IAGA Officers
As the Executive Committee of the International Association of Gaming Advisors,
IAGA OFFICERS are elected by the Board of Trustees and serve one year terms. IAGA Officers provide the organization's strategic direction and ensure that all objectives of Association are accomplished through IAGA's annual initiatives and event.


IAGA PRESIDENT JOHN STAWYSKYJ is a recognized leader in hotel and gaming law and is responsible for the Ashurst's gaming practice.  John is experienced in all aspects of land based and internet gaming issues, commercial transactions involving the gaming industry, including acquisitions, disposals, joint venture arrangements, development projects, leasing, financing arrangements, regulatory issues and drafting of management and operating agreements for gaming operations.  John has had extensive experience in advising on interactive and online gambling services, SMS betting competitions and other internet gaming activities.  His practice has involved work in Australia and across Asia Pacific.  John is also a member of the Board of the International Association of Gaming Advisors.

Sector Head Hotels Leisure and Gaming, Ashurst Australia
5 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
Direct: +61 2 9258 6567

IAGA VICE PRESIDENT JEFF BARBIN of Phelps Dunbar practices in business and finance with an emphasis on business transactional and regulatory matters, specifically focusing on gaming transactions requiring local gaming regulatory approvals and other complex transactional and regulatory matters, often working closely with the firm’s gaming lawyers in Mississippi to achieve efficiencies for the client in both jurisdictions. In this context, he has represented casino operators, management, investors, lenders, manufacturers and other vendors in their Louisiana gaming regulatory matters.

Partner, Phelps Dunbar
400 Convention Street, Suite 1100, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Direct: +1 225 376 0243

IAGA SECRETARY HARPER KO was most recently Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary for Penn National Gaming where she was responsible for all legal matters for Penn, including commercial transactions, litigation matters, corporate governance and securities law and gaming regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Penn, Harper was the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer – General Counsel and Secretary of Everi Holdings, Inc., where she helped guide the former Global Cash Access through its ongoing transition to a full-service casino gaming equipment and payment solutions provider.

Direct: +1.610.401.2936


IAGA TREASURER WILLIAM DOWNEY is Co-chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck's Gaming group, Bill Downey has built a reputation as one of the most respected attorneys in the gaming industry. With more than 25 years of experience in the Atlantic City and Pennsylvania markets, Bill has been counseling mid-Atlantic casinos and other participants in the casino and hospitality industries on the regulatory, corporate and real estate aspects of their ventures. He has extensive experience in the prosecution of license applications before regulatory bodies, operational issues and financing transactions. His unique combination of experience in these areas is beneficial as European companies look to expand and partner with companies in the U.S. Specifically, Bill’s practice includes guiding clients through business transactions, including regulation, acquisitions and dispositions, real estate, corporate and real estate finance, venture structure and entity formation and governance.

Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
650 New Road, Suite C, Linwood, New Jersey 08221
Direct: +1 609 916 5745


IAGA ASSISTANT TREASURER SANTIAGO ASENSI is Managing Partner of Asensi Abogados, a gaming and gambling law firm with offices in Spain and Colombia. Asensi provides legal advice to a large number of bookmakers, poker, casino, bingo and skill games operators, software providers, slot suppliers with interests located in Spain and Latin America as well as to gaming jurisdictions. Asensi Abogados was the official advisor of Coljuegos (the Colombian regulator) in the development of the first regulation for online gambling in Latin America.

Managing Partner, Asensi Abogados
Avenida Jaime III, 1, Primera Planta
07012 Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, Spain
Direct: +34 971909219


IAGA GENERAL COUNSEL BAHAR ALAEDDINI is a Partner with Harris Hagan in London. Specialising in all aspects of online and land-based gambling law, Bahar is ranked in the UK and global legal directories and recognised “at the top of her profession”. She advises many of the world’s largest online and land-based gambling businesses (B2C and B2B), as well as many start-ups, investors and leading law firms. Bahar has extensive gambling law, regulatory and licensing experience having advised major international clients on matters ranging from license applications, compliance investigations and license reviews to cross-border M&A transactions, investor disclosure and complex group restructuring. She also acts as the Contributing Editor of global publications on gambling law for Chambers, The Legal 500 and Thomson Reuters Practical Law.

Partner, Harris Hagan
6 Snow Hill, London EC1A 2AY United Kingdom
+44 020 7002 7643


IAGA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KIRSTEN CLARK has over 20 years global gaming industry experience. Prior to joining IAGA as Executive Director, she was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer­-Asia, for Gaming Partners International (Formerly NASDAQ: GPIC, now part of Angel Group) were she was instrumental in expanding the company’s day-to-day business operations throughout Asia and the pacific rim while simultaneously overseeing GPI’s global marketing and product management divisions. Her gaming industry experience also includes extensive strategic marketing, public relations and events management experience for Shuffle Master, Inc. (previously NASDAQ: SHFL, now part of Light and Wonder) where she served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing for several years, working directly with executive management on numerous global acquisitions and shaped the company’s corporate and strategic messages across all channels and stakeholders.

P.O. Box 92495 • Henderson, NV 89009
Direct: +1 702 354 1057