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KZN Lean Conference 2020

28th October 2020 - 30th October 2020

We are delighted to announce that the KZN Lean Conference will take place this year – virtually of course!

There are some great advantages to going digital:
1. We’ve managed to secure a more-impressive-than-usual line-up of top international speakers;
2. We’ve slashed the costs so that as many companies as possible can benefit; and
3. Your whole team can join relevant sessions from wherever they are working from.

Who are these top speakers? Good question!

Well, there’s:
Henrik von Scheel (Germany)
Named by Financial Times as “one of the leading authorities on strategy and competitiveness”.

A sought-after speaker and advisor, who has evolved the mainstream thinking and practices on the complex and most important issues in business. Henrik has pioneered a new path to link Environment, Business, Economy and Society to meet a triple bottom line: Planet, People and Profit.

Best known as the Industry 4.0 originator and the Digital mastermind of the European Digital Revolution, he set the Industry 4.0 council and digital agenda for over 19 countries and 23% of Fortune 500 companies.

Henrik was recognized as “the most influential management thinker of our times” by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, in awarding him the prestigious Knowledge Award” – the Nobel prize of knowledge sharing.

Eric Schmidt (Chairman of Google) described him as “One of the most pre-eminent strategic advisors of his generation”.

Sam Palmisano (CEO of IBM) said: “Henrik has influenced more executives – and more nations than any other business thinker”.

Pascal Dennis (Canada)
Pascal is a professional engineer, entrepreneur, award-winning author and world-renowned Strategy Execution Leader. He developed his lean skills at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) and by working with lean masters in North America and Japan.

He has supported lean implementation at leading international companies in sectors as diverse as automotive, process industries, heavy equipment, construction, and health care. The focus of his lean implementation work is strategic planning and execution (strategy deployment), quality, delivery, cost management, health and safety, and business process improvement. He coaches leaders and teams to ensure digital transformations deliver expected results.

Pascal is the author of Lean Production Simplified, Andy & Me: Crisis and Transformation on the Lean Journey, the LEI publication Getting the Right Things Done – a Leader’s Guide to Planning and Execution and The Remedy: Bringing Lean Thinking Out of the Factory to Transform the Entire Organization. He has won numerous Shingo Research Prizes.

His latest book, written with Digital Pathways partner, Laurent Simon: Harnessing Digital Disruption will be released later this year.

Laurent Simon (Singapore)
Laurent has been an Entrepreneur, Banker, and Business Advisor for 15+ years. He works with large companies and start-ups to design, build, and scale impactful digital businesses.

Ed Koch (UK, formerly SA)
Ed is an ILM Accredited Trustee holding an MSc in Lean Operations Management, BSc in Mechanical Engineering, is a registered Chartered Engineer (UK) and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK).

He is a Senior Executive with global expertise in supply chain transformation, M&A support and lean operations management. With a career spanning over 25-years in operations in the consumer goods and beverage industries, Ed has either run operations or led manufacturing transformations in Africa, Europe, Latin America, USA, Australia and China.

He has worked on both sides of acquisitions to deliver sustainable benefits and integrated teams. In 2016, following the largest acquisition in UK history, he led the integration of ABInBev and SABMiller’s Supply Excellence Programs.

At SABMiller, he spearheaded a global operational excellence program to improve performance across 80+ sites and deliver $500m in P&L benefits, and led an R&D program into the “Future of Work and Digitalisation in Manufacturing”.

Click here for the conference programme.

Click here for the conference booking form.

Click here for the speaker profiles.


28th October 2020
30th October 2020
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Heidi Jadoo
+27 33 345 2747