Hugo Cornejo is VP of Design at Monzo, one of the earliest of a number of new app-based challenger banks in the UK. In 2015, Hugo joined Monzo as the first designer, literally on day one when everything had to be designed from scratch, with a dream: making money work for everyone. Today, six years later, he leads the 30 people strong design organisation at Monzo. Together they design everything from scratch, in-house, and engaging on a very personal level with their users. By doing so, they learned so much during that process and have had time to reflect on how interesting it is that teams can get used to seeing processes breaking miserably every six months. Near misses here and there, unexpected mistakes, soul-searching and also a couple of lucky successes to help to build the bank of the future.
As a member of Monzo's founding team and first ever designer at the bank, Hugo has helped to build the product from zero to becoming the most recommended personal current account in the UK with over 5 million customers. Prior to Monzo, Hugo moved from Madrid to London. In Madrid he worked at several companies, such as Eventbrite and Vostok Studio. Hugo has a Engineer's Degree for Computer Science from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Åland University of Applied Sciences.