Our Team

Our Team

People Behind uPKAIZEN .

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Dante García
CEO & Founder upKaizen
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Olena Ivanytsya
Operations Manager
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Paulina Paredes
Sourcing Specialist
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Antoine Hauger
Partner Marketing Manager
Mich Catapang
Mich Catapang
Social Media Manager

Dante García

CEO & FOUNDER UPKAIZEN

Dante is the founder of Upkaizen. Over the past twenty years, Dante has been helping to manage global teams and helping innovative businesses and Fortune-500 companies to grow using Kaizen principles. His background in engineering and supply chain and operations management informs his mindful but competitive approach.

Dante is fueled by his passion for understanding the nuances of cross-cultural environments. He considers himself a ‘global student’, eager to build on his academic foundations in engineering and management, and stay in tune with digital entrepreneurship-style through continued coursework and world travel.

Dante believes mindfulness in the workplace is key to success – a tenet he lives out through his interests in consulting, coaching and training.

Dante is currently working as a business consultant director in Upkaizen and is always interested in a challenge.

Olena Ivanytsya

Operations Manager

Olena originally started working for Upkaizen as a Sourcing Specialist. But now her activities also include implementing the right processes and practices across the company, mentoring the team members, assisting with forming strategic objectives and plenty more. 

Time spent in the company encouraged her to boost my professional and personal qualities in leadership, organizational and communication skills, and familiarise with business and financial principles. All of that now allows her not only to bolster up its growth, but also to improve greatly in other activities she takes passion in, like landscape architecture and archery.

She strongly believes in the philosophy adopted by Upkaizen to strive for constant improvement, honesty and perseverance, which gives her a privilege to share it for the benefit of businesses and individuals around the globe.

Paulina Paredes

Sourcing Specialist

Paulina is a young specialist from Mexico to Upkaizen team and is responsible for assisting in Global Sourcing and Lean & Kaizen projects. 

Being an Industrial and Systems Engineer Paulina has worked on projects with companies where she applied the knowledge learned in university such as supply chain, lean manufacturing, logistics, management, quality among others. This allowed her to understand how companies work and the problems they deal with daily. 

Only with a few months of work behind she has shown herself as a great teammate and an optimistic person. 

Having the “Emotional Intelligence Certificate” from the Bee Happy Company, in this certification program, Paulina had the opportunity to learn resources like the development of strategies, leadership, and creativity. 

Besides that she’s constantly interested in professional growth but also personal growth, that’s why running, cooking, dancing, and reading are some of the personal hobbies she enjoys doing. 

Antoine Hauger

Partner Marketing Manager

Antoine is a marketing enthusiast with a deeper understanding of digital marketing.  
Having worked for SMEs and international groups, Antoine has gained deeper online marketing (B2B & B2C) experience in various industries like retail, automotive and software.
Being a Partner and Marketing Manager at a global software vendor in the open source segment enabled Antoine, on the one hand, to consult digital agencies to build up and extend relationships, increasing their client base and improving customer experience. And on the other hand, to build up his global marketing competencies (E-Mail/Social Media/Content/Event).

In his new role as Partner Marketing Manager, Antoine is responsible for the strategic & operative rollout of the partner marketing program to its worldwide partner network of 150+ members.

Mich Catapang

Social Media Manager

Mich Catapang began working in UPKAIZEN as a social media specialist. For daily updates on our social media sites, Mich ensures to post everything people may need to know about lean and kaizen. Through her skills, she helped the company be more open to various companies and communities that plan on incorporating such management styles.


Even though she’s new to the company, she strived and produced materials to keep UPKAIZEN more accessible to all audiences. Her willingness to learn and explore new things also reflected what the team looks forward to. As a team player, she managed to boost every task she handles while ensuring the quality is up to par.