Team FDB

  • Saud Minam
    CEO

    Mr Saud A Minam

    Chief Executive Officer

    Saud has more than 30 years of experience within the financial sector and is a thoughtful leader and passionate knowledge sharer within the banking sector. He is well recognized for his ability to negotiate contracts and manage banking agreements with integrity and discretion. He has extensive experience working with stakeholders to exceed client needs, assessing commercial needs, and acting as the conduit between operational practicalities and technical abilities. Prior to taking up his position as the CEO of FDB in July 2021, Saud for more than 7 years headed as CEO of ANZ Bank Fiji and Commercial Banking Head Pacific. He also held multiple positions at ABN AMRO/ANZ in five different countries (Pakistan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and Indonesia) over a span of 27 years. He enjoys working collaboratively, leading and mentoring staff to ensure team effectiveness. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from the University of North Texas State.
    • Makereta Waqalevu
      Customer Advocate Officer

      Ms Makereta Waqalevu

      Customer Advocate Officer

      Makereta is the first Customer Advocate Officer appointed by the Bank in 2022. She has been in the Bank for the last eight (8) years starting with the Properties Department in 2014, with a stint at the Marketing & Business Development Department. As a Customer Advocate Officer reporting directly to the CEO, Makereta promotes integrity and accountability in how the Bank handles its customers, partners, and stakeholders.   Part of this role involves the management of the Bank’s Complaints Portal and the Office of the CEO. She holds a Diploma in Office Management and is currently pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Accounting & International Business Marketing at the University of the South Pacific.

    • Saiyad Hussain
      GM
      Finance & Administration

      Mr Saiyad Hussain

      General Manager Finance & Administration

      Saiyad has been with the Bank for more than 27 years. He has vast experience in devising budgets for the overall FDB strategic plan that incorporates profitability, growth, sustainability, and operating performance targets. Appointed to his senior role in 2010, he manages FDB’s Finance and Treasury, Properties, Information and Communication Technology and Marketing and Business Development departments. A qualified Chartered Accountant, he is a Board Director of the South Pacific Stock Exchange and a Member of the Fiji Institute of Bankers. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He has a Postgraduate Diploma in Banking and Financial Management and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Financial Management, Economics and Public Administration & Management from the University of the South Pacific.

    • Shaukat Ali
      GM
      Relationship
      & Sales

      Mr Shaukat Ali

      General Manager Relationship & Sales

      Shaukat leads the Bank’s twelve branches’ Relationship and Sales teams across Fiji. He was appointed to the position in 2018 prior to which he served as the Regional Manager, Relationship and Sales for the Western region. He has over 30 years of experience in development banking, predominantly focusing on relationship banking and sales. Building sustainable growth and acquisition of a reputable customer base in a crowded and competitive market is Shaukat’s core focus. His role is instrumental in empowering his team to make informed decisions to contribute towards an increase in the Bank’s loan portfolio, in collaboration with both the internal and external stakeholders Business Risk Services, Talent and Organizational Development and Finance and Administration teams. Before being appointed to the GM Relationship and Sales role, Shaukat served in various managerial positions within the Bank, since joining in 1987, including lending, audit, business risk services, corporate business services and asset management team. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies from the University of the South Pacific and a Diploma in Business Studies from the Fiji Institute of Technology.

    • Kalpana Kaajal
      Media & Communications officer

      Ms Kalpana Kaajal

      Media and Communications Officer

      Kalpana is a strategic-thinking Communications professional with more than 6 years of experience in the public relations and communications field. She is adept at writing, editing and shaping copy to meet specific needs, enhance perception and drive change. She is also decisive and focused with expertise in team leadership, program management and complex problem-solving. Maintains positive media relations and promotes specific messages. Prior to joining FDB, Kalpana held the position of Public Relations and Communications Officer at the Fiji National University with a brief stint in the radio industry before that. Kalpana holds a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and Literature and Language), a Postgraduate Diploma in Linguistics, Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and International Affairs and is currently pursuing a Masters in Diplomacy and International Affairs.

    • Bimal Sudhakar
      GM
      Business
      Risk Services

      Mr Bimal Sudhakar

      General Manager Business Risk Services

      Mr Bimal Sudhakar brings in over 18 years of local and regional banking and executive leadership experience to FDB. He has diverse experience in commercial banking and a grasp of credit and operational risk management. Appointed to his role in October 2021, he manages FDB’s Legal, Insurance and Records, Asset Management and Credit Risk and Approval departments and Enterprise Risk Management. Prior to taking up his position at FDB, Bimal held the position of General Manager Credit at HFC bank. He is known to be a people person with strong collaborative and interpersonal skills. He is also a very astute believer in healthy living and promotes work-life balance.

    • Semisi Biumaiwai
      GM-Training & Organizational Development

      Mr Semisi Biumaiwa

      General Manager Talent and Organisational Development

      Semisi Biumaiwai is a seasoned HR practitioner, with almost two decades of combined experience in the government and private sector. He started working with the then Fiji Revenue & Customs Authority following the completion of his tertiary studies at the University of the South Pacific. After just over six years, he joined the ANZ Bank and spent the majority of his time in Fiji with stints across the Pacific, from Guam to Timor Leste to the Solomon Islands. His career has covered the breadth of the HR field, from the traditional personnel-type functions like pay and benefits on the one hand to more intensive and challenging duties like policy drafting and review, union negotiations and ER-related matters on the other. He is a firm believer that people are vital to the sustained success of any organization, and that culture and leadership are key in harnessing potential. Before being appointed to FDB in October 2021, he was the Senior Talent and Culture Business Partner at ANZ.