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.
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