The Facilitator Lean Institute Africa Associate Thapelo Molapo is Toyota South Africa’s former Vice President of HR and Training. Thapelo spent 6 years at Toyota in the above position through which he gained vast experience in the daily application of the Toyota Production System (TPS) and the Toyota Business Practice (TBP). In 2013 Thapelo received the Global HR Leadership award from the World HRD Congress as well as the IPM HR Director of the year award. Thapelo founded Molapo Industries in 2013 and is its current CEO. He is also among other roles, the Chairman of the Automobile Manufacturers’ Employer Organisation , Member of the Governing Board of Merseta and member of the Council of the University of Venda appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training.