Alan Barnard

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BornMay 31, 1969
South Africa
NationalitySouth Africa
CitizenshipSouth African and Grenada
  • B.Sc. Industrial Engineering
  • Ph.D. in Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Entrepreneur
  • Research scientist
  • App developer
  • Author
  • Podcaster
  • keynote speaker

Dr. Alan Barnard (born May 31, 1969) is an entrepreneur, research scientist, app developer, author, podcaster and keynote speaker. He was born in South Africa and has dual citizenship in South African and Grenada.

Professional Career

Dr. Barnard is considered one of the world’s leading Decision Scientists and Theory of constraints experts.[1][2] He is known for his ProConCloud™ and Impossible-Unless?™ innovations in decision making and problem solving, as well as for being the chief architect of the Harmony range of award-winning decision support apps called Harmony Decision Maker, Harmony Change Maker and Harmony Change Simulators. [3][4]

In 2008, Dr. Barnard co-founded Goldratt Research Labs (GRL) with Eliyahu M. Goldratt (March 31, 1947- June 11, 2011), whom he worked closely with, for over 20 years. Dr. Goldratt was an international best-selling author, scientist, business leader and creator of Theory of Constraints. Together, they co-founded GRL to spearhead the research and development of new knowledge and applications of TOC.

Dr. Barnard and Dr. Goldratt had an immediate connection after their first meeting in 1993. Alan and Eli were both curious about understanding why good people make and often repeat bad decisions in both their life and in managing organizations. They were also both passionate about applying a robust scientific approach to developing new Problem Solving and Decision-making methods and apps to help people make better, faster decisions – decisions that move them closer to their goals.

Since the late 1990’s, Barnard has been a strategy advisor to a large number of Fortune 1000 companies as well as Government and Non-Government agencies including ….

Today, besides being a Strategy Advisor, Dr. Barnard works as a Research Project Leader and Theory of Constraint (TOC) Educator, with both Fortune 1000 companies as well as NGO’s and Government Agencies around the world. He has worked in over 50 countries and has trained over 5000 managers around the world.


  • B.Sc. Industrial Engineering (Cum Laude), 1991
  • Ph.D. in Management of Technology and Innovation, Da Vinci Institute of Technology, 2009. [5][6]

Board Memberships

  • Director - Goldratt Group Southern Africa, 1999-2012
  • Chairman of the Board, SAPICS - The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management (1999 – 2001)
  • Chairman of the Board, TOCICO – Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (2003-2005)
  • Chairman of the Board, The Odyssey Institute (2006 – present)[7]
  • Science & Innovation Council Advisory Board – BHP (2018 – present)
  • Advisory Board Member, ThroughPut Inc. (2019 – present)[8]
  • Advisory Board - World Women's Conference & Awards (2019 – present)

Academic Career

  • Lecturer in Decision Science and Theory of Constraints – Da Vinci Institute (2010 – present)
  • Lecturer in Theory of Constraints – Washington State University (2015 – present)
  • Lecturer in Decision Science and Theory of Constraints - Duke Corporate Education (2017 – present) [9]
  • Visiting Professor - ISM University of Management and Economics (November 2019 – present) [10]

Awards and Recognition

Dr. Barnard has received several awards in recognition of his contribution to his fields of expertise and the organizations in which he has served.

  • In 1991, he received South Africa’s National Productivity Institute’s Award
  • In 2006, he received the TOCICO Lifetime Achievement Award[11]
  • In 2010, he received the Top Ph.D. Research Award for his Ph.D. titled "How to identify and unlock the inherent potential within organizations and individuals." [12]
  • In 2013, the Harmony Change Maker App was nominated as a finalist for the Silicon Valley Business App Awards [13]
  • In 2015, he received an Innovation Award from Washington State University, for his invention of the ProConCloud method.
  • In 2017, he was awarded the Top Innovator Award by the JT Foxx Coaching organization, representing over 25,000 entrepreneurs and coaches around the world.
  • In 2018, he was featured by TalkBusiness360 TV on their Industry Disruptor series [14]
  • In 2018, he was voted by Woman Entrepreneur Magazine in 2018 as one of the top 5 male entrepreneurs whose work is inspiring women to start their own businesses. [15][16]
  • In 2019, the Harmony Decision Maker App received the TOCICO Product of the year award. [17]
  • In 2019, he was invited to facilitate a workshop titled “How to make impossible decisions” at the TEDSummit in Edinburgh.

Conference Keynote Presentations

  • Barnard, Alan at SAPICS Conferences: 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014
  • Barnard, Alan at TOCICO International Conference: (UK) 2003, (Spain) 2006, (USA) 2009, (USA) 2010, (USA) 2011, (USA) 2012, (South Africa) 2015, (USA) 2016, (Germany) 2017, (USA) 2018, (USA) 2019, (Virtual) 2020 [18][19][20][21][22][23][24]
  • Barnard, Alan at TOC Regional Conferences: (South Africa) 1998, (Columbia) 2009, (Brazil) 2010, (South Africa) 2017, (South Africa) 2018, (South Africa) 2019
  • Barnard, Alan at Intel Leadership conference, 2016 [25]
  • Barnard, Alan at SAP User Conference: (South Africa) 2001, (Germany) 2003
  • Barnard, Alan at InWent International Capacity Building Conference (Germany), 2007
  • Barnard, Alan at Supply Chain World International Summit (USA), 2010
  • Barnard, Alan at African Telecommunications Summit (Kenia), 2010
  • Barnard, Alan at AME conference, 2020 [26]


  • “HARMONY” for "Providing online non-downloadable software applications in the field of business and personal decision making” [27]
  • “IMPOSSIBLE UNLESS?” for creative problem-solving method and entertainment services, namely, providing podcasts in the field of business and decision making and creative solving methods [28]
  • “PROCONCLOUD” for a creative problem solving and decision making method and educational services. [29]


  1. "Theory of Constraints PDFs - Free Download". Theory of Constraints Institute. Retrieved 2021-06-22.
  2. Barnard, Dr Alan; Spencer, Jonathan, eds. (2002-09-11). Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-203-45803-7.
  3. Levin, Michael (2018-04-06). "How To Make Better, Faster Decisions When It Really Matters". Medium. Retrieved 2021-06-22.
  4. January 14, Singapore-; 2020. "Harmony Decision Maker App for Better, Faster Decisions Launched « MarketersMEDIA – Press Release Distribution Services – News Release Distribution Services". Retrieved 2021-06-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. "Dr. Alan Barnard - Speaker Bio". TOCICO. Retrieved June 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. Lott, John Kendall. "PM Point of View #31: Advances in PM III: The Organization Leans In". Project Management. Retrieved June 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. Barnard, Alan. "Our Team". Tocodyssey. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  8. Inc, ThroughPut. "ThroughPut Gears up for Revolutionary Product Update, Brings World's Leading Decision Scientist and Theory of Constraints Expert Dr. Alan Barnard on Board". Retrieved 2021-06-17. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  9. "Alan Barnard | Duke Corporate Education -". Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  10. "Alan Barnard - EN". ISM. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  11. "Lifetime Achievement Award". TOCICO. Retrieved June 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. Barnard, Alan (2009). "How to identify and unlock the inherent potential within organizations and individuals" (PDF). The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management.
  13. "Nominees". Silicon Valley Business App Awards. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  14. Goldratt Research Labs Featured on TalkBusiness 360, retrieved 2021-06-17
  15. Women Entrepreneur Magazine. "Global June 2018". Issuu. Retrieved 2021-06-22.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. "Top 5 Male Entrepreneurs Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs". Dr. Alan Barnard. 2018-10-24. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  17. "2019 TOCICO International Conference Proceedings Product of the Year Award Recipients". TOCICO. Retrieved June 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. TOCICO Conference (2010). "How to unlock value from SAP with TOC Venue: TOCICO International Conference, 2010". Dr. Alan Barnard. Retrieved 2021-06-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. TOCICO Conference 2013 (2013-11-07). "How to achieve more with less in less time in the Public Sector using Theory of Constraints". Dr. Alan Barnard. Retrieved 2021-06-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. TOCICO Conference 2015 (2016-03-02), Dr. Alan Barnard - 2015 TOCICO International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, retrieved 2021-06-17
  21. TOCICO Conference (2016). TOCICO Service Industry Portal - Barnard, Dr. Alan - Case study: Finding and Testing a Solution to Shortages and Surpluses Within Book Publishing., retrieved 2021-06-17
  22. TOCICO Conference (2017). "2017 International Conference". TOCICO. Retrieved June 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  23. TOCICO Conference (2019). "The Productivity Journey: TOC for Lifelong Growth and Success" (PDF). Retrieved June 17, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. TOCICO Conference (2020). "TOCICO Event". Retrieved 2021-06-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  25. DrAlanBarnard keynote on Antifragile at Intel AccelerateResults 2016, retrieved 2021-06-17
  26. "Alan_Barnard_2020 | Asset Management Ecosystem (AME)". Asset Management Ecosystem (AME). Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  27. "Trademark Status & Document Retrieval". Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  28. "Trademark Status & Document Retrieval". Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  29. "Trademark Status & Document Retrieval". Retrieved 2021-06-17.

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