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Seif Shieshakly
Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Education

MBA – IMD Lausanne, Switzerland
BA Quantitative Economics and International Relations – Tufts University, MA, USA

Professional experience

Applying Lean principles to the implementation of a Continuous Improvement Process to the supply chain of Abdul Latif Jameel Co.Ltd., Saudi Arabia’s sole Toyota distributor, Seif developed his Toyota Way (トヨタウェイ) skills with the company that originated Lean as a modern business phenomenon. He then transferred to Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, working for their Middle East division, managing Kaizen (改善) supply chain projects for the GCC region.

His next move was to Porsche Consulting, the Lean Management division of Porsche AG, Germany, where he specialised in transferring Lean Thinking from the automotive industry to other sectors. With a focus on establishing sustainable Continuous Improvement cultures, he successfully managed Lean Implementation in a diverse range of sectors, from FMCG to Logistics, Transportation and Automotive.

Setting up Four Principles with Patrick Wiebusch in 2010 Seif has overseen not only the successful delivery of Lean projects across a wide array of business sectors and territories, but also the growth of Four Principles to today’s status as one of the world’s leading exponents and pioneers of Lean Thinking and Implementation.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Aluminum; automotive retail; education; financing and service; FMCG; food and beverage; government; health care; heavy industries; information security; paper; printing and packaging; private equity; retail industries.

Clients in

Saudi Arabia; China; Egypt; France; Japan; Lebanon; Switzerland; UAE

Patrick Wiebusch
Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Education

MBA – RSM Rotterdam, The Netherlands
BA in International Economics and Business Administration – The European Business Program, Munster, Germany

Professional experience

After graduating, Patrick joined Oliver Wyman / Mercer Management Consulting in Germany, where he worked with global names in Banking, Transportation, Automotive and Manufacturing. Upon completion of his MBA, he moved to Porsche Consulting, the Lean Management division of Porsche AG, Germany. Here, he focussed on transferring Lean Principles from the Automotive sector to other industries.

Working with Porsche Consulting, Patrick developed his expertise in Lean and Continuous Improvement Processes, becoming an expert in their implementation across a wide array of business sectors. Equipped with this knowledge, he set up Four Principles with Seif Shieshakly in 2010, leading successful Lean projects in a diverse range of industries and geographies, as well as establishing the business as one of today’s leading global specialists in Lean Thinking and Implementation.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Banking; car rental; FMCG; government; health care; heavy industries; paper; printing and packaging; private equity; retail; security; transportation.

Clients in

Saudi Arabia; China; Egypt; France; Lebanon; Qatar; Switzerland; UAE

James Ryan
Principal

Education

MSc in Engineering Design – Loughborough University, UK
BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering – Coventry University, UK

Professional experience

James started his career as a technician in industry whilst studying towards his degree. After ten years working in Europe and the US as a development engineer for the likes of Mercedes Benz, Chrysler and Smart, he joined Porsche Consulting, the Lean Management division of Porsche AG in Germany. Specialising in Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, Manufacturing and Software, James spent several years honing his skills with Porsche Consulting, focussing – and publishing articles – on Lean Enterprise, Lean Management and Lean Development.

He then joined Four Principles, bringing his diverse skillset to Lean projects across a wide variety of clients and sectors, not only as a Lean specialist, but also as a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Aviation; FMCG; food and beverage; Dairy; FMCG; government; healthcare; heavy industries; manufacturing and assembly; petrochemical, printing and packaging; transportation.

Clients in

Saudi Arabia; Bahrain; Ireland; Kuwait; Qatar; UAE

Mehdi Chelhi
Principal

Education

MSc in Strategy and Marketing – HEC, Paris, France
Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering – INSA, Rouen, France

Professional experience

Joining CSC Peat Marwick’s consulting business unit in Paris after graduating, Mehdi acquired vast experience in cross European strategy and management assignments for a variety of global names in Banking, Telecoms, Utilities and Manufacturing. Moving into Lean Management with the same company, he gained Lean Six Sigma certification before embarking on a career in which he applied his skills across a diverse array of business sectors and countries.

Mehdi went on to undertake a wide range of projects for CSC Peat Marwick, including the Lean transformation of a global telecoms carrier to implement sustainable growth, profitability and competitiveness, as well as high profile Lean programmes in Sales, Marketing, Global Procurement, IT and Operations.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Automotive retail; car rental; financing and service; FMCG; government; healthcare.

Clients in

Saudi Arabia; Bahrain

Ernest Nedic
Director Kaizen Lab

Education

Dipl.-Ing. in Electrical Engineering– University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover, Germany

Professional experience

Ernest’s professional career started as an Engineer in the automotive and IT industry. Shortly after joining Bosch Rexroth in 2007 he became the head of production for pneumatic valves and cylinders and led the Lean transformation of the department. Joining Porsche Consulting in 2011, Ernest worked as a Senior Consultant mainly for automotive industries. In 2014 he joined Alstom Power as Lean Manager for a global network of factories producing turbines and generators. Prior to joining Four Principles, Ernest worked as a Manager for TippingPoint Consulting, a German based consultant network, focused on Operational Excellence and Lean Transformation.In the latter role, he supported clients in automotive, industrial goods, transportation and construction through process optimization as well as empowering clients through customized training and coaching programs.

 

Ahmed Fahmy
Senior Manager

Education

MSc in Lean 4.0: An Adaptive Implementation Approach – The German University in Cairo, Egypt
BSc in Engineering & Materials Science – The German University in Cairo, Egypt
Project Management Professional (PMP) – American Chamber of Commerce
Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) trained – Koenig Solutions, UAE

Professional experience

After his graduation, Ahmed worked at Trane in Egypt, HVAC systems global manufacturer, as a Process Improvement Engineer where he conducted waste minimization and line balancing for seven mixed model production lines and redesigned the whole factory layout for Lean flow.

Then he joined Mars Inc. in Egypt as an Industrial Efficiency Engineer, in which he demonstrated his analytical skills through various projects tackling bottlenecks, capacity profiles, root cause analysis and deploying a global Idea Generation Program. Later he took the role of a Value Stream Leader where he was among the core team responsible for building the new Mars plant in Egypt along with one of the largest production lines globally where his work was set as a global best practice. In parallel, he was nominated to be a regional Lean coach where he coached all company levels in Mars Germany, The Netherlands, Russia, Egypt and UAE. Ahmed won two global awards for efficiency projects within Mars.

Ahmed then joined EGMA Optical Supplies as a Factory Manager & Business team member, managing 8 different departments where he applied various improvements resulting in industry best-in-class lead time and defects rate.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Aluminium; FMCG; food and beverage; government; heavy industries; logistics; manufacturing and assembly; paper; retail; transportation, hospitality; information technology

Clients in

Saudi Arabia; Kuwait; UAE

Fabio Menegon
Senior Manager

Education

Masters Degree in Lean Management – CUOA Business School, Vicenza, Italy
MSc in Business Engineering – Udine University, Italy

Professional experience

After graduating, Fabio first applied his Lean expertise at Carel Industries in Padova, Italy. A global HVAC/R business, his work for Carel enabled him to apply a complete Lean transformation as part of the company’s internal support team, a project which involved dealing with both direct and indirect processes. Having completed his work at Padova, Fabio was tasked with similar Lean transformations at Carel’s plants in Suzhou, China and Lancaster, in Philadelphia, USA – two contrasting cultures which gave him an invaluable insight into how Lean is applied and adopted in very different geographies within a single global enterprise.

After seven years with Carel, Fabio then joined global home appliances manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation. Here, he applied Lean in improving strategic supplier integration and performance, managing the company’s EMEA Supplier Integration Programme for two years before leaving to join Four Principles.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Plastic molding; HVAC; electronics; home appliances; aluminum; glass; paper; optic fibers; wire harness; dairy; education; FMCG; F&B; printing and packaging; government; health care; heavy industries; light industry; manufacturing and assembly; distribution; retail; corporate social responsibility; building maintenance; telecom; trading industries; construction; apparel, Oil & Gas and embroidery

Clients in

Saudi Arabia; Bahrain; Egypt; Kuwait; Qatar; Morocco; Spain; UAE

Manuel Silva
Senior Manager

Education

Masters Degree in Logistics – Villanueva University, Spain
Industrial Engineering Degree – Panamericana University, Mexico

Professional experience

Manuel’s working life started as a process and quality technician for a foundry, a role he carried out during the latter stages of his Engineering Degree course. This brought him into contact with metal transformation processes suitable for the automotive industry – experience he built on in his next role as a quality assurance engineer for an automotive TIERI rubber supplier in Mexico, where he oversaw implementation of QS-9000.

He then went on to specialise in Continuous Improvement Processes and supply chain optimisation in automotive, logistics, manufacturing and retail industries in Spain. Subsequent career moves spanned IVECO in the automotive industry as well as some of Spain’s leading logistics companies and textile brands. In this time, Manuel developed a wide range of skills, including Lean logistics process improvements, automated solutions and Lean marketing and sales – a range of skills he now brings to bear with Four Principles’ client portfolio.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Aluminium; automotive retail; car rental; consumer goods; distribution; financial services; FMCG; food and beverage; glass; heavy industries; logisitics; paper; petrochemical; printing and packaging; security; supply chain.

Clients in

Saudi Arabia; Kuwait; Morocco; Spain; UAE

Mohamed El Aouad
Project Manager

Education

MSc in Strategy and International Management – ESSEC Business School, Singapore
Master Degree in Industrial Engineering (specialising in Quality Management for Manufacturing Processes) – Ecole des Mines, Douai, France

Professional experience

Mohamed’s professional career started with GEP in London, where he worked on European procurement and supply chain consultancy. Applying Lean Management principles to reduce raw materials waste, optimise SKUs and achieve significant procurement savings, Mohamed helped a global chemical company to rationalise packaging materials for its operations in Denmark, France and Germany. His role with GEP also saw him assist a UK based financial services provider in optimising its facilities management service specification, using Lean Principles to eliminate all over-specification and waste, resulting in significant improvements to bottom line profitability.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Assembly; automotive retail; financing and service; FMCG; food and beverage; government; healthcare; heavy industries; logistics; manufacturing.

Clients in

Saudi Arabia; Kuwait; Bahrain, Morocco

Salah Bazyan
Project Manager

Education

Bachelor in Industrial Engineering – Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Professional experience

In his first role at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Salah joined the process engineering department and worked on internal transformational projects mostly within retail banking and currency operations. Implementing Lean principles to improve processes between the front end and the back end, and reduce overall lead time in order to improve overall customer satisfaction and reduce operational costs. Salah then joined management consulting firm Carpedia International and worked on improvement projects within the hospitality industry in the US and in Japan. He was responsible of improving restaurants operations, and banquets, applying Lean principles and waste elimination techniques to both areas. Furthermore, Salah joined Target Canada, within the performance improvement team and worked on several improvement projects within store operations. Prior to joining Four Principles, Salah worked with PwC Middle East, strategy and operations division. He worked on a variety of different projects in the public sector including transformational projects, strategic projects and process improvement projects.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Assembly; healthcare; hospitality; manufacturing.

Clients in

Saudi Arabia

Luis Santos
Project Manager

Education

Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering (specialising in Industrial Management) – University of Porto, Portugal

Professional experience

After graduating, Luis joined the Kaizen Institute Western Europe. Here, his extensive experience with clients across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and South America encompassed Lean projects throughout the supply chain. From Pull Production flow and Lean Internal Logistics and Warehouse design in the F&B sector in Portugal to line design and SMED work for an automotive supplier; from Lean project management methodology in wood transformation in Germany to cancer diagnostic lead-time reduction in Sweden… A spectrum of clients in a diverse array of sectors have equipped him with wide-ranging and well-travelled practical expertise in the implementation of Lean Thinking in hugely contrasting business environments.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Car rental; consumer goods; FMCG; food and beverage; healthcare.

Clients in

Saudi Arabia

Yazeed Al Naouri
Associate

Education

Project Management Professional (PMP) – Project Management Institute (PMI), USA
Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – State of New Hampshire, USA
Licensed Certified Management Accountant (CMA) – Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), USA
Bachelor in Accounting – University of Jordan, Jordan

Professional experience

Yazeed is an experienced advisor with over 9 years of experience in major advisory, project management and transformation projects in the Middle East, especially in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he led multiple mega-projects related to Vision 2030. Yazeed has a wide experience in the Governmental Sector and in the Aviation, Transportation, and Logistics Sector. Yazeed was holding the position of Director of Performance Management and Internal Audit in one of the biggest Transportation and Logistics groups in Jordan. Yazeed is a PMP holder along with having several other professional qualifications and in-depth consulting experience with leading consulting firms.

Yazeed’s experience prior to joining Four principles included leading the internal audit and performance management function at a major Group, looking after its 21 companies which are working in shipping, logistics, warehousing, travel & tourism, inspection, land transportation, security, farms and software development, to continuously monitor their performance and enhance it. In addition, Yazeed was working as a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services in Ernst & Young (EY), serving clients across the Middle East and North Africa.

During his time in EY, Yazeed has provided advisory services to a wide variety of clients in various industries, namely: Retail, Wholesale, Pharmaceuticals & Consumer Healthcare, Natural Resources, Aviation, Airport Management, Constructions, NGOs, Group Treasury, Insurance, Banking, Automotive, Production, Manufacturing, Chemicals Manufacturing, Government and Public Sector and Water Utilities.

Yazeed has been involved in multiple transformation projects, providing advisory services for various clients. The projects included policies and procedures development, rapid assessments, gap analysis, process transformation, process reengineering, process mapping, and process implementation.

In addition, Yazeed has been involved in multiple internal audit and risk assessment engagements, providing internal audit and risk assessment services for various clients in different industries including insurance, natural resources, vehicles manufacturing, foods manufacturing and general services.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Government; FMCG

Clients in
Saudi Arabia

Jason Payne
Associate

Education

Master of Business Administration – The Open University, United Kingdom

BA, Honours in Business – The Open University, United Kingdom

Diploma in Economics – The Open University, United Kingdom

 

Professional experience

Jason’s professional career began at Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK where he spent 10 years being taught first-hand the Toyota Way through the Toyota Production System (TPS). Having started in logistics, Jason quickly progressed through supply chain development and production engineering before finally spending the last 5 years in new model introduction where he travelled extensively to different Toyota plants in Japan, US, Turkey and France benching marking Lean operations and transferring Lean thinking back to his home plant in the UK. Jason’s last project was being part of the Vehicle Introduction Team which introduced the Auris model to the UK where he was personally mentored by a Senior Executive in Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan.

Looking to transfer his Lean knowledge, Jason’s next move was to a bespoke Lean consulting firm in London. This opportunity allowed him to refine his consulting skills in the delivery of Lean projects and transformations for some of the biggest global names in automotive, rail, aerospace, retail and manufacturing such as Airbus, Bombardier, London Underground, Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover. Whilst completing his MBA, Jason specialised in transferring Lean thinking and principles, coupled with management coaching to deliver significant client savings and operational improvements.

Finally, before joining Four Principles, Jason spent over 4 years working at the cutting edge of innovative production for Rolls Royce in their large civil aircraft engine division in the UK; helping them to deliver significantly increased production output of High-Pressure Turbine blades in both their domestic facility and external supply chain.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Automotive; transport; public sector; policing; infrastructure

Clients in                                                                                          

Saudi Arabia

Rohollah Rohparwar
Associate

Education

Bachelor of Engineering with Merit in Aeronautical Engineering (specialising in Lightweight Construction and Design) – University for Applied Sciences, Hamburg, Germany

Professional experience

Rohollah’s career in Lean started with Airbus at their plant in Hamburg, gaining invaluable experience in implementing Lean tools and methodologies in the Airbus Operating System, predominantly in the plant’s long range equipment installation area. Specialising in work package efficiency increases, work station layout optimisation, standardisation of operations and work orders in manufacturing / production, he went on to lead a series of Lean cost improvement projects, all of which achieved increases in bottom line profitability.

From Kaizen workshops, training, selection and use of Lean methods and tools to reorganisation, implementation, planning and management of multiple projects and quantification of benefits, Rohollah’s Airbus career saw him acquire a vast array of skills which he has subsequently transferred to his role at Four Principles.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Automotive retail; car rental; financing and service; government; FMCG; heavy industries; logistics; packaging; petrochemicals; real estate; retail.

Clients in

Saudi Arabia; Kuwait; UAE

Georges Saade
Associate

Education

Master in Business Management – ESCP Europe, Paris, France
MBA – ESA Business School, Beirut, Lebanon
BSc in Engineering – Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon
BSc in Chemistry – Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon

Professional experience

Georges’ first Lean Management experience began with Apave as a senior consultant, where he led several process improvement projects in different industries; including but not limited to FMCG, retail and distribution, construction, and manufacturing. His main focus was on process mapping, optimizing workforce structure, and designing improvement plans. His contributions in these projects led to client’s satisfaction through increasing process efficiency, productivity and overall profitability. He then took a leading role in the food industry, by joining Forsan Foods Factories as operations manager. At Forsan, Georges successfully implemented continuous improvement plans, designed to reduce waste and operational costs, improve efficiency, and increase productivity without compromising on product quality.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Food and beverage; healthcare, retail.

Clients in

Saudi Arabia

Mohamed Mosbah
Senior Consultant

Education

Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration (specializing in Operations Management and Analytics) – Ohio State University, Ohio, USA

Professional experience

Mohamed’s first Lean Management experience started at Ericson Manufacturing in Ohio, where he worked as a summer intern to enhance the order quotation process for the engineering department and support their international expansion initiatives. Mohamed then graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business administration; specializing in Operations Management and Analytics; with process improvement project experience with companies like Cardinal Health and American Electric Power.

Mohamed then moved to Dubai to be part of an international FMCG firm, where he worked on multiple digital and business intelligence initiatives to elevate the company’s market data management and reporting processes and enhance the process of identifying consumer behavior and potential impact on products’ elasticity.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Government

Clients in

Saudi Arabia

Atef Abouelnasr
Consultant

Education

B.SC. Honors in Industrial & Management Engineering – AAST, Egypt
Certified in Production & Inventory Management – APICS

Professional experience

After graduating the first on his class, Atef joined the university as a graduate teaching assistant where he was teaching production planning & control, supply chain management and project management. He started his professional career as project Engineer at Mondelez International working on a green field Gum plant project in Egypt. His Lean management principles started by being assigned as Early Equipment management pillar leader, where he applied lean principles to the design of packaging area layout, installed & Commissioned Clorets production line reducing complexity associated with real time operations & maintenance of equipment.

After successful startup of the factory Atef moved to Unilever where he played multiple roles in sales, manufacturing and projects in Egypt & Sudan, in which he demonstrated his lean principles implementation in delivering the largest soap production line in the middle east achieving the first vertical startup in the region. As a result, Atef moved to production role, leading focused improvement agenda where he conducted several productivity projects & waste minimizations where he sharpened his continuous improvement tools ranging from 6S tool kit & lean tools implementation.

Atef then Joined PepsiCo as Productivity & Sustainability Manager where he gained his lean six sigma certificate. He led the rollout of TPM lean transformation journey in Beverage mega plant, establishing sustainable Continuous Improvement culture. Atef applied lean in improving Lines efficiencies, productivity, materials waste & utilities consumption, where his work was set as a global best practice, he won four global center of excellence awards for continuous improvement projects. Leveraging on Atef technical and continuous improvement skills he was assigned as Coach for Kaizen leader candidates in the company that took him to driving sizeable profitability improvement in supply chain & manufacturing operations. He was nominated by SC Sr. director to work on the 3 years strategy for a leaner head count structure in supply chain function. He then took a leading role as supply chain deployment planning manager where he expanded his lean skills & knowledge in supply chain planning, inventory management, logistics & warehouses. Applying lean management model in network supply, reducing stock level, transportation & warehouses rental cost. He demonstrated exemplary leadership in leading deployment planners and logistics supervisors in 25 locations, delivering enhancement in service level, reduction in distribution cost & improving working capital. Later he moved to logistics & warehouses regional manager, leading population of 330 HC. He partnered with global team in working on nationwide network optimisation project, implementing Lean Internal Logistics and Warehouse design for beverage & snack industries.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Hospitality, FMCG, Government, Utilities

Clients in

Saudi Arabia, UAE

Mourad Ashour
Consultant

Education

BSc in Engineering & Materials Science – The German University in Cairo, Egypt

Professional experience

After his graduation, Mourad worked at Mars in Egypt, as a Mechanical Projects Engineer where he conducted several award-winning continuous improvement projects that led to waste minimization, improved efficiency, higher product quality, and LEAN factory layout.

As a result, he then joined the first-ever Regional Engineering team in Mars Inc. for the Middle East Region as a Regional Process Engineer responsible for all baked projects, Galaxy Flutes®, and TWIX®, in which he led the business writeup proposal for Mars largest ever TWIX® line to be installed in Egypt. Demonstrating exemplary leadership skill and eagerness to develop throughout the process, Mourad was nominated to realize the project by managing to lead a cross-functional global team to design, execute and vertically startup a best in class line TWIX® line that is the largest in the history of the company and is a global standard for all future lines.

Mourad then joined 4 degrees, Egypt’s first gelato truck business, as a Managing Director. Expanding the business from one mobile outlet to three in 9 months while achieving a YOY growth of 145% in sales and signing exclusivity contracts for the 3 largest event’s organizers in Cairo.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Government, F&B

Clients in

Saudi Arabia

Dr. Umberto Fragomeni
Consultant

Education

PhD in Mechanical Engineering – University of Pisa, Italy
MSc in Mechanical Engineering – Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy

Professional experience

Umberto started his career at the Fermi National Accelerator Research Center in Chicago, working side by side with international scientists and technicians on cutting edge technologies. He then Joined Altran in Italy, where he was responsible for implementing Lean breakthrough projects catering to Oil & Gas clients. Later on, Umberto applied his diverse experience when he  joined REF-E, where he was in charge of delivering operative and financial analysis for national and global names in the energy industry. While working on his PhD, he moved to the Honeywell company, where he, working in a manufacturing site, introduced significant process improvements, with immediate bottom-line results. In the same period he applied Lean and six sigma thematic and gained his six sigma core certification.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Manufacturing.

Clients in

Saudi Arabia

Sander Kamper
Consultant

Education

MBA – Nyenrode Business School, Breukelen, The Netherlands
MSc in Industrial Design Engineering – Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands

Professional experience

Sander’s first professional role in Lean Management was as a supplier assessment and quality compliance auditor within the rubber and plastic production industry. At the time, he conducted audits on plastic, rubber and metallic seals manufacturing companies, to improve product quality, reduce lead-time, and improve overall efficiency. He then expanded his expertise in Lean Management, by working on redesigning engineering processes, optimizing quality control, and improving internal and external processes (for clients and suppliers), in the rubber and plastic production industry. Furthermore, he was involved in setting up assembly lines using Lean principles.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Automotive retail.

Clients in

Saudi Arabia

Ammar Asali
Analyst

Education

Bachelor of Industrial Engineering – Engineering University of Business & Technology, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Professional experience

Ammar’s experience was gained in the automotive industry during his time with Abdul Latif Jameel, the biggest Toyota distributor in the world as a Demand manager after being promoted from Product Development Manager. In that role, Ammar wore a number of hats where he executed several responsibilities including the fulfilment of frontline requirements of SUV vehicles, preparation and communication of monthly campaign, strategic vehicle distribution planning, and the allocation of vehicles in the ERP system in line with healthiness of stock levels.

Ammar possesses other knowledge from numerous training programs such the Bullet Proof Manager Program, a one year internal program that nominates only the top performers in the company.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Food and beverage; government; transportation.

Clients in

Saudi Arabia

Diala Fawaz
Analyst

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering – American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Professional Experience:

During her university studies, Diala trained in Lean through enrolling in multiple specialized courses and completed her first lean project in the total transformation of an offsite modular light gauge steel production facility. After that, she won the first-place award at the Civil Engineering MSFEA conference at AUB for her final year project that mainly tackled optimization of the renovation processes of a historic building through effective cost planning and reduction of waste. Her project was chosen to be part of the Order of Engineers and Architects competition in Beirut where she won the third-place award against multinational competitors.

She then started her career as a site engineer intern with a multinational contractor where she was engaged in several types of construction sites ranging from residential to commercial to industrial sites.

Following that, Diala was hired as a full-time site engineer for one of the biggest construction projects in Lebanon. The project was both a residential and commercial one and included eight underground basements along with five upper floors. She was then promoted to owner representative/consultant which required her to follow and make decisions for all entities of the project including design, management, costing, construction etc. She took lead in the optimization of all the administrative and operational processes on site in addition to overseeing the development and continuous improvement of the project both on site and at the office by increasing efficiency, ensuring high quality, optimizing the site layout, minimizing cost and banishing all types of waste.

Four Principles Specialist Lean Experience:

Construction, Manufacturing

Clients in:

Saudi Arabia

Ahmad Houjeij
Analyst

Education

Bachelors of Engineering in Chemical Engineering with a specialization in Petroleum Engineering, with Distinction – American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Professional experience

Ahmad started his professional experience as a Chemical Engineering intern at Hikma Pharmaceuticals in Jordan. He worked on designing new layouts of pumping and piping systems and optimization of the manufacturing process.

At the American University of Beirut, Ahmad worked on multiple design and optimization projects for petrochemical factories, and enhanced petroleum extraction.

Four Principles specialist Lean experience

Automotive, Government

Clients in

Saudi Arabia

Samer Al Kontar
Analyst

Education

Bachelor Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering- American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon

Professional experience

Samer joined Petrofac after graduation and worked as a project engineer overlooking construction activities and managing multi-disciplinary interfaces between different subcontractors.

After gaining construction experience for around 15 months, Samer moved to work as a contracts engineer in Petrofac where he was in direct contact with the client through coordination and negotiation of variations, claims and other contractual matters as well as responding to any commercial correspondence with clients and vendors.

Four Principles Specialist Lean Experience

Transportation

Clients in:

Saudi Arabia

 

Toufic El Merachli
Analyst

Education

Master in Engineering Management- specialised in project & build environment – American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon

Bachelor degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering – American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon

Professional experience

After graduating, Toufic joined Petrofac, a leading company in Oil & Gas. His experience has been a comprehensive one exposing him to the complete management journey in mega-projects, from the proposal stage until project commissioning. Toufic also worked on a unique Lower Fares, Heavy Oil project in Kuwait with more than 4.2 billion dollars in value. This project was a first of its kind from a technique perspective in the Middle East.

Over the span of 5 years, Toufic gained a blended experience of strategy off-site at Petrofac headquarters in UAE then implementation on-site in Kuwait. He was indulged in several management phases & introduced to different aspects of process management and lean optimization. This required extensive research, high focus on client interface, lean coordination with project stakeholders, as well as active flexibility to adopt new tailored lean approaches.

Toufic then stepped beyond technical experience when he worked on an e-commerce project as a visiting consultant to a major governmental client in Saudi Arabia. This short experience ignited his passion to consulting and dynamic business operations.

Aside from the professional experience, Toufic is a positive social activist who enjoys promoting leadership & entrepreneurship in the Middle East. Toufic has participated in several leadership programs in Europe and the Middle East. He is also interested in Kayaking, chess, jet sking and other extreme activities.

Four Principles Specialist Lean Experience

Telecommunications, Holdings

Clients in

Egypt, Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Said
Analyst

Education

B.Sc. in Production Engineering – Alexandria University, Egypt

Professional Experience

Ahmed began his Lean Journey on his senior year graduation project which was conducted at Lipton (Unilever), the project aimed to map the current state of their most vital value streams and generate rapid solutions to deal with their most urgent waste makers. Ahmed then graduated from Alexandria University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Production Engineering; specializing in Industrial Engineering and Operation Research.

After that, Ahmed moved to Abu Dhabi to start working in one of the leading artificial stone manufacturers, where he further developed his lean skills in production management which concluded with him leading a production leveling project that included three different departments and resulted in enhancing the production capability to meet customer requirements.

Ahmed later became a Process engineer in National Food Product Company (NFPC), where he designed, tested, tracked and improved the process flow across the departments as well as absorbing the business analyst role which included management reporting and financial analysis, all while conducting the analysis needed for a cross-planet Total Productive Maintenance “TPM” project, that was designed to best optimize the maintenance team intervention schedule based on the equipment measured Overall Equipment Efficiency “OEE”.

Four Principles Specialist Lean Experience

Construction and Manufacturing

Clients in

Saudi Arabia

Zeinab Shaaban
Analyst

Education

Master of Health Administration – University of Florida, USA

BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics – American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon

Professional Experience

Zeinab began her Lean Management experience as an internal consultant at the University of Florida’s Department of Anesthesiology where she worked on process improvement projects, business planning and financial analysis.

After graduating with a Master of Health Administration, Zeinab joined Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where she led process improvement projects using Lean principles in several areas including clinical operations, patient identification, and triage processes among others.

The projects where aimed at improving operations efficiencies and quality of services along with increasing patient safety and satisfaction scores. Zeinab also participated in continuous quality improvement activities such as weekly huddles and executive rounding aimed at building a culture of KAIZEN across the hospital.

Four Principles Specialist Lean Experience

Government

Clients in

Saudi Arabia

Support Divisions

Sneha Kanakraj
Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist

Education:

Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Business – Aston University, UK

Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies – University of Nottingham, UK

Professional Experience:

A Human Resources professional with close to 5 years of experience, Sneha brings a range of skills in HR, Recruitment and HR services to her role with Four Principles.

After completing her undergraduate degree, Sneha interned at Cancer Research UK (CRUK) as a Policy and Allowances Summer Intern. Through the internship, Sneha came to realize her interest in the field of HR and then completed a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Business from Aston University, UK as well as got CIPD qualified.

Sneha then started her career as a HR Consulting Intern at KPMG, Oman which first exposed her to the world of consulting. After which, she moved to the UAE and worked within the HR department of two Hilton Hotels properties.

While at Hilton, Sneha was a part of the pre-opening team of Hampton by Hilton Dubai Airport (largest of its brand in the world and 1st in the middle east). Sneha set up the property’s HR department and recruited and trained 80% of the employees of the hotel within a period of 7 months. Before and after the opening of the hotel, Sneha worked closely with the HR Manager and General Manager of the to build the company culture and employee lifecycle in order to ensure employee engagement and minimum turnover.

Sneha’s experience covers various aspects of HR such as talent acquisition, talent development and management, performance management and employee engagement.