Our Board Of Directors

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Robert Gordon Lyon – Chairman

Appointed August 2010

Mr. Lyon is one of the most experienced and respected business leaders in the South Pacific. He spent over 43 years with the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and worked extensively in the Asia Pacific region, including 12 years as Managing Director Pacific, during which time he also looked after ANZ’s retail operations in Asia.

His vibrant career has seen him serve on numerous boards, including as Chairperson of FINTEL/ Kidanet and Melbourne City Marketing, and Board Member of Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, Pacific Economic Bulletin, APNGBC and APIBC. Mr. Lyon also spent 14 years with the Australia Fiji Business Council and was President for five years. Currently, he chairs the Fiji Development Bank, Foundation for Development Cooperation, Sunergise Group, Kula Fund Investment Board and FHL Investment & Strategy Committee. He sits on the Board of Fijian Holdings Limited, Fiji Television Limited, and is Patron of the Australia Fiji Business Council.

He holds a Graduate Diploma in Organisation Development from RMIT University and is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute, Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. In 2005, he was awarded the 30th Independence Anniversary Commemorative Medal by the PNG Government for services to the banking industry.

(Updated December 2018)

Mr. Wella Pillay – Deputy Chairman

Appointed December 2015

Mr. Pillay is a well-known and seasoned entrepreneur. After spending some time in New Zealand, he returned to Fiji to start up his business ventures in the Western Division. Mr. Pillay sits on FDB’s Board Credit Risk Committee which is established to review, assess and monitor the implementation of the risk policy and plan.

Prior to his migration to New Zealand, he had worked at the Bank of New Zealand’s Sigatoka branch. A golf enthusiast, Mr. Pillay also gives time to community work for TISI Global Sangam, and is a Trustee for Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation. He is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Gecko Trucking (Fiji) Ltd, Construction Equipment Hire (Lautoka) Ltd and Wairiki Logging Ltd.

(Updated December 2018)

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Mr. Inia Naiyaga – Board Member

Appointed December 2015

Mr. Naiyaga is a Chartered Accountant, Life Member of the Fiji Institute of Accountants, Fellow of the Fiji Institute of Bankers (Hon) and was a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors.

He was a career Central Banker for 40 years and retired as the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji in May 2014.

Prior to that, he was the Deputy Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga for five years. He is the current Managing Director of Sun Insurance, Director of NFA, Member of the USP Finance and Investment Committee and Member of the Christian Mission Fellowship International Executive Board.

(Updated December 2018)

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Ms. Kalpana Kushla Lal – Board Member

Appointed April 2019

Ms. Lal, a chartered accountant with the Fiji Institute of Accountants, is the Head of Finance & Administration at the German International Cooperation (GIZ) Pacific Operations and is part of the Executive Management Team of GIZ Pacific.

She has over a decade of professional experience in accounting and financial management.

Ms. Lal is a Board Director at Fijian Holdings Limited (FHL), Fiji National Provident Fund and is the Chair of FHL Fund Management Limited. She has served as an Independent Board Director on FHL subsidiary, Basic Industries Limited since November 2016 where she also served as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Ms. Lal is a CPA and  a member of CPA Australia. She is also a member of  the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Member of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Ms. Lal holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of the South Pacific in Accounting and Financial Management and Information Systems.

She 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.

(Updated August 2019)

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Mr. Rajesh Patel – Board Member

Appointed December 2015

Mr. Patel is the Director for R.C. Manubhai Group of Companies and for Nando’s Fiji. He chairs the FDB Board Audit Committee and sits on the Talent and Organisational Development Board Committee.

He also sits on the FIFA Audit & Compliance Committee, representing Fiji. He holds a Diploma in Textile Engineering from M.S. University. He is the President of the Fiji Football Association and Vice President of the Oceania Football Confederation.

He is also a Justice of Peace, and PTFA President for the Board of Governance at Xavier College.

(Updated December 2018)

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Mr. Romit Parshottam Meghji – Board Member

Appointed April 2019

Mr. Meghji is the Executive Director of P. Meghji Group of Companies. He also holds Directorship at Ritam Investments (Property owners of Sheraton Tokoriki Resort and Spa), Cloud Investments, Virtualflex IT Company, Fresh Choice Supermarket, Krisp Investments, P. Meghji Trading and P. Meghji Co. Ltd.

Mr. Meghji holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting degree from the Auckland University of Technology.

He has over a decade of experience in managing family-owned businesses and has been instrumental in guiding these businesses to their strategic goals.

Mr. Meghji is a keen sports enthusiast representing Fiji in Squash to the Commonwealth and Pacific Games. He holds various leadership positions within the Gujarati Community in Fiji and the Region focusing on Education, Sports and Community Development.

(Updated August 2019)