Rifa Thorpe-Tracey is a public speaker for live conferences, webinars, online events and podcasts.  She has curated, moderated and spoken at more than 40 events, including for several years SheSays Brighton, where she is organiser and compere. Rifa has been Festival Director for Spring Forward since 2016.



Public speaking

Rifa was host of The Story Conference 2019 at Conway Hall in London. Her other public speaking work has included:

  • Wellbeing At Work Edinburgh 
  • Agile on the Bench 
  • DARE Conference London
  • Mind the Code 
  • UX Camp Brighton 
  • Brighton Digital Women
  • Host of weekly FM radio show
  • Presents weekly arts podcast 

Masterclasses & workshops

Rifa has also produced and delivered masterclasses and workshops at:

  • Kings College London 
  • Wired Sussex 
  • University of Brighton
  • Lighthouse  
  • The Old Market Theatre 
  • Hosts weekly online zoom meetups

Panels & podcasts 

She has been a speaker on panels for:


Rifa tells compelling stories and brings a warm, engaging energy to her public speaking.

Happy public speaking to 1,000+ crowds, small teams, or one-to-one, Rifa passionately advocates for diversity and inclusion,  for women, people of colour and other under-represented groups in the tech and creative industries.

Rifa champions diversity and inclusion in all her work. She is also a speaker on wellbeing at work, mentoring and project-based strategy and delivery.




Enterprise Editor,
The Times

James Hurley

"I found Rifa to be a warm, engaging and insightful panelist when I hosted an event on Brighton's technology scene."

Head of Digital, Legal & General 

Kerrie Webb

"Whether it's talking to 1000 people or one on one Rifa is calm, thought provoking and all around amazing. I always walk away from time spent with Rifa feeling like I can take on anything!"

Innovation Expert

Prof. Gillian Youngs

"Rifa is a dynamic disruptor, the gold standard when it comes to leading the charge for women and the expansion of the start-up eco-system."



Nominated High Achiever of the Year, Venus Awards 2013, 2014

Sussex Life magazine Top 50 inspiring women 2017.

Mentor/Coach of the Year finalist

Best Networker of the Year runner-up

Business Women Excellence Awards 2019

Etc magazine Top 20 Inspirational Women 2020


Advisory positions

Trustee Lighthouse Arts 

Board member Marlborough Theatre 

Board director Platform B Radio 

Organisational Lead for Brighton Digital Festival

Radio presenterJuice 107.2 FM

Podcast presenter on arts, culture, tech and diversity

Rifa in action

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