Board of Directors

Donald P. Monaco, Co-Chairman

Donald P. Monaco serves as Chairman of the Board for NextPlay Technologies. He previously served as the Chairman of the Board for Monaker Group from 2015 and up to the Monaker Group merger with HotPlay. Monaco currently serves on the board of directors of Enderby Entertainment Inc. since March 2018 and was appointed to Chief Financial Officer in January 2020. He is the founder and owner of Monaco Air Duluth, LLC, a full service, fixed-base operator of aviation services business at Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minnesota serving airline, military, and general aviation customers since November 2005. He has been appointed and reappointed by Minnesota Governors since 2009 to serve as a Commissioner of the Metropolitan Airports Commission in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota and currently serves as Chairman of the Operations, Finance and Administration Committee. Monaco was a Director at Republic Bank in Duluth, Minnesota between May 2015 until October 2019 and served as Vice Chairman of the Board, and subsequently serves on the Bell Bank Twin-Ports Market Advisory Board. He is the President and Chairman of the Monaco Air Foundation, Treasurer of Honor Flight Northland, Treasurer of the Duluth Aviation Institute, and a member of the Duluth Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee. Monaco spent more than 18 years as a Partner and Senior Executive of the 28 years he served as an international information technology and business management consultant with Accenture in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Monaco holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science Engineering from Northwestern University.

Nithinan Boonyawattanapisut, Co-Chief Executive Officer NextPlay and Director

Ms. Boonyawattanapisut co-founded and served as Managing Director of HotPlay, an in-game advertising platform, and HotPlay Thailand, both of which merged with Monaker Group to form NextPlay Technologies, where she is currently Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director. Previously Boonyawattanapisut served as the Managing Director of Axion Interactive Inc, an online video gaming and technology company, since 2017 and leads the content investment arm. She also served as the CEO and Chairperson of the Board at True Axion Interactive, a game studio formed via a joint venture with True Corporation, a major Thai telecommunication company, since she co-founded it in March 2017. Prior to that in 2014, Boonyawattanapisut founded HotNow (Thailand) Company Limited, a hyper-local promotion discovery platform and has served as the CEO since its inception. In March 2012, she co-founded Red Anchor Trading Corporation as an incubator for developing applications and predictive algorithms based on crowdsourced data. In July 2006, Ms. Boonyawattanapisut co-founded independent AAA games studio, Epic Games China, which later consolidated as Axion Games Limited in 2014, and served as its Director. Boonyawattanapisut graduated from Mahidol University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business.

William Kerby, Co-Chief Executive Officer NextPlay and Director

William Kerby founded and served as Vice-Chairman and CEO of Monaker Group, Inc, which merged with HotPlay to form NextPlay Technologies where he is currently Co-Chief Executive Officer and Director. Kerby oversaw the Travel, Real Estate and Television media divisions from 2008 until October 2012 when the company transferred its real estate assets into a public company where he served as CEO and on the Board of Directors until April 2016. Prior to founding Monaker Group, Kerby served as the CEO of Extraordinary Vacations Group from 2002-2008. The group comprised Cruise &Vacation Shoppes, Maupintour Extraordinary Vacations, Attaché Travel and Travel Magazine. From 1999-2002 Kerby founded and managed Travelbyus, a publicly- traded company on the TSX and NASD Small Cap. The company grew to more than 500 employees, gross revenues exceeding $3 billion and a Market Cap over $900 million. In addition to currently serving as the Co-CEO and Director of NextPlay Technologies, Kerby serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Longroot Limited, a Cayman Islands company, which NextPlay Technologies own 75% of through its ownership of Longroot, Inc. Kerby graduated from York University in May 1980 with a Specialized Honors Economics degree.

J. Todd Bonner, Co-Chairman

Todd Bonner serves on the Board of Directors for NextPlay Technologies. Prior to the merger with Monaker Group, Bonner co-founded and served as a Director of both HotPlay, an in-game advertising platform, and HotPlay Thailand. Previously Bonner was a member of the Board of Directors of Axion Ventures Inc, an online video gaming and technology company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange, which he co-founded in 2016. During that time, he started True Axion Interactive, a game studio formed via a joint venture with True Corporation, a major Thai telecommunication company, in 2017. In 2012, he co-founded Red Anchor Trading Corporation as an incubator for developing applications and predictive algorithms based on crowdsourced data. Bonner founded independent AAA games studio Axion Games, formerly Epic Games China, in 2006. In 2003, he founded Northstar Pacific Partners, an Indonesia Merchant Bank, and served as Partner until 2005. Bonner co-founded Pacific Century CyberWorks in 2000, where he served as the company’s Japan-based CEO from 2001 to 2003. During that time, he raised $2.4 billion to acquire Hong Kong Telecom, which remains one of the largest acquisitions in Asian history. Bonner began his career as an analyst and investment banker at Alex, Brown & Sons. Bonner currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Longroot Cayman. Mr. Bonner graduated from Stanford University in June 1989 with a degree in Biology and Biomedical Sciences.

Athid Nanthawaroon , Director

Athid Nanthawaroon serves on the Board of Directors for NextPlay Technologies. He has served as the President of HotPlay Thailand since its founding in March 2020. Nanthawaroon serves as the Director and CEO of Tree Roots Entertainment Group, a joint venture between Thai property developer Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited and IP management and investment company T&B Media Global (Thailand) Company Limited, since January 2020. There he is building an ecosystem to bridge real estate and entertainment with technology. Since November 2014, Nanthawaroon has served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance at DTGO Corporation Limited, a diversified business group established in 1993 that integrates social contribution with business success. DTGO Corporation Limited’s largest investment portfolio is Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited, which has real estate assets including condominiums, mixed-use developments and ‘theme’ developments, and a total asset value of over approximately $5 billion. Nanthawaroon has over 15 years’ experience in investment strategy and fund raising across various industries and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in finance from Kasetsart University in 2003 and a master’s degree in Commerce and Accountancy in Real Estate from Thammasat University in 2007.

Komson Kaewkham, Director

Komson Kaewkham serves on the Board of Directors for NextPlay Technologies. Kaewkham is the Legal Counsel and Senior Vice President of DTGO Corporation Limited, a diversified business group that integrates social contribution with business success. He joined the organization’s property development subsidiary, Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited, in 2011 as Division Manager. He then joined the Corporate Legal team of DTGO Corporation Limited in 2017 and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2019. During his time at the organization, Mr. Kaewkham has specialized in legal matters related to real estate project development, investment structures, mergers and acquisitions, and is presently in charge of risk management and compliance of DTP Global REITs Management limited, DTGO Corporation Limited’s REIT management company. From 2009 to 2011, Kaewkham was a litigator at Blumenthal Ritcher & Sumet Limited’s Bangkok office and was the Legal Counsellor and Litigator at Siam ILC. Co., Ltd from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Kaewkham has had a Notarial Service Attorney License from Lawyers Council under the Royal Patronage in Thailand since 2010 and graduated from Assumption University in 2008 with a Master of Law Program in Business Law.

Yoshihiro Obata, Director

Yoshihiro Obata serves on the Board of Directors for NextPlay Technologies. Obata previously served as an independent Director of Axion. Mr. Obata has over 30 years of experience with technology companies as a founder, software engineer, board member and senior executive. Most recently, Mr. Obata was a founding member, Director and Chief Technology Officer of eAccess, an ADSL wholesale company, which acquired a 3G license in 2005 and successfully introduced LTE in 2012 (under the EMOBILE brand). In 2013, after the acquisition of eAccess by Softbank, he moved to Equinix Japan and has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of BizMobile Inc. since 2015.

Stacey Riddell, Director

Stacey Riddell serves on the Board of Directors for NextPlay Technologies. Since 2011 Riddell has provided consulting and advisory services to various investment firms which include PEAK6 and has managed investments in various other entities. From 2008 to 2011, she served as the President and Portfolio Manager of PEAK 6 Asset Management (“PAM”), which she co-founded. At PAM, Riddell co-managed PAM’s funds and oversaw the day-to-day operations of the firm. Prior to forming PAM, Riddell was a principal at Geneva Investment Management of Chicago (“Geneva”) from 2004-2008. Before joining Geneva in 2004, Riddell was a William Blair & Company Principal, serving as an analyst in the Investment Management Group and a co-portfolio manager of Blair’s Millennium Fund, a global technology and biotechnology fund. Riddell earned with honors a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from its Kellogg School of Management. Ms. Riddell is a Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the Chicago Society of Securities Analysts.

Carmen Diges, Director

Ms. Diges expertise is regularly sought out worldwide by boards, bankers, CEOs and governments, worldwide. Ms. Diges, a senior attorney, corporate and government advisor, and international entrepreneur, has over 20 years’ experience across various public and private sectors. Currently, she serves as Principal at REVlaw, as well as General Counsel & Secretary at McEwen Mining Inc., an NYSE-listed company based in Toronto, and as Director, Legal Affairs at Echelon Wealth Partners Inc., a wealth management, and capital markets advisory firm.