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Hall of Fame

Juan B. Pérez Hidalgo

Juan B. Pérez Hidalgo is president of Colombia’s gaming regulator, Coljuegos. 

He oversaw Colombia’s regulation of online gaming in 2016 – the first such legislation in Latin America – and has since led the market through a period of impressive growth. Taxes raised on Colombia’s regulated gaming sector help support the country’s healthcare system, with around 70 billion pesos contributed in 2019.

His leadership of Coljuegos has also seen a successful crackdown on illegal gambling operations in Colombia.

Before joining Coljuegos, he worked as an advisor to the office of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, and has also served on the board of directors of Electrificadora del Meta EMSA – S.A E.S.P. and Centrales Eléctricas del Cauca – CEDELCA S.A.

(The first to bring regulated sports betting to LatAm but also being very good at listening to operators needs, communicating to the general public how the industry contributes to local economy and expanding the gambling offering to keep pace with global trends)