Manuel moved to Malta in 2009 and was responsible for the Spanish and Portuguese markets at Chiligaming. After a number of years working as Head of Poker at Bally Technologies and PokerLoco, Manuel joined Qufan Internet Technologies in 2017. Manuel has also launched a new project: Pokio, which is the the first MGA licensed native mobile social poker app.
Name: Manuel Lopes
Born: 1st September 1978
Marital status: Single
Car: Mercedes ML AMG
School/Education: Bachelor Degree in Hospitality & Management
First job: Data input
Current job & company: CEO at Qufan Internet Technologies and Pokio
Favourite pastime: Poker and Basketball
Favourite book: The Viking Manifesto
Favourite film: The whole Star Wars Saga. If I had to narrow it down, I would choose “The Empire Strikes Back”
Favourite music: I love many genres, from classical to blues or metal. Good music is always exciting. Having said that I am a long time fan of Metallica and Iron Maiden.
Favourite gadget: I am in love with brand new Rocketbook notebook. It is an actual physical notebook where you can take notes with a special pen and they get uploaded to the cloud - old school meets 2019. Also my brilliant Sennheiser HD 4.50 Manza Edition Wireless Headphones.
Last holiday: Dominican Republic
Favourite quote: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.” by Aristotle
Role models/heroes: Both my parents. Their example and guidance has definitely made me who I am today and I will always be immensely grateful for that.
Best advice that I have ever received: To empathise with others and always try to put myself in their shoes.
What does a typical day in your life look like?
I wake up at 7 a.m. and catch up on the daily news over a coffee at home before getting to the office at around 8. My days are never dull. Being the CEO of a dynamic startup like ours is always challenging and fun. My days are split into meetings with my team and our China team, operational strategy and also very frequent business travels to our target countries or numerous igaming and regulatory conferences across the world. When I am in Malta I like to play poker or basketball and also chill at home to some good movies or series.
What business issues are high on your agenda?
Launching a new revolutionary poker app and changing the mobile gaming landscape is not an easy task, so everyday I am met with new challenges and priorities.
What motivates you to get to the office in the morning?
I love what I do and I look forward to make a difference in my company and industry every day. I always go to work with a smile, if I’ve had my required dose of caffeine.
Qufan Internet Technology Team
My favourite location: Dingli Cliffs
My favourite local food: Fried rabbit
My favourite dining experience: Brass & Knucle Restaurant in Naxxar. Great concept with fantastic execution. Highly recommended.
My favourite nightspot: My fantastic Danish memory foam mattress. As a distant second Black Gold or The Garage if I’m in a Rock or Metal mood.