Lean Institute Brasil, Brazil

(55 11) 5571-0804
Mailing Address
R. Borges Lagoa, 913 - Vila Clementino, São Paulo - SP, 04038-032, Brazil
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The Lean Institute Brasil (LIB) was founded in 1998 by José Roberto Ferro as a non-profit organization and with the purpose of disseminating lean management in every sector of Brazilian society. Beginning with Manufacturing, it has expanded the lean implementation to diverse areas such as Healthcare, Logistics, Office, Marketing and Sales, Agribusiness, Construction, Human Resources, Suppliers and others.

Since then, LIB has promoted consulting programs and events, has published and translated books and has written articles in all those areas in order to register success cases of lean implementation and to share experiences with people all around the world.

Being part of LGN and coordinator of its actions in Latin America, LIB has the mission to improve the organizations and the society through lean management practice, and its vision is about being continuously recognized as a reference of lean knowledge and practice in Brazil.

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Flavio Battaglia



Director of Lean Institute Brasil. Has participated in the implementation of Lean Thinking in several companies in Brazil. Currently dedicated to the study and development of Lean Business System and the needs for change in managerial thinking at business enterprises. Spent 3 months at Toyota do Brasil in order gain a better understanding of the type of Toyota operations. Author of several articles featured on our site. Holds a B.S. and master’s degree in Business Administration from EAESP/Fundação Getúlio Vargas.

Flavio Augusto Picchi

Vice President


Vice President of Lean Institute Brasil and Professor at Universidade de Campinas (Unicamp). Holds master’s degree and Ph.D. in Engineering from Escola Politécnica (Polytechnic School) at Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Took a post-doctoral program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with the Lean Enterprise Institute. Senior Examiner for the National Quality Award from 1996 to 2004. As a consultant in quality and productivity management, developed projects for over 20 years at companies of all sizes from various sectors. Working at LIB since 1999, participates in the development of Lean Thinking in wide-ranging industrial environments, including those where the application of Lean Thinking is not yet widespread, such as services, business administration, and construction.

Jose R. Ferro

President and founder


President and founder of Lean Institute Brasil. Vice-chair of the Lean Global Network. Senior Advisor of the Lean Enterprise Institute in the U.S.A. One of the founders of the lean global movement. Speaker  in conferences and events in 26 countries. Researcher at the MIT project  that lead to the publication of the book “The Machine that changed the world” where the term lean was coined. Author of chapters of the Portuguese-language version of the books “The Machine that Changed the World” and “Lean Thinking” by Womack and Jones. Holds a B.S. in Production Engineering and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Business Administration.