Karen Sierra

Vice Presidente Américas - GLI

Karen Marcela Sierra-Hughes is a Panamanian lawyer with extensive experience in the games and
lottery sector, following the evolution of the Latin American and Caribbean industry for more
more than 17 years in his role at GLI. Experienced side by side the challenges of
while driving a vision of a transformation that is properly regulated and aligned with
international best practices.
He holds a Master’s degree in Commercial Law and a specialization in Public Law. Before joining GLI,
she practiced law at one of the most prestigious law firms in Panama and was later appointed
as Legal Director of the Panama Gaming Control Board.
She has been with GLI since 2004, driving GLI’s strategy for both regulation and business.
development, as well as managing the delivery of GLI services to operators in the region and
Providers. With its law degree and experience in gaming regulation, one of Sierra-Hughes’ top companies
objective is to assist government agencies in the regions in their efforts to improve regulation
landscape providing valuable advice that will lead to the development of laws, decrees and regulations.
She is also responsible for all GLI licensing processes across the region, as well as the GLI
She holds education certificates from international organizations including the FBI, UNLV and
US Treasury OTA.
In 2019, Sierra-Hughes received prestigious recognition from the Latin American Gaming Hall of Fame
Awarded at the 2019 Juegos Miami gaming conference and was listed on iGaming Business
List of the magazine’s 10 most influential women. In 2020 and 2021 she was voted for her industry
peers in two categories at the SAGSE Awards, such as Top 5 Leader at Lanbase Gaming
Industry and Top 5 Leader in the iGaming Industry.
She is a well-known speaker at international events and conferences, and is regularly
featured in international publications and magazines.