European Casino Association awards four diversity scholarships

The European Casino Association (ECA) has announced the four recipients of its 2021 Diversity Scholarship.


Open to all ECA member employees, the initiative is now its fourth year, with successful candidates securing a place on the Executive Development Programme (EDP) gaming leadership course.

It is jointly sponsored by the association, alongside the Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers (AGEM), Clarion Gaming and the University of Nevada Las Vegas' (UNLV) International Gaming Institute.

The EDP is run in partnership with the UNLV's International Gaming Institute and the University of Nevada's Reno College of Business and Extended Studies. The ECA’s Diversity Scholarship covers the full cost of the EDP initiative.

This year, the ECA selected Joanna Petit, American games supervisor for Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco and Shalini Kolling, human resources manager at Casino Cosmopol in Sweden. Jan Pecha, casino general manager for Olympic Casino in Slovakia, and Darko Devic, table games manager at Casino Mond in Slovenia were the other successful recipients of the scholarship.

“The ECA scholarship programme recognises the contribution individuals have made within their daily roles that embody the inclusive nature of our profession,” ECA chairman Per Jaldung said.

“The ECA has awarded four candidates working in Monaco, Slovakia, Sweden and Slovenia to take part in the programme to promote the individual growth of the gaming professionals who, through their actions, have supported and enhanced diversity and inclusion within the industry.”

ECA secretary Hermann Pamminger added: “Each of this year's recipients personify the values of this award, having a passion for the industry and an understanding and empathy for the diverse make-up of both front and back-of-house in the European casino business.

“The EDP is a perfect reward for such dedication to further their personal and professional growth.”