The GFG Foundation shared a passion, vision and aim globally, however each country the Foundation has a presence in is a separate entity, which is governed by the individual legislation of that country.
In Australia, the GFG Foundation (Australia) is registered and regulated by the ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission). All information on us, including governance, trustees, financial history, accounts and annual returns and governing document can be found on their website.
Our Board Directors are:
Daksesh Patel (Dak) is a business leader and entrepreneur with extensive experience in the steel and construction industries. Dak is Director of Liberty Steel Group and InfraBuild.
Dak has previously held senior leadership roles in privately-held businesses which own and operate diversified portfolios in manufacturing, distribution and building products, including the steel industry throughout the Oceania region. Dak was the InfraBuild CEO from October 2019 to July 2021, delivering a strong performance turnaround during a global pandemic.
In 1998, Dak established steel distribution operations in Australia, Mesh & Bar, and over the past 20 years has overseen its growth and diversification to become Australia’s largest independent processor of reinforcing steel and mesh products.
Dak became Chairman of Energy Fiji Limited (EFL)in 2016, and oversaw its transition into the newly corporatised entity in 2018. 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.
Before this, Theuns was the Executive Managing Director for Liberty Primary Steel responsible for the operations of the Whyalla Integrated Steelworks, a business within the GFG Alliance. He held this position before the GFG acquisition under the Arrium business since 2011.
Theuns joined Arrium in 2006 as the Manager Steelmaking. Prior to joining Arrium, Theuns worked for Arcelor Mittal South Africa, where he had 20 years of experience, holding several senior roles in various Integrated Steelworks, including being part of the design, build and commissioning team of a greenfield Integrated Steel Plant at Saldanha on the West Coast of South Africa.
Jonny Samengo was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer of the GFG Foundation (Australia) in 2019.
He began his career in advertising in creatively acclaimed agency, Yellowhammer in London, moving to Australia in 1989 to continue his career in account management and latter in Strategic Planning, as Director of Strategic Services of FCB Australia. In 2011 Jonny had a complete career chance and started his second career in the not-for-profit arena, as Executive Officer of Indigenous Education at The Scots College in Sydney. In his eight years at Scots, Jonny developed and grew the program to being the most respected of its kind in the country and raising over ten million dollars, leaving a diversely invested multi-million corpus to ensure the education of Indigenous boys in perpetuity.
In 2019 Jonny further expanded his NFP experience by moving to GFG Alliance to set up the Foundation from scratch and develop a strategic plan for its implementation, growth and sustainability as country head.
Georgina Crumpton is the General Manager of GFG Foundation globally. She is Nicola Gupta’s sister.
Before joining GFG Alliance, Georgina held senior positions within leading global financial institutions, most recently as a Director at Plurimi Wealth Management as Head of Business Support.
She was previously Vice-President at Morgan Stanley International Wealth Management and divided her time between London and Switzerland, where she successfully managed the wind-down and transition of the Alternative Investments assets during the sale of Morgan Stanley’s Private Wealth Management business.
Before this, Georgina was the coordinator of the Alternative Investments platform throughout EMEA. She also managed the Cross Divisional Relationship Business through the Private Investment Club & Strategic Lead Management platforms.