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Yogesh Vaghani

Chairman & Principal Practitioner


Mr. Yogesh Vaghani dons triple hats of being the Promoter of Milton Plastics Ltd., Ex-Chairman of DCCIA (Deccan Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture), Pune and Chairman at Vedzen Institute, Pune. 

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Experience: Shri. Vaghani has led one of the most successful Kaizen transformation initiatives in India, by adopting Lean Kaizen Management practices at Miltons Pune Unit in its entirety. He is an avid practitioner of Lean Kaizen and a committed one, the proof of which lies in the first Global Kaizen Award bestowed on his company by Masaaki Imai San.


Education: He received the concepts directly from Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), USA and Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME), USA on Lean Kaizen applications. He has also been instrumental in bringing about newer applications of Lean Kaizen such as Kaizen in Everyday Life, Lean Kaizen in Hospitals, Kaizen in Community, Lean in Construction etc. 


Specialist In: Holistic Management - end to end business improvements starting from the customer-manufacturer-supplier-user, Paradigm Shift, Lean in Healthcare & Construction, Lean in Office, Process Improvement with Built-in Quality, Demand-Flow with Lean Management


Past Accolades: Mr. Yogesh Vaghani was felicitated as "Lean Management Guru" by ELC Pune at Lean Management Congress 09.


Clients Worked For: Industries he has worked for includes Solectron (Malaysia), M & M Industries, Cadilla Pharmaceuticals, Alfa Laval India, Sahney Insulation Group, Gera Developers (Construction), Rashmi Commercials (Construction), Milton Plastics, DED (Dept. of Economic Development) - UAE, Gestamp India (Prime Vendor to Volkswagen), Linea Fashions and many more.

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 Anup Gandhi

 Sr Principal Practitioner


Mr. Anup Gandhi has direct leading role experience in implementation of Quality Circles, Value Added Management, Business Process Re-engineering, Total Quality Management (TQM), Kaizen, 5S, WCM (World Class Manufacturing)



 Experience: Anup Gandhi is a seasoned, 30+ years experienced hard core manufacturing person, managed heavy engineering factory set up with 1200+ workforce, as a factory manager. He has specially developed and successfully implemented Leveling & Stream-lined- Lean Production-Flow system in the discrete-made-to-order and low-volume & high-variety manufacturing environment. In last 5 years, successfully implemented many business process improvements through his coaching to the people involved in the processes. He completed his six sigma training in the year 2000 and then in variably used DMAIC process in many improvement projects.


Based upon his research and learning in the work place, he has developed a structured problem solving program based on A3 Thinking of Toyota. He has mastered special skills of making people to learn & practice "Structured thinking with holistic approach on various aspects to resolve problems & prepare innovative solution proposals" and trained over 2000 professionals in last 5 years. He has developed various special training programs and coached various managers, professionals, Production supervisors, Union leaders and workmen in the industry.


He has coached many professionals to successfully resolve over 300 improvement projects involving cross functional issues in total supply chain, using A3 thinking. He has implemented unique "Visual Recognition & Motivation system" based on visual thinking process.


Education: Anup Gandhi is a Mechanical Engineer graduated from Govt. College Of Engineering, Amravati, Nagpur University (1979) & done Master in Management Science (MMS) from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune University( 1984).

 Anup has attended intensive senior management development program at IIM Ahmedabad & got special training in Japanese Quality Management systems at AOTS, Japan. 


Past Accolades: He has hands-on experience of working along with internationally reputed consultants like Boston Consulting Group & McKinsey & Company & KAIZEN Institute on their special assignments while working for Thermax Ltd.  He is blessed with intensive coaching from Japanese Sensai Mr. Takao Kasahara San, Mr. Masaki Imai San & Indian Sensai Mr. C. Narsimhan on the manufacturing excellence programs.


Aup has wide exposure to various industries spread over Japan, US, Germany, China, Hungary, Italy & Indonesia.  He has lead many system implementation projects like ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ERP, ISMS (Information Security Management System) in the organisation.  He is a certified lead assessor of managerial leadership competencies and was a part of assessment center for more than 200 middle & senior level managers. He provides special coaching for professionals in any field, aspiring implementation of Lean or Operational Excellence. He provides special coaching services for developing structured problem solving skills in people with systematic thinking for the long term organisational development. He is a mentor & guide to many individuals who have successful careers in their professional & personal life. 


Specialist In: Six Sigma, TPM, Business Process Re-engineering, 5S, Quality Circles, Total Quality Management (TQM), A3 Problem solving technique, WCM, One Piece Flow.


Clients Worked For: Industries he has worked for includes Thermax Industries (led by Anu Aga) Sahney Insulation Group, Milton Plastics, Premium Transmissions (Greaves Cotton Group), Syntel Telecom (Arvind Mills - Lalbhai Group), Sterlite Industries (Vedanta Group) & Many More.


Apart from assignments, he consults on Corporate Strategy too.



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D. K. Somaiya

Sr Principal Practitioner

Mr. Somaiya is the founder of D. K. Somaiya & Associates, a consulting firm specialising in Lean Manufacturing, Lean Retailing & Lean Solutions for Information Processing and Healthcare.

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Experience: He is Principal Consultant with over 42 years of successful career in Manufacturing, Marketing and Supply Chain Management. He was employed by TRW Inc., FMC Corp. and Firestone, Fortune 500 multi-nationals in USA. He has gained considerable "hands-on" experience in implementation of World Class Manufacturing, Lean Management, techniques with specialization in - Total Employee Involvement, Supply Chain Management, 5S, Cellular Production, SMED, KANBAN, Visual Factory and Lean Retailing.


Mr. Somaiyas consulting philosophy is, "HANDS THAT HELP ARE HOLIER THAN LIPS THAT ADVISE". He practices this philosophy by a bottom-up approach, heading straight to the shop - floor and getting things done by setting an example. He has assisted a wide variety of organisations in India, America and Malaysia in their drive for world class excellence.


Education: He holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Industrial Engineering and MBA from University of Houston, USA.


Past Accolades: He has created the first of its kind in the world, highly practical, fun-filled, "WCM / LEAN-GAME" and has developed a unique management concept called, "Management Miracles - Theory (I)". He is frequently invited by professional societies to conduct Seminars / Workshops and has contributed articles for publication in professional journals.


Specialist In:  Total Employee Involvement, Supply Chain Management, 5S, Cellular Production, SMED, KANBAN, Visual Factory and Lean Retailing.


Clients Worked For: MAS Linea Leather Accessories, Chennai, Sahney Commutators Pvt Ltd, DISA India Limited, Tanishq Retail, Tata +Eye, Ingersoll Rand, Kennametal India, Titan Industries, Intek Tapes, Sain Gobain Vetrotex  & many more.


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Sanat Sankrityayan

Principal Practitioner


He has done more than silver jubilee of projects on more than a dozen of lean-kaizen tools, to be specific Kanban, Autonomous Maintenence, 5S, VSM, V-Map, Standardization, Quick ChangeOver, Poka-Yoke...

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Experience:  Sanat has been a business improvement practitioner since January 2008. He conducts CFT (cross functional team) based projects at Gemba or the real workplace with top down - bottom up approach and total employee involvement. The best methodology is through an even spread over of the continuous improvement projects in the form of Kaizen Blitz Workshops - i.e. 5 days rigorous and a sustainable month then.


Education: He has a Biotechnology Degree on his epaulettes with Distinction (B.Sc. Honours).  He is a Post Graduate in Business Management with Human Resources as specialization (2006-08).  He is also a Project Management Professional - trained by PMSoft. Recently, He is on the way to add another feather in his hat as CII's Indian Green Building Council - Trained Professional. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt since 2014.


He has done more than silver jubilee of projects on more than a dozen of lean-kaizen tools, to be specific Kanban, Autonomous Maintenence, 5S, VSM, V-Map, Standardization, Quick ChangeOver, Poka-Yoke, Differential Diagnosis, Ishikawa, Pareto etc.


He has also successfully done lean-kaizen projects in Government like Power Sector, Office of a R&D Lab, a Construction Firm (ongoing) and a IT company. He has also coached Lean Certification candidates in attaining silver level of Lean Certification. He is currently working for Lean Construction Excellence, and Lean Service Excellence.


Specialist In: Value Stream Mapping, V-Map, 5S, Kanban, SMED, Poka yoke, Problem Solving through DMAIC, Hoshin Kanri Strategy with Lean Deployment, Org. Development Interventions, Theory of Constraints.


Clients Worked For: Industries he has worked for includes Rashmi Commercial (Construction), Gera Developers Pvt. Ltd. (Construction), Ruby Hall Clinic (Hospital - Healthcare), K K Nag Pvt. Ltd. (Pakaging Vendors to Whirlpool & LG), Sahney Insulation Group, Milton Plastics, Gestamp India (Prime Vendor to Volkswagen India), Rishi Laser Cutting Pvt. Ltd., Forbes Marshall (Spirax Marshall, Simmonds Marshall), Tata ASAL, Tranter India (Alfa Laval Group), Premium Transmissions (Greaves Cotton Group), Alfa Laval India, Putzmeister (Sany Group), Syntel Telecom (Arvind Mills - Lalbhai Group), SEAM Industries (Sunil Hitech Engg. Group), Uniklinger at Ahmednagar & many more.



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Ravi Kapoor

Principal Practitioner


Mr Kapoor has over 36 years with recent 17+ years in Automotive Industry - OEM & Auto-Components (MNC environment). He has handled Commercial functions,  HR,  Finance, ...

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Experience: Mr Kapoor has over 36 years with recent 17+ years in Automotive Industry - OEM & Auto-Components (MNC environment). He has handled Commercial functions,  HR,  Finance,  Product Costing,  IT, Business Strategy   and Corporate Affairs at senior most level. He is a Member of Management Committee / Board at the top management level


Education: Mr Kapoor is a Bachelor in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT, Bombay & MMS (Finance) from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Bombay


Specialist In: Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Lean Accounting,  5S, Kanban, SMED, Value Stream Mapping, Strategy with Lean Deployment


 Past Accolades: 

  • Defining the India Business Strategy (for Akebono) and identifying potential JV partners.
  • Implemented a rigorous system of capex evaluation and approval on SAP.
  • Audit of Business Processes & Internal Controls for compliance assurance i
  • Implemented Mercer's Job Evaluation System in preparation for market based salary re-alignment.
  • Implemented a Voluntary De-listing.
  • Successfully changed business model from credit-sale to advance payment to boost cash flow during infancy - system now institutionalized.

Clients Worked For: Industries he has worked for includes Bosch, Sahney Insulation Group, Milton Plastics, Gestamp India (Prime Vendor to Volkswagen India), Rishi Laser Cutting Pvt. Ltd., Forbes Marshall (Spirax Marshall, Simmonds Marshall), Tata ASAL, Tranter India (Alfa Laval Group), Premium Transmissions (Greaves Cotton Group), Alfa Laval India, Putzmeister (Sany Group), Syntel Telecom (Arvind Mills - Lalbhai Group), SEAM Industries (Sunil Hitech Engg. Group) & many more.


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Piyush Pandey

Lean Practitioner


Cell: 07385430960

Piyush has 8+ years of experience in the industry for Operations management and Consulting – Training & Implementation.

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As a Lean Practitioner he perform as a catalyst across organizations for change initiatives using Lean Kaizen Management practices internally and externally. At client site he conducts team based process improvement and problem solving workshops that surpass targeted results. He is a part of the team working on Lean Manufacturing, Lean Construction, Lean Services and Operational Excellence.


Piyush is also responsible for production of Corporate & Training events, Industry research and report writing, maintaining Website, Social Media Marketing and Daily Work Management. He started a weekly newsletter, “Veditavyam” to create awareness about World Class Management Practices and is currently editing its 4th volume.


Education: He is an Electronics Engineer from Pune University.


Experience: Prior to joining Vedzen, he ran a small sized software development company, Stack Solutions in Pune.


Specialist In: Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Operational Excellence, OC, 5S – Factory & Office, Lean Office, Value Stream Mapping, Problem Solving Techniques, Inventory Management, Lean Six Sigma, TPM, Paradigm Shift, Team Building Games, Daily Work Management Systems and Theory of Constraints.


Clients Worked For: MSP Steel & Power, Asian Paints PPG, Western India Forgings Ltd. Pune, Sahney Kirkwood Pvt Ltd, Nashik, Manubhai Jewellers, Mumbai, Pegasus Properties Pvt Ltd (Megapolis Project), Pune, Gera Developers, Pune, Hotel Sukhsagar NX, Malegaon, Sheetal Automobiles, Malegaon, Uniklinger, Ahmednagar Pune, The Poona Club, Pune, The Rotary Club of Poona Downtown & Poona Central, Pune, Kitchen Grace, Pune, SCMLD, Pune.


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Kishore Karve

Principal Practitioner


Mr Kishore Karve has over 30 years of industrial experience in many areas including Projects, Production, QA, and general management at different levels from Shop Floor Engineer to Top Management.

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Education: He is a Gold Medal winning Metallurgical Engineer from Pune University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Bangalore University. He also has a diploma in Computer Management from Jnanaparobodhini, Pune & in Japanese Language from Indo Japanese Association.


Experience: He is empaneled as a Lean Management Consultant with National Productivity Council with 16 years of in the area of training, consultancy and audits. He has worked in Confederation of Indian Industry - TQM Division and Lean Manufacturing (VSM, SMED, Line Balancing) He has worked as Expert Trainer for ILO (International Labour Organization) for their SCORE program and also for QCFI as their training faculty. Prior to joining Garware Bestretch, he worked for DGP Hinoday Ind. Ltd as Associate VP; Greaves Foseco as Product Manager NFMT and Hindustan Aroenautics Ltd as Production Engineer.


He has conducted more than 300 training programs for organizations including multinationals in various areas of Quality, TQM, 5 S, Quality Circles, Kaizen, 7 QC Tools, TQM, SQC, etc. He has provided consultancy to many in the areas of ISO 9000, TQM, Process Improvement, System Improvement, Performance improvement, 5 S, Kanban, Quality Circles, Kaizen etc. He had also have been carrying out certification as well as surveillance audits for ISO 9000 on behalf of reputed certification bodies and have so far conducted more than 200 audits of manufacturing as well as service industries.


Specialist In: Mr Karve is an expert in Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen Low Cost Automation and Vendor Improvement. He has worked at many organisations and handled corporate Training & on field support for understanding, implementing, practicing and sustaining Process Flow Mapping, FMEA, Control Plans, APQP, PPAP, QC Tools etc , ISO 9001 and ISO/TS 16949 fundamentals & requirements, Measurement System Analysis (MSA), Fundamentals of Lean & Six Sigma. He also provides training on Environment, Health & Safety Management: ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001


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Hanumant Tikate

Principal Practitioner


Mr. Hanumant Tikate has over 15 years of Experience with leading Indian OEM’s & Multinational automobiles in the field of manufacturing, New Greenfield Project Planning & Execution, Layout Designing & Facilities..

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Education: B.E. (Mechanical) from Shivaji University.


Experience/ Post accolades: Mr Hanumant has worked with many leading OEM’s, Handledmany training programs on Lean Management, IE Tools & Techniques on Productivity improvement& implementation on the shop floor .Play active role in procurement & commissioning of equipment’s and products, Jigs/Fixtures and various material handling facilities including Material Handling Equipment Selection & Procurement.


Specialist In: He has expertise in Industrial Engineering, Lean Management Tools, Productivity Improvements, Warehousing&Logistic. LeanManagement Tools like Gemba Kaizen Workshops, Value Stream Mapping, 5S, TPM, SMED, ProductivityImprovements, Warehousing& Logistic Facility planning for new Greenfield projects, Problem Solving Skills (Ishikawa, 5 Why, Brainstorming, PDCA), Lean Logistics Concept, PFEP ( Plan for each Part ) Methodology, Logistic Layout & logistic facility Designing, Kitting ,Sequencing MethodologyDesigning, Packaging Standardization, Storage System Designing. Developing Procedures, Layout Optimization, standards for Business Excellence.


Clients Worked For: Industries he has worked for includes for Mahindra Vehicle Manufactures Ltd, LearAutomotive India Pvt Ltd, Thermax Ltd,Schaeffer India Ltd (INA Bearing Pvt Ltd),Automotive Stampings & Assemblies Ltd (Tata Group),Ganage Pressings Ltd and Finolex Group.


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Kalyani Kalsiwal

Officer - Accounts & Finance


Kalyani has over 6 + years of experience in Finance, Accounts, Taxation, Auditing and is well versed with Modern Accounting, Taxation like GST Systems and other standards.

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Education: She is a Commerce graduate and a Masters in International Business from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad.


Experience:  Prior to working with Vedzen, Kalyani worked as a Sr Accountant Assistant  at Mishra Infrastructure Pvt.Ltd; She has worked with Manoj Kala & Associates as Accountant and Green Celsius Bio Energy Pvt Ltd as Accounts Assistant.


Specialist In: She is an expert in preparing Accounts for statutory compliance, GST - working & compliance, General Accounting, Payable & Receivable Management, Banking and Financial Reporting etc. She has handled various taxation scrutinizes and is skilled in building strong relationship with both internal & external clients & vendors.

Kalyani’s vision is to create a smart & easy handling business venture with the help of Lean Kaizen techniques that would help her to serve the best to the end consumers. She is also interested in learning Lean Kaizen Tools like 5S, SOP, Kanban and Daily Work Management System.

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