Calls for Speakers are now open

Download our Speaker form, complete and return to us at [email protected]. Forms must be received no later than 31 May 2018. Final speaker selections will be made by 31 July 2018.

Keynote Speakers

Furuhashi, International Lean Practitioner, Japan

Furuhashi is regarded as a guru in the implementation of the Toyota Production System as well as organisational transformation and leadership development.

His area of expertise is Flow Management: Transforming operation & management systems through the flow concept, including:

  • Transforming business processes by “Flow Concept” in manufacturing industry, i.e. production preparation, production, delivery, supply system, etc.
  • Transforming organisational and management system to meet new environment.
  • Diffusing flow management tools and technique, which is developed in manufacturing industry, to other sectors, such as service industry

In his work he has supported organisations in South Africa, Great Britain, India, Italy, Romania, Mexico and China, and we look forward to hearing his inspirational take on Lean Management.

Kim Barnas, CEO Catalysis, USA

Kim is the author of ‘Beyond Heroes’ and President of Catalysis (a not-for-profit organisation  transforming healthcare). Her mission is  to transform  patient experiences, make quality more transparent, and reduce healthcare costs. She advises top leaders through her coaching, tools and frameworks for successful Lean implementation. We are pleased to have her share her insights and experience with us.

Kim will give two keynote presentations: ‘Lean Leadership: Lessons from the Fieldand Lean Management Systemand will facilitate a workshopAn Overview of Creating a Lean Management System‘. Please see: Lean Summit Africa Presentation Abstracts and Lean Summit Africa Workshops for more information.

Dave Brunt, CEO, Lean Enterprise Academy, UK

Dave is the Chief Executive with the Lean Enterprise Academy UK and has walked, mapped, taught and coached lean in over 500 value streams across almost every conceivable environment. He is the author of ‘Creating Lean Dealers’ and has, since the early 1990’s, been both applying and researching Lean. He has supported many organisations in their lean journey and we look forward to hearing more about his work in Africa.


Summit Speakers

Kobus Malan, President Mid-Market, Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology, Global

Kobus Malan has a broad range of lean experience, beginning his lean journey in 1998 with reading the seminal book Lean Thinking. His lean leadership journey has taken him from South Africa to China to Australia to Sweden and then again to China.

He has led successful, but also less successful, Lean transformations in several companies in different countries, covering Lean Manufacturing, Lean Management and Lean Product Development, over a period of 20 years.

Kobus will give two presentations: 1. Reflections on a Global Lean Transformation Leadership Journey and 2. Implementing Lean Product Development. See presentation abstracts here.

Sudip Pal, Lean Leader, Ericsson India Global Services, India

Sudip is working as the Lean Leader and Senior Manager – Service Delivery Transformation for Ericsson India Global Services, SDU BDGS. With 20 years of experience his areas of expertise span across a wide spectrum of the IT landscape – from System Integration to IT Service Delivery, from IT Advisory Services to Program Managements, from Lean in Agile to Automation. He is a recognized Lean Expert by the Asian Productivity Organization – Japan, Quality Council of India, and National Productivity Council – India. He has mentored many big Lean deployment programs for some leading global IT companies in last 8 years; such as, improved cash flow & profitability, increased win rate, sales engagement process, scaled Agile, etc. In the last 2 years Sudip has completed several high potential and critical transformation programs in the areas of Agile, Automation and IT Service Delivery Transformation Model. He has also groomed many candidates to become successful Lean Coaches in the industry.

Sudip has participated in European Lean IT Summit 2013, 2017 and Turkey Lean Summit 2017 editions presenting case studies on Lean IT Transformation. At the Turkey Lean Summit he also organised a well-received Lean IT Simulation workshop.

Sudip will be presenting ‘Transforming ICT Service Delivery through Lean, as well as facilitating a workshop titled Lean IT Simulation – Transforming IT  Processes with Lean Principles‘. For more information, please see: Lean Summit Africa Presentation Abstracts and Lean Summit Africa Workshops

Tjaart van den Bergh, General Manager: Continuous Improvement, Omnia

After completing his degree in Chemical Engineering in 1999 Tjaart van den Bergh started his career in the steel industry in South Africa and in the Netherlands. Having occupied various management positions, he completed his MBA during this period. He then joined Omnia fertilizer and continued to develop and is now General Manager: Continuous Improvement. The position allows him to use certain tools, methodologies or concepts using his experience and strengths to improve the culture of the business.


Tjaart will be presenting on the topic ‘How did Omnia integrate and entrench change?’.