Nishi Podhar - Managing Partner
  • A Lean-Six Sigma Black Belt professional with over 11 years of experience in implementing Lean, Problem Solving Performance Improvement tools in companies in India, as well as countries like UK, Switzerland, Sweden, Romania, Czech Republic, Kenya Ethiopia
  • Founder and Managing partner of “Altius Cosulting Team” – a management consulting start-up (website: servicing SME clients
  • A wide experience of working in varied industries ranging from Retail, BPO, Financial Services, Food & Beverage, Jewelry manufacturing, Steel, Brass rolling, Precision & heavy engineering, Process and Pharma, Printing and so on.
  • Undertaken projects in areas such as Operations process optimization and standardization, Sales process effectiveness, PMS Module, HR & Accounting process streamlining, Quality improvement through Defect reduction, Productivity & Delivery improvement, Supply chain, Logistics etc.
  • Advising start-ups on overall operations management and establishing systems, processes and control mechanisms
  • Experience in implementing techniques like Pull, VSM, SMED, Hitori Yatai Seisan, Poka Yoke, KANBAN, 5-S, Single Piece Flow, 3MUs identification & elimination, TOC, , TPM, TQM etc. and delivered measurable results in organizations, in short span of time.
  • Carried out several successful assignments on defect, cost inventory - reduction, productivity, quality, delivery improvement in companies like Larsen & Toubro, Mahindra & Mahindra (FES), Tommy Hilfiger India, Uttam Galva, Pyrotek Inc. Gala Precision Engineering, Unga Ltd. (Kenya) and various others.
  • Trained under eminent industry and consultancy experts like Masaaki Imai Sensei – author of several best sellers like ‘Gemba Kaizen’ , Dr. Gondhalekar – Founder of Kanzen Institute Asia Pacific Pvt. Ltd. and author of best seller ‘Chronicles of a Quality Detective’
  • Trained in Japan - observed & learnt the practical implementation of Lean at various Japanese companies, ranging from the likes of Toyota Motor Corporation, Denso, Nippon Steel, to Family owned businesses.
  • Consulting & industry experience in companies like Ernst & Young Pvt. Ltd as Sr. Consultant in Advisory, Kansai Nerolac Paints Limited, as Manager – Corp. Mfg. Excellence and Kanzen Institute Asia Pacific Pvt. Ltd as Consultant
  • Co-founded and managed operations of a Quick Serve Restaurant chain - Crepeteria.
  • Visiting faculty and guest lecturer in Mumbai based B-Schools like – S.P. Jain Institute, Welingkar Institute & NMIMS for post graduate and executive MBA classes on operations management and various tools & techniques like Lean, TOC, 5-S, Kaizen
  • Instrumental in designing and conducting a Management Development Program (MDP) for Welingkar Institute, Mumbai in “Lean Operations Management” a certificate course for a major MNC
  • Designed & conducted Simulation exercise and customized corporate training programs to draw TOC & Lean concepts of flow, pull, Hitori Yatai Seisan etc.
  • Interests include dancing – trained in Bharatnatyam (Arangetram) and ball room forms of dancing, scuba diving (Padi Certified diver).

Detailed Profile

Mr. Basudev Banerjee - Lead Consultant
  • M.Sc. in Mathematics and an Applied Statistician (M.Stat.) with specialization in SQC & OR from Indian Statistical Institute
  • Registered QMS Lead Auditor and has been faculty for ISO 9k and 14k
  • Certified Examiner for IMC- RBNQA (Equivalent to MBNQA) for Business Excellence. Has been a senior examiner since its inception in 1997
  • Certificate holder in 5S from JIPM
  • Over five decades of experience in Industry in QA and Systems related areas
  • Has been and continues to be visiting faculty for courses like Quantitative Methods in Decision Making, Operations research etc. in Management Institutes of repute
  • Areas of expertise include:
    • SPC, TQM, Six Sigma & Lean Six Sigma, * 5S, Kaizen and TPM towards Quality, Productivity improvement and Cost reduction areas
    • RGNQA & RBNQA and Deming Award towards acquiring World Class Status
    • ISO 9k, ISO 14k & OHSAS
  • Has written four books, three on Statistical Process Control and one on Operations Research used across industries and management programs for reference
  • Conferred upon Lifetime achievement Award by Quality Forum of India
  • Worked with companies such as Larsen & Toubro, Jindal Steel, Legrand (I) Pvt.Ltd. - Jalgaon and Sinnar Plants, Supreme Industries, Reliance Industries Ltd., Euro Ceramics, Laxmi Hydraulics helping them establish World Class practices and Lean Six Sigma.
  • Successfully guided L&T’s ESP Unit to acquire RBNQA in 2009
  • Worked on world class practices and QA, in companies like Associated capsule, Metal Box India.
  • Holding position of President of NCQM and also Chairman of its Education Committee
  • Has experience across industries like Ferrous and Non-ferrous Foundries, Precision Engineering, Food , Pharma, Chemicals, Packaging, Ceramics etc.

Detailed Profile


SME Value Advisors’ business is to partner with emerging corporates/SMEs to make them better and more valuable by connecting right dots. They always look for opportunity to add value to endeavors of businesses. Several years of working experience of their team with emerging corporates/SMEs (some of us have actually run SMEs for several years) provide them with deep grounding on their requirements/challenges/pain points and possible solutions. In partnership with businesses, they focus on clearly defining challenges/problems, co-designing solutions and then executing them to accomplish desired results.

They are committed to making all possible efforts to connect right dots to create significant positive impact on businesses. Following broadly defines their way to add value to businesses:

  • Fund Raising Solutions – Private Market
  • Fund Raising Solutions – Public Market ( Stock Exchange Listing)
  • Credit Rating Solutions
  • Growth and Scalability Solutions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Solutions
  • Professionalization and succession planning in Family Managed Businesses (Organization restructuring)
  • Business transformation solutions
  • Talent Improvement Solutions
  • Legal and Compliance Solutions
  • Risk Management Solutions
  • Family Office Advisory Solutions

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