Lean Institute Africa, South Africa

+27 21 406 1477
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Graduate School of Business Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Western Cape, South Africa
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Purpose Sustainable Development of Society Vision Contributing to better organisational outcomes and quality of life by advancing Lean Thinking and Practice in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mission We aim to achieve our vision by building the community of lean practitioners through co-learning partnerships, action research and knowledge sharing. About The Lean Institute Africa (LIA) is a non-profit company with the aim of promoting lean management in sub-Saharan Africa. We strive to deepen our understanding of the effective implementation of lean management through research and practice. It was established in 2008 by Graduate School of Business (UCT) Emeritus Prof Norman Faull. Our applied research approach enables us to provide high-quality content in our workshops, experience-based facilitation in our educational programmes and high-impact results for the private and public sector organisations with which we partner. Each year we convene a national, lean management conference, alternating between the Lean Summit Africa and Lean Healthcare Summit, drawing on renowned international speakers such as Jim Womack, Dan Jones, John Shook, Mike Rother, Michael Ballé and John Toussaint.


Rose Heathcote



Rose Heathcote is Lean Institute Africa’s CEO and is dedicated to helping African organizations advance their learning and application in Lean Thinking. For more than 20 years, she has focused on raising the performance of enterprises in most industry sectors in Africa, Middle East, UK and India through the integration of Lean techniques into a management system to ultimately create a Lean culture . She has been privileged to work with 100+ companies, from micro through to large internationals, supporting them with:

  • Strategy and Execution in Lean Thinking
  • Corporate and Individual Learning and Development
Rose has a background in Industrial Engineering and is the author of Clear Direction and Making a Difference.

Anton Grutter



Anton Grütter has taught operations management at a number of South African universities for many years and recently in China as well. He has trained and advised on process improvement and organisational transformation for more than 25 years and did his PhD research on the effectiveness of the implementation of lean practices at medium-sized manufacturers. At present most of his work is on learning how to deploy sustainable lean management systems in the justice and healthcare systems in the South African public sector.