Lisa Cosmas Hanson is the Managing Partner and Founder of Niko Partners, a market research and consulting firm covering the Asia games market and its consumers. Her responsibility includes client relations, research & analysis, business development, operations, and partnerships. Lisa founded Niko Partners in 2002 and has since honed her expertise on the Chinese and Southeast Asian online games industries that has benefitted Niko’s clients, companies that are global leaders in game publishing, game services, hardware, and investments. Prior to founding Niko, she served as Lead Strategist at Viant, and as Director, Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker and Senior Analyst, Asia Pacific at IDC Research. Lisa began her career as Equity Analyst at Marusan Securities in Tokyo.
Lisa's media appearances include The New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Reuters, BBC, Bloomberg, Financial Times, and Dow Jones, among others. She is based in the US but travels to Asia regularly.
Managing Partner & Founder
LISA COSMAS HANSON
Anantha Duraiappah took the position as inaugural Director of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) based in New Delhi, India in 2014. A science-policy pacesetter, with over 34 years’ experience,
Anantha plays a key role in positioning UNESCO MGIEP as a leading global research institute on education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship. In working towards making education inclusive, immersive and interactive across formal, nonformal
and informal systems, Anantha is driven by his own personal experience as the father of a dyslexic child and someone who himself didn’t start talking until he was six years old.
Anantha received his PhD in economics, specialising in mathematical and computational modelling from the University of Texas in Austin, USA. He has authored numerous peer-reviewed books and journal articles and presently sits on the editorial boards of a
number of international peer reviewed journals. He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences (WAAS), a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and a visiting Professor at the University Of Tokyo, Japan.
In his current role at UNESCO MGIEP, Anantha has played a key role in building multidisciplinary teams and positioning the Institute as a science based research centre for building social & emotional learning for Education 2030. He initiated the design and implementation of a unique social and emotional learning based curricula on Global Citizenship across 10 countries, on MGIEP’s indigenously developed artificial intelligence powered learning platform, FramerSpace. Anantha was also instrumental in establishing a Knowledge Partnership with the State Government of Andhra Pradesh, India, which through a legislative act notified the allocation of 100 acres of land and 37 million USD seed-funding for the creation of the Intelligent Global Hub for Digital Pedagogies – an innovative education technology ecosystem. Further, he institutionalised the Transforming Education Conference of Humanity (TECH) – now in its third edition – as the first conference on digital pedagogies for building peaceful and sustainable societies – attended by over 1,700 delegates from over 70 countries in its first year.
The youth network set up under his guidance as the inaugural Director of the Institute, has been recognised by UNESCO’s Global Action Plan on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP) as a flagship global youth network, impacting over 15,000 youth around the world.
In his previous post at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), he initiated and played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). He was the Co-Chair of the Biodiversity Synthesis Group of theMillennium Ecosystem Assessment and founding director of theInclusive Wealth
Report released at the Rio+20 Summit in 2012.
Dr. Duraiappah continues to focus on strengthening the science-policy guide in Education by researching and furthering the Institute’s work on how the neurosciences of learning can contribute to developing emotional & intellectual intelligence in learners, through innovative digital pedagogies.
Tina Amini is the Editor-in-Chief of Games at IGN. She was born and raised in NYC, where she studied media and communication at NYU and started her career in video game journalism. Her 10 years of experience in the field spans both print and digital, and mainstream and enthusiast press coverage. She now resides in San Francisco where she can often be found curled up with her cat and Switch.
Editor-in-Chief of Games
Gregory Milken, Managing Director at March Capital Partners, leads investments
in digital media, gaming and esports. He has led investments into game
developers including Knock Knock focused on frictionless gaming in chat
platforms and Nifty Games which is creating head to head mobile sports games.
In addition, Gregory has invested in broadcasting solution Genvid Technologies,
esports company Immortals Gaming Club and social interactive storytelling
Gregory is also an active angel investor supporting his interests with investments
in Viagogo, Small Giant Games (acquired by Zynga) and Ateyo.
Gregory has over 20 years of global entrepreneurial and operational experience.
He was the co-founder and COO of AltEgo, a cloud-based technology and gaming
company. Prior to his work in technology, he was SVP, Strategy and Operations
for Knowledge Universe Education. He has worked in new business development
at Warner Bros. in Hong Kong and London, and at Twentieth Century Fox.
Actively involved in philanthropy, Gregory currently serves on the Board of
Overseers for University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and also
serves on the boards of the Milken Institute, the Milken Family Foundation and
the Gregory and EJ Milken Foundation
Gregory received his M.B.A. and an M.A. in International Policy Studies from
Stanford University, as well as a B.A. in Asian Studies, and a B.A. in International
Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.
March Capital Partners
David started his career in computers at the age of 13 when he used his paper route
savings to purchase an Apple II computer in 1978. Immediately convinced he had found
his professional calling he completed his high school education 2 years early and started
programming and working full time as a computer salesman and installation engineer.
Soon after consulting for Atari’s new home computer division in 1981 he met Trip Hawkins
who was starting Electronic Arts. EA was a classic Silicon Valley startup funded by
Sequoia, Klieiner Perkins and Sevin Rosen David joined the startup team behind EA as
the 11th employee in 1982 and went on to found the European business unit in 1986 and
lead the unit from 1995 where he grew it to $1B in gross revenue and 1200 employees.
David became part of the global management team based in California in 2004 after the
European success. His expanded responsibility included international growth into Asia
and he was responsible for nearly half of the company’s annual revenue when he
departed in 2007 to return with his family to live in Europe.
David became CEO of Atari S.A. to complete a childhood dream of running the most
famous name in computer games. The turnaround objective was marked by the
successful sale of Atari’s physical distribution company, the privatisation of the US public
entity and the purchase of Cryptic studios which delivered the majority of the company
revenue and R&D spending into the new digital economy.
David is an active private pilot. In 2007 he was awarded an OBE on Her Majesty’s
birthday honours list for services to British business.
Co-founder & General Partner
London Venture Partners
Eric is a 35-year veteran of the game, mobile, consumer internet, social media, monetisation, and edtech industries, serving in capacities ranging from game designer to executive. Since 2004, Eric's advisory & board affiliations include Art+Craft, AT&T, Bandai Namco, FremantleMedia, EA, Goldman Sachs, Pixelberry, Playable Worlds, Playdom, PlaySpan, StoryToys, and three US venture capital firms.
Gary Whitta is the former Editor-in-Chief of PC Gamer magazine and now an award-winning screenwriter best known for the explosive post-apocalyptic thriller The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington, and as co-writer of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He also co-wrote the Will Smith sci-fi adventure After Earth, and was writer and story consultant on Telltale Games' The Walking Dead, for which he was the co-recipient of a BAFTA award for Best Story.
Most recently he served as writer on the animated TV series Star Wars Rebels. He also wrote the film adaptations of the Mark Millar comic Starlight and David Petersen's Mouse Guard for 20th Century Fox, and the David Fisher book The War Magician for StudioCanal and Benedict Cumberbatch. He recently adapted The Last Jedi for Marvel Comics. His first novel, Abomination, is now available, and his original 12-part Image Comics series Oliver is currently in publication.
Born and raised in London, England, Gary currently lives with his wife and daughter in San Francisco.