Lean Academy Portugal, Portugal

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The Lean Academy Portugal is a nonprofit research, education and publishing LGN Affiliate with the goal of spreading Lean thinking and practice throughout the Portuguese community of professionals. Through several partnerships with leading Portuguese universities, companies and other non-profit organizations, we have created different ways to develop our community. Some examples are the: Lean Foundation Program for Universities, the Post-Graduation Lean Practitioner Certification and the Portugal Lean Summits.

New areas of research will be developed, with incursions on how to teach and apply Lean Thinking to the Junior Schools and to the High schools. Specific Chapters are to be created, to deep dive on clusters of the society, such IT, Construction and Healthcare.

Lean Academy Portugal has a simple Mission: ‘Help spreading the Lean Thinking and the Lean Knowledge in Portugal’.


Sérgio Caldeirinha



His professional development context gives him a wide versatility. He have experience in the development and implementation of integrated management systems, in quality improvement methods and in the implementation of the principles of Lean Thinking, in many different environments.

Sérgio started his professional career in 1997 in a manufacturing unit of Ford Motor Company, actual Visteon, one of the largest suppliers of the automotive industry, taken up several positions as quality assurance, manufacturing engineering, product engineering, costumer liaison among others. After 2002, he moved to a consultancy organization, where he supported a vast portfolio of organizations to achieve excellent levels of performance, with operating ‘world class’ results.

With the addition of knowledge provided by the executive Master Business Administration, attended at ISCTE Business School, he could enhance the strategic planning, financial and HR management, providing him a multidimensional vision of the businesses.


  1. Productivity | Lean Thinking: implementing solutions and productivity-enhancing techniques, e.g. VSM, KVP2, 5S, SMED, TPM, Poka-Yoke, Hoshin Kanri, Kanban
  2. Quality | SIX SIGMA implementation of advanced tools for planning, control and improvement of quality, e.g. APQP, FMEA, SPC, 8 d, Taguchi Methods, GDT
  3. Integrated management systems Implementation and audit of management systems based on ISO TS 16949, ISO 9001 and VDA6.

He assumes today the Presidency at the Lean Academy Portugal, putting his country in the path of the great key note speakers and great events.