Mario Galea is well known as one of the original pioneers of online gambling having extensive experience over the last 17 years in both the regulatory and operational sectors.
In 2004, Mario founded, and was the first CEO of, the Lotteries and Gaming Authority in Malta (LGA) which is well known throughout the gaming industry for its Lotteries and Other Games Act. During his tenure, he guided the island to become the world’s central hub of online gambling with a total to date of 200 operators licensed.
In 2013, he was appointed as Chairman of the LGA, embarking on a radical transformation of the LGA – He handed the task to the current team after six months in the helm. In 2013, based on his extensive regulatory experience Mario was selected to advise and assist in the roll-out of online gambling in the US state of New Jersey. In this regard Random Consulting had less than six months to ensure that all aspects of the regulations were in place and every licensed operator went through a rigorous testing procedure.Mario was recognized for his work in the regulatory field, twice being awarded the Regulator of the Year by the European gaming industry and has recently been awarded a Certificate of Achievement from the State of New Jersey. Throughout his consulting career Mario has advised interactive operators, land based casinos, governments, regulators and start-ups and has had several engagements with tribal gaming entities as well as other entities providing technical and support functions to operators. Mario co-founded BellMed which today is one of the largest European datacenters for online gaming.Prior to his career in gaming, he was a consultant at Arthur Andersen and a software developer with a Silicon Valley company.Mario holds several professional qualifications. He is an advisory member of the Gaming Standards Association to advice on technical standards for online gaming (2012). He is an international speaker on the regulation of online gaming and gaming policy.Mario is an engineer by professional and a coder by night.