Ralf is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at the world’s largest esports company, ESL. A former soccer-player for Rot-Weiß Oberhausen, he turned to esports with his brothers and friends to found then now world-renowned clan, SK-Gaming. Ralf has more than 16 years of experience in the gaming industry as an entrepreneur, founder and builder of Turtle Entertainment, the company behind ESL. And as a passionate gamer himself, he is constantly striving to put esports up there alongside traditional sports.
Fnatic is one of world’s largest and most successful eSports organizations. Wouter joined Fnatic in 2015 and is taking the Fnatic brand to the next level with his vast leadership and marketing experience. In his previous position, Wouter played a crucial part in the success of Skrill (former Moneybookers) as the VP Marketing and now is making great strides in the evergrowing eSport scene.
Hicham is the Chief Executive Officer at the legendary esports company Ninjas in Pyjamas (NIP). He has nine years of experience from the financial industry where he worked for Formuesforvaltning, the largest independent wealth management firm in Scandinavia. Hicham has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, founding and building his company, Diglife, into a global enterprise. He is also involved in social entrepreneurship and volunteerism through Prospera Network. Hicham holds a bachelor degree in Business and Economics from BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo.
Sebastian created and shaped the basis for professional esports competitions in Europe and North America in his positions as the Director of League Operations, and later Chief Tournament Director at ESL. The responsibility for ESL’s international expansion was added to Sebastian’s portfolio soon after, which he initially took on as Director of International Partners Management and then as the VP – and later Senior VP – International Business International Business. Under his leadership, ESL expanded from its origins as a German company with franchise operations in a limited number of European countries to what it is now: a global company with 14 ESL offices spread out over Asia, the Americas, Europe and Australia.
Hershman spent nearly 30 years in the television sports world, where he helped spearhead some of the industry’s most innovative television programming for both Home Box Office (HBO) and Showtime. During his tenure as president of HBO Sports, Hershman piloted a variety of renowned boxing franchises, as well as award-winning original programming including “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” “Hard Knocks” and “24/7.” Hershman is a graduate of the Fordham University School of Law and received a BA degree from George Washington University