Leadership Team

Dr. Sergei Ikovenko

Chief Mentor
Dr. Sergei Ikovenko is one of leading consultants and project facilitators in innovation technology of design. He has conducted more than 600 courses on innovation and TRIZ (Theory for Inventive Problem Solving) topics for Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Dr. Ikovenko was the primary instructor to deliver corporate TRIZ training programs at Procter & Gamble (about 1,500 engineers trained during 3 years), Mitsubishi Research Institute (300 engineers), Samsung (300 engineers), Award from Hyundai motor when the innovation program led by Dr. Ikovenko yielded more than 200 patents & ROI of more than 190 million Dollars and other companies. He received special awards for development of innovation at Procter & Gamble and Unilever. Dr. Ikovenko got an award from Samsung Electronics for integrating TRIZ into Samsung Six Sigma Black Belt training. Dr. Ikovenko holds two doctorate degrees – a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Dr.-Eng. in Environmental Engineering and Sciences as well as Master degree in Patent Law. He is the author of more than 97 publications, and an active member of ASME, ACS, and ASEE. Dr. Ikovenko has studied and taught TRIZ since 1986 and holds a certificate of TRIZ instructor from G. Altshuller, the founder of TRIZ. Dr. Ikovenko is a TRIZ Master and has effectively utilized his TRIZ expertise to receive 77 patents in various engineering fields. He holds numerous silver and gold awards from international engineering shows and exhibitions for his inventions as well as Innovation Award from Oak Ridge National Lab of the Department of Energy, USA.Dr. Ikovenko is a member of the Board at the International TRIZ Association. Dr. Ikovenko is a Six Sigma Black belt, QFD Black Belt, and Lean Master-Practitioner. In addition, Dr. Ikovenko has taught seminars at MIT, Harvard University, Carnegie-Melon University, California Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, University of London, Oxford University, and other leading educational institutions worldwide. Dr. Ikovenko holds a license of Professional Engineer from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a professor adjunct of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA) and an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Shree Phadnis

Chairman, Triz Association of Asia
Shree is the current Chairman of the TRIZ association of Asia a body affiliated to MATRIZ (International TRIZ association) www.trizasia.com responsible for proliferation and certification in Asia, with 20 Years of consulting and management experience. He has been involved in consulting and training interventions in Innovation, Balanced Scorecard development, Process Improvement and Quality domain. Shree has been involved in many project interventions in companies like, Crompton, Mahindra& Mahindra tractor division, Hitachi, Forbes Marshall, Ministry of defense Singapore and many others and has helped these organizations develop innovative new products, some of which have even won national awards as the most innovative product in their respective categories, and solve tough technological challenges. Shree is a BE (Mechanical), Post graduation in Quality Management from World Wide Quality Management Network, Post Graduate in Patent Law from NALSAR University, Shree is a Certified I-TRIZ Directed Evolution Specialist by Ideation International Inc. Shree is a Certified TRIZ User and Trainer from MATRIZ at level 3 the first one of only 4 in India, Shree Is a Gold certificate holder at level 3 from Institute of Innovative Design, Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt (MBB) , Educated on Effective Education and Problem Management Tools Based on TRIZ under TRIZ Master Nikolai Khomenko, Educated on teaching TRIZ to children aged 3 to 10 under TRIZ expert Tatiata Sudrouch and Alla Nestrenko. Some organizations with which Shree has been involved as a consultant include Citibank, GENPACT (formerly, GECapital International Services - GECIS), Reliance, Tata Telecom, Venture Infotek, Maersk, Citigroup (eServe International), Oracle, Adventity, Prudential, Crompton Greaves, Mesung, Forbes Marshall, NTPC, Sona Koyo, Ministry of Defense Singapore and many more. Being a directed evolution expert he possess the unique capability to create future technological roadmaps where using structured methods he can create the complete future product and technology roadmaps using the method of directed evolution, including identifying patent blocks, patent circumventions and invention evaluations. Shree has developed comprehensive frameworks for the institutionalization of innovation in organizations including methods of assessment and audit for building the complete infrastructure for systematic innovation deployments in organizations.

P V Narayan

President, TRIZ Association of Asia
P V Narayan is a Post Graduate in Physical Chemistry from Mumbai University and has also completed his paint diploma from UDCT Mumbai. He is a TRIZ Level 2 User certified by MATRIZ. He started his career, with Asian paints way back in 1999, where he was associated with Manufacturing, Processing & Packaging of the paint. He then migrated to a Consulting company, where he was exposed to the concept of TRIZ, through Six Sigma. Narayan has been associated with the TRIZ family since 2008. He is at present responsible for evangelising & spreading the concept of TRIZ amongst Indian Industries & Educational institutions. His hobbies include: Cycling, Swimming, Glass & Ceramic paintings.

Valeri Souchkov

Chief Consultant
Valeri Souchkov started with Systematic Innovation and TRIZ-related activities by co-founding Invention Machine Labs in 1989. Later he co-founded several companies to promote TRIZ worldwide and pioneered regular public training in TRIZ in Central and Western Europe in 1995. Since 2003, Valeri heads ICG Training & Consulting in Enschede, the Netherlands, and lectures on TRIZ and Systematic Innovation at the University of Twente and TIAS Business School. Since 2014 he heads the International TRIZ University. He was a co-founder of the European TRIZ Association (ETRIA), which introduced the annual global conference “TRIZ Future”. In total he performed over 200 training workshops on TRIZ and Systematic Innovation where he trained over 5.000 professionals and students from over 60 countries. He assisted over 100 innovative projects in diverse industries. Valeri developed several TRIZ techniques, authored and co-authored 4 books and over 100 publications on TRIZ and Systematic Innovation. He was certified as TRIZ Specialist by G. Altshuller in 1991 and was awarded the TRIZ Master degree for his contribution to the development of TRIZ by the International TRIZ Association (MATRIZ) in 2013. Valeri holds M.Sc. degree in computer science and engineering.

Oleg Feygenson

Chief Advisor
Oleg Feygenson holds a Ph.D. degree in Plasma-Technology and an M.S. degree in Electro-Technology from Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University. Dr. Feygenson is a certified TRIZ Master by the International TRIZ Association (MATRIZ). Dr. Feygenson is a Principal Engineer at Manufacturing Core Technology Team, Global Technology Center of Samsung Electronics. Prior to Samsung Electronics, Dr. Feygenson worked for the world largest TRIZ consulting US-based company GEN3 Partners, Inc. As a Senior Principle and Chief Researcher at GEN3 Partners he managed dozens of successful innovation projects for world-class companies such as GE, Doosan Infracore, Unilever, Owens-Illinois and others. Prior to GEN3, he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electro-technique and Electro-technology at Saint Petersburg State Polytechnic University, Russia. He was also a Plasma Physicist at Archimedes Technology Group, Inc. San Diego, USA. At the present time, Oleg Feygenson is a member of the Board at the International TRIZ Association. Dr. Feygenson is the author of several US and WO patents and over 20 published articles.

Dr. Alexander Sokol

Educational Consultant – UNICEF
Expert Creativity & Thinking for Children - Triz Association of Asia
Doctor of Educational Sciences – University of LATVIA, RIGA, University of Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France Educational Consultant – UNICEF. Project Leader – Latvian State Educational Development Center. Master of Humanities in English Philology ( Linguistics ) – University of Latvia, Riga. Coordinator of an international Project ( 8 partner institutions from 6countries ) Parents As Successful teacherS ( PASS ) supported by the European Community in the framework of the Life long Learning Programme. Consultant – Jelgava Center for Adult Education, Jelgava, Latvia. Board member and Academic Director – TA Group Ltd. TRIZ Specialist – Certificate No 9, issued by the international Association of TRIZ , Certifies a high level of TRIZ knowledge and a significant contribution to the development & popularization of TRIZ.

Jayant Jathar

Jayant is certified TRIZ user MATRIZ at Level 2. Jayant is certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Jayant is trained Facilitator of TPM certified by JIPM. Qualified Internal Auditor for EHS. Jayant has a versatile experience in different field like maintenance, machine reconditioning, machine building, set-up time reduction, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, process improvement and quality domain. Jayant was also a part of Green Field Project at Haridwar and established production within a year time at rated productivity. Jayant has used Six Sigma methodology in almost 5 projects during his Sigma Black belt tenure. Jayant was a Subject Matter Expert of Material Flow during his Lean Methodology Implementation at SKF India Limited. Jayant has facilitated more than 30+ Six Sigma project during his tenure in SKF India Limited.

Suresh Rajan

Technology Management professional, having experience, as a hands-on R&D scientist to managing projects to managing teams to managing and setting enterprise innovation systems to meet business needs. Expert in TRIZ having cleared LEVEL 2 of MATRIZ TRIZ certification. Have managed innovation process in leading R&D organization with over 700 patents to its credit. Have worked to help get following awards and recognitions 1. The Golden Peacock award for innovative product in 2010. 2. DSIR award for R&D recognition in 2009. Have 2 patents to my credit in materials domain. More than 10 years years experience in modern innovation and improvement techniques including FMEA. DFSS, QFD.Major experiences include setting up an enterprise wide NPD system based on stage gate process resulting in over 100 new products being initiated with total sales of more than Rs.2000Cr. Have acquired Project Management Professional (PMP) certification by Project Management Institute, USA in 2010. This process helped set up a project management based approach for technology projects with more than 50 projects being handled in the new method. Have been trained by renowned academics like: Prof.Clayton Christensen on Disruptive innovation; Jay Paap on Technology Management; Prof. Robert Cooper on NPD; Aaron Senhar on Project Management; Valerie Souchkov, Sergei Ikovenko and Darryl Mann innovation masters on TRIZ. Intensive Course on Technology Management from Warwick university. Have managed relationship with academic institutions (IIT, TU), Professional bodies (CIGRE, IEEE) external domain experts (Professors and domain experts). Have successfully executed an MoU with IIT, Mumbai for sponsoring 14 PhDs. Have domain expertise in contact tips for switchgear, permanent magnets, lightning arrestors. Holder of 3 patents.

Sachin Joshi

Currently working on building an organization based on innovation in sanitation-related products and offering. Experience of 16+ years in management of projects in research and development. Proven abilities to devise technology strategy and technology aggregation in product development. Demonstrated skilled new product development following phase gate process from concept to commissioning process and on time delivery. Established a strong process of capturing need identification and converting it into product feature for development. Contributed and lead projects in areas of metallurgy, user survey analysis, product design, business development for R&D and sourcing for R&D. Lead R&D projects having revenue prospects worth INR 150 Cr.

Sandeep H Wankhade

TRIZ Evangelist
Faculty at AISSMS College of Engineering, Pune-01. Handling the responsibilities of:Chief Coordinator, Quality Assurance Committee. Coordinator, UG Program, Production. Sandwich Engineering. Faculty Advisor, TRIZ Forum. As a Chief Coordinator of Quality Assurance Committee, he looks after: Staff Development Programs for HODs, Faculty, Supporting Staff, Administrative Staff upto the Class IV employees. Teaching Learning Process & Academic Monitoring. Certification of various bodies viz. National Board of Accreditation (NBA). National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC).International Organization for Standardization (ISO). He is working with Mr Shree Phadnis and Mr P V Narayan for TRIZ proliferation and certification in Maharashtra, under the same delivered introductory lectures at various MNCs and Engineering Colleges. Research and Development: Received Second prize in the state of Maharashtra in Research Competition at Faculty level of Engineering and Technology category, conducted by Board of College and University Development. Conceived, Designed & Developed: An Automatic Billet Cutting cum Chamfering Machine’ for a leading soap manufacturing MNC in India & also obtained a Provisional Patent of the Mechanism. A Hybrid Abrasive Assisted Elecro Discharge machine using two Nontraditional Manufacturing processes i.e. Abrasive Jet Machining & Electro Discharge Machining. Published & Presented 15 Research papers in National & International Journals & Conferences. Reviewer for International Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology. He has received grants of Rs. 6.65 Lacs for Research Projects and conduction of Seminars. Educational & Professional Qualifications: PhD (Mechanical Engg). Dissertation Submitted in Jul 2016. ME (Manufacturing Technology). BE (Production Engg). Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Qualified ISO–9001:2000 Internal Lead Auditor. TRIZ Level 2

Nikhil Phadnis

Student Co-ordinator
Nikhil Phadnis is a Third Year student from AISSMS college of engineering, Pune pursuing Mechanical Engineering. Nikhil is a Level two certified TRIZ user, certified by MATRIZ in the year 2015 and is also doing his level three with TRIZ Master Valeri Souchcov. He has filed a patent using the TRIZ methodology along with his Professor Mr S.H Wankhade , which solves a social issue throughout India. He has been promoting TRIZ by conducting various Awareness programs in his college and other colleges like Cummins and Symbiosis for Engineering students. He also presented his Patent in Bangalore in the year 2015 for an innovation based conference held by TRIZ Association of Asia, as a student inventor
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It is great to see several programs, events conducted in different cities particularly tier 2 cities like Pune, Nashik etc. This will help raise awareness of TRIZ with the folks involved in improvement work!! Course fees are also quite reasonable. Commendable work by TRIZ Asia team. Cheers!

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