Consulting Services

Welcome to LHA Management Consultants

LHA Management Consultants is a highly experienced solutions provider in business consulting, research and analysis.

We specialise in innovative, integrated consulting, research and analysis services for the public and private sectors, international development finance and donor institutions in South Africa and wider across the African continent.

Established in 1974, LHA has successfully completed more than 2,000 projects and our client profile includes:

•    Industry and finance organisations such as Altech, Aveng, Botswana Ash, Dark Fibre Africa, IDC,
      Investec, Lafarge, Nedbank Capital, Nova Cimangola, Remgro, Ruixing Group (China), Sasol, Sephaku
      Cement, Telesure Group, Wispeco.
•    Donor and international development organisations such as DFID, GIZ, Unido.
•    Government departments and public sector enterprises such as the dti, Department of Science of
      Technology (DST), Forestry Sector Charter Council, Department of Water Affairs & Forestry, National
      Gambling Board, Eskom.
•    Science councils such as the CSIR and the Agricultural Research Council.
•    Education institutions such as the University of Pretoria and North-West University.
•    Industry associations such as Sassda, Concrete Manufacturers Association, Copper Development
      Association, SAISC.

Over this period of more than 30 years we have assisted these organisations to:

•    investigate industry sectors and new markets
•    assess new business opportunities, mergers, and acquisitions
•    improve customer satisfaction levels
•    develop new business strategies, and
•    develop and implement commercialization, restructuring and
      industry development strategies.
Research and Development
Metals and Manufacturing
Building Materials

We focus on fostering a partnership relationship with our clients, many of whom utilise LHA services year after year. We pride ourselves in our ability to understand their specified needs and satisfy these in a cost-effective and timely manner.

BBBEE Compliant

LHA is a Level 4 BBBEE contributor and has successfully and regularly conceptualized and completed projects in cooperation with a range of specialised local BEE and international associates.

Our Team

LHA consultants have a foundation of high academic achievement in engineering, marketing and business sciences. In addition to our in-house team, LHA also maintains a network of senior associates and consultants with complementary skills and expertise. Combined with our practical problem solving skills, conceptual ability and extensive experience in a range of industries and markets, these competencies ensure a sound and practical consulting approach that guarantee you winning results every time.

Our firm is led by Ralph Triebel and Oliver Damm.

Ralph Triebel

Ralph is the Managing Director of LHA and has been a business consultant
for over 25 years. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering as well as an MBL
(both cum laude).

He has conducted and supervised more than 250 major consulting assignments
for large manufacturing corporates, local and international banks and insurance
groups, R&D institutions, international donor agencies, universities and industry associations, and government both in South Africa and Africa.

He has also been an External Examiner at the University of South Africa's School
of Business Leadership (SBL) for the MBL program over a period of ten years in
the field of strategic management and organisational entrepreneurship.

Oliver Damm

Oliver is a Director of LHA and in this capacity he has consulted and worked
with numerous JSE listed companies, private firms, industry associations,
state owned enterprises, government, and science councils.

Oliver has conducted research, strategy and consulting assignments in a wide
range of sectors including automotive components, timber products, research and development, environmental services, metals manufacturing, natural fibres and biocomposites, and stainless steel. He has also led the development of strategies and business plans for a number of national industry development and support initiatives, and has subsequently been involved in the successful implementation
of these. He currently serves as Commercial Director of the Titanium Centre of Competence, an initiative led by the DST to establish a titanium metals industry
in South Africa.

Oliver is regularly involved in international conferences as an organiser, speaker, and invited session chairman.

Oliver holds a PhD in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from Wits University and a Masters Degree in Engineering Management (MEM) from the University of Pretoria (cum laude). He has served as project reviewer and on advisory committees for the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the National Research Foundation (NRF).

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