Ralf Reichert 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.
Sebastian Weishaar 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.
Alexander Müller brings more than 20 years of esports experience into the WESA Executive Board. He is the owner of the prestigious German esports organization SK Gaming. In 2000, Alexander was one of the original founders and shareholders of ESL and worked for the company until 2005, as the Director of Marketing and Sales. At the same time, he established SK Gaming and decided to focus on managing his organization after leaving the operational part at ESL.
Ulrich Schulze is the Senior Vice President of Product at ESL. He has been part of the CS:GO scene from the start and helped to create iconic events such as ESL One or the ESL Pro League. Before that, Ulrich Schulze oversaw business development at ESL and acted as in-house consultant on process management and HR matters. He joins the WESA Executive Board as the primary contact point for league related topics and game-strategic decisions.
Erik Anderson is the Head of Esports for FaZe Clan, the largest esports organization in the world. Since 2016 he has led all esports strategy and operations for the brand, working closely with publishers, tournament organizers, and FaZe Clan’s own content creators to integrate esports into the organization’s massive community. Prior to esports he worked in the music industry as a part of the management team for US based artist, Kid Rock. Erik currently lives in Los Angeles California and is a graduate of Princeton University
Hicham Chahine 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.