Our People



Portek Board of Directors

Portek considers its people its most important assets. It is its people who will ensure that value is delivered by Portek to all its stakeholders: customers, partners, suppliers and shareholders.

“Dedicated to Delivering Value” – – this is the ethos which Portek seeks to cultivate in the hearts and minds of all its employees. And judging by the feedback we get from our stakeholders, we believe we are doing quite a good job at this. One of the main reasons for our people’s dedication is that many of the people who work in Portek are also its people. Our people hail from various backgrounds. Our management team is staffed by people with engineering, finance and accounting backgrounds. Our frontline engineers themselves are specialists in their particular fields of power electronics, digital controls or civil, structural and mechanical engineering. Their knowledge is multi-disciplinary and the staff have been trained to approach a problem, not just from the narrow perspective of their own specialty, but also from different angles of various disciplines. Similarly, our sales, marketing and terminal operations staff are equally versed in thinking “outside the box” and delivering innovative solutions to all our stakeholders. Helping us develop and spearhead our strategic marketing and expansion efforts are our Group Business Development Advisors. For a profile of these key members of the Portek family, please see below.

For a knowledge driven company, continuity of people is key to success. Here at Portek, we make a conscious attempt to renew ourselves. This means nurturing the younger employees and giving them responsibilities to keep them challenged. The pioneering spirit is maintained and passed on. New business directions are charted and new market territories are explored. This way, we ensure that our employees are able to realise their own career and personal development and ultimately, ensuring that Portek remains “Dedicated to Delivering Value”.

Portek International Board of Directors

Yasutaka Suzuki (Chief Executive Officer & Chief Technical Officer & Chief Human Resource Officer)
Mr Suzuki was appointed as the CEO of the Portek Group on 15th January 2018. In January 2019, he was also appointed as the Chief Technical Officer and Chief Human Resource Officer leading Portek’s Group Engineering & Technology Unit and Group Human Resource Unit respectively. Mr Suzuki was previously the Divisional Operating Officer, Infrastructure Projects Business Division, Asia Pacific Business Unit of Mitsui & Co., Ltd.. He has been working for Mitsui & Co. since 1988 and has continued his professional activity in the field of Infrastructure project development such as Hydrocarbon, Power, Transportation, Logistics and Water, including assignments in Japan, UK, Korea and Singapore. Mr Suzuki obtained a Bachelor Degree in 1986 and a Master Degree of Mechanical Engineering in 1988 from Tohoku University, Sendai Japan, and completed Wharton AMP, University of Pennsylvania, USA in 2009.
Liew Kok Leong (Executive Director & Chief Marketing Officer)
Mr Liew joined the Portek Group in September 2004. He is currently the Chief Marketing Officer, in charge of Group Business Development Unit which is a centralised unit to market Portek’s Port Engineering, Port Management & IT expertise coupled with Mitsui’s financial capability and network. He brings with him invaluable international business development and leading management team to drive strategic global entities experiences. Throughout his career, he is involved in multiple disciplines from management, sales, marketing, project management to business development. Mr Liew holds an Engineering degree from the National University of Singapore and a MBA from Nanyang Technological University.
Yuji Taki (Executive Director & Chief Administrative Officer)
Mr Taki was appointed as the Executive Director of Portek Group in August 2017 and he became the Chief Administrative Officer since March 2018. He is responsible for supporting the investment activities and for strengthening the group asset management of Group Affiliate Management Unit, Group Business Development Unit and Group Engineering & Technology Unit, as well as driving the Group’s Corporate Compliance and Information Technology Divisions. He joined Mitsui & Co. in 1992 and has vast experiences in infrastructure business development such as power, water and logistics. His past assignments include Mitsui Abu Dhabi and Mitsui India. He also worked for the corporate strategy unit of Toyo Engineering Corporation, a TSE listed company, from 2015 to 2017. Mr Taki holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tokyo. He enjoys swimming, gym and playing tennis.
Toshiki Ota (Executive Director & Chief Financial Officer & Chief Affiliate Management Officer)
Mr Ota was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer of the Portek Group on 18th June 2018. He ensures the financial health of the Portek Group as well as the adequacy of internal and external financial reporting and compliance. He was also appointed as the Chief Affiliate Management Officer in January 2019, responsible for the Portek Affiliates’ results and proactively utilises Portek’s operations, engineering and financial expertise to maximise the mid/long-term value of the affiliates. Mr Ota has worked for Mitsui since 2000 and he has broad expertise related to finance, tax, credit risk management and investment management. Mr Ota also has experience working in China, having worked for Mitsui & Co. (China) Ltd. and Mitsui & Co. (Shanghai) Ltd. for four and half years. Mr Ota holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan. He enjoys playing soccer, golf and running.
Takayuki Hori (Non-Executive Director)
Mr Hori has been appointed as a non-executive director of Portek in April 2019. Mr Hori has worked for Mitsui since 1993 and he has broad experience in infrastructure development such as energy, power and logistics infrastructure globally. He is currently the Deputy General Manager of Division I (Asia), Infrastructure Projects Business Unit of Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and is responsible for development of infrastructure projects in Asia. Mr .Hori holds a Bachelor Degree of Arts from Sophia University, Japan.
Jun Yanagisawa (Non-Executive Director)
Mr Yanagisawa has been appointed as a non-executive director of Portek in April 2019. He has worked for Mitsui since 1996 with main focuses in the infrastructure sector, from the development of power plants, water, oil & gas production facilities and ICT related infrastructure. He has broad experience working abroad with assignments in Bangkok, Thailand and Houston, USA. He is currently the General Manager of the Third Department, Division I (Asia) at Mitsui & Co., Ltd and is responsible for the development of infrastructure projects in several countries within the Asian region, in addition to the coverage of logistics related infrastructure development business. Mr Yanagisawa holds a Bachelor Degree of Metallurgy Engineering from Nagoya University, Japan.