Get to know our panel speakers

  • By: gibraltar
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  • Posted: May 26, 2017

Less than a week to go to our launch event! We’re crossing the “t”s and dotting the “i”s and it’s high time we talked about the four accomplished, talented and inspirational leaders that are part of our panel. They will be joining us to explore and discuss topics like: the existence of a relationship between high performance and gender diversity, ways to motivate women to present an interest in technical roles and gender representation in senior roles.

The panel is comprised of Adriana Gascoine (CEO and founder of Girls in Tech Global), Alex Biet (Founder of Future Day Startup Incubator and Gibraltar Startup Community), Shelly Suter-Hadad (COO and Managing Director of Mansion Gibraltar) and Shimon Akad (COO Playtech).

Let’s do the proper introductions:

  Adriana Gascoine is the Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization devoted to empowering, educating and mentoring women in the tech industry across over 60 chapters internationally. She is also a partner at Founders Den in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district.

No stranger to growing brands and building amazing companies, Adriana has also served in executive roles at Ogilvy & Mather, hi5, Interpublic Group of Companies and SecondMarket, the largest secondary trading platform, where she was responsible for branding strategy, event production and digital media efforts.

In addition to working with technology start-ups like Indiegogo, Social Gaming Network (SGN), Algentis,, Involver (Google), RxMatch, QwikCart,, ImpulseFlyer and GUBA, Adriana has served as a strategic advisor for companies like NexTravel, StartupStockExchange, Numiyo Technologies, Palindrome Advisors, CharityBlossom, Pick1. She is also on the advisory boards for Nailbot, and Roost.

Adriana holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Economics from the University of California at Davis, received a certification from El Tecnologico de Monterrey in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and participated in Semester at Sea, University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Adriana is also fluent in Spanish.


 Alex Biet is the Founder of the Future Day online startup incubator and the Gibraltar Startup Community. Over the past 10 years, he built various internet businesses and was involved in building more than 100 digital products. Alex and his team provides mentorship and consulting for talented founders and entrepreneurs in order to help them build and grow their startup companies.




  Shelly Suter-Hadad, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Mansion Gibraltar Ltd, has spent the past 9 years leading Mansion forward and driving significant change within the company. With a number of key departments reporting directly into her, Shelly’s ability to inspire best-practice, urgency and common sense from those who report into her has underpinned the continuing growth and success of Mansion.

Shelly’s impact at Mansion and across the wider industry has been considerable, which is reflected in her recent win of the prestigious Leader of the Year (iGaming) accolade at the Women in Gaming awards 2017.  Outside of work, Shelly is a keen yogi and adventurer with a love of travel, and two young sons.


 Shimon Akad was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer of Playtech in March 2015, overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations and the activities of more than 5,000 staff in 17 global locations. He has been with Playtech for several years successfully fulfilling a number of senior roles within the business including CEO Israel and VP of Operations, and is an accomplished leader with a proven track record of delivering and operating large-scale projects with great success.

Shimon has extensive experience in the gaming and VLT’s markets and, prior to his career with Playtech, managed call centre software development for a large US telecoms company. He holds a degree in law and is a member of the Israeli Bar Association.



A special mention goes to the event sponsors that offered their support in making this initiative possible: La Sala Gibraltar, Sunborn Casino and Piece of Cake Gibraltar.

See you next Thursday, the 1st of June, at the La Sala Sapphire Bar on deck 3 of the Sunborn Hotel starting from 18:45!

Tickets are available here:

Girls in Tech Gibraltar

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