President, Australia & USA
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, delivering a strong performance turnaround during a global pandemic. In this role he set the foundations for future growth and oversaw a planned leadership transition to incoming CEO Vik Bansal.
Dak has held senior leadership roles in privately-held businesses 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 2000 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.
Dak is married with two children and loves rugby union,.