President - IFSG
John Loffhagen trained and qualified as a lawyer in the City of London where he spent 8 years practising corporate and commercial law. In 1998, John joined IMG in London, becoming the head of legal for EMEA in 2000. Having spent his early years at IMG working on acquisitions/joint ventures in a number of sectors including football and entertainment, John was one of the principal IMG executives involved in the establishment of The Indian Premier League T20 cricket and Indian Super League football tournaments. The role involved preparation of all rules, regulations and the governance structure relating to these events. John currently consults to IMG as regards the IPL and IMG’s India business generally, he has also joined UK law firm Onside Law as a consultant.
As the President of IFSG, amongst other initiatives, John will also work towards creating a standard set of practices for sports gaming operators and other stakeholders while protecting users interests.
Chairman - IFSGCEO & Co-Founder, Dream11
IFSG aims to create a thriving ecosystem for users & operators by laying guidelines for a common set of practices. As the Chairman of IFSG, Harsh will lead a unified Indian Sports Gaming industry to work with key stakeholders and policymakers and create a regulatory framework while setting standards of operation to safeguard operator and user interests.
Harsh is also the CEO & Co-Founder of Dream11, India’s Biggest Sports Game with 3 crore+ users. A lifelong Manchester United, Mumbai Indians and Indian Cricket Team fan, Harsh completed his engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Columbia Business School. Bringing together his love for sports, gaming and technology, Harsh pioneered freemium fantasy sports in India in 2012 and is focused on redefining the way Indians engage with sports. Dream11 is the second venture for Harsh, having previously launched and successfully led the acquisition of his social media agency Red Digital.
Advisor - IFSG
Amrit Mathur is an Advisor to IFSG (India Federation of Sports Gaming). Amrit has over 30 years of experience in senior management positions across sports federations, authorities, corporate entities, the Government and media. Amrit started his career as Secretary Railway Sports Board in 1988 and was responsible for formulating sports policy in Indian Railways. In 1996 he took up the role of Secretary Sports Authority of India (SAI) Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and headed a team tasked to implement sports plans & schemes of the Government of India. Between 2006 and 2008, Amrit was Executive Director with Commonwealth Games, Delhi and was part of the Chairman’s Secretariat and coordinated the Pune Youth Games. From 2008 to 2012, Amrit became the Chief Operating Officer, Delhi Daredevils and was responsible for cricket and commercial results of the Delhi franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Amrit was also Adviser, Ministry of Sports, Government of India, between 2013 and 2015, formulating the Target Olympic Podium (TOP) Scheme, the flagship programme of the Government to support excellence and win medals at the Olympics. In addition to the above experience, Amrit is also Member National Sports Committee of CII & FICCI, Vice President, Professional Golf Association of India, cricket columnist for leading national dailies/magazines since 1980 and also writes a weekly cricket column for Hindustan Times. He also had a long association with the BCCI, beginning in 1988.
Advisor - IFSG
Prof. Shetty was the Chief Administrative Officer of BCCI until recently. He is one of the longest-serving BCCI administrators. He has been active with the Mumbai Cricket Association for several decades. He started in 1990 served as managing committee member until 1994 and worked as tournament secretary during that period. He was elected joint honorary secretary four times and was elected unopposed honorary treasurer in 2005. Later he took over as chief administrative officer of the BCCI and became Indian cricket’s first paid official at the highest level.
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