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Our talented people and teams are led by an experienced Board responsible for strategy, governance, risk and operations.

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Daksesh Patel

Interim CEO and Managing Director

Daksesh Patel (Dak) is a respected businessman, leader and entrepreneur with extensive experience in the Australian steel industry. Dak was the InfraBuild CEO from October 2019 to July 2021, and is a member of the Board.

 

Dak has held senior leadership roles in a privately-held family business group operating throughout the Oceania region. These businesses own and operate diversified portfolios in manufacturing, distribution and building products, including the steel industry, and collectively employ over 2,500 people.

 

Dak became Chairman of Energy Fiji limited in 2016, and oversaw its transition from a government owned statutory body into a newly corporatised entity in 2018. From 2019 to current, under Dak’s leadership, EFL achieved partial divestment with an aim to eventually list on the local stock exchange positioned as one of the few utilities in the region achieving a sustainable level of return on assets. Determined to drive a sustainable future, Dak is a key supporter of EFL’s commitment to the cultivation of clean, renewable sources of energy. In 2020, Dak was appointed as Chairman of the Fiji National Provident Fund, Fiji’s largest financial institution.

 

Dak is married with two children and loves rugby union.

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Sanjeev Gupta

Executive Chairman, GFG Alliance

Sanjeev Gupta is the Executive Chairman of GFG Alliance, which encompasses a range of global businesses owned by his family. Born into a family of industrialists in Punjab, India, Sanjeev was educated in the UK and graduated with an MA in Economics and Management from the University of Cambridge. He founded Liberty House Group in 1992, while still an undergraduate, as a global commodities trader, growing rapidly across different geographies for over two decades.

In 2015 Sanjeev started his industrial journey buying and restarting his first steel mill in the UK. Since then he has built an international reputation as an ambitious and visionary industrialist acquiring and building major assets in metals, engineering, mining, and renewable energy spread across the world. Sanjeev lives with his wife, Nicola, and their three young children in London.

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Michael Morley

Independent Non-Executive Director

Michael is an accomplished senior executive with a wide range of operational and strategic experience in Mining & Metals and Business Development having led operations throughout Australia, Europe and the US, and worked in Australia, the UK and Europe.

Michael served as the Senior Vice President, Metals Processing in global mining and metals company Nyrstar. Michael was with Nyrstar for a decade where he was responsible for operations employing around 3,000 people at seven sites in Europe, the US and Australia, and led the flagship project to revitalize the ageing Port Pirie lead smelter in South Australia.

Between 2017 and 2019 Michael served as GFG Alliance’s Development Director and Deputy CEO for Australia when he led the acquisition of the former Arrium/OneSteel business.

Michael is a qualified lawyer with significant corporate and M&A experience across a range of industries, both in house and in private practice. Prior to Nyrstar Michael held senior roles at Smorgon Steel Group, Clayton Utz and Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Michael is currently Chair of Developing East Arnhem Limited and an Independent Non-Executive Director of Energy Renaissance.

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Deepak Sogani

Board Member, InfraBuild

Deepak is a seasoned global professional with experience across multiple industries including industrial businesses, technology, and financial services. Deepak has a track record for successful restructuring and refinancing situations during major roles in the metals industry, serving as the CFO for the listed steel producer Jindal Steel and Power Limited and, most recently, as Managing Director for Metals & Mining at Essar Capital Services.

Iain Hunter

Iain Hunter

Board Member, InfraBuild

Iain is an experienced business leader with a career spanning over 30 years in financial services including fifteen years serving on boards dealing with a range of governance issues for growth companies and those in more challenged circumstances.