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TEAM

MEET THE TEAM

LAA is a small team of seven professionals that always seek new opportunities to challenge ourselves in order to remain on the leading-edge and always deliver the best value. On a daily basis, we strive to follow our mission which at the same time represents our core value that is “Learn. Innovate. Share.” We aim to create value and reduce waste in everything we do. Our team consists of Lean in Product Development and Innovation experts and former practitioners, which gives us a distinguished advantage of the fused experience of industrial challenges and structured solution-finding.

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Dr Myrna Flores

Founder and Coach at LAA and Visiting Researcher and Lecturer at EPFL

Myrna has over 20 years of experience working at ATKearney, General Electric, the Swiss Sustainable Innovation Research Center and at CEMEX Global Center for Technology and Innovation in Switzerland managing Lean and Open Innovation projects. Currently, she is visiting scholar at the College of Management of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and founder of the Lean Analytics Association (LAA) which is a spin-off of the FP7 Lean Product and Process Development

Prof Christopher Tucci

Co-founder at LAA, Dean of College of Management of Technology and Chair in Corporate Strategy & Innovation at EPFL

Professor Tucci is Dean of the College of Management of Technology at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he holds the Chair in Corporate Strategy Innovation. He received the degrees of Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, MIT. He joined EPFL in 2003 where he teaches courses in Technology and Innovation Management (TIM), Information Technology Strategy, and Design Thinking. His primary areas of interest are business models, open innovation, crowdsourcing, and dynamic capabilities.

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Karina Flores

Co-founder at LAA

Karina Flores is a Collaborator at the Lean Analytics Association (LAA) since 2012. She has over 15 years of experience working in different organizations within manufacturing and service sectors, such as: Delta Research, Automotriz Francesa Peugeot, Infosys Consulting, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Alstom. She worked as Project Leader at EPFL during the Lean Product and Process Development Project, which is the main foundation of LAA. Karina’s areas of interest are: quality management, continuous improvement programs and innovation management.
Karina obtained her MBA from SDA Bocconi in 2008 (Italy), a Masters in Science in Quality Systems from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey – ITESM in 2000 (Mexico), and a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial and Systems

Doroteja Maklin

Senior Research Program Manager, Trainer and Coach at LAA

Doroteja is a Senior Research Program Manager, Trainer and Coach at the Lean Analytics Association (LAA). She is focusing on the development of several lean product development training courses and is involved in most of the association’s projects. Her area of expertise is lean product development, ultra-precision engineering, manufacturing and production technologies.  In her career, Doroteja undertook a variety of challenging projects such as design optimisation of an industrial whisk for professional kitchen appliance products, optimisation of key parameters of laser processing of composite materials, and development of biodegradable coatings for the controlled corrosion of implants.

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Matic Golob

Senior Research Program Manager, Trainer and Coach at LAA

Matic Golob is a Senior Research Program Manager, Trainer and Coach at Lean Analytics Association (LAA) where he focuses on the development, introduction and implementation of bespoke lean innovation and new product development solutions to support organizations on their continuous improvement journeys. He specializes in Set-Based Integrated Innovation, Design Thinking, Human-Cantered Design, SBCE, Visual Management, Knowledge Management, Training Development and Gamified Learning.

Matic previously worked as a Research Fellow and Project Manager at Cranfield University, where he was a task leader of Set-Based Design activities for the British aerospace project named ‘Configuration Optimization of Next Generation Aircraft’. Throughout his career, Matic collaborated with multinational organizations from aerospace, construction and the fast moving consumer goods industry to introduce and implement lean thinking into their existing innovation and product development processes. He is also a co-author of several journal and conference publications, as well as a regular speaker at lean and product development events, and he is currently co-developing his first book about lean product development best practices.

Sanja Pipus

Marketing and Communications at LAA

Sanja Pipusš is a Marketing and Communications Executive at the Lean Analytics Association by day, and fashion and beauty blogger by night. She studied marketing at the Faculty of Economics (Ljubljana, SI) and has actively participated in the Marketing Association of Slovenia during her studies. Travelling has always been a part of her. During her bachelor, she gained international experience in Rotterdam Business School (IBM) and did a marketing internship in Gran Canaria. After her studies, she found herself a vital role at the Lean Analytics Association where she is responsible for all day-to-day marketing activities, event planning and more.

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María Reynoso

Researcher at LAA

María Luisa has an undergraduate degree in Physics and a Masters in Computer Science. She has experience leading projects for the past 30 years in both manufacturing and services sectors developing and deploying different IT solutions. She joined LAA in 2014 actively collaborating in several research projects following LAA’s methodology to discover best practices and developing novel Lean Innovation training materials.

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