Ryuji Fukuda

Chairman Emeritus

Dr. Ryuji Fukuda is one of the World’s leading experts in the field of industrial engineering, stockless production, and quality improvement. He had a brilliant career with leading Japanese firms, including nearly 30 years at Sumitomo Electric. He has served as a consultant to the Japan Management Association and to major firms in Japan, North America and Europe. In 1978 he was honored with prestigious Deming Prize for his contribution to the field of productivity and quality improvement. He has developed “SEDAC” a team oriented approach to Continuous Systematic Improvement, the P/O matrix – a tool for Policy Deployment and is also one of the originators of the “Stockless Production” system.

Dr. Ryuji Fukuda graduated from the engineering department of Kyoto University in 1954 and entered Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. He served Sumitomo in a number of managerial positions and in 1975 became the Director of the Industrial Engineering department at the company’s head office.

From 1981 through 1992, Dr. Fukuda served on the board of directors and as a General Manager and Advisor for Meidensha Electric Manufacturing Company Ltd. From 1983 to the present he has been an independent management consultant and an advisor to the Japan Management Association.

Dr. Fukuda served as a part-time lecturer on Reliability Engineering in the System Engineering department at Kobe University from 1976 through 1987. He is the author of numerous works that have been translated into many other languages. The books translated into English are Managerial Engineering - Techniques for Improving Quality and Productivity in the Workplace (Productivity Press, 1983), CEDAC - A Tool for Continuous Systematic Improvement (Productivity Press, 1989) and Building Organizational Fitness – Management methodology for transformation and strategic advantage (Productivity Press, 1997).

His clients include leading companies like Sony, Nikon, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries., Fuji-Xerox, Sumitomo Special Metals, Sumitomo Electric Ind., Alfa-Lancia, Ferrari, Michelin, Fincantieri, Pratt & Whitney, ITT and Volvo.

Prof Indira J. Parikh


Prof. Parikh is the former Dean, Indian Institute of Management. Ahmedabad, and currently the President of Foundation of Liberal And Management education. She is a leading consultant in Organization Behavior and Development. Dr. Parikh has taught at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France and Texas A & M University, USA. Prof. Parikh was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Best Teacher in Management by Ascent in the World HRD Congress, 2001. She completed her BA in Social Studies in 1969 and MA in Education in 1970 from the University of Rochester USA. She did her Ph.D in 1979 from Gujarat University Ahmedabad. Prof. Parikh is the founding member of Sumedhas Academy for Human Context an institution that offers a professional internship in Applied Behavioral Sciences, as well as the Indian Academy for Organization Development. She also has many publications to her credit - Books, research papers, monographs, articles, working papers, etc.

Ashok Malhotra


Ashok Malhotra, an IIM (Ahmedabad) alumnus , is an Organization Consultant based out of Bengaluru. He is the author of the framework on which the EUM-I, EUM – O, EUM – M and other tools he has designed are based. Ashok is a researcher at heart, a gifted teacher and communicator, a past practitioner of Human Resource Management, an insightful observer of human processes and a consultant who facilitates organic evolution of organizations. Inspired by Clare Graves’ work on evolution, the EUM framework is based on the basic principle that an individual, during the course of his/her life, journeys through distinct states of existence. No state is a closed system but is characterized by needs, wants, beliefs, values, and proclivities that are specific and consistent with corresponding life conditions.


Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from India Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. B.A. (Mathematics, Psychology & Philosophy) from Rajasthan University, Jaipur.
Completed the Internship Programme of Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Science, 1976.

Area of Specialization

Human Resource Systems such as Career Design, Remuneration, Organisation Structure, Process & Culture, Organisational Change and Development, Personnel Policy.

Professional Associations

Has been associated as a Consultant / Trainer with a wide range of business organisations (Multinationals, Indian Business Houses, Public Sector etc.), premier management Institutes (IIMS, LBSA, ASCI, etc.) and leading professional bodies of the country. Institutional Member and Ex-chairman of Indian Society for Individual and Social Development. Co-Founder of Sumedhas Academy of Human Context.

Some of the Research & Publications

Child Man – The Selfless Narcissist – Book published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) in May, 2010
Authored the Existential Universe Mapper Framework and Suite of Tools, the only set of organisation diagnostic tools developed indigenously in India. The tools include organisation mapping, diagnosis and 360 degree leadership orientation mappers. The tools have been deployed in over 100 independent organisations in India and have a database of over 3500 managers working in Indian and multinational organisations in India and abroad.
Study of structural change in seven large Indian Organisations over a span of ten years, nature of changes made and factors leading to different kinds of changes. Published in Administrative Staff College of Indian Journal of Management 1973, co-authored with Dr. B.L.Maheshwari.

Work History in Brief [in reverse chronology]

2006 – till date - Freelance Organisation Consultant
2001- 2006 Director – Cognan Consulting Pvt Ltd Co-founder of Cognan Consulting, a holistic management consulting firm Co-Founder of Sumedhas, an Academy of Human Context Director on the board of Rane Engine Valves Limited
1991 - 2001 Freelance Consultant in the area of Human Resource Management.
1985 - 1991 Indian Oxygen Ltd., as General Manager - HRD. Organisation development Personnel Policy, Staff Administration, Training & Development, Manpower / Career Planning, Recruitment, Spearheading Organisational Transformation

Raghu Ananthanarayanan

Director, Principal Consultant


Raghu Ananthanarayanan is a Post-Graduate in Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras.  He is a leading consultant to several blue chip companies - Indian as well as Multinational. He has devoted almost two decades to transforming the organizational culture of several leading organizations.  He is one of the founders of Sumedhas – The Academy for Human Context. He is a visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has taught at Institute of Rural Management, Anand, and Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore. He has studied yoga with Yogacharya Krishnamacharya & TKV Desikarchari. He has taught yoga at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram for a decade and published a world-renowned book on Yoga.

Raghu’s present focus is in organisation design and change management. He has developed a unique methodology called “Totally Aligned Organisation” that brings together his understanding of Manufacturing Systems, Human Processes and Yoga. He has published a book (The Totally Aligned Organisation) where he has elaborated upon some of the key ideas from Yoga and process work that he has used in a management context.

Raghu has worked with several NGO’s helping them in personal development and organisation development. He is also actively involved with reviving craft groups and theatre. He has been passionately attempting a convergence between Indian traditional wisdom and modernity.

S Badri Narayana

Director, Chief Consultant


Badri Narayana S is a mechanical engineer graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Lean Master, IPS Practitioner, a Six Sigma black belt  and a Fellow of Sumedhas Academy for Human Context. He has worked in Sundaram Clayton Group, a TVS company for 14 years and in TTK Group for 6 years and held senior management positions. During his professional career he has hand-on industrial experience in a wide field covering Business Deployment, Policy Deployment using the X-type matrix, Project Management, New Product Development using Quality Function Deployment, Techno-Commercial Marketing, Operation Management, Facility Management and Quality Assurance Systems.

Badri is currently the Managing Director and Chief Consultant and founder member of FLAME TAO Knoware Private Limited. Over two decades he has implemented Change Management, Lean manufacturing and Lean organizational practices in a wide variety of industries like Packaging, Apparels, Aerospace, Machine Tools, Engineering, Electronics, FMCG, Food and Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Plastics, Oil and Gas Sector and Consumer durables. He has conducted sessions in QFD at IIM Bangalore, Innovation workshops in NIT Durgapur. He has developed unique maturity models in the areas of Manufacturing and Process Excellence, New Product Development and Factory Design for organizational assessment and goal alignment.  He is adept at deploying appropriate best practices through coaching and handholding to build people and process capability to meet desired goals that is sustainable by people- systemic approach leading to high performance work culture and transformation.

Gagandeep Singh

Gagandeep Singh is the founding member and ex-Director of FLAME TAO Knoware Private Limited.  An Alumnus of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) - Ahmedabad, and a Fellow with Sumedhas Academy of Human Context, Gagan works with global and Indian organizations on Alignment, Strategy, and Organizational Transformation.  He has consulted within the Information Technology industry and the Pharmaceutical industry where organizations are consolidating their global leadership. He is a visiting faculty to IIM Ahmedabad, FLAME, and IMDR Pune, and is a Consultant to National Institute of Design (NID). He also brings in expertise in the areas of marketing, sales, and sales systems. He has been a trainer in the area of management development for many blue-chip companies. Gagan focuses on the processes of organization alignment and culture. Gagan specializes in the areas of Strategy, and Marketing.


Vandana Menon

Managing Director, Principal Consultant


Vandana Menon is a Literature Graduate & a Post Graduate in HR from Madras School of Social Work. She has more than 10 years of experience in the field and has worked with organisations like Tube Products of India and RPG Paging Services. Her consulting experience includes transformation, turn around, organisation development & operational optimization interventions through an organisation specific Implement – Teach – Train and Transfer approach. Trained in process work, she also brings in expertise in HR Management, Organisational Diagnostics and Development & Development Centres. She is engaged in a project with the European Union that involves research into the working of Virtual teams.



Principal Consultant


K.S.Narendran specializes in the areas of Human Resource Development. He integrates the principles of Lean Management with HRD.  Through two decades of experience in the industry as a practicing manager and a consultant he has developed a strong anchorage in OD and culture building.  Naren has worked with Information Technology companies in the areas of Competency Assessment, Leadership Building, and Team Alignment. He is a Post Graduate in Personal Management and Industrial Relations, TISS Mumbai, and a Fellow of Sumedhas Academy for Human Context. Naren has held leadership positions in the HR function, focusing on OD and culture for a decade


Sarbari Gomes

Principal Consultant & Executive Coach


Sarbari Gomes is an OD Consultant, Executive Coach (PCC) and a psychotherapist. A graduate from Calcutta University, she is an accredited trainer in Process Work and in Group Process Facilitation from ISISD, an accredited MBTI Practitioner and a Fellow of Sumedhas Academy for Human Context.  Her consulting career spans over fourteen years. Prior to her consulting career, she worked for sixteen years in ITC Limited. Her last position was Senior Manager of ITC Classic Financial Services Limited where she headed the sales and distribution efforts of retail financial products.

Abhay Phadnis

Associate Consultant

Abhay Phadnis is a  B.A. (Psychology) from Poona University and a M.A. (PM&IR) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a Gold Medalist.

He has extensive COACHING & COUNSELLING EXPERIENCE and has logged over 750 hours of executive coaching including coaching based on tools like MBTI, CPI-260, and StrengthsFinder. His repertoire of experience include  psychometric instrument-based counselling (using MBTI, EUM, FIRO-B, CPI-260, 16PF, Workplace Big 5). He has  worked with David Leeper (master coach and coach supervisor based in the UK) on facilitation of coach training programmes in India; he is also my supervisor coach. He is an Associate Coach with the Centre for Creative Leadership (Singapore campus).

His prominent areas of consulting experience include psychometric assessment for selection and development, organizational diagnostics, HR automation design, competency mapping and assessment, HR and business strategies, organization structuring, facilitation of institutional forums, designing and running assessment and development centres, and design and implementation of mentoring programmes. Have also trained managers to become internal assessors for running Assessment Centres within their organizations.

He earlier, worked with Tata Consultancy Services, heading HR at their software research centre at Pune (1991-1997), and then with TranSys Technologies, heading HR for their Indian and US operations (1997-2000). Before joining TCS, he ran a hospital for 5 years and was then a full-time parent for 1 year.


Ganesh Chidambarakrishnan

Principal Consultant

Ganesh is a Production Engineer from REC, Trichy, and has secured his Diploma in Management from All India Management Association

He is a Certified Assessor of Business Excellence for CII following the EFQM excellence model, holds a Level 2 certification in Cultural Transformation Tools by Barrett Values Centre in building a Vision guided, Values Driven organization and  is a Certified PDA Analyst (DISC theory based personality assessment tool) and a experienced assessor in Development Centres across many organizations in diverse sectors.

He is a Certified Yoga teacher from The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, and is a regular teacher at the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Gurgaon.

He is a regular visiting faculty at some of the leading business schools in NCR region on the subjects of Performance Management, Organization Design and Learning & Development.

Ganesh has over 20 years of experience in diverse domains including Quality & Business Consulting, HR and Organization Development, across various organizations spanning diverse industries including Telecom, BFSI, Pharma, Hospitality, ICT, Travel, Manufacturing, Textiles, Healthcare, Media,  etc.

His prominent areas of work are in:

  • Setting up people strategies, systems & processes and org structure for start ups / emerging businesses, being a sounding board/ coach to the entrepreneurs in the organization building space,
  • Quality Improvement program and Implementation of experimental design and control charts to reduce defect rates and improve process capability in multiple industries
  • Facilitating Leadership development intervention and Talent Review Dialogues
  • Values articulation and cascade intervention and Architecting the design to execution of the Performance Management System involving the principles of Balanced Score Card.

Sreedher Kadambi

Associate Consultant

Sreedher Kadambi  is the Author of ‘Cracking the Six Sigma Black Belt Exam’ – McGraw Hill Publications with a Case study published in leading Lean Six Sigma website – www.isixsigma.com

He is ASQCSSBB (American Society for Quality Certified Black Belt) and is Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical from Bangalore University,

He has over 15 years’ consulting experience in Operations consulting across and has worked with 20 + industry segments, coached and mentored more than 1000 Projects.  Out of which over 80% of projects have significant ROI and has over +500 endorsements on Linked-in in 37 classified management areas

His key areas of specialization are  

  • Organization alignment using Hoshin Kanri
  • Value Stream Mapping – Current and Future State designs
  • Lean Strategies
  • Six Sigma Strategies
  • Lean Six Sigma Strategies
  • Business Process Standardization
  • Focused Kaizen programs

Madhav Krishna

Associate Consultant

Madhav Krishna, is an American Society for Quality Certified Six Sigma Black Belt – ASQCSSBB and a Bachelor of Engineering in Textiles from Bangalore University

He has over 5+ years’ consulting experience in manufacturing and services areas across 5+ diversified industry segments, and some of them companies like Britannia Industries, Texport  Syndicate, VKL Seasonings, and ITC limited.

His key specialization areas are:

  • Problem solving and facilitation
  • Shop floor coaching and improvement facilitation
  • Lean Factory design.
  • Value Stream Mapping – Studying the current state and designing the future state.
  • Middle and senior level management training and facilitation on Lean and Six Sigma concepts.  
  • Statistical Data Analysis
  • Designing performance measures aligned with company’s Vision and Objectives.

B Sathyanarayana

Senior Consultant

Sathyanarayanan is a Strategic and operations management consultant with an overall work experience of 18 years. With an academic background of BE, MBA, he had spent 14 years in global consulting firms such as Kaizen Institute, PwC and KPMG in driving enterprise transformation programs for various clients. He had earlier worked with the machine tool industry for 3+ years as a continuous improvement manager. Besides domestic interventions, travelled overseas extensively to Middle East countries and Africa to facilitate Opex programs and conduct Opex related training programs.

His areas of experience includes opportunity scoping, Strategy deployment, manufacturing excellence, supply chain efficiency improvement, BPR, Planning and target operating model, sales process effectiveness improvement, Manpower efficiency drives, Strategic cost optimisation (in Procurement, product, inventory, utilities, manpower, etc), logistics restructuring, organisation maturity assessment, workshops, training programs etc. Key approach/ methodologies used for implementation/ workshops/ trainings are  Lean, Lean in service, Kaizen, TOC, TPM (asset optimization), TFM, Visual factory, SCOR model for supply chain, Predictive analytics for planning, 7QC, BPR, 8 lever approach for manning norms, Value engineering, SMED, Zero-based costing for contractors rate cards and X-Matrix / Balanced scorecard approach for strategy deployment.

Value-added to 18+ sectors. Some of the key sectors include Metals (Iron and steel) and Mining, Heavy machinery/ Equipment manufacturing, Automotive/Auto Components, Electronics, FMCG, Building materials, Construction, Paper/Glass, Leather Chemicals, Government offices, Banks, home appliances etc.


Shloke Garg

Associate Consultant


Phone:  +91 9686890913
Email: shloke@totallyalignedorganization.com

Shloke is an Industrial engineering graduate from Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore. He is a keen observer with a hands-on approach to understanding processes and delves deep to get to the basics of process performance and Industrial ergonomics.

He is a specialist in organization diagnostic through the approach of Value Stream Mapping -charting out both Material Flow and Information flow and uncovering Kaizen opportunities through Lean lens of Muda, Mura and Muri. Some of the areas he has worked with are Productivity Improvement, Lead Time reduction, Kanban Planning and Information Flow optimisation by enhancing Value Added activities and eliminating/reducing Non-Value Added activities. He is currently stationed at TAFE-PSD as onsite Lean Consultant and working on the implementation of Lean best practices and accelerated training methodology through Augmented Reality.


Writings by Raghu Ananthanarayanan


Leadership Dharma

Leadership Dharma

Raghu Ananthanarayanan

Through this contemporary retelling of the Myth, Raghu Ananthanarayanan has brought more than a 100 years of consulting experience (his own and that of his colleagues) in working with individuals, helping transform themselves and their organizations. This interactive Kit recreates the experiential learning methods they have deployed with great success. Entering this quest to become a hero in one’s own eyes is the gift of a lifetime.

Organization Development and Alignment

Organization Development and Alignment

Gagandeep Singh, Raghu Ananthanarayanan

This book takes a close look at the underlying axioms of Organization Design and Alignment that have not only proliferated rigid structures and oppressive hierarchies, but have also rendered employees worldwide as mere instruments and dehumanized the organizational context.

By looking at an organizational system as inherently a Tensegrity structure, an architectural paradigm vitalized by Buckminister Fuller, the book offers the reader insights into the dynamic tensions, role-holding, and dialogue possibilities that pervade the modern organization across stakeholders such as investors, customers, employees, and the ecology.

Organisation Building - Pragmatics and Perspectives

Organisation Building - Pragmatics and Perspectives

Raghu Ananthanarayanan

This book chronicles the explorations and insights of leading consultants and co-founders of Sumedhas Academy for Human Context in the realm of Organization Development (OD) and Managing Change. With over three decades of experience in Institutional Building and enabling global and Indian organizations to create a better tomorrow, the perspectives and practices presented by each author explicate philosophy, approaches, and frameworks that are immensely relevant to the OD practitioner today.

The authors seek to anchor and co-hold the pulls of rigor and pragmatics from the realms of academia, personal values, and deployment. The book underlines the spirit of the institution of Sumedhas - humanness, its expression and unfolding in individual and collective endeavours. The book echoes the collaborative voice of the spirit, while valuing each author's creativity and journey over the years.

Totally Aligned Organisation

Totally Aligned Organisation

Raghu Ananthanarayanan

The central mission of this book is to explore ways by which we can ensure a 100% deployment of human potential in organisations. This can be the only goal for organisation culture that will support initiatives like "zero defect", "zero waste", Lean, JIT, TPM & TQM. The author uses seminal ideas from the Indian traditions such as alignment of thought, feeling and action at a personal and collective level. This fresh and original approach to organisation building is illustrated through detailed case studies. The book offers many mental maps which have come out of the consulting practice of the author and are therefore both practical and powerful. A path breaking approach to culture building, this is a must have for any manager serious about the human dimension of organisation.

Learning Through Yoga

Learning Through Yoga

Raghu Ananthanarayanan

This book, containing over 500 pictures, will appeal to every level of yoga enthusiast, as it integrates the philosophy of yoga with our daily practice. Through a systematic and simple approach, it helps us see how yoga can be put into action. The book will particularly delight the inquisitive mind that is seeking to place these timeless truths within the frame of the modern day lifestyle.