Farai with a bushy beard, smiling


I'm Farai. I coach managers on people leadership, speak at conferences about managing individuals and teams, and work in design leadership at Shopify. A Zimbabwean πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡Ό living in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦.


I work with new and emerging leaders around the world to increase their people leadership skillset and develop effective, inclusive practices that make them better at people stuff.

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I speak around the world and online. These days I'm focussed on talking about working effectively in multicultural teams. If you’d like me to speak at a public or private event, catch me on farai (at) pixelup.co.za.

Video of my talk at Leading Design 2019 (New York)

Past events I've spoken at




  • Leading Design - London
    Cultural bias in design(ers) - Talk
    Nov 6, 2019 β€” London, UK
  • CanUX
    Cultural bias in design(ers) - Talk
    Oct 30, 2019 β€” Ottawa, Canada
  • An Event Apart
    Working Together in Diverse Teams
    Oct 28, 2019 β€” Denver, USA
  • Leading Design - New York
    The only one of your kind in the room: Perils and opportunities.
    Jun 19, 2019 β€” New York, USA
  • UXLx
    Talk + Workshop
    May 21, 2019 β€” Lisbon, Portugal


  • World Interaction Design Day 2018
    Our team is diverse. Now what?
    Sep 25, 2018 β€” Toronto, Canada
  • Fluxible
    Cultural bias in design(ers)
    Sep 22, 2018 β€” Waterloo, Canada
  • UX Australia
    Aug 31, 2018 β€” Melbourne, Australia
  • UX Week
    Diverse teams: Working together across cultures - Workshop
    Aug 24, 2018 β€” San Francisco, USA
  • Design & Content Conference
    Cultural bias in design(ers)
    Jul 27, 2018 β€” Vancouver, Canada
  • Automattic People Series
    Bias in multicultural teams
    Apr 17, 2018 β€” Remote
  • IA Summit
    Cultural bias in design(ers)
    Mar 25, 2018 β€” Chicago, USA
  • Pixel Up!
    Cultural bias in design(ers)
    Mar 12, 2018 β€” Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Interaction 18
    Cultural bias in design(ers)
    Feb 8, 2018 β€” Lyon, France


  • DVT Insights
    Design in Enterprise is Difficult in South Africa
    Oct 25, 2017 β€” Johannesburg, South Africa
  • EOH Connect 2017
    Design value and digital business
    Mar 5, 2017 β€” Johannesburg, South Africa


Organising Conferences

I founded and ❀️ organising Pixel Up! a UX and design conference. These events exist to help bridge the gap between designers and developers in Africa with those from around the world.

Design leadership

I hang with the Shopify Balance UX leadership team at Shopify, where we’re building next-generation ecommerce tools that make commerce easier for everyone. In a past life, in South Africa, I led the experience design team at Standard Bank Group, Africa's largest bank.


Catch me on @heyfarai or farai {at} pixelup.co.za.