Board Members

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Board Members

Mr Daksesh Patel

Board Chairman

Member since 24 January 2020. Mr Patel is the Chief Executive Officer of Infrabuild, Australia. He has extensive leadership experience in manufacturing, retail and governance. He is also the current Chairman of Energy Fiji Limited. He pursued his graduate and post graduate qualifications from Australia and New Zealand. Whilst with the family business Vinod Patel Group, Mr. Patel was instrumental in establishing the group’s three manufacturing businesses and he played a pivotal leadership role in corporate transformation, governance and business disruption. He has over two decades of leadership experience.

Mr Sanjay Kaba

Board Member

Member since 24 January 2020. Mr Kaba is the Managing Director, Principal Structural Engineer and Projects Director at the Houng Lee Jacob Kaba Limited. He has worked as project and Design Engineer in an Oil and Engineering firm. Mr Kaba has extensive experience as a Project Development Manager, Project Management and Planning, Structural Engineering. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Engineers and Member of Fiji Institute of Engineers. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

Mr Mukhtar Ali

Board Member

Member since 24 January 2020. Mr Ali is the Chief Operating Officer of the Community Bank of the Bay in Oakland, California. He is a seasoned community banking professional with 35 years’ experience – 12 of which were spent in executive leadership roles. He was also the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mission National Bank in San Francisco. He is an expert in enhancing profitability, developing strategic lending initiatives and has vast knowledge in banking regulations, having implemented necessary controls for compliance purposes and to ensure proper risk management practices.

Ms Makereta Konrote

Board Member

Member since January, 2016. Chairperson of Board Human Resources Committee. Member of the Board Audit and Risk Management Committee.

Mr Joel Abraham

Board Member

Mr. Abraham is the Chief Executive Officer for the FCCC and has extensive experience in the area of Compliance, Finance, Business Advisory, Accounting and Research. Mr Abraham is a member of a number of Boards. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Climate Change, Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy, Master of Commerce in Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Economics, from the University of the South Pacific.

Ms Kalpana Lal

Board Member

Ms. Lal, is a Fellow of CPA Australia, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the South Pacific in Accounting, Financial Management and Information Systems and has completed Fiji Directors Course with AICD.

Ms. Lal is a Chartered Accountant (CA) with the Fiji Institute of Accountants.

She has over 16 years of experience in executive management roles covering disciplines of accounting, financial management, human resources and corporate governance.

Ms. Lal is the Board Director of Fiji Development Bank (FDB), Board Director of Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Limited (ATH), Board Director of Vodafone Fiji Limited (VFL), Board Director of Fijian Holdings Limited (FHL), Board Member of Pacific Governance Institute (PCGI) and Board Member of Women in Business (WIB Fiji).

Ms. Lal currently serves as Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committee at FNPF.

Ms. Lal is professional member of CPA Australia, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fiji Institute of Accountants and Member of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Awards: Ms. Lal is the first female to have been awarded the Chartered Accountant of the Year by Fiji Institute of Accountants at their Annual Congress in April 2017, has been awarded Excellence in Executive Leadership by Women in Business in 2019 and recognised by Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow for her contribution to the local community in Fiji.

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