Advisory Board

The center’s Advisory Board consists of five experienced gaming regulators and legal experts, and advises the Center’s Executive Director on matters of strategic importance.

Mark Lipparelli, MS

Mark Lipparelli is one of the world’s foremost experts on the intersections of gambling, policy, technology, and sports. From 2009 to 2012, he served as a member and chairman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board during a crucial and transformative period — one that encompassed both major financial crises associated with the Great Recession and major opportunities presented during the advent of the internet gaming age. Lipparelli is credited with leading the development of the first set of interactive gaming regulations in the U.S. A current State Senator in the Nevada State Legislature, Lipparelli is founder of Gioco Ventures, LLC and also is the founder of a consulting and advisory firm providing strategic and financial guidance to domestic and international clients ranging from investment advisory firms, national sports league, gaming operators, sports betting entities, and gaming manufacturing companies.

Lipparelli also has extensive gaming industry experience, serving as an executive vice president of operations of Bally Technologies, Inc. as well as executive vice president of Global Gaming Systems. In these roles, he oversaw investor relations, manufacturing, intellectual property, strategic planning, product compliance, human resources, ... and information technology for the company. Prior to Bally Technologies, he served as president of Shuffle Master and other senior executive positions with Casino Data Systems and Camco, Inc. He has served on numerous boards including the Gaming Standards Association, University of Nevada Foundation, and the National Center of Responsible Gaming. Lipparelli holds a master's degree in Economics from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was a graduate of the inaugural class of that university’s prestigious Executive Development Program (EDP). Today, he serves as co-moderator of EDP, and also serves the university system as a founder of the UNLV International Center for Gaming Regulation.

Anthony Cabot, J.D.

Anthony Cabot is one of the world’s foremost experts in virtually every area of gaming law and policy. He has been called "the most reputable gaming attorney in the U.S." by Chambers Global, who adds that he “has practically written the entire library of the subject.” He is a member of the executive committee at Lewis Roca Rothgerber, an AMLAW 100 firm. Cabot also played a leadership role in developing Lionel Sawyer and Collins’ famed gaming law practice. In these roles, he has advised governments and private sector entities in many major gaming jurisdictions in the world, in both the technology and the operations sectors.

Cabot writes prolifically on the subject of gaming law. Most recently, he co-edited Regulating Land-Based Casinos and Regulating Internet Gambling (UNLV Gaming Press), both of which are considered seminal and definitive textbooks on the topic, and are in use by jurisdictions all over the world. He also co-authored The Law of Gambling and Regulated Gaming: Cases and Materials, a 700+-page tome used in the gaming law class at many law schools. He is also a frequent contributor of academic, trade, and policy articles.

In academic circles, Cabot has achieved a strong reputation as the field’s top teacher and researcher. He is the honorary President of the Asia Pacific Association for Gambling Studies, which is the largest academic organization of its kind in Asia. His editorial roles include lead and/or co-editorships of Gaming Law Journal, The Internet Gaming Report, and Gaming Law Review, as well as editorial board roles for International Gambling Studies and Gaming Research & Review. As a longtime adjunct faculty member at the UNLV Boyd School of Law and the UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, Cabot has taught gaming regulation, gaming law, and gaming policy to both on-campus students and global audience of attendees via the UNLV International Gaming Institute’s educational programs. In addition, he has played a pioneering role in creating the field of gaming regulatory studies, serving as a Founder of UNLV’s International Center for Gaming Regulation. He is a founder and past president of the International Masters of Gaming Law, and former general counsel for the International Association of Gaming Attorneys. Cabot has a BA from Cleveland State University and a JD from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University.

Peter Cohen

Peter is Director Regulatory Affairs for The Agenda Group, having joined the company in February 2011.

Peter is the former Executive Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation. As the VCGR's inaugural Executive Commissioner, Peter was responsible for all aspects of gambling regulation in Victoria including oversight of an integrated resort with 2,500 slot machines and 500 gaming tables. In addition, Peter had responsibility for regulating 27,500 slot machines in a statewide distributed network, keno, lotteries, sports betting and parimutuel betting on horse racing.

Peter has provided advice on casino regulatory and licensing issues for the governments and regulators of Queensland and New South Wales in Australia as well as Cambodia, Macau, Singapore and Massachusetts.

Peter is a Trustee of the International Association of Gaming Advisors and was a board member of the International Association of Gaming Regulators for six years, including a period as Chairman in 2009-10.

Peter has been a regular presenter at international casino and gaming conferences including G2E, G2E Asia, the International Gaming Summit presented by IAGA, the annual conference of the International Association of Gaming Regulators and the annual conference of the US National Center for Responsible Gaming.

Peter's main areas of expertise are providing gambling policy advice to governments, negotiating regulatory arrangements between parties such as governments, industry and regulators, recommending improvements in regulatory processes and assisting industry to achieve improved regulatory compliance and to appreciate the importance of implementing social safeguards.

Peter holds a Master's of Science degree and an MBA.

Jenny Williams

Jenny Williams was until late 2015 the CEO and a Commissioner of the Gambling Commission UK. She is now on the Board of the (charitable) Fundraising Regulator, an independent Director on GB Greyhound Regulatory Board, Vice Chair of a leading London homelessness charity and advises internationally on gambling and other regulatory policy and practice.

Jenny was appointed in 2004, after a long career in government, to set up and lead the new national regulatory body for lotteries and commercial gambling created by the Gambling Act 2005. This legalized remote gambling and extended its predecessor Gaming Board’s remit to cover betting and arcades as well as casinos, bingo and slot machines. She led the Commission for the statutory maximum ten year term, a decade during which the Commission took over responsibility for the National Lottery in 2013 and, in 2014, implemented the legislative change from point of supply to point of consumption regulation. This added the 85% of the British remote gambling market supplied by overseas operators to the Gambling Commission’s regulatory remit. She was a trustee of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (chairing its eGambling Working Group) from 2006-2014 and a member of the European Commission Expert Group of gaming regulators from 2012 to 2015.

Before setting up and directing the Gambling Commission Jenny held a variety of policy and project management posts, including a number involved in regulation of utilities and professions. She served as a senior government official in the Inland Revenue, Departments of Transport and the Environment and the Lord Chancellor's Department (now Ministry of Justice). She has a first class economics degree from Cambridge and worked on social policy research at Nuffield College Oxford before joining the civil service. She has been non - executive director of Northumbria Water Plc, of the National Campaign for the Arts and of Morley College, an adult education college.