CEO of the Week

CEO of the Week: Ivonne Montealegre, Founder and Director of The Malta Poker Festival

Ivonne has 20 years of experience in the poker industry. Ranging from marketing direction of poker networks to content, SEO and event direction, she has been involved in all aspects of poker - offline and online. Ivonne is so passionate about poker that she turned it into her career. Her contribution to the gaming industry in Malta was so valuable that she was nominated iGaming IDOL for her Outstanding Contribution to the Industry.

Executive Profile 

Name: Ivonne Montealegre

Born: 11/11/1976

Marital status: Separated

Family:  2 children

Home: Malta and Costa Rica

Car: Suzuki Vitara 2018

School/Education: Master’s degree in psychology

First job: Terranova travel Agency

Current job & company: Ludos Entertainment, Director

Favourite pastime: Movies and outdoors

Favourite book: Momo, Michael Ende

Favourite film: Casino, Martin Scorsese

Favourite music: Deep House and Hip Hop

Favourite gadget: Tile

Last holiday: Prague 

Favourite quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it!” Walt Disney

Role models/heroes: Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama, Zinedine Zidane and my aunt Flora Montealegre

Best advice that I have ever received: Don’t cry over spilled milk

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What does a typical day in your life look like?

I wake up very early, and I take my son to kindergarten. Then I start my meetings for the day and chat with my team members.

I come home to cook my lunch, and I have a two-hour break. I work on the backend of my projects, take my kids to the park, eat dinner and get some sleep. Breathe, repeat and do it all over again.

What business issues are high on your agenda?  

Customer satisfaction - that's always high on my agenda.

What motivates you to get to the office in the morning?

The probability of creating new business and employing people.



My Malta

My favourite location: Hilton hotel

My favourite local food: Lampuki

My favourite dining experience: Caviar and Bull

My favourite nightspot: Any hidden bar in Valetta


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