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Brain Leke

Developer and Technology Advisory Board Member
I work predominantly as a software developer at ThoughtWorks when I am not wearing other hats such as P2 Lead for Pan Africa or CapDev Champion for the ThoughtWorks Johannesburg office. I also represent ThoughtWorks Pan Africa in the Technology Advisory Board. After having completed a PhD in Engineering with emphasis on Computational Intelligence, I spent time trolling the earth for a purpose until I found ThoughtWorks, giving me the possibility to write software that changed lives and be involved in the Pan-African software renaissance.

The Interview

The best advice I can give a current or future ThoughtWorker is

Take pride in the work you do and give it 150%. ThoughtWorks gives you the possibility to be groundbreaking and also be involved in complex software development. Learn and share with your peers be it at ThoughtWorks or in the industry. Always think innovation and improvement and share with the world.

With ThoughtWorks, I've visited

Beijing, Kampala, Porto Alegre, Recife, Chicago, Lagos, Accra, Addis Ababa

If I could fix one of the world's problems, I'd put my powers to use on behalf of

Free Education and Health for all. A healthy and educated mind leads to true freedom and emancipation. Like Marcus Garvey said "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery", and education emancipates the mind.

The thing I love most about my work is

Using interesting technologies to solve challenging problems while knowing that I am effecting positive social change in the world. Also working with super intelligent and awesome colleagues who would drop everything to help you at the first request. I also love the very stimulating discussions internally about technology and technological choices with practical case studies. The international culture of teams I work in is amazing. ThoughtWorks is a huge global caring family and I love that about being a part of the ThoughtWorks family.