GFG FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA

Who we are

The GFG Foundation vision is to provide industry training to young people in need to allow them to succeed in life.

“The need to provide people with opportunities to develop the right skills for fulfilling and productive lives is a constant challenge. Our family’s investment in regenerating metals and engineering industries around the world – including here in Australia – has reminded us of the reality that many people of all ages lack the skills or opportunities to reach their potential and secure a long-term, sustainable future.”

Sanjeev and Nicola Gupta

The GFG Foundation Australia is governed by an experienced Board, comprised of founders Sanjeev and Nicola Gupta, and the following group of Directors.

Board Directors

The GFG Foundation Australia is governed by an experienced Board, comprised of founders Sanjeev and Nicola Gupta, and the following group of Directors.

Daksesh Patel

Daksesh Patel (Dak) is a well-respected businessman, leader and entrepreneur with extensive experience in the Australian steel industry. Dak commenced in the role as CEO for GFG Alliance’s manufacturing, distribution and recycling business InfraBuild in October 2019.

Dak has 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 collectively employing over 2000 people.

Dak became Chairman of Energy Fiji limited in 2016, and oversaw its transition into the newly corporatised entity in 2018. In 2019, under Dak’s leadership, EFL achieved partial divestment with an aim to eventually list on the local stock exchange making it one of the few utilities that has sustainable returns on assets compared to others in the region. 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.

Theuns Victor

Theuns Victor is Executive Managing Director: Transformation Project, responsible for the Transformation of the Whyalla Steelworks into a long term sustainable business.

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

Jonny was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer of the GFG Foundation (Australia) in 2019.

He began his career in advertising and spent more than 20 years in agencies in the UK and Australia.

He then assumed the role of Executive Officer, Indigenous Education at The Scots College, an independent school in Sydney, where he built the Indigenous Program into one of the most respected in the country. 

Georgina Crumpton

Georgina is the General Manager GFG Alliance and GFG Foundation. She recently relocated to Australia from London as part of the management team to assist with the transition and expansion of GFG Alliance. 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.