Briana Pegado FRSA is the Executive Director of Creative Edinburgh, a network for 4,800 creative businesses in Edinburgh and a Co-Director of Creative Informatics, a programme supporting data driven innovation in the Creative Industries.
Briana was the Founder of the Edinburgh Student Arts Festival (ESAF), an award-winning social enterprise founded in 2014.
In 2015 she was named one of Scotland's Top Ten Social Innovators by Third Force News and in 2016 ESAF was named an Inspiring Youth Enterprise by Social Enterprise Scotland. In 2017, Briana was named one of Scotland's 30 Under 30 Inspiring Young Women by YWCA Scotland - the Young Women's Movement.
She has a background in Sustainable Development, which has shaped all of her work including the design consultancy she co-founded called Povo, an 'conductancy' that used design thinking principles to help clients re-engage with their creativity. Her work embeds intersectional feminist principles into practical outcomes for the creative sector.
In 2010, she helped set up the University of Edinburgh's first ever Black History Month and in 2014 became Edinburgh University Students' Association's (EUSA) first ever black woman President. She currently is Vice Chair of YWCA Scotland - the Young Women's Movement, a fellow of the Royal Society of Art, and sits on the governing body of the University of York.