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I'm Safiya Ahmed!

Co- Founder and Director at Ricebox Studio - an award winning design practice that uses creative technology and visual communication for social good. 

BA Graphic Design Lecturer at University of the Arts London, Camberwell and University of Westminster.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)


University of the Arts London: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

UAL Camberwell College of Arts: BA Graphic Design at (First Class Honours)

UCA Epsom: Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Merit)


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Safiya Ahmed



Most influential women in UK tech:
The 2023 longlist

Article by Computer Weekly

Meet the creative studio using tech
for social good

Article by Bolder


Inspirational Teaching Award Nominee 2022

Sheffield Hallam University


Design for a diverse and inclusive future

Article by Samsung.

These young women are leading the
way to period equality.

Article by Smiley News



Introducing Ricebox Studio.

Article by UAL Post-Grad Community


How we created global anti- harassment chatbot, Maru.

Article by Feminist Internet

Design a Feminist Chatbot.

Video contribution to FutureLearn course by Feminist Internet and UAL CCI

Menstruation in the Media: Empower
Period Podcast.

Hosted by Irise International

Start-up businesses reacting to the pandemic.

Article by Tsz Ying Chiu


The Beta Test.

Article by Victor Sande-Aneiros

When graphics and fashion collide.
Article by Harry RM


Building Feminist Voice AI bots.

Article by Alex Fefegha

Designing a Feminist Alexa.

Article by Rhiannon Williams


Recoding voice technology:

Ep.1 Is a Feminist Alexa possible? Podcast.

Hosted by Feminist Internet


University of Westminster

Lecturer - August 2023 till present.

University of the Arts London

Lecturer - September 2021 till present.

Sheffield Hallam University

Associate Lecturer - September 2021 till May 2022.

Irise International's Empower Period Forum

Campaign Co-Lead - August 2021 till present

Hi Mum! Said Dad

Project consultant - August 2021 till October 2021

BA Graphic Design - University of the Arts London

3rd Year Tutor - February 2021 till April 2021.

Shades of Noir

Design Developer - September 2019 till March 2021.


BA Graphic Design - Sheffield Hallam University

Visiting Lecturer - October 2020 till December 2020.

Feminist Internet and Plan International

Research Assistant - July 2020 till September 2020.

Child Rights International Network

Design Fellow - October 2019 till April 2020.

Shades of Noir

Design and Content Development Assistant - July 2019.


Re-illustrating Histories and Voices

Project planning, interviewing and filming - January 2019 till July 2019.


Project manager, social media, designer and broadcast team - August 2018 till August 2020.


Graphic designer - June 2015 till December 2018.


Artivive AR and Art Summit - Presentation speaker, September 2022.

Ravensbourne University Industry Talk - Speaker, July 2022.

Global Context Visual journalism - Workshop host at Kingston School of Art, Nov 2021.

Samsung's Solve For Tomorrow Future Talk on 'Designing for a diverse and inclusive future' - Speaker and FutureLearn course co-creator, September 2021.

Service Lab: Becoming and progressing as a service designer - Speaker,
June 2021

Re-illustrating Histories and Voices Workshops - Co-producer and facilitator

University of the Arts London Camberwell, BA Illustration, Apr 2021

Designing for social activism workshop - Producer and workshop facilitator - Sheffield Hallam University 3rd Year Graphic Design, February 2021.  

UAL Tech for All Conference - Workshop co-host and facilitator, February 2021.

Alumni Evening - Speaker  - BA Graphic Design, University of the Arts London, January 2021


Augmented Reality, Activism & New Media - Hackathon co-host and facilitator, December 2020. 

MIMA School of Art and Design - Visiting Speaker, November 2020.

Augmented Activism - Producer and Workshop Facilitator - UAL Camberwell  2nd Year Graphic Design, 2020.

Spark Activism with AR Instagram Filters - Workshop Facilitator - UAL Summer Sessions: Make and Create, 2020.

Modual Open Futures - Project Manager and Broadcasting Team, 2020.

Modual Climate Emergency - Project Manager and Broadcasting Team, 2020.

Future EdTech 2020 - Roundtable discussion speaker, June 2020. 

Modual Kickstarter - Project Manager - Somerset House, August 2019.

UAL Teaching Platform - Speaker on student panel, July 2019.

UAL Digital Edge - Speaker - Somerset House, June 2019.

Modual Maker - Team leader and designer - Design Museum, April 2019.

Modual Catalyst - Team leader and designer - Design Museum, March 2019.

Interpolate WorkshopWorkshop facilitator -  IAM Conference 19'
at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, ​​Spain, March 2019.

Tata Exchange x Beta Society - Workshop facilitator and speaker - Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern 2019


White Space - Focus Group and workshop facilitator - Camberwell College of Arts 2019

Modual Interact Global - Team leader - 2018

Modual Kickstarter - Team leader - Somerset House 2018

Trust the Process - Workshop facilitator - Camberwell College of Arts 2018

Uni to Unicorn - with Digital Maker Collective  - Tate Modern, Blavatnik Building, 2020.

Camberwell Festival - Degree show - Camberwell College of Arts, 2019.


Work in Progress Show - BA Graphic Design -  Hoxton Street Studios, 2019.

In-Use - hARTslane, London, 2018.

Channel 24 hour broadcast  - Camberwell College of Arts, 2018.

Mock-up: Design x Fashion - Camberwell College of Arts, 2017.


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