SBC Summit Barcelona: Meet the Keynotes

SBC Summit Barcelona: Meet the Keynotes

SBC Summit Barcelona 2023’s conference agenda and speaker line-up is astonishing. With 450 top level speakers from across the entire industry spectrum delivering 80 hours of content across eight conference rooms, the opportunity to access this level of knowledge and expertise is without equal anywhere in the world.

Despite this plethora of high-flyers, visitors’ eyes are inevitably first drawn to the keynotes. These are the industry ‘celebrities’, the ‘top of the bill’ types, and as ever, the SBC team has delivered the stardust…

Dan Taylor – Co-creating the Flutter Edge – Insights from Flutter International’s CEO

Dan Taylor is Flutter International’s CEO and has been a key member of the company’s executive committee for the past eight years. He leads the business in over 30 regulated or regulating jurisdictions across five continents. Dan is responsible for the Adjarabet, Betfair, Junglee Games, PokerStars and Sisal brands across markets with around 10,000 employees and revenue in excess of £2bn, having shaped the business through a series of mergers and acquisitions.

He was previously CEO for Paddy Power Betfair with responsibility for the Betfair and Paddy Power brands across all markets, having joined Paddy Power in 2015.

Dan has a degree in Economics from Cambridge University and is a keen cyclist and is married with three young children who successfully keep him busy outside of work!

In his exclusive keynote, Dan will share insights from his career leading divisions and building brands at the world’s largest betting and gaming company.

He will reveal how the ‘Flutter Edge’ gives his local brands a competitive advantage by leveraging the wider Group’s global scale. Dan has helped Flutter secure podium positions in exciting markets like Italy, India and Brazil, and will discuss the opportunities and challenges of operating in such places, drawing on his experience to inspire you to unlock your own ‘edge’ in the sports betting and gaming landscape.

Frank Abagnale Jr. – Cybercrime, Identity Theft and Scams

Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected cybersecurity experts and fraud prevention specialists. For over 40 years he has lectured to and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world. He has published four books and lectures at the FBI Academy. He is a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center, operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for US Attorneys.

In the 1970s, Frank gained notoriety by claiming a diverse range of workplace frauds. In 1980, he co-wrote his autobiography, Catch Me If You Can, inspiring the movie of the same name. He is said to have worked as an Assistant State Attorney General in Louisiana, a hospital physician in Georgia and a PanAm airline pilot who logged over two million air miles using the procedure known as ‘deadheading’.

Commenting on the movie, Frank has said: “I know that Hollywood made a number of changes to the story, but I am honoured that Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks participated in the making of the movie inspired by my life. It is important to understand that it is just a movie and not a biographical documentary!”

In his keynote, Frank will take his audience behind the scenes to reveal how simple strategies can thwart today’s cyber criminals. He will emphasise the importance of safeguarding your players in today’s ever-increasing fraud landscape.

With vivid examples packed with practical takeaways, Abagnale’s entertaining and informative session explains how identity thieves work and why passwords alone won’t keep bettors safe.

According to Tom Hanks himself, “Abagnale’s lecture may be the best one man show you will ever see!”

Matthew Ball – The Metaverse

Matthew Ball is an entrepreneur, angel investor, film, television and video game producer and international best-selling author of The Metaverse: And How it Will Revolutionise Everything.

In addition, he is Managing Partner of EpyllionCo, Venture Partner at gaming investment fund, Makers Fund, Industry Advisor to private equity giant KKR and co-founder of Ball Metaverse Research Partners, which creates and maintains the index behind the world’s first Metaverse ETF, the NYSE-listed Roundhill Ball Metaverse ETF (Ticker: $METV).

Matthew is also an advisor to start-ups such as Dapper Labs and The Athletic.

From 2016 to 2018, he served as Global Head of Strategy for Amazon Studios, prior to which he was a Director at Otter Media, a digital media investment company founded by News Corp COO and 20th Century Fox CEO, Peter Chernin. He was also an executive at Accenture Strategy.

As an editorial contributor, Matthew has written for the New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, as well as the BBC, CNN, CNBC and others.

He divides his time between homes in New York, Toronto and Miami.  

In his keynote, Matthew will explore the future of the Metaverse and emerging technologies, showcasing its potential to revolutionise the gambling industry with innovative engagement and monetisation.

Drawing on his expertise, he will discuss how augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) unlock transformative gaming experiences, inviting attendees to envision a dynamic and interconnected future where the industry thrives within the digital landscape.

Author: Charles Howard