Raul Figueroa, Course Leader
Raul is the Project Manager for Strathmore University and is currently heading Strathmore’s acclaimed expansion. His experience includes management of engineering teams as well as spearheading construction and industrial projects in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and the USA. Raul’s areas of expertise are high performance team building, procurement, negotiations, technology transfer and re-engineering. The Strathmore project is one of the most technologically advanced in East Africa. And all this at a staggering 45% cost savings against the quoted rates at the time of tender. For this project Raul has visited over 40 cities in China and has entered into deals with over 100 suppliers and successfully imported close to 95 containers so far. And in the process saved over 300 million in this project alone. He has helped established enterprises in successfully revising their corporate procurement strategies to include direct international purchasing as well as advised in some start-ups in partnerships with Chinese suppliers. His lecturing style is pragmatic and he draws for his own experience and that of other effective Project Managers, and his knowledge of economics, engineering, and behavioral sciences. He holds a Bsc. in Electrical Engineering. Amarjit Singh Virdi
Amarjit Singh Virdi is a qualified Electronics Engineer from Birmingham University. He has been working for the last 18 years as a Building Contractor and Project Manager and has gathered on the way an unusual set of skills in all aspects of the building processes. This knowledge base, hands-on experience and resourcefulness gives him the capability to solve problems in a practical and cost-effective manner. Because of this, Strathmore chose Amarjit as their Materials Procurement Consultant for their expansion project and has been instrumental in making Strathmore’s venture into Direct International Procurement smooth and productive. With Raul, Amarjit has also helped others who wanted to buy factory direct in identifying suppliers, negotiations and logistics. After visiting and establishing links with dozens of suppliers in 35 cities, he knows China and Chinese business very well. Amarjit is an excellent lecturer and mentor.