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Denise Bennet


Denise is an experienced Lean Thinking practitioner and coach with deep experience in healthcare and service industries, particularly local government. Denise worked as a nurse for more than 25 years, both as a midwife and nephrology nurse. She led services both within the public and private sector. Her experience with Lean Thinking began in 2004, […]

Vasil Petrov

Vasil Petrov - Managing Director of Lean Institute Bulgaria

Vasil Petrov is founder and managing director of Lean Institute Bulgaria. He has bachelor degree in Business Administration and MBA degree from University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt. Vasil has extensive consulting experience (e.g. Porsche Consulting) and has participated and led multiple projects in various industries worldwide (UK, US, Germany, etc.). Some of his knowledge areas […]

Javier Sala Mercado M.D., Ph.D.

Vice CMO & COO Model Institute of Cardiology, Córdoba Argentina.  Professor and Director of the Cardiology Program, National University of Córdoba, Córdoba Argentina.  Professor of Physiology, Cardiology Residency Program, Model Institute of Cardiology, Córdoba Argentina.  Adjunct Assistant Professor, Physiology Department, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA.  Dr Javier Sala received his M.D. degree and training in […]

Christopher Thompson

Director – Lean Institute Brazil Christopher Thompson has been disseminating and implementing lean thinking and practice for 14 years in Latin America as a member of the Lean Institute Brazil. He has supported more than 200 companies in their lean transformations covering sectors such as automotive, aeronautics, construction, metallurgical, food, pharmaceutical, technology, health, consumer, chemical […]

Matthew Savas

As Director of the Lean Global Network (LGN), Matt works alongside the network’s 30+ institutes and partners to spread lean thinking around the globe. Prior to joining LGN, Matt worked for 3 years at the Lean Enterprise Institute. He was responsible for managing its Co-Learning Partner Program, bringing change to a local restaurant, and leading lean learning […]

Dave Brunt

CEO, Lean Enterprise Academy David has been both applying and researching lean since 1990. He manages activities at the Lean Enterprise Academy and helps firms making a lean transformation. He has worked with Dan Jones since 1997. During that time he has been involved in both pioneering research into lean thinking and the practical implementation […]

Josh Howell

Joshua Howell is president and executive team leader at the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI). Howell was an architect and implementer of a lean operating system for retail stores at Starbucks Coffee Company, where he also created a team of lean coaches who helped facilitate and sustain the transformation globally. The system enabled improved quality for […]

Angélica Gutiérrez

Angelica Gutiérrez has more than 16 years of experience in human resources and business administration in Colombia and Brazil. For 10 years she has been bringing lean thinking to human resources to make companies more capable of evolving to meet ever-changing market needs.

Juan David Ruiz Valencia

Juan Ruiz has a masters in Global Business Administration (MBA) from Universitat de Barcelona and a degree in industrial engineering from Universidad Javeriana. He has 14 years of multicultural experience in operations management and strategy. He has helped companies across a variety of industries improve their performance including education, manufacturing, agrobusiness, retail, and logistics.

Sharon Visser

Sharon Visser grew up in Botswana. She has 5 years of successful Lean implementation leadership at Halfway Toyota Ngami under the coaching of Dave Brunt and Terry O’Donoghue. She presented at Lean Summit UK in 2016 and at Botswana Productivity in February 2017. She created a partnership with the University of Botswana to send engineering […]