Lean Methods Group Innovation Team

Meet the Innovators

Dr. Phil Samuel

Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Phil Samuel is chief innovation officer for the Lean Methods Group, leveraging more than 20 years of experience as he works with organizations to insource creativity and increase organic growth potential.

David Silverstein

Founder and CEO

David Silverstein, founder and CEO of the Lean Methods Group, draws on more than two decades of experience and extensive research to challenge the way we think about trends, innovation and strategy.

Wes Waldo

COO and President, Americas

With over 20 years of quality, operations management and performance excellence experience, William “Wes” Waldo enjoys facilitating and coaching senior leaders on how to align their strategy and teams for ultimate success.

Naresh Shahani

Managing Director, India

Naresh Shahani is the Lean Methods Group's managing director, India. He brings 20 years of experience to his role in advising and coaching organizations to drive innovation and growth, build scalable business processes, and achieve organizational design and financial restructuring.

Ambarish Raj

Senior Principal

As a business head with more than 15 years of experience, Ambarish Raj develops and leads his team to deliver strategy, innovation and performance excellence across select industry verticals. He also assists organizations in aligning practices to national and international award criteria.

Dimitri Markoulides

Senior Client Partner

As a Lean Methods Group senior client partner and the innovation practice lead for the Lean Methods Group South Africa, Dimitri Markoulides brings over 15 years of experience to his work with clients in leading innovation efforts. He is a certified engineer and operational specialist, and an experienced trainer and mentor.

Perry Giles


Perry Giles, a principal with the Lean Methods Group, brings more than 30 years of experience in project management and educational environments as he leads rapid innovation cycles and teaches courses on innovation.

Riaan Brits


Riaan Brits, the Lean Methods Group's chief data scientist, is an expert in data mining and big data analysis, as well as a highly skilled computer scientist, developer of patented artificial intelligence, and innovation and strategy coach.

Dr. Michael Ohler


Dr. Michael Ohler, a principal for the Lean Methods Group and manager of European operations, is a frequent speaker and author on strategy and innovation. With more than 20 years of experience, he focuses on using people-driven approaches to shape and execute transformations, coach senior leaders, and train practitioners.

Deepak Muthreja


Deepak Muthreja brings more than 15 years of experience to his role in engaging with leadership to develop their performance excellence and innovation efforts. He assists organizations in both transactional and manufacturing environments with planning and initialization, as well as training, mentoring and coaching.

Ginty Chalk


Ginty Chalk is an organizational design and development specialist and specialty trainer at the Lean Methods Group. She facilitates in the areas of team development, leading high-performing teams, change leadership, innovation and train-the-trainer, and has delivered seminars and workshops around the world on change and facilitation.

Paul Massey

Senior Client Partner

Paul Massey brings more than 18 years of experience to his role in training and mentoring people in structured innovation, strategic planning and process improvement. His knowledge and experience span many sectors and include a forward focus on organizational evolution, growth and customer-centric practices.