Andy Caras-Altas


TraffGen Global

Daniel C. Cecilio

General Manager


Pedro Michael M. Cendana IV

Branch Manager

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)

Jerry Chan

SVP of Electronic Gaming & Special Project

Okada Manila

Tony Chan

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director

Asia Pioneer Entertainment (HK:8400)

Greg Chase

Experience Management Thought Leader

Qualtrics/Former Corp. VP @ MGM Resorts International

Michael Cheers

Sales Director- Asia


Nelson Cheung

Systems Sales Manager – Asia


Andy Choy

Managing Director

Choy Consulting Services

Charles M. Choy

Co-Chairman / (Macao) Member of 14th CPPCC National Committee

Macau Beer Company Limited / National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

Dr. Jay Chun


Macau Gaming Equipment Manufacturers Association

Carlo R. Climaco

Vice President for Operations and Regulatory

Premium Leisure Corp

Carlos Eduardo Coelho



Rui José Da Cunha

Lawyer/SJM Resorts Secretary–General

C&C Lawyers/SJM Resorts SA

Rui Pedro Cunha

Director and General Manager

C&C Lawyers

Jeff Evora

President and Chief Operating Officer

Winford Manila Resort and Casino

Scott Fisher

Managing Partner

Convergence Strategy Group

Ashley Fong

Senior Product Planning & Strategy Manager – Asia


Maulin Gandhi


Tangam Systems

Fredric E. Gushin

President and CEO

Spectrum Gaming Group

Maria Victoria M. Gutierrez

Assistant Vice President, Slot Machine Department

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation

Trevor Hammond

Senior Vice President – Gaming & Integrated Resort Operations

NUSTAR Resort & Casino

Ryan Hong-Wai Ho


Centre for Gaming and Tourism Studies, Macao Polytechnic University

Michael Hu

President – Asia Pacific

Interblock Asia Pacific

Dennis Hudson

Senior Director, Table Games

Newport World Resorts

Ian Hughes

CEO APAC & Japan, Chief Commercial Officer GLI

Gaming Laboratories International LLC

Peter Jenkins

Chief Of Staff, Office Of The Ceo

The Star Entertainment Group

Michael Johansen

President – RW@Sea

Resorts World Cruises

Ken Jolly

Managing Director – Asia

Light & Wonder

Sudhir Kalé

Founder & CEO

GamePlan Consultants

Keijiro Kan


Angel Playing Card Manufacturing Kyoto Co., Ltd

Kevin Kelley

Chief Operating Officer – Macau

Galaxy Entertainment Group

Andy Kobel

Senior Vice President – Gaming

Sands China Limited

Herris W. Kocibelli

Founder & Managing Director

HWK Trading Co. Ltd.

Joji Kokuryo

Managing Director

Bay City Ventures Ltd

Lorraine Koo

Corporate Chief Operating Officer

Dowinn Group

Michael Krispli

Vice President – EGM Operations

NUSTAR Resort and Casino

Liviano Lacchia

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Galaxy Entertainment Group

Matthew Lai

Vice President, International Business


Buddy Lam

Executive Vice President – Corporate Office

Galaxy Entertainment Group

Desmond Lam

College Master and Professor

University of Macau

Dr Manida Xongmixay-Lau

Vice President – Business Solutions & Premium Marketing Operations

Okada Manila

Andy Lee

Deputy Director of Operations, StarWorld

Galaxy Entertainment Group

Olivia Lee

Business Development Director

Mega Fortris (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Mike Lei

Secretary General

Macao Association of Young Employee in the Gaming Industry

Gizelle Leong


Okada Manila

Antonio Lobo Vilela


Lobo Vilela Advogado • Lawyer

Shigeki Machida

Managing Director

Matsui Asia Ltd

Atty. Walter L. Mactal

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal & Administrative Officer

Newport World Resorts, Philippines

Jeff Mann

Marketing Director


Jonathan Mazurek

Assistant Senior Vice President

Galaxy Entertainment Group

Shaun McCamley

Founder & Managing Partner

Euro Pacific Asia Consulting Ltd

Greg Meares

Vice President, Engineering and Facilities

MGM China

Jenilyn Merza

Assistant Vice President – Table Games Operations

Okada Manila

Scott Messinger

Vice President of Brand Marketing

Benchmark Solutions

Niall Murray


Murray International (Macau) Co. Ltd.

Jamie Nettleton



Herman Ng

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Asia Pioneer Entertainment Holdings Limited

Wendy Ni

Vice President of Strategic Marketing

Okada Manila

Ma. Vina Claudette Oca

Assistant Vice President

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR)

Baybars Oral

SVP of Casino Operations

Marina Bay Sands

Joe Pisano

Founder and CEO

Jade Group of Companies

Rui Pinto Proença



Lloyd Robson

General Manager, Asia


Chris Rogers

Founder & CEO

113 East Limited

Trevor Ross

Sales Director – Asia

Light and Wonder

Joe Sam

AVP – Loyalty, CRM, Promotion & Events

Okada Manila

Robert Scott

Vice President – Hotel Operations

Okada Manila

Charles Seo

Senior Director Product Management – APAC


Tim Shepherd

Senior Partner

Fortuna Investments

Chen Si


Mohegan Inspire Entertainment Resort

Paul Simmons


Platinum Entertainment Limited

Ángel Sueiro

COO, Chief Operations Officer

PH Resorts

Kel Telford

Consultant – Technology (Integrated Resorts)

Alan Teo

Chief Operating Officer

NUSTAR Resort & Casino

Francis Valenzuela IV

Account Manager – Philippines


Rutger Verschuren

Area Vice President – Macau Operations

Artyzen Hospitality Group

Raymond Voon

Senior Vice President – Customer Services

Galaxy Entertainment Group

Samuel Wilson


TKHS Holdings

Linda Wong

Vice President, Public Relations

Galaxy Entertainment Group

Ian Wood

Business Development Manager

Synectics Systems (Asia) Ltd.

Raymond Yap

Senior Director, Integrated Resort Services, Corporate Officer

Galaxy Entertainment Group

Betty Zhao

Chief Operating Officer

LT Game

Michael Zhu


Apple Brook Colorado LLC


Any person who fulfils the following criteria will be eligible to join the judging panel for the IAG Academy IR Awards:

  1. Judges must have a minimum of 10 years IR industry experience:
    1. At an integrated resort (IR) or legal land-based gaming operator in a gaming or non-gaming function, or
    2. At a manufacturer, vendor or supplier selling goods or services to IRs or legal land-based gaming operators in Asia (either directly or further back in the supply chain), with those sales representing a significant part of their or their employer’s business, or
    3. As an accountant, academic, analyst, banker, consultant, financier, government official, investor, lawyer, politician, regulator, researcher, trainer or other professional with a significant part of their or their employer’s work or business relating to the IR or legal land-based gaming industry, or
    4. At a non-IR hospitality or other business typically found in integrated resorts such as a hotel, F&B outlet, retail outlet, and so on, but with a minimum of two years direct IR industry experience.
  2. At least 5 years’ experience must be in the Asia-Pacific region (from the middle east to the International Date Line inclusive).
  3. If no longer employed in the industry, and the judge or potential judge has been out of the industry for five years or more, they must self-declare that they take a continuing and active interest in the APAC IR industry.

In the event of any dispute on the eligibility of judges, the decision of the Chairman of the Judging Panel is final.


  • Judges shall not be eligible to vote in categories in which they or their employer are nominated, or any other conflict of interest exists. In the event of any dispute in relation to such conflicts of interest, the decision of the Chairman of the Judging Panel is final.
  • Judges are not required to vote in any category in which they do not believe they are qualified to pass judgement.