Lean Institute Africa


Sustainable Development of Society


Contributing to better organisational outcomes and quality of life by advancing Lean Thinking and Practice in Sub-Saharan Africa.


We aim to achieve our vision by building the community of lean practitioners through co-learning partnerships, action research and knowledge sharing.


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.