Alexander Oloou

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.