Alexander Oloo

Alex is currently the Head of Design at Absa, where he leads a team of 200 of the most awesome humans. Alex has spent the last decade deeply involved in digital, as a software engineer, designer, international speaker, and most recently in design leadership. Alex has been a key player in Absa’s digital transformation over the last 6 years.

Before his time at Absa, Alex completed his honours in bioengineering, had the privilege of lecturing at the University of Pretoria, and worked in 3 early-stage startups that crashed and burned.

Alex has a passion for developing talent and is one of the founders of Absa’s Design Graduate Programme. He’s actively involved in mentoring and coaching the next generation of design leaders within Absa and in the industry. For his impact in business and entrepreneurship, Alex was listed as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail and Guardian.

In his spare time, Alex is an active member of the open-source software community and occasionally indulges in a PC game here and there.

Other Speakers

Aalia Coovadia

UX Designer
Discovery Ltd


Alfi Oloo

Product Designer
Alfi Oloo


Megan Venter

UX/UI Designer


Michael Marais

Product Designer


Monique du Plessis

UX/UI Designer


Steyn Viljoen

Product Designer


Schalk Venter

Product Design Lead, Lecturer


Carl Sidler

Experience Director
Wunderman Thompson


Danielle Goosen

Design Lead


Gideon Carstens

UX Designer
Spot On


Sean Dunn

UX Design Lead
Equal Experts


Wynand McCabe

Head of Experience Design
Lucky Beard


Sasja McKay



Natalia Carvalho

Founder and Digital Director
Estrela Digital Studio


Edna Chelule

Managing Director and Co-Founder


Nomonde Shezi

Managing Director & Co-Founder