manuel silva

PRINCIPAL - Four Principles

Middle East


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. 

Areas of Expertise


Founded in 2010, Four Principles Management Consulting was created to bring the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen (改善), or continuous improvement to the GCC region, making it accessible to a wider audience, and offering the opportunity in the region for traditional companies to transition into fully integrated Lean organizations, while maintaining unique client-favorable approaches.

Today, Four Principles is widely recognized as one of the leading Lean Management consulting firms in the GCC, and a pioneer in the transfer of Lean Management disciplines from the automotive industry into other business sectors, by successfully partnering with multiple renowned businesses and brands across the GCC, in implementing industry-tailored Lean management solutions, resulting in reduced waste, increased resource efficiency and elevated overall performance.

What we do:

- We listen to our clients
- We are trusted counsel to business leaders.
- We mentor and build people’s capabilities and therefore we deliver better results for our clients.
- We provide real consulting, not idle talk.
- We develop sustainable Lean Solutions across various industries throughout the world.
- We implement.
- We are passionate about what we do.
- We are Lean experts.

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